News >> Browse Articles >> Crime News


Fart Jokes Lead to Murder Charges, First-Degree Assault

Fart Jokes Lead to Murder Charges, First-Degree Assault

Marc Higgins has been charged with murder, first-degree assault, two counts of second degree assault, and four counts of carrying a dangerous weapon.

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

January 21, 2011

BRISTOL, CT- A Connecticut man is facing murder charges after he knifed four people at a party for making fun of his flatulence.

Marc Higgins, a 21-year-old Bristol native, stabbed a group of his fellow partygoers on Saturday, killing one, after becoming angry and belligerent when they mocked him for being gassy.

According to court documents obtained by the Hartford Courant, Higgins left the party following a confrontation with attendee Stacy Buccheri, who ridiculed him for his obnoxious odors and even slapped him.

An enraged and “very drunk” Higgins stormed out of the first-floor apartment, only to return approximately 45 minutes later with three knives. At that point, police said Higgins began stabbing partygoers indiscriminately on the apartment’s porch.

Wondering which Law Enforcement job is right for you?
Check out our PoliceLink Career Profiles to find out!

Matthew Walton, 21, was the lone fatality of the attack, and died later that night at Bristol Hospital. Police arrived to find the Bristol resident unresponsive and Higgins nowhere to be found.

The other three victims – Sandra Ranger, 18, David Klett, 19, and Tyler Basso, 18 – were all treated at the Bristol Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and released.

“I didn’t know what happened,” Klett told the Bristol Press. “Then I saw the blood. I jumped off the porch and ran to the hospital. It was scary… I was just in the wrong place in the wrong time.”

Higgins later turned himself in and confessed to the crime, according to the Courant.

He said he was “angry at being derided and wanted to teach people that they shouldn’t trifle with him,” the paper reported, though he told police he considered Walton a friend and did not target anyone specifically.

Higgins was officially charged with murder, first-degree assault, two counts of second degree assault, and four counts of carrying a dangerous weapon, the Press reported. He was held on $2 million bail in Bristol before his case was transferred to Superior Court in New Britain, Conn.

  • Crumb_passin_thru_02_1__max50


    over 1 year ago


    I know this story is 2 years old, but since someone bumped it up I have to take this opportunity to respond to LAWMANTUKES with the obvious:

    Don't you mean "gasbag"?

  • 2013_police_academy_graduation_beverage_pitcher-rfbcce87685664b4aad274d761cee8c6d_2wnov_8byvr_324_max50


    over 1 year ago


    Oh my gosh... There just are no words. wow

  • 453_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Seriously?.... What a jackwagon. Its a pround moment when you can make others run away from you, gagging, as you laugh at them. As a guy, we love those moments.

  • 36785_1414325570982_1617863602_999411_5394478_n_max50


    over 3 years ago


    LoL @ ssu..Shouldn't laugh but that was funny :)

  • White_shirt_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I hope he ends up being Bubba's girlfriend. Lets see how tough he is in lock up.

  • Img_0103_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Well I wonder just how violent this Moron will be, when his fellow prisoners start teasing him for the next 30 years or so. What a total loser...!! "Fart" jokes....Nothing funny about this a$$bag.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    I'm jut betting his roommate will find a way to plug him up when he gets to the slam.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    Must be somewhat of a new emotional illness.My partner and I would have killed each other three or four dozen times a day.

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 3 years ago


    gudercop LMAO!!!

  • 179509_413913675314782_526027874_n_max50


    over 3 years ago


    this guy acted very juvenile and immature i mean common we all pass gas at one time or another. if you don't want to pass gas then take some bean-o and there would be no gas. this guy should grow up

  • Est_training_with_kansas_city_metro_037_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Silent but deadly..........

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Wow. LOL Scurge.

  • Me2__1__max50


    over 3 years ago


    Whatever happened to laughing it off?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Are you S******g me ?

  • Batman_max600_1__max50


    over 3 years ago


    WOW what is going on with this world today. A guy can't even pass gas without being ridiculed. Be proud of your gas young man. Don't get mad get even yeah words to live by HUH. It is the S***s when people get all bent out of shape over folks laughing at them or with them. Gas is funny thats why we lock the windows on our patrols cars so our partners can't get fresh air. Com'on we all have done this right. LOL

PoliceLink School Finder

Save time in your search for a criminal justice degree program. Use PoliceLink's School Finder to locate schools online and in your area.

Get Info

* In the event that we cannot find a program from one of our partner schools that matches your specific area of interest, we may show schools with similar or unrelated programs.