SHREVEPORT, La. – Ellerbe Road School has long been regarded as the scariest place in Shreveport/Bossier, consistently edging out the State Fair, the Wal-Mart in Shreve City, and the Beacon Motel. For decades, this horror hinged on two things: morons continuing to reproduce at an alarming rate and the allegation that Quinton Gimple, the janitor at the school in the 1970s, had kidnapped several children and later burned down the school. After the story began to circulate, Quinton was subsequently apprehended and sentenced to life in prison for his alleged crimes.
New evidence has come to light that will now see Quinton released back into society. “This is a great day for me, the news is really uplifting. I’d relegated my thoughts to the realization that I’d spend the rest of my life in jail, I can’t wait to go see my wife and parents,” Quinton says.
The new findings suggest that the children he allegedly kidnapped never existed. “To be frank, we never asked for names, but I remember thinking, ‘damn, this sounds pretty serious, he probably did it’ and took him in,” says former Sheriff Abe Westerman.
Further evidence has been found to show that the school was also never set on fire during that time period. “Someone had just mentioned it in passing and it sounded believable. I didn’t think anyone would make that up so we just rolled with it. The guy looked weird anyway, and come on! The guy had already allegedly kidnapped a bunch of kids and now he’s allegedly burned down the school. He wasn’t going to be out on the streets – not on my watch,” says Westerman.
Since then, high school kids, especially weird goth kids, had flocked to the school to pretend it was haunted, get drunk, and fornicate with one another – Quinton’s tale added to the mystique. Unfortunately for Quinton, since his arrest, his wife left Shreveport with his half-brother to live in Biloxi since 1993, where they’ve established a successful pastry business, and both of his parents have since passed away.
However, no one has told Quinton, because many still believe the myth that surrounds him. “The crime sounds so heinous that I’d rather be safe than sorry with this guy, who knows what he’s actually capable of,” one resident says.
Quinton is set to be released tomorrow at 3 PM.
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