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Man Who Claimed He Was Adam Lanza's Uncle Also Had It Out for Kim Kardashian & Kanye West

by Kiri Blakeley on December 29, 2012 at 10:07 AM

First, we had a woman impersonating a little Sandy Hook victim's aunt because she was allegedly trying to scam people out of money for "funeral expenses." Now we have a dude who claimed to be Adam Lanza's uncle because he was ... well, not sure. Because he's crazy? A man named Jonathan Lee Riches was arrested after showing up in Newtown, Connecticut shortly after the shootings and claiming to be "Jonathan Lanza," Adam's uncle. There, he got the attention of the press, who took him at his word, and began spouting off.

Jonathan told a reporter for The New York Daily News that his "nephew," Adam, was on the antipsychotic drug Fanapt. That story ran, and other outlets picked it up. But oops! It looks like the guy has a history of trouble and wasn't actually related to Adam Lanza, so the News removed the story. But you can still see a bunch of stories linking the drug to Adam Lanza.

Jonathan Riches was reportedly already on probation for perhaps an even more bizarre stunt -- he claimed in a lawsuit that he stumbled upon none other than Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in an "Al-Qaeda training camp" and that Kim had "taken his virginity." Wow. Doesn't get any loopier than that!

He also, according to the Huffington Post, filed lawsuits against the Lincoln Memorial, James Hoffa, and the Eiffel Tower. I wonder what the Eiffel Tower did to him? He also apparently tried to sue the Guinness Book of World Records for "hurting [his] feelings." He's listed in Wikipedia for filing over 2600 lawsuits against everyone from Martha Stewart to Steve Jobs to Perez Hilton.

Since he was on probation in Pennsylvania, he shouldn't have been in Connecticut. This man seems to be mentally ill. A judge, however, said his lawsuits are "self-promotional." But it goes to show you shouldn't believe everything you read in the press. Or believe everyone who shows up after a tragedy claiming this, that, and the other.

Can you believe this guy?

 

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Filed Under: crime, in the news

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  • Pinkmani
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    Pinkmani

    December 29, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Oh, my gosh! I swear to the holy Messiah, some people are really f*cked up!!! The apocalypse must be coming or something. People are just straight up insane!

    ATTENTION EVERYONE: If you know someone that seems a little off, please question them and/or help them get professional help - for the sake of the innocent people in our country! Whether you think they are suffering from depression or you think they are a sociopath-your gut is telling you something for a reason!


  • Zuri
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    Zuri

    December 29, 2012 at 3:30 PM
    WTF? I mean seriously, WTF? Some people are really screwed up, I'm telling ya....
  • Jaime...
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    Jaime Navarro

    December 29, 2012 at 7:00 PM
    Wow. I mean....wow. What do you even say about someone that certifiable. That's a whole new level of crazy right there
  • Vegeta
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    Vegeta

    December 29, 2012 at 9:57 PM
    I'm the pope and I own Disneyland.

    Also pinkmani, you can't question people about their 'off-ness' it's protected under the ADA.
  • Julie...
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    Julienikki06

    December 29, 2012 at 11:38 PM
    maybe there will be more help for people with mental illnesses now!!!! this guy is as crazy as it gets
  • Anti-PC
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    Anti-PC

    December 30, 2012 at 9:46 AM
    Ok Pinkmani, making a general statement about people with mental illness is very ignorant. I have Dissociative Identity Disorder and panic disorder stemming from severe trauma as a child. I am not a violent or "crazy" person. I am also not "off." Rather than put a label on those with mental illnesses, why don't you try to be a part of the solution? The people who actually get to the point of acting out in violence towards others are most likely not getting the treatment they desperately need or they are not taking prescribed medications or people are just plain ignoring their pleas for help. Those of us who are compliant with treatment or whatever our need may be, (as I no longer need medications of any sort or therapy at this point) are just as high functioning as the next person and you would not know we are ill unless we tell you. So, why don't you attend a local NAMI meeting near you and get proper education on how people with mental illness function day to day (or struggle to function)and how the illnesses do and do not affect people. What is wrong with this country is the lack of compassion for those who have mental illness and the generalization that we are all "crazy" or "violent" when in fact the majority of us are as close to normal as can be.
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