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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

“The Man Was Being Strange and Making Explosives”

posted by on April 16 at 12:01 PM

A registered sex offender literally blew the roof off a house on Monday, killing himself and nearly killing a pack of Pierce County cops.

The story, from the P-I:

The couple who own the house called police about 11 p.m. Monday, saying the man was being strange and making explosives, Pierce County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Ed Troyer said. The couple told detectives that they met their roommate through a Craiglist ad.

When police entered the house, the man grabbed some bottles and bolted from the kitchen. He blasted heavy metal music from upstairs as deputies realized that a duffle bag he left contained explosive devices.

Deputies evacuated, called for backup and were waiting on a bomb squad and a negotiator when the house exploded.

“Our deputies on the next house plot were covered in beauty bark,” Troyer said. “Blinds from the top floor were blown 75 to 100 feet.”

The Times identifies the blown-up man as 25-year-old Zane Dittman:

He also reportedly had convictions for possessing stolen property, riot with a deadly weapon and unlawful imprisonment.

Four years ago a man with that name was sentenced in Spokane for abducting his girlfriend’s 10-year-old son.

It’s a sad, sad world.

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"covered in beauty bark". BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! oh, that made my day.

Posted by adrian | April 16, 2008 12:06 PM

Guy sees cops. Guy runs upstairs. Guy blasts heavy metal music and blows the house up.

Dude, that guy is metal. Props.

Posted by Mr. Poe | April 16, 2008 12:11 PM

Another Darwin Awards candidate.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | April 16, 2008 12:17 PM

ozzy did it.

Posted by cochise. | April 16, 2008 12:18 PM

ahhh! and you filed it under "boom". priceless!

Posted by adrian | April 16, 2008 12:22 PM

If I understand the criteria -- correct me if I'm wrong -- but everybody who has ever died wins a Darwin Award.

This guy definitely is metal.

Posted by elenchos | April 16, 2008 12:29 PM

And props to this guy for doing the suicide part of the murder-suicide first.

Posted by Mahtli69 | April 16, 2008 1:10 PM

What a shitty article. It didn't even say what song he played.

Posted by Curtains | April 16, 2008 1:11 PM


I envisioned it was either something really trashy, like Cannibal Corpse, or whatever the hell Paul plays in Funny Games (As well as the bookends of the film).

Posted by Mr. Poe | April 16, 2008 1:16 PM

Watch the TV news version of the story. I swear they show shots of all the different agencies' bomb-squad robots meeting each other, shooting the shit, and waiting for further instruction.

Since when did those robots join the union?

Posted by six shooter | April 16, 2008 1:24 PM

No. It was a sad, sad world until this guy blew himself up. Now it's just a little bit better.

Posted by heywhatsit | April 16, 2008 1:31 PM

@7: No shit! Finally someone gets it right! I suppose he deserves a little bit of credit for that.

Posted by Queen_of_Sleaze | April 16, 2008 1:35 PM

that is pretty fukin metal.

Posted by tiffany | April 16, 2008 1:42 PM

Paul plays something from Zorn's Naked City project. You are welcome.

Posted by IttyBittySpider | April 16, 2008 3:15 PM

beauty bark... that's good.

Posted by LMSW | April 16, 2008 8:03 PM

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