1. Go to the store and buy a copy?
2. Ask to borrow a copy from your girlfriend’s son?
3. Ask your girlfriend’s son to return home where you all live, argue over it and, when you are refused the magazine, beat the crap out of him?
Congratulations if you selected # 3, which is what 42-year-old Randall Keith Rumfelt allegedly did. Rumfelt asked his girlfriend’s son, 24-year-old John Edward Pack, Jr. who was visiting his grandmother a few doors down, to come home. Pack, who is handicapped, told officers that Rumfelt wanted to take his copy of Playboy. An argument broke out and, apparently while defending himself, he hit Rumfelt, after which Rumfelt went into attack mode with Pack’s mother / Rumfelt’s girlfriend in attendance. Pack ended up with a possibly broken rib, a broken eye socket and neck injuries. Deputies say Rumfelt was “intoxicated” during the incident.
But of course. Whenever we shake our heads in awe and mumble something about normal people just not doing such things, addictive use of psychotropic drugs, including the drug alcohol, will almost always explain (but never excuse) the seemingly bizarre. Media reports of confirmed addictive drug use are rare; many stories don’t include recognition of what is to us patently obvious. For example, the recent case of a Torrance mother of three texting while driving on the 405 freeway with an infant on her lap, a 2-year-old in an unsecured car seat and a 4-year-old who was not wearing a seat belt got attention of officers and the Department of Children and Family Services. Drug Recognition Officers, who apparently were not involved, almost assuredly would have arrested her for DUI and would have found multiple substances on board. See her story here.
Back to the story at hand, Pack’s mother is apparently quite the enabler. She admitted to deputies she took her son’s “glasses off his face so they would not get broken during the fight.” After the fight, she cleaned Pack’s wounds, after which he returned to his grandmother’s house. It was only after Pack suffered a seizure on the front porch of grandma’s home that sheriff’s deputies were summoned. Finding that Pack was seriously injured, they arrested Pack’s mother over her failure to call medical personnel to treat Pack’s injuries and report the incident to law enforcement. I’ll give odds she was drinking as heavily as Rumfelt.