Batman Goes Batsh#t Crazy

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There is absolutely no comment that I can make to this Philadelphia Daily News article that will make it one iota better or more insane, so just know that I have edited it only slightly to maximize the good stuff.

His love of Batman knew no bounds.

For one, Charles Nagle, aka Chaz Rose, named both his daughters after
characters featured in “The Dark Knight” series: HarleyQuinn, 12,
frequent accomplice and wannabe gal pal of the Joker, and Bat Girl, 11,
one of the superhero’s sidekicks.

Second, Nagle, of the Far Northeast, apparently often dresses up as
Batman and has met Adam West, who played the caped crusader in the 1960s
TV series, five times, he told the Northeast Times in 2005.

Phone pals and toy dealers called the 36-year-old husband and father a
“Batman historian,” according to the article.

“He thinks he’s Batman,” neighbor Catherine DeMasi said yesterday.

Well, America, Batman’s in jail.

Nagle was arrested last Wednesday on a New York warrant and charged
with stalking actress Kathryn Erbe, who plays Detective Alex Eames in
“Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” The show’s season premiere was last
night on the USA Network, and Erbe, who also had roles in the HBO series
“Oz” and the Bill Murray comedy “What About Bob?” is expected to depart
the series this season. …

“He sent her letters of adulation for years about how much he loved
her . . . he was totally obsessed,” a source told the Post.

“It was a case of unrequited love.”

That might have been news to his wife, Fay Rose, whose last name
Nagle apparently adopted.

At Nagle’s home last night, no one answered when a reporter knocked
at the door. Two large stuffed animals – a monkey and a three-eyed fish –
were inside a green Ford Taurus parked out front. …

Nagle, a musician who once sang in the Philadelphia Boys Choir, is no
stranger to the criminal-justice system. He pleaded guilty in 1996 to
corrupting a minor, false imprisonment, simple assault, unlawful
restraint and indecent assault, according to court records. It does not
appear that he served time in jail.

Neighbors in his self-described “very tight” neighborhood were not
surprised by news of Nagle’s arrest. A few even chuckled.

When Nagle was a youngster, “he used to charge after his mother and
his brother with a knife,” said DeMasi.

Okay. Thinking you’re Batman isn’t that high on the crazy scale, even if you dress up like him (relatively speaking). Filmmaker Kevin Smith also named his daughter Harley Quinn, although he did manage to not name a child “Bat Girl.” But still, even beyond the stuffed animals in the car and the apparently hilarious trying-to-kill-his-family-with-a-knife antics of the past, the craziest fucking thing about the dude is that he’s stalking Kathryn Erbe. As in Law & Order: Criminal Intent actress Kathryn Erbe. Huh? I have no problem with Kathryn Erbe, but… well, I have almost no feelings about Kathryn Erbe. What pull does she have on Batman? What the fuck?

I’d say this is clearly a case for the world’s greatest detective, but… uh…