A central symbol in the Juggalo mythology is the Hatchet Man. While the weapon carried by the character in the image is actually a meat cleaver, the hatchet or axe is the weapon of choice in many of ICP's violent songs: My axe is my buddy, and when I wind him back
me and my axe will give your forehead a buttcrack
my axe is my buddy, I never leave without him
me and my axe will leave your neck a bloody fountain
--"My Axe," 2000
Though the lyrics are cartoonish and often nonsensical, they are prime for literal interpretation. On more than one occasion, self-described Juggalos have carried out heinous attacks using an axe, making the connection between the lyrics and the crimes too apparent to ignore.
In 2008, two 21-year-old Utah Juggalos were charged in a violent attack on a 17-year-old boy. According to court records, Cody Jesse Augustine believed that the victim, Justin Ennis, had slept with his girlfriend and given her an STD. Along with his friend Scott Stapley, Augustine went to Ennis' home, where he stabbed Ennis several times with a knife, while Stapley hacked him in the back of the neck with a four-bladed medieval-style battle axe. At the scene, police discovered a pendant with a Juggalo logo, and later saw one of the attackers drive a car bearing a sticker with the same logo past the scene.
Ennis was taken to the hospital in critical condition, and needed over 300 stitches and 30 staples to close up his wounds. Stapley and Augustine were both convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to three years to life in prison.
In the state of Utah, as well as in Arizona, Monroe County, PA., and Modesto, CA, Juggalos are classified as a gang. Next: Two Juggalos Kill Army Vet