Here’s a disturbing story about fan violence. Jon Moreland was a 38-year-old mixed-up guy from the Los Angeles who went berserk at a Cure concert at the LA Forum on July 27, 1986. Just before the Cure hit the stage, this guy—bare-chested and wearing a cowboy hat and jeans—stood in front of the crowd and began stabbing himself in the chest and stomach with a hunting knife. He apparently wanted to make some kind of statement to Andrea, his recent ex-girlfriend. A suicide note was found in his truck in the parking lot. He survived.
History sort of repeated itself on April 12, 2000, at a Cure show in Prague. At some point during a gig at The Sports Hall that night, a 24-year-old policeman apparently committed suicide in one of the bathrooms. He had shot himself.
Yesterday’s Ongoing History Daily post was mildly less gruesome.