Saturday, February 11, 2006

New Meaning To "Giving Head"

Woman Carrying Human Head Arrested in Fla.
By Associated Press
Fri Feb 10, 8:41 PM

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Airport baggage screeners found a human head with teeth, hair and skin in the luggage of a woman who said she intended to ward off evil spirits with it, authorities said Friday.

Myrlene Severe, 30, a Haitian-born permanent U.S. resident, was charged Friday with smuggling a human head into the U.S. without proper documentation.


Customs and Border Protection officials found the head Thursday, after Severe arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on a Lynx International Airlines flight from Cap Haitien, Haiti, said Barbara Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Miami.

"It still had teeth, hair and bits of skin and lots of dirt," Gonzalez said.
[And a hankering for the bag of peanuts the Head never received because Said Head was not permitted to travel!]

Severe told authorities she had obtained the package in Haiti for "use as a part of her voodoo beliefs," ICE Special Agent Erick Hernandez wrote in an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint.

"Severe also stated that the purpose of the package was to ward off evil spirits," Hernandez wrote.

[I interrupt this Internet article to tell you the following part had me cracking up...]

Severe, who also was charged with failing to declare the head and transporting hazardous material in air commerce, faces a maximum of 15 years in prison if convicted of all charges, prosecutors said.
I envision a conversation between Ms. Severe (good last name, by the way, very appropriate) and the airline staff--

"Do you have anything to declare, ma'am?"


"What do you have to declare?"

"A Head."

"Human or Animal?"

"Human Head."

"Very well then. Thank you for declaring the Head. You may proceed through customs."

If only she had the forethought to make the declaration, but then again, maybe she just wasn't thinking straight, maybe, just maybe, she wasn't using her head?


onedivorceddiva said...

Saw this in the local paper too!
Pretty tragic when you have to carry a head around to ward off evil spirits. What ever happened to good ol' garlic?

cubmommy said...

Who's head was it?

J C said...

really....shouldn't people be wondering WHERE exactly that head came from??

i mean...if the person was already dead, is it REALLY okay to cut their head off??

and if they weren't already dead, well then, that's a whole other can of worms

Chrissy said...


Sugarmama said...

Clearly I need to keep up with reading the news better! I suppose I SHOULD find this disturbing, but mostly it's just whack and pretty damn funny.