Website Names 2009's Strangest Florida News Story and "Freakiest" Florida City

Voters at the Florida Freakshow, a website dedicated to chronicling the state's odd news, have voted an Orange County incident as the strangest news story of 2009. The website has also named Tallahassee as the "Freakiest" city in the Sunshine State.
By: The Florida Freakshow
Dec. 30, 2009 - PRLog -- A website dedicated to chronicling Florida’s multitude of bizarre news stories has named it's "Florida Freak of the Year" for 2009.  The Florida Freakshow ( polled its readers, and an Orange County incident came out on top.

After Alan John Jett, 40, was charged with the first-degree murder of a prostitute, Jett's son allegedly made a particularly disturbing revelation.  According to an arrest affadavit, Jett asked the fifth-grader to help him dispose of the body.  Voters at selected Jett's saga over other seven other infamous Sunshine State incidents, including a man who allegedly pretended to be mentally handicapped in order to get women to change his diapers and a woman who called 911 because she was locked inside her own car.

"We got a few write-in votes, too," said Florida Freakshow co-creator Britt Olesen.  "Tiger Woods was a favorite of course, along with a Florida woman who tweeted while her son was drowning in a pool."

While the state's most peculiar news story came out of Central Florida, the state's capital earned the dubious honor of being named the state's "Freakiest" city.

"Week after week, we saw weird news coming out of Tallahassee," says Cory O'Donnell, the website's other creator.  "2009 brought us the Tallahassee 'Speedo Man.' Our Governor accidentally endorsed a phone-sex line, and somehow our state government lost about 18,000 buildings when it did an inventory."

Runners-up for the "Freakiest" city award were Fort Walton Beach, Port St. Lucie, and Tampa.  

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