Henry Earl, the most detained Kentucky man in the world with almost 1,300 accumulated arrests, died – La Opinion

Henry Earl, the most detained Kentucky man in the world with almost 1,300 accumulated arrests, died – La Opinion



Henry Earl

A Kentucky man who was famous for racking up around 1,300 arrests during his lifetime has died at the age of 74.

Henry Earlwho was in the news on more than one occasion as “the most arrested man in the world” Due to his prolific record, he was buried in the Owenton Cemetery, with the presence of workers from the Owenton Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, where he spent the last years of his life.

Earl had no family who could be contacted to attend the ceremony, NBC affiliate WLEX in Lexington, Kentucky, reported.

“He was quite a character, he had a wonderful sense of humor”said Ginny Ramsey, founder of the Lexington Catholic Action Center, who knew him for decades.

Ramsey said that while Earl was a charismatic and often difficult person in the Catholic Action Center housing program, at heart he was a free spirit.

Earl was arrested 1,297 timesprimarily for alcohol-related offenses, since Lexington Fayette Urban County Government’s Community Corrections Division began digitally documenting arrests in 1992, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

More than 6,000 days in prison

When interviewed by the media, he said he started drinking after his adoptive mother died when he was 18 years old. He had not worked a real job since he was a busboy at a motel in 1969, a job he lost after showing up to work drunk.

His first arrest came in Fayette County in July 1970 for carrying a concealed weapon when he was 20, according to Smoking Gun. Since then He spent more than 6,000 days in prison.

His incredible penchant for breaking the law led him to participate in “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in 2004, which he couldn’t attend in person because he was locked up at the time.

Earl’s 1,000th arrest came in 2008 for alcohol poisoning when he was found passed out on someone’s back porch. He later entered a four-month rehab program, only to be arrested again after breaking his period of sobriety, according to the Herald-Leader.

His last arrest was for public intoxication in April 2017.records show.

Earl was well-known in the Lexington community, where he frequented the University of Kentucky’s college bars and ordered drinks from students, telling them to call him “James Brown.”

Earl became ill and spent his last seven years at the Owenton Health Care and Rehabilitation Center.

The Catholic Action Center plans to remember Earl and others who have died and become homeless next Monday with a Memorial Day cookout.

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