With the year coming to an end, we thought we'd share our most-read stories this year.
From depraved criminals, to a horrific accident, to the dumb things people wanted to get on their license plates, and even this story about a certain Arizona sheriff not wearing any clothes, we bring you our 10 most-read stories of the year:
A Chandler man drugged his girlfriend and branded his initials into her vagina while she was passed out, police say. Christopher Lynn Jackson, the owner of a landscaping business called Lawn Tamers, "bragged" to his now-ex-girlfriend about doing the same thing to other girlfriends in the past, according to court documents.
A Phoenix mother admitted to killing her 6-day-old baby girl because she "had too many kids already," police say. According to court documents, the woman, 36-year-old Nina Koistinen, has prior run-ins with Child Protective Services and previously had said she wanted her children "to go to heaven in a vehicle accident that appeared intentional."
Comedian Doug Stanhope, a Bisbee resident, has helped raise more than $100,000 for a woman whose house was destroyed in the Oklahoma tornado. Stanhope tells New Times that he started raising funds for Rebecca Vitsmun after her widely-seen interview on CNN, in which anchor Wolf Blitzer asked her if she "thank[ed] the Lord" for her family's decision to leave their house before it was destroyed by the tornado, and Vitsmun gave a response that became an instant classic -- she's actually an atheist.
Here's a guy who's not ashamed to let everyone know how he feels about penises. This truck with the "NOCIRCM" license plate was spotted in Phoenix, along the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway.
Phoenix police say a man was killed on New Year's Eve after being accidentally shot by his sister, who was playing with a gun while the two were posing for photos. Judging by previous photos of now-deceased 22-year-old Manuel Ortiz, this situation is not incredibly hard to believe.
A Phoenix woman is accused of shoving a vibrator into her 2-year-old son's anus, and doctors told police that surgery will be required to remove it. According to court documents, 21-year-old Rickesha Burns called police, reporting that her son was bleeding from his anus, and said she didn't know what happened.
We all know the Danish tale about the emperor whose men and subjects stroke him in admiration over his new clothes. Of course, as the story goes, the emperor actually is naked. Instead of questioning the obvious, everyone basks in a collective ignorance. Until a little boy in the crowd shouts that the emperor has no clothes. Reverend Al Sharpton was that little boy -- exposing as false Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu's vacant rhetoric about President Barack Obama acting like a "king" and "dictator." Sharpton also revealed the nonsense of Babeu's pledge to defy what the sheriff describes as Obama's unconstitutional executive orders regarding gun control.
If you're the type of person who still has faith in humanity, you probably haven't seen the list of 27,438 custom license plates that have been rejected in Arizona. This list includes people who wanted to drive around every day with their license plates reading "BBYDCK," "HOTNUTZ," "VAGKING," or one of the 27,435 other mostly stupid ideas that have been rejected.
If it sounds like the viral story of a Pinal County man getting a lifetime ban from Walmart for price-matching is too good to be true, the Pinal County Sheriff's Office says that's because it is. ABC 15, which ran the story of a man named Joe Cantrell, who claimed he got a lifetime ban from the store for his frequent use of Walmart's policy of matching other stores' prices on items, is getting called out by PCSO.
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An atheist state lawmaker tasked with delivering the opening prayer for the House of Representatives asked that people not bow their heads. Democratic Representative Juan Mendez, of Tempe, instead spoke about his "secular humanist tradition" and even quoted author Carl Sagan.