Tuesday, May 15, 2007


Man Dies After Sword Attack

‘Willie Tarpley Jr. knew this much about his ex-wife’s new boyfriend: The man was a convicted sex offender and Tarpley didn’t want his children anywhere near him.

So Saturday night at about 8, Tarpley, 46, drove to his old house, grabbed one of his samurai swords, a katana, out of the garage and threatened to use the 42-inch blade to cut off the boyfriend’s head.

The boyfriend, Lee Alexander, 25, of Indian Lakes Estates near Lake Wales, tried to flee, but hit Tarpley’s Corvette in the driveway. That’s when Tarpley reached into the open car window and plunged his sword into Alexander’s body, Hillsborough County sheriff’s spokeswoman Debbie Carter said.’

It gets stranger.

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