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Did She Have a Tumblr Blog?

Posted on | September 17, 2015 | 38 Comments

Nickole Dykema was arrested Tuesday.

Florida is the Weird News Capital of the World, but sometimes the news from Florida is so weird it seems too weird even for Florida:

A Florida woman has been arrested after police discovered over 3,500 weapons in her mobile home.
Deputies arrived at the Brooksville residence of Nickole Dykema to arrest the woman on outstanding warrants Tuesday night, and found the 47-year-old staring at them through a broken window and cursing while ignoring their requests to come outside.
When one of the officers finally entered her trailer to bring her in, she took a machete and went after the man — missing him by inches.

This led to a five-hour standoff that ended when an officer finally tasered Dykema, leading to the truly weird part of the story:

Police say Nickole Dykema is on probation and shouldn’t have had any weapons in her home. But, investigators discovered more than 3,500 knives, swords and blades, a satanic-like shrine, fake bloody body parts, and that’s just what evidence techs have tallied so far.
It all came from a home on Eldorado Avenue in Brooksville, where neighbors say Dykema has been terrorizing them for months. . . .
“I was just petrified all the time,” says neighbor Dorothy Clagg.
Clagg says living next to Dykema isn’t her idea of a peaceful retirement, it’s been torture. “She had a habit of banging on the inside of her house all the time on the walls, and screaming and hollering,” says Clagg.
Dykema is caught on Paula Deford’s home security cameras slashing screens and slicing up the air conditioner unit. “She cut all the screens on these windows in one incident,” says Deford.
That’s what brought investigators to Dykema’s house on Tuesday night to arrest her. She shouldn’t have a single weapon. She’s on probation after being caught shoplifting at Dollar Tree in December, stealing chef knives with a sword down her pants and dagger around her waist. . . .
But Tuesday night’s discovery even stuns investigators: thousands of weapons hanging from the walls, ceiling fans, and stabbed into a mannequin head.

The Daily Mail reports:

Photos of the home shows that the rooms are all unlit and contained hundreds of of blade weapons along with fake heads, fake severed limbs and fake skeletons – almost all with knives stuck in them.
One room also had a picture of a pentagram hanging on the wall with miniature axes sticking out of it and a skeleton dangling in the center.
There is also a satan-like shrine surrounded by skulls, though the pentagrams above that area do not have a goat inside them as is the copyrighted logo of the Church of Satan.

This raises obvious questions: How did she get so crazy? Was she a Women’s Studies major? A feminist blogger? Did she own cats? Perhaps most importantly, is she registered to vote as a Democrat?



38 Responses to “Did She Have a Tumblr Blog?”

  1. Fatherless
    September 17th, 2015 @ 2:21 pm

    I’ll say refusing to jail a woman for the same things that would jail a man plays a major part here. I have no doubts these incidents go back a long time.

  2. Mm
    September 17th, 2015 @ 2:26 pm

  3. charles w
    September 17th, 2015 @ 2:27 pm

    Man, that dude looks crazy.

  4. OrangeEnt
    September 17th, 2015 @ 2:28 pm

    What a strange looking Dyke, Ma….

  5. postaldog
    September 17th, 2015 @ 2:32 pm

    Local news reports here state that several officers were injured clearing out her trailer because they believe she had booby trapped her home and belongings.

  6. RS
    September 17th, 2015 @ 2:50 pm

    I assume we’re moving on from the “female faces on currency” discussion.

  7. RS
    September 17th, 2015 @ 2:55 pm

    And BTW, I don’t know why all those haters are so upset. She was just stocking up for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

  8. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    September 17th, 2015 @ 2:57 pm

    Forget it Jake, it’s Florida…

    That line never gets old.

  9. M. Thompson
    September 17th, 2015 @ 2:58 pm

    Just flipping nuts.

  10. DeadMessenger
    September 17th, 2015 @ 3:33 pm

    I agree, and frankly, I never thought I’d see an Administration 100% above the law and not bothering to hide it, nor a guy like Bernie Sanders running for President and garnering a scary number of followers, nor people forced by the government at gunpoint to bake somebody a cake, nor a thousand other things.

    So zombie apocalypse, sure, why not?

  11. DeadMessenger
    September 17th, 2015 @ 3:35 pm

    Oh come ON…not everybody here is crazy. We have a lotta cows here, ya know! And how could crazy people have cows?

  12. Jeanette Victoria
    September 17th, 2015 @ 4:11 pm

    Sounds like she should be awarded tenure at some California University

  13. Michael
    September 17th, 2015 @ 4:15 pm

    Oh Florida

  14. Art Deco
    September 17th, 2015 @ 4:18 pm

    My guess would be schizophreniform disorder of some sort. Her teeth are unusually unattractive for someone born in 1967/68, but it does not look like meth mouth.

