This is somewhat old news, but with the sale of the Nationals seeming imminent, we felt we had to bring it back up.
One of the three finalists to buy the team is a group headed by Fred Malek, a Washington businessman. He is most famous, to this point, for being one of Richard Nixon's henchmen in rooting out Jews in the Bureau Of Labor Statistics. Which is not a good way to be famous. But we hadn't heard this story about Malek; in 1959, he and two friends were busted by police for — get ready for it — killing a dog and barbecuing it on a spit in Peoria, Illinois.
No, seriously: After checking the blood-spattered pants of one of the men at the state crime laboratory in Springfield, it was determined that the stains were animal and not human blood. Backes said the men then changed their story and said they had "caught a dog and were barbecuing it." Police then found the skinned animal on a spit in the park. The insides of the dog had been removed, and a bottle of liquor was found on a nearby park table. Backes said the men told him they had been drinking earlier in the evening at a West Bluff tavern. One of the men arrested in the incident, in which a dog was killed, skinned, gutted and barbecued on a spit, was Frederick V. Malek, 22, of Berwyn, Ill.
Uh ... if the guy wins, we'd suggest being very careful with your cuts of meat at RFK Stadium for the next couple of years.