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OKC's very own version of Jason Vorhees, and other frightening tales

by Juliana Keeping Published: October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween.

In slasher news, a man says he was attacked by a machete-wielding man wearing a painter’s respirator mask.

Randal Love, 45, of Oklahoma City, displays the bandage on his wound. Photo by Robert Medley
Randal Love, 45, of Oklahoma City, displays the bandage on his wound. Photo by Robert Medley

The man was puncturing the tires and smashing glass of his neighbor’s pickup when (victim Randal) Love went outside with a golf club and tried to detain him. Love said the man who attacked him is the ex-boyfriend of a woman who lives across the street from him. Love received a number of stitches in his arm.

This being the second machete crime in under a week, I had to ponder how many OKC residents own machetes. And my co-worker noted the whole unfortunate episode was so very “Jason.”

My intrepid colleague Robert Medley went to the scene of the latest machete attack, where he met victim Randal Love. Love was happy to show Medley his bloody, bloody gash. Medley was happy to show me the iPhone photo. I’ll go ahead and not publish that.

Then I found out something about my colleague Robert Medley. The gruesome machete wound was not the worst interview subject’s wound he’d laid his eyes upon.

I next learned of a story that has gone down as a classic in the annals of the newsroom.

Medley was sent on an assignment a few years once to get the story of a man tortured by his neighbors after being accused of “making eyes” at the girl next door, who was handicapped.

Well, her parents decided to torture the accused ogler.

Medley gets to the torture victim’s double wide with a photographer. Pit bulls, gravel road, middle of nowhere, etc. etc. you get the picture.

The man takes him to a corner.

He’d been tortured in the genitals. With wire. And he was about to prove it.

So, of course, he shows Medley his damaged goods in all of their glory, and inquires “Do you think I should go to the doctor?”

by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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