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Professional Puppeteer Arrested for Plans to Abduct, Rape, Kill and Eat Child

Ronald Brown

Ronald Brown

Professional puppeteer Ronald Brown, 57, was arrested July 20 for possession of child porn and conspiracy to kidnap a child. As bad as that is, it isn’t even the tip of the iceberg with the Floridian who used his puppet to act out Bible stories. Homeland Security agents raiding Brown’s home also found lewd photos of bound and gagged children in his possession, as well as a CD of dead children posed in bondage positions.

Brown came to the attention of authorities after discussing online his fantasy of raping, killing and eating children, not unlike the infamous child serial killer of the last century Albert Fish. In fact, according to the 29-page complaint filed against Brown Friday, the kindly-seeming Largo man, who often served pizza to the children and drove them to church, was having “extremely graphic discussions regarding kidnapping, sexually abusing, murdering and eating children,” specifically, brown told FBI agents that he “did discuss killing, dismembering and eating” a boy from his church.

These discussions, which Brown had with Kansan child-cannibal enthusiast Michael Arnett, were intercepted as part of an international child porn crackdown that nabbed Arnett in May. The complaint quotes online discussions, which included Brown saying, “I imagine him wiggling and then going still,” of children as young as 2, that his mouth watered whenever he saw female toddlers, and that he likes the summer because children are “almost naked.” Arnett, who said he had already acted out this fantasy, described what the different body parts tasted like. Investigators are still trying to confirm Arnett’s statements of having killed a child.

Brown, who came under suspicion in 1998 after police found several pairs of boys’ underwear in his car, does not have a record, and of the proposed abduction says “it was just a fantasy and he could never and would never hurt anyone.”

According to Brown’s Attorney, Eric Kuske, Brown, who has had connections with a large number of children’s programs in the Tampa Bay area since 1992, doesn’t think he’s done anything wrong, and the conspiracy charges might not hold up in court, because Brown never met with Arnett.

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