Beekeepers are crazy; we all know that. They wear those big
beekeeper suits and those big beekeeper hats and they carry around
those smoke pots and make smoke everywhere to make bees angry
and they never give you any of their candy when you ask for it.
But now those beekeepers have gone too far.
A beekeeper in Lake Wales, FL, was found guilty Thursday of kidnapping and
attempted murder after he nearly beat a rival beekeeper to death in 1997. James
Fussell testified that David Tschida was one of two men (it's not immediately
clear if the other man was also a beekeeper) who abducted him a gas station in
rural Florida and drove him to an orange grove where he was beaten senseless and
tied up with ropes and left for dead.
Tschida apparently was angry with Fussell because he believed his rival had set
fire to some of his beehives. Fussell, who was attacked relentlessly by ants
and mosquitos while he lay helpless in the orange grove, says he also feared
Tschida would kill his wife and some of his friends.
Sentencing in the case will take place on August 20.