Is that a sword in your mouth, or...
October 9, 2004 7:33 PM   Subscribe

Word of God Chicago man finds a series of bizarre notes from God threatening very specific sinners taped up in the windows of random businesses.
posted by squirrel (17 comments total)
Okay, so I found it after exploring links from Johnny Assay's thread. It's a great story; so, sue me.
posted by squirrel at 7:38 PM on October 9, 2004

I love that link and wouldn't have found it on my own. Death to the sinful users of cassette tapes and headphones!
posted by Sidhedevil at 8:00 PM on October 9, 2004

Someone's off their meds?
posted by Trik at 8:05 PM on October 9, 2004

That's sad and wonderful.
posted by ColdChef at 8:26 PM on October 9, 2004

Thanks squirrel! I love weird urban stuff like this. I especially like how Mr. Word directs specific wrath at the site owner...(and "Hades!", the exclamation point is so perky).
posted by biscotti at 8:38 PM on October 9, 2004

Kinda reminds me of Daniel Johnston in his "Satan! Satan! Satan!" phase(s).
posted by squirrel at 9:16 PM on October 9, 2004

for full disclosure, the agency picture above is photoshopped, because I've since lost the original

It sort of spoils the story to know that the author has gone back and embellished some of the content like this. It is still very entertaining and all but I'm wary of trusting the accuracy of what this guy is reporting.
posted by wfrgms at 9:55 PM on October 9, 2004

but I'm wary of trusting the accuracy of what this guy is reporting.

Yeah, but he had the integrity to tell you that he did it. So you're saying that he should have lied? In which case you'd have no reason to doubt him?
posted by Mayor Curley at 9:58 PM on October 9, 2004

wfrgms, do you want your name in the Lamb's Book of Life or not? Just keep it up and it'll be mouthsword time!
posted by squirrel at 10:00 PM on October 9, 2004

there was a similar religious/probably off their meds person in my 'hood a few years back who did the exact same thing - leaving rambling warnings from god on storefronts and newspaper boxes. it went on for ages and then that was it, nothing for the last few years. i never bothered photographing or keeping the slips of paper, but around the same time i found & kept these crazy notes regarding 9/11.
posted by t r a c y at 6:19 AM on October 10, 2004

I like the way he signs all his notes "sincerely," even when he's condemning people to Hades (Hades? what religion is this, anyway?). "Sincerely, the Word of God" -- isn't that nice and polite? Shows you the Word of God was raised right.

And there's no way that second batch of notes is from the same guy. I understand the poster's deep need to reconnect with the Word, but that's just wishful thinking.
posted by languagehat at 7:08 AM on October 10, 2004

Found magazine has a lot of fun stuff like this. There's a book, too.
posted by fungible at 7:20 AM on October 10, 2004

posted by MzB at 8:03 AM on October 10, 2004

Viva Iris Alfaretta Viera! I knew it was her that Bin Laden had in mind to control the post-911 world. How in hades did W get the job?
posted by squirrel at 8:23 AM on October 10, 2004

As I read this, I kept thinking about the song-poem classic, "The Will of God".

I'm going to quote the liner notes here; those of you who want to hear it are going to have to try to find the out-of-print CD "I'm Just the Other Woman" (Carnage Press CP-719). I promise you, it will change your life.

The Will of God One of a very few songs I know sung by Jesus Christ, in the first person. Evidently writer Dan Ashwander was discharged from the Army after being shot in the head, and has subsisted on diability benefits ever since. He's a truly dedicated schizophrenic who spends all of his government cash on three things: putting out tract papers full of his paranoid rants; commissioning recordings of his song-poems; and enjoying the favors of hookers. His nutty take on Christianity and fear of "the evil German race" that wants to "send people down the road to hell/With a secret Nazi dictatorship" has made Ashwander an underground star in his own right.
posted by Sidhedevil at 8:36 AM on October 10, 2004

life is so much worse than fiction.
posted by mrgrimm at 10:44 AM on October 10, 2004

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