This is the 225th installment of the ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ series. A group of stories that delves into the darker, underbelly of pro wrestling. Many of the stories involve such subjects as sex, drugs, greed and in some cases even murder! As with every single story in the Sin series, I do not condone or condemn the alleged participants. We simply retell their stories by researching interviews, newspapers, magazines and various other sources of media.
Don’t Fool With Mother Nature
A female wrestler from the 1950’s nicknamed ‘The Nature Girl’ (real name Adela Antone) was met a man named Harry Washburn at a local tavern in Texas where Antone was moonlighting as a waitress in 1955. Wasburn would get to know the wrestler and make her an offer she couldn’t possibly refuse. Washburn wanted the young 24 year old wrestler to befriend his ex father in law….a wealthy architect named Harry Weaver. Washburn’s plan was to have Adela Antone become close to Weaver and develop his trust.
The plan also consisted of Antone asking Weaver (an avid hunter) to teach her how to shoot a gun. Then when out in fields with Weaver…”accidentally” shoot and kill him. If Antone agreed with the plot she would be offered a substantial amount of money for her part in the murder. Washburn was planning to extort over $100,000 from his ex mother in law Helen Harris Weaver. The Nature Girl turned down the offer.
A few months later, Washburn carried out the hit on his own. He placed about a dozen sticks of dynamite near the engine of Harry Weaver’s Chevy. The problem was, Weaver’s wife Helen took the car that morning and was the one killed instantly from the blast. Eventually, detectives arrested Washburn in connection to Mrs. Weaver’s murder. It was the testimony of The Nature Girl Adela Antone about the time she was approached by Washburn that ultimately put the ex son in law behind bars for life.
‘WildCat’ Chris Harris is a former six time tag team champion in TNA wrestling with ‘Cowboy’ James Storm as ‘America’s Most Wanted.’ He also worked briefly with WWE as ‘Braden Walker.’ In 2013, Harris was arrested and charged in Florida for DUI and assault on a Firefighter. Exact details of his alleged crime are sketchy at best.
Rather than speculate on how or why Harris allegedly assaulted a fire fighter, let’s get to what we do know about this case. What we do know, is that he was eventually released on a $5,000 bond and sentenced to 5 years probation.
Independent British wrestler Stefan Hard (real name Dean Powell) was arrested in 2016 after assaulting his wife and father in law. According to reports, his wife who is a British porn star named Michelle Thorne, kicked the pro wrestler out of their home after an argument. After refusing to leave the home, Hard stomped on a Playstation and then allegedly grabbed a ten inch knife from the kitchen threatening to kill Thorne with it. When Thorne’s father tried to intervene, Stefan Hard headbutted the Dad causing him to suffer a bloody nose.
Eventually, the wrestler had calmed down and made himself some tea. Thorne called police and when they arrived they arrested Stefan Hard. Hard would plead guilty to the charges of assault with a deadly weapon as well as damaging property and was sentenced to 28 months in jail. He was also issued a restraining order that would legally prevent him from any contact with his wife. The couple were married in 2010.
From Breaking News to Making News
A longtime pro wrestling columnist for the Detroit News, James Thompson, was arrested in 2000 for fondling two teenage boys. Thompson, who went under the pseudonym of ‘M.L. Curly’ while writing his newspaper column later admitted to having sex with hundreds of underage boys the last 35 years. Thompson also had a pro wrestling hotline and often attended wrestling shows in the Detroit area where he came in contact with many of his victims.
Police raided his home and allegedly discovered countless photos of underage boys in various states of undress and sexual positions. Thompson was ultimately sent to prison and served 16 years before being released in 2016.
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