New Charges in Kidnapping Case of the "Bumbling Idiots"
|William Barger, alleged kidnapping ringleader|
The case of mistaken identity prompted the sheriff in the southwestern Missouri town of Nevada (home to a couple of the suspects involved) to label the kidnappers "bumbling idiots."
Now the nearby Joplin Globe provides new details to the hare-brained plot, which was hatched -- not surprisingly -- after several drinks at a local tavern.
According to the Joplin paper, a Nevada developer named Roy Slates was talking to kidnapping suspect Douglas Stangeland one night at a bar. During their conversation, Slates lamented losing $400,000 in a couple construction deals.
Stangeland took the information to William Barger, a local tough who claims, falsely, to be the son of Hell's Angel founder Sonny Barger.
William Barger then came up with a plan to recoup Slates' losses, provided he got a 25 percent of the cut. One of Barger's plans was the Nov. 9 home invasion of another Missouri developer -- Charles Scammell -- who'd allegedly lost some of Slates' money. The home invasion led to Scammell getting shot in the hand.
|The wrong Jeffrey Muller|
Charged in that kidnapping were Stangeland and Andrew Wadel and Lonnie Swarnes of High Hill.
|Original "bumbling idiots": Stangeland, Wadel and Swarnes|
Barger has now also been charged with eleven felonies involving home invasion and kidnapping. Slates, meanwhile, was charged last week with concealing a felony and hindering a prosecution.
Someone call the Joel and Ethan Coen. Me thinks we have the plot to brothers' next movie.