Police: ‘Kindness’ hitchhiking author shot himself to promote book

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, June 15, 2012 16:50 EDT
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A writer from West Virginia who claimed last week that he’d bee shot in a random act of violence has admitted that he shot himself to promote his book, police told The Associated Press on Friday.

The writer, 39-year-old Ray Dolan, originally claimed he was working on a book called “The Kindness of America,” and had suffered his injury at the hands of a motorist while he was hitchhiking in Montana.

52-year-old Lloyd Christopher Danielson III was arrested and charged with the crime, but that charge has since been dropped. He remains in jail on an unrelated charge.

Dolin’s gunshot wound was located in the upper arm, and is expected to make a full recovery.

Photo: Flickr user mattlemmon, creative commons licensed.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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