Friday 23 January 2004

Helpless in Kentucky

Henry Earl has been arrested 830 times since January 1992. Henry likes to drink. Henry is a fixture in the Lexington Kentucky jail. I don't know Henry's story or why he is so popular. I'm guessing he doesn't have any family that cares anymore and only enough money to buy some cheap alcohol. I'm guessing Henry doesn't want to stop, I have to believe that Lexington Kentucky has some form of residential treatment plan that he could enter at some point if anything to save the city some money. He is an enigma, a web phenomena, been talked about on Jimmy Kimmel Live, written up in a London daily. He seems happy, most of his pictures show him happy. The jail in Kentucky doesn't like that Henry Earl is famous, every time he gets Fark'ed they get a bazillion hits making their server cranky. I'm betting Henry Earl is going to become another Mahir if it is still possible in this time of the Internet to become a net celebrity for being yourself. Henry Earl is a human story waiting to be told. He is homeless and it would seem helpless in Kentucky.

Posted by Philip at Friday 23 January 2004 | TrackBack

There's a real good story in here. Im intrigued by the celebrity drunk angle.

Posted by: mark at January 23, 2004 12:27 PM


Remember Otis from the Andy Griffith show? I guess there's just something loveable about a recidivist drunk. I wonder how many times Otis was arrested (probably a trick question because he was never actually charged as far as I can remember).

Posted by: Jack at January 23, 2004 02:42 PM


You would think the jail would just put him in a holding cell rather than inject him into the court system time and time again. I guess they have never heard of a drunk tank. In the name of professionalism they book him and prosecute him time after time after time.

Posted by: Philip at January 23, 2004 03:06 PM


We have a shelter here in Nashville, called the "Guest House" which is run by (a "faith-based") agency which provides services to the homeless. The Guest House is an alternative to going to jail for drunks picked up by the police (People have to be brought there by the police-- I can't refer them, and they can't just show up). I've never been inside, but I understand they just have mattresses on the floor, to prevent injuries from drunks rolling out of bed and banging their heads on the floor. Some people get treatment while they stay there, but others just wander off again after they wake up. I don't think the jails like dealing with drunks any more than drunks like going to jail.

Posted by: Marijo at January 23, 2004 03:15 PM


Well I am from Lexington and just moved to the west coast, and in that small 4 months Mr. Earl has been catapulted into the annals of cyberhistory. He prefers to be called James Brown, and will do an impression for free. There are some outdoor speakers at a restaurant near an ATM and a bar, Henry's ideal locale, which once started blaring "I feel good" while my boyfriend was getting some cash and being hassled by Mr. Earl. Needless to say, he was distracted from his peddling and began to dance vigorously. The man has moves.

Posted by: Diane at January 28, 2004 06:49 PM


I'm from lexington and Henry is called James Brown. He loves to dance. One night while leaving the strip club Henry Earl was hit by 3 diffrent cars trying to walk across the street. He was really dancing. He doesn't bother anybody though he is just hilarious to watch. David Chappell should do a show on James Brown(Henry Earl).

Posted by: james at February 11, 2004 06:55 PM


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