From ironic to outrageous

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
Blanche DuBois in “A Streetcar Named Desire”

An itinerant writer and photographer from West Virginia who is working on a book to be called “Kindness in America” was shot in the arm by a passing motorist while he was hitchhiking along the side of a Montana highway last week. Is anybody surprised? That is the sort of story that makes one raise an eyebrow at the irony, perhaps, but really shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone who has been around the block more than twice. America is a violent place, and Montana is still the Wild West in many areas.

But now it has been revealed that Ray Dolin actually shot himself in what might have been “a desperate act of self-promotion.” Does that surprise you? It surprised me. Not so much that he shot himself, but that he had the cold-blooded audacity to try to pin the crime on a specific individual, Lloyd Christopher Danielson III. Since Dolin’s deception was revealed, charges have been dropped against Danielson, and none has yet been filed against Dolin.

More irony … Dolin’s photography business is called OneShot Impressions, and its logo is a rifle scope’s cross hairs.

After he shot himself, Dolin flagged down another passing motorist, Sherry Alveson, who waited by the side of the road with him for an ambulance to arrive. He milked the kindness of one stranger while attempting legal ruination of another stranger, all for the sake of his “art.” Now that’s outrageous.

Thanks to CuteOverload for the image.


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