UhhA former Baltimore cop, carpet installer and wingnut host of some web-only thing called “Liberty Works Radio Network” has been arrested for the shooting murder of his next-door neighbor, because the neighbor’s dog allegedly wouldn’t stay in its own yard. Charles “Pete” Richter (?), a 66-year-old ex-cop and failed candidate for Queen Anne’s County sheriff known for painting swastikas on the cars of his political opponents, is accused of killing his neighbor on Maryland’s Kent Island. Because of the dog.

Richter had been battling with all his neighbors forever, so it was inevitable that a dingbat violent failure of an ex-cop would eventually — we mean, “allegedly” — kill somebody. He also used to go around in a red-white-and-blue shirt while playing “anti-drug songs” on his guitar, and we are deeply sorry to have missed out on that. (But the black guys in prison for simple possession will probably really enjoy some cracker ex-cop performing such tunes in jail.)

Let’s here from Charles “Pete” himself!

“We deserve better and I’m ready to implement and enforce positive adjustments. When you see me on the street or at an event with my guitar in tow, please come up and say hi and let me know what I can do as sheriff to help you feel more fairly treated and protected in Queen Anne’s County.

“Remember friends: The Constitution was written to protect the citizens from the government. It’s time for the people to stand up and be counted. I believe in God, I say Merry Christmas, and I will insure that every citizen’s rights are protected. Illegals will be arrested and charged.”

Anyway, that’s your “local wingnut in the news” story for today. [Hometown Annapolis]

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  • 'playing “anti-drug songs” on his guitar'

    This should've been Bunny Colvin's alternative strategy to 'Hamsterdam.'

    • Crank_Tango

      well now we know the real auteur of "Friday."

      Fun fun fun fun shoot your neighbor on the week-end!

    • my ideal setlist would include hits such as,

      "Granny's Crown"
      " 'Where the fuck is Wallace?' Medley"
      "Good Night, Hoppers"
      "Pandemic "
      "Honey Nut Blues"
      "Money Be Green"
      "You got the Briefcase" and of course,
      "What the Fuck Did I do?"

    • Songs like his compositions:

      "Dope is for Dopes"
      "Stay Clean for Your Dream"
      "Mary Jane Has The Clap"

      Also, "Who Let the Dogs Out?"

  • fuflans

    yup, illegals will be arrested and charged.

    • lowaltflier

      CHARGED? Unless they can hold the charge for later use I say HELL NO. We're in an energy crisis you no.

    • bumfug

      The dog that pissed him off was probably some damn wetback chihuahua.

  • OC_Cesium-137 _Serf

    The law should enforce positive adjustment and go all Pete (Townsend) on his geetar…

    • Swampgas_Man

      . . . Over his pointy head.

  • freakishlywrong

    I hope he doesn't miss National Prayer Day when he's being ass raped in the clink. Or not.

    • zhubajie

      I expect he'll find lots of fellow nazis in the joint.

  • MrFizzy

    I was wondering who cleaned out the cowboy section at TJ Maxx.

  • Crank_Tango

    Dom Delouise, is that you?

    • Not_So_Much

      Close enough — I'll bet he's pissing himself right about now and hoping like hell for a major cardiac infarction.

    • OzoneTom

      Sadly, Dom is no longer with us.

  • Thurman Munster IV


    • Tundra Grifter

      Probably gonna be more like "Suuuuueeeeeeeee."

  • pinkocommi

    In Charles “Pete” Richter's defense, that dog was an unwed mother of five who hasn't worked a day in its life, but instead lived off the hardwork of others, so the dog had it coming.

  • nounverb911

    "(But the black guys in prison for simple possession will probably really enjoy some cracker ex-cop performing such tunes in jail.)"
    It'll keep the inmates waiting in line to rape him entertained.

    • widestanceroman

      I'm thinking all he's gonna be able to do is hum a tune.

    • CessnaDriver

      He's a republican. They may find him a bit looser than what they usually like.

  • SorosBot

    Does anyone have a prediction of what twists the Breitbarters will use to claim this guy's really a left-winger?

    • jus_wonderin

      I am not sure that type of geometry has been discovered yet.

      • genxr

        Ah, the Mobius Gambit. Well played.

    • PsycWench

      and has any noticed if Fox has carried this story with a "D" in front of the guy's name?

    • Ducksworthy

      The beard.

      • LetUsBray

        Plus, he's playin' a ghee-tar like a damn hippie.

    • GOPCrusher

      The red, white, and blue shirt and hat screams, "Liberal".

    • glamourdammerung

      Why would someone need to twist to outright lie?

  • "Insure," in this context, or "ensure"? I'm thinking the latter.

    • emmelemm

      You are correct… it's a personal pet peeve of mine.

