A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

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Well, here’s a new entry for Slope’s Things Are Seldom What They Seem department. First, look at this video of a (really lame) ventriloquist from a mid-80s Christian Television Network kids’ show:

Here’s the follow up, in more recent times…….

A federal judge sentenced a Largo church puppeteer who wrote online about sexually torturing and eating children to 20 years in prison Monday, punctuating a criminal case whose unsettling details raised difficult questions about free speech and due process.

Ronald William Brown, a 58-year-old professional puppeteer who lived at the Whispering Pines mobile-home park, was also sentenced to a lifetime of supervision following his release. He will be required to register as a sex offender and be restricted from access to areas frequented by children, U.S. District Judge James D. Whittemore ruled.

In addition to receiving pornography, federal agents found that Brown had engaged in protracted online discussions with other child-cannibalism enthusiasts about kidnapping, killing, cooking and eating children, including a specific boy at his church in Largo.

Prosecutors introduced into evidence a photograph of the boy that Brown had labeled in the style of a butcher’s diagram, with different parts of his body labeled as “steaks” and “shanks.”