Remember earlier this week when all those headlines started to appear about the salt-of-the-earth hitchhiker traveling through Montana while working on his memoir, Kindness in America, who was allegedly shot by a guy from Tumwater? Yeah, well, turns out that was all a load of crap.
Lloyd Danielson of Tumwater didn't shoot a hitchhiker, as it turns out.
In news that started circulating this morning and is sure to bring a smile to the faces of cynics everywhere, 39-year-old Ray Dolin of Julian, W. Va. - the memoir-writing hitchhiker in question - has apparently admitted to law enforcement that his story was bogus, now saying he actually shot himself. Dolin had claimed to be the victim of drive-by shooting that occurred last Saturday on U.S. Highway 2 near the town of Glasgow, and 52-year-old Lloyd Christopher Danielson III had been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting.
Those charges, obviously, have been dropped, with Danielson released from custody yesterday.
[Dolin] could not be reached for comment Friday. But he said in a Thursday interview prior to his alleged confession that he had recently taken a bus from West Virginia to Sidney and then began traveling across the state working on his memoir about people's kindness.
He spoke from a hospital in Miles City, where he said he was undergoing therapy for his wounded arm. Asked about the release of Danielson, Dolin said he was reluctant to comment because of the ongoing investigation.
Yeah, or because he's full of shit.
According to the story on KOMO's website, the case remains under investigation and charges against Dolin are possible, though none have been filed at this point.