  • DaRooster

    "A former Baltimore cop, carpet installer and wingnut…"

    This hasn't laid anything, including carpet, in quite some time.

    • Not_So_Much

      That will soon change…forcibly.

      • DaRooster

        That guy wouldn't even make a good Prison Bitch… although he probably does have Tig Ole Bitties…

        • widestanceroman

          Can't find a hole–make a hole!

  • pinkocommi

    'playing “anti-drug songs” on his guitar'

    The irony is, if this guy smoked pot, this tragedy would not have happened.

  • Would an E7#9 be off the Richter scale? Too foxy perhaps? Too soon after Japan for earthquake jokes?

    • SayItWithWookies

      By the sheerest coincidence, most of the pants he wears are augmented cords.

    • FNMA

      "Hey, Pete, where you goin' with that gun in your hand?"

  • creepy show-all-your-teeth phony grin on a creepy brownshirt phony

  • jus_wonderin

    I hope they get the dog into the witness protection system so he will testify.

  • W88

    Palin supporters are just not right in the head.

  • FNMA

    And guitars.

  • LabRodent

    Cause in the USA thats how you win an argument.

  • EdFlintstone

    I hope he gets more opportunity to work on his hands and knees on the cell block but it won't be laying carpet.

    • GregComlish

      he'll be helping to lay some pipe

      • LabRodent

        No. He will be on the receiving in of said Pipe.

        • widestanceroman

          So, that would in fact be pipe-fitting?

          • glamourdammerung

            So, in other words, he is going to be in a pipe-fitting union?

    • Fare la Volpe

      I hear prison is a great place to practice your skin flute.

  • smokefilledroommate

    Seems rational–neighbor's dog enters your yard, kill your neighbor. Perfect Tea Party candidate once he's acquitted.

    • Swampgas_Man

      Hey, at least he didn't hurt the dog.

  • Poindexter718


  • hagajim

    Maybe this cats neighbor should have carried the Constitution to protect himself from wingnuts like "Pete".

  • Moonbatting Average

    Why couldn't it have been Alex Jones!?!? *shakes fist at sky*

    • Gopherit

      Alex Jones is too busy getting coked up to worry about barking dogs.

  • edgydrifter

    Even when the dingbat bohunk murderer is the source of reichwing propaganda, the Establishment Right will maintain that their fringe-pandering messaging has absolutely nothing to do with imbalanced buffoons enacting their own personal 2nd Amendment remedies.

    • Fare la Volpe

      "Guns don't kill people. We kill people."

  • JoshuaNorton

    Give him a fair trial – then hang the summabitch.

    • How 'bout like the earlier Alice postings and hang him first, then give the corpse a fair trail?

      • DahBoner

        # LIKE

    • zhubajie

      Firing squad!

  • Arpaio/Richter Butt-Secks-a-Palooza 2012 coming to a county fairground near you!

  • Ducksworthy

    The Tea Party-always ready to implement and enforce positive adjustments.

  • Radio_______

    I just said a little prayer for him.
    And then I upfisted everybody.

  • Ducksworthy

    Is this a great country or what? And this is in Maryland.

    • Jaded[redacted]

      Eastern Shore is strange. Real Strange.

  • OkieDokieDog

    If he'd used the all inclusive "Happy Holidays" he wouldn't be such an uptight dickwad.

    Speaking of dickwad, bend over Sheriff WannaBe, I think some illegals have a request.

    • OkieDokieDog

      Uh oh – I think I just got downfisted by my new BFF – microphallus. So so sorry about your teeny tiny thingy, so downfist away.

  • GregComlish

    You can shoot your neighbors and you can shoot your dog, but you can't shoot your neighbors' dog.

  • PsycWench

    “Remember friends: The Constitution was written to protect the citizens from the government.
    Time for my very favorite Onion article:

    • I get all of my news from The Onion. Did you hear about Biden?

    • Dudleydidwrong

      That guy sounds like an ideal candidate for governor of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Maine, Iowa, Ohio…I'm sure that somewhere in his Constitution it gives him the right to govern all of those states at once. And why not go all the way: Kyle Mortensen/ LouSarah in 2012!

    • GOPCrusher

      Is this that same government of the people, by the people, for the people that we need to be protected from?

  • Not_So_Much

    This is good news for the NRA. If only all of his neighbors had been preemptively packing heat, all the time everywhere, the deterrent would have avoided this needless tragedy.


    • genxr

      If everyone had a Browning .50 cal semi-automatic sniper rifle with night vision scope, or if anyone had bothered to learn how to convert an AK-47 to full auto, this could have been prevented. READ THE CONSTITUSHUN SHEEPLE!

