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About that “heart-ripping Cage Fighter story”…

By Zach Arnold | May 31, 2010

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it’s a two-month old story.

The alleged incident took place in Del Norte County (the most Northwestern county in the state of California).

Klamath is a beach area about a hour or so north of Eureka, which is the one ‘major’ town in the county south of Del Norte County, in Humboldt County. Humboldt County is part of ‘The Emerald Triangle’ along with Mendocino County (south) and Trinity County (east). Recently, The Daily Beast named Eureka as the most stoned city in America. I’m sure the locals are so proud of that accomplishment. In other words, the drug climate in the Emerald Triangle and up north is very active. With medical marijuana permits being allowed in the state, The Emerald Triangle and surrounding areas have seen kind of a boom in terms of their own version of horticulture.

Jarrod Wyatt, the man accused in the case, is in Del Norte County. Del Norte County is home to Pelican Bay supermax prison, which is one of the worst places in the world that you want to be. Riots happen all the time at that place. You do not want to be in that facility.

If you want to read a catalog of stories about this case over the past two months, click here and read Google’s listings from The Times-Standard, which is Eureka’s newspaper.

The case is currently being tried in Del Norte County in Crescent City. Crescent City, the one ‘main’ city (if you want to call it that), is about 90-100 minutes driving north of Eureka. Don’t expect Crescent City to have the media, outside of their small newspaper The Triplicate, to be able to do a lot of in-depth coverage on the court proceedings. Crescent City’s media market pulls mostly from Southern Oregon (think: Medford). Perhaps the Medford media will take a look and cover the case. Crescent City is right next to Brookings, which is a small town on the Oregon side of the border where people go during the Summer.

The story of the ‘heart-ripping Cage Fighter’ drew national attention after The Daily Mail, one of London’s yellow papers, gave the case sensational attention. It was soon picked up by Drudge, New York Daily News, and other media outlets. The reason why you didn’t hear about this story sooner is because in the top third portion of California (the part that most Southern Californians consider to be more or less part of Oregon), everything is really spread out and there isn’t much media concentration at all. The distance between towns like Crescent City, Eureka, Redding, Chico, and Ukiah is long.

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9 Responses to “About that “heart-ripping Cage Fighter story”…”

  1. Jonathan says:

    I have a bachelor’s degree in political science, and that is one confusing article to read.

    Clean it up some Zach.

    • Mark says:

      What’s hard to follow? He’s explaining the area of California it happened in is well-known for being a drug heavy area. The Kano wannabe is being held in the worst prison in California (which is saying something.) And he’s explaining the reason this wasn’t picked up on until months after it happened is because Californians don’t care about the rural area it occurred in, and they don’t have any major newspapers in No Cal, but the UK paper who did pick up on it is a trashy bottom feeder rag who’d rather scour the internet for small town American crime stories than report real news.

      As for the incident itself, it’s a good salacious tabloid story that won’t mean much for long. Of course the internet MMA dweebs are freaking out about this being THE END OF THE SPORT~!, but the guy was a nobody and if questioned Dana wouldn’t even break a sweat defending MMA to dumb journos and local politicians. Quite frankly I don’t even think Nancy Grace would waste much time feigning rage about it, and she’s as low as it gets.

      • spacedog says:

        NIce way to throw N.Cal under the bus.
        I’m from the area and it’s not a “heavy drug area.” There is a large weed industry (which by the way is EXPORTED to the rest of the country) but beyond that there is less drug use than the BAy Area, where I live now, and less than LA, NY, Chicago and so on.
        There is no culture of tolerance of heavy drug use and any drugs that would lead a man to rip another’s heart out would not be tolerated there any more than they would be any where else.

        As for California not caring, well maybe that’s true, as long as you stay away we’ll be happy.

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  3. edub says:

    “Kano wannabe”

    Best line ever.

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