If you aren’t aware of the “Florida Man” meme yet, do yourself a favour and Google it immediately. Florida is known for producing the craziest stories in the world of true crime, thanks in large part to a little thing called the Florida Sunshine Law, which provides free public access to most of the state’s government documents and proceedings.
Now true crime channel Oxygen are exploring some of the most outrageous and notorious Floridian killers in a new show tentatively titled Florida Man. The series will be developed by Blumhouse TV and Man vs. Robot. No release date has been announced yet.
As the official description for the show reads, “When a crime sounds like it came straight from a Hollywood screenplay, there’s a good chance it was committed by a Florida Man.” Which sounds about right. If it wasn’t for the Florida Sunshine Law, we might never have seen such incredible headlines as “Florida Man Finds a WWII Grenade, Places It in His Truck, Drives to Taco Bell” (real) and “Florida Man Threatens to Kill Man With ‘Kindness,’ Uses Machete Named ‘Kindness’” (also real).
And if you think those headlines are outliers, know that they were both reported within a two-week period back in January.
Words: Samantha McLaren (@themeatispeople)