  15. Art Deco
    September 17th, 2015 @ 4:21 pm

    I wonder if Florida has any remaining auxilliaries to its prison system to house people who are insane as well as criminal.

  16. Art Deco
    September 17th, 2015 @ 4:38 pm

    Funny. Noodling around re this woman reveals that ‘Dykema” is an unsual name, that there was hardly anyone in Florida with that name prior to 1990, and that a third of the people in this country with that name live in Michigan. One search result seems to indicate she is twenty-plus years older than the newspapers are saying.

  17. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    September 17th, 2015 @ 5:29 pm

    There is good cray cray (like you) and bad cray cray (see RSM posts about Florida), but everyone in Florida is cray cray to some extent…even the cows.

    Manatees are sea cows and they are definitely cray cray.

  18. postaldog
    September 17th, 2015 @ 6:28 pm

    I think they are in the districts that keep re-electing Alan Grayson and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

  19. Steve Skubinna
    September 17th, 2015 @ 6:33 pm

    And her name is actually “Dykema?”

    Uh huh. I think we’re all being trolled here.

  20. Wombat_socho
    September 17th, 2015 @ 6:36 pm

    Our Manatee Overlord is amused at your presumption.

  21. robertstacymccain
    September 17th, 2015 @ 6:56 pm

    Yeah, I did a bit of Googling and, apart from items related to this story, didn’t find much. It would be interesting if some diligent reporter — maybe at the Tampa Trib — would do an in-depth feature to answer the question: How did she get this crazy?

    Where did she go to high school? What happened to her family? Was this a slow-motion descent into madness, or was there a definitive turning point?

  22. Art Deco
    September 17th, 2015 @ 6:59 pm

    No, it’s a legitimate surname, though from search results I’d guess more common in Canada than the United States.

  23. Art Deco
    September 17th, 2015 @ 7:04 pm

    My guess would be the first installment was early enough in life that she never got back on her feet, or she may have been hammered again and again with breakdowns. If it’s schizophrenia, the initial breakdown might take three weeks or it might take six months. The cases which have better outcomes tend to start suddenly. Holed up in a trailer with no family nearby and a great deal of gruesome paraphenalia at the age of (47 or 67 or whatever) is not a good outcome. Working as a bookkeeper in an appliance store and living near your sister who cleans your apartment every week is a good outcome.

  24. kbiel
    September 17th, 2015 @ 7:20 pm

    Meth teeth. Need I say more?

  25. texlovera
    September 17th, 2015 @ 8:38 pm

    Xanax, Warrior Princess….

  26. Bob Belvedere
    September 17th, 2015 @ 8:48 pm

    I hear that even Satan was feeling a little queasy after recruiting this one.

  27. DeadMessenger
    September 17th, 2015 @ 9:12 pm

    I might point out that there, but for the grace of Old MacDonald, go you, madam.

  28. DeadMessenger
    September 17th, 2015 @ 9:43 pm

    Well, his folks were on him about giving his sister a job, so what could he do?

  29. DeadMessenger
    September 17th, 2015 @ 9:46 pm

    Spend time in Orlando, off International Drive, and you’ll know why they keep getting elected. Even *I* hate going to Orlando, and I’ve lived here all my life, so am more or less numbed by it all.

    You know what it’s like? It’s as if every single last person in Orlando is a DMV employee.

  30. RS
    September 17th, 2015 @ 10:11 pm

    I finally figured it out. She looks like Max Schreck in the 1920’s German silent movie Nosferatu.:

  31. Quartermaster
    September 18th, 2015 @ 5:47 am

    Or UNC Chapel Hell.

  32. Ilion
    September 18th, 2015 @ 11:45 am

    The lady state trooper who helped me last night had very attractive teeth.
    On the flip side, the guy driving the tow truck she called (and his helper back at the shop, and his woman in the office) more than balanced the Cosmic Dentistry Scales.

  33. Ilion
    September 18th, 2015 @ 11:48 am

    I’ve seen that as a surname before. I think it’s south Slavic.

  34. Steve Skubinna
    September 18th, 2015 @ 1:52 pm

    Well, I have encountered the name “Dykstra” several; times before and never thought twice about it. But the juxtaposition of this name with that face in the photo is arresting.

    Of course, the name “Jane Smith” combined with that photo would be hardly more reassuring.

  35. Steve Skubinna
    September 18th, 2015 @ 1:53 pm

    Sadly, yes.

    Remember that story a couple years ago from Florida, about the guy shot by cops as he was gnawing on a homeless dude’s face? Wonder if he was a relation.

  36. MichaelAdams
    September 18th, 2015 @ 8:14 pm

    It’s Dutch. Lots of Dutch folk in Michigan and Iowa.

  37. Daniel Freeman
    September 18th, 2015 @ 8:54 pm

    That sounds like a symptom of this new thing called “synthetic marijuana.”

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