    • zhubajie

      I'm sure someone is on the radio right now, making that point.

  • GeneralTapioca

    2nd amendment remedies in action! What's the big deal?

  • GodShammgod

    He *may* have killed his neighbor, but at least he's not in a union.

  • PsycWench

    as did the Virginia Tech shooter.

  • But he does say Merry Christmas.

  • XOhioan

    Heartbreaking detail:
    Other news accounts said that Xander's dog, a Rottweiler, guarded his master's body. Relatives had to take control of the dog to allow paramedics access.

    Patriot/pussy had "chest pains" after he was arrested and had to be rushed to the hospital. One could hope those pains represent remorse, but I doubt it.

  • metamarcisf

    Happy Holidays, asshole.

  • Fox n Fiends

    I can see Atlas shrugging right about now….

  • Beetagger

    He chose a 2nd amendment solution… perfectly reasonable for a man in a flag shirt.

  • Fox n Fiends

    They probably have bigger lawns to protect.

  • "let me know what I can do as sheriff to help you feel more fairly treated and protected in Queen Anne’s County." um, "Pete", how's about you don't shoot people to death? I guess no one suggested this to him.

    (psst… Wisconsinites! go vote!)

  • BlueStateLibel

    I think this must officially be "crazy rightwing nut week" at Wonkette–this guy, Trump, crazy lady at the museum. You should have told me, I would have put on my tinfoil lizard-people hat.

  • ttommyunger

    No guts, Pete. Dontcha' know that the proper thing to do was to turn the gun on yourself after offing your neighbor? Jeeesh! Now we have to pay for your room and board 'till you die of bleeding piles in prison awaiting your eventual exoneration on appeal. BTW, that smile reminds me, got to get the Rabies shots for my dogs.

  • trondant

    The real problem here is that dogs aren't allowed to carry guns.

  • DahBoner

    The Constitution was written to protect the citizens from the government.

    Common nutter misconception.

    Actually, the Constitution was written to protect the citizens from the government being controlled by Rich People and Corporations, such as the East India Trading Company (the cause of the original Tea Party),,,

    • genxr

      Does it never occur to them? If I have rights, they shouldn't be taken away by anyone- government or private. If their only purpose is to limit the power of government, they will find willing allies in those powerful companies who wish to have that power for themselves.

    • comrad_darkness

      It turns out, unfortunately, that difference is one that exists only hypothetically. Sadly.

  • mrpuma2u

    I think he should be waterboarded with bong water.

    • genxr

      He should be forced to sit for hours in an uncomfortable position while his interrogators get really really stoned and say, "wait wait, what were we going to ask him?"

      • jus_wonderin

        I would say "naked and on a leash" but once the thought was conceived, I aborted it.

  • Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be wingnuts
    Don't let 'em wear US flag shirts and drive them old trucks
    Make 'em be useful and learned and such

    Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be wingnuts
    They'll always shoot your ass over shit like your dog
    Even at someone who's white

  • SorosBot

    Or can use spellcheck at least. Hee, check his site out – for some reason he puts the first letter of each paragraph in a giant font, and it was "Last updated: 3/28/11". I wonder when they're going to mention this.

  • Troubledog

    Nice shirt! Dude looks like Debbie Riddle's "naughty uncle".

  • chascates

    His bio shows him bravely taking down a dangerous hippie:

  • randcoolcatdaddy

    "I believe in God, I say Merry Christmas, and I will insure that every citizen’s rights are protected. Illegals will be arrested and charged.”

    Is this Obama's 2012 campaign stump speech?

    • mereoblivion

      With big-ass banners flutterin' in the breeze:

  • woodthrush

    Hey! what happened to all my P? and my comment history?

  • dynamite512

    hope he brings up his firm stance on property rights when he runs again

  • Billmatic

    I'm glad he takes a hard line stance on saying Merry Christmas.

    • Tundra Grifter

      In due course he's going from a hard line to a wide stance…

  • meufchelou

    "I believe in the law and the law is upside down in this country. " Sounds like we need to establish a national backwards day, all the time!! Unless you believe in upside down law!!

    Wait, what?

    • MissTaken

      maybe not upside down, but this asshole is about to learn all about face-down, ass-up.

  • mereoblivion

    For some reason I thought you were leading up to "their penises." Following some wacked-out Moody Blues "Tuesday Afternoon" train of thought is my excuse for an excuse.

  • Duly_Noted

    Got to respectfully disagree, here. The Constitution was written in the wake of Daniel Shays and others to protect the government from the people. A subtle but important difference!

  • chicken_thief


  • Tundra Grifter

    After the way all those right wing nutz came out to "support" the Border Patrol officers who shot a man and then lied about and tried to cover it all up – no bet.

