School Teacher Was a Snake Hoarder

Meet Bill Buchman. He taught elementary school kids, but also hoarded pythons in his home that was infested with mice and rats. Cops came to arrest him and found hundreds of dead snakes rotting inside his home. The stench was overwhelming.

From NBC here:

An elementary school teacher was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty Wednesday after police found hundreds of mostly dead and dying ball pythons in his Santa Ana home.

William Fredrick Buchman, a sixth grade teacher at Mariners Elementary School in Newport Beach, was taken into custody after police served a search warrant at his home.

More than 400 snakes and snake carcasses were found in cages throughout the home in an environment that Santa Ana police said smelled “god-awful.” More than half of the snakes were found dead, police said. They had not been fed and were covered in mites, police said.

About 240 dead snakes and 182 live snakes were found in the home. Veterinarians on Wednesday night examined the living snakes to see if they were in dire health.

“There are all forms of decay,” said Sondra Berg, an animal services supervisor at the Santa Ana Police Department. “From skeletons to just dead in the last few days. There is an infestation of rats and mice. They are running loose all over the house. There are rats and mice in plastic storage tubs that are actually canabalizing each other.”

They should have just nuked his house from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure to contain and eliminate the creepiness.


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