  • DaSandman

    They should have taken him out with some sort of petting zoo trank gun years ago.

  • indysocco

    Needs more flag.

  • 3_Piece_Suet

    It's hard to blame a man so full of sweet sweet liberty.

    That and rat feces.

  • That photo looks like a manip that some liberal made that confirms EVERY SINGLE TEATARD STEREOTYPE that exists. LOVE IT!

  • JoshuaNorton

    Why the hell do they ALL look like that?

    • MissTaken

      It's like how hunters wear orange so they don't shoot each other. Wingnuts wear flags and flubber so they don't shoot each other.

    • Worthly[♬♪♬♪♫♪♬]Skum

      It's a virus. Better wear a face mask.

    • trondant

      Fambly tree not branch.

    • Rosie_Scenario

      I'm old enough to remember the GOP howls when Abbie Hoffman wore a flag shirt.

  • prommie

    Hey, he says "Merry Christmas," that tells the whole story. Its another white Christian male driven out of his mind by the oppression he had to face from the anti-white, anti-Christian, anti-male majority in this country. You know, the ones that say "happy holidays."

  • Zombie_Reagan


  • MadBrahms

    But does he say "Merry Christmas" to illegals?

  • MinAgain

    Some people just need killin'. Unfortunately, they're never the people who end up getting shot.

  • MissTaken

    How does one get Pete from Charles?

    Is it like Joe the Plumber from Sam the Wurzelbacher?

    • poncho_pilot

      Sam the Sham and the Pharisees.

    • mrpuma2u

      Let's hope Joe the plunger shows up as a character witness…

  • __kth__

    Not that he looks like the kind of guy that has a bunch of dead runaway boys buried in his backyard or anything.

  • DahBoner

    "…is accused of killing his neighbor on Maryland’s Kent Island. Because of the dog."

    Well, in his defense, it was a black lab…

  • Beowoof

    You know I am not a supporter of the death penalty, but making this fucker walk the green mile would make me smile.

    • Rotundo_

      I don't know… Hackneyed repeated set up for injectable death delayed a couple of times, then completed while he is still able to sense pain or spending the remainder of his years either in solitary confinement or getting routinely raped. I just don't know… But I guess to be consistent the rapey/solitary thing works pretty well. And it lasts a lot longer.

  • SenileAgitation

    I wish an ex-policeman in a red, white and blue shirt had cared enough to serenade me understandingly with his guitar when I was young man. Instead, I've endured a life time of marijuana addiction, sometimes turning to pot every evening to deal with the pain and loneliness I feel inside, and to make Jeopardy more confusing.

  • poncho_pilot

    the dog probably told him to do it.

  • Limeylizzie

    Is the dog ok?

    • emmelemm

      That was my first question too.

    • onemoretime79

      I need to know. Channeling Mr. Tom Petty.

  • Jukesgrrl

    The problem is such a manly man living in a place with the sissified name of Queen Anne County. If he lived in Arizona, he would have WON that sheriff election and his radio program could share airtime with Bristol Palin's.

    • zhubajie

      Queen Anne would probably hanged him, to the great entertainment of all the county.

  • randcoolcatdaddy

    All you had to do was ask…

  • onemoretime79

    Is the dog OK?
    I mean, that is the real story here.

    Where is the fourth (or is it thefifth) estate when one needs them?
    As much as I google I can't find the answer.

  • BZ1

    "It’s time for the people to stand up and be hunted…"

  • Joey_Ratz

    …I believe in God, I say Merry Christmas…

    This would have been enough to get this dingbat elected in Arizona or Alabama. Good on ya, Marylanders!

  • comrad_darkness

    "The Constitution was written to protect the citizens from the government."
    Absolutely dead-on (ehem) correct.

    "Illegals will be arrested and charged."
    Ah. That explains it. You never read it, did you?

  • eastcoastelite

    And Happy New Year….IN JAIL!

  • ShaveTheWhales

    If you read the linkie, you'll find that about 25% of the commenters sort of support this guy. I find this slightly weird, because there is nothing to indicate the political leanings of the decedent. In my own life, most of the folks I've encountered, who refused to control their animals, have been more like teabaggers than hippies.

    As far as I know, I'm on good terms with my neighbors, but these comments make me think I need more ammo and possibly a larger caliber rifle.

    • zhubajie

      A dog is usually better than a gun.

  • Negropolis

    Trolling the streets with a guitar singing anti-drug songs, eh? That's like the pedophile calling card, right there. Was he dressed as the D.A.R.E lion, too?

  • CessnaDriver

    Guns don't kill people, people kill people.

    • zhubajie

      But it's a lot easier with a gun than with a knife or a club. Avoid temptation!

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