A young university tutor has received a lesson in ‘higher education’ after a recent night out ended with him naked and yelling incoherently in a hotel carpark before telling police he was tripping balls on “tons and tons and tons and tons of acid”.
On the banks of the Mississippi River, La Crosse is a college town on Wisconsin’s western border. A river city, its history is replete with the romance of the steamboat era. In 1882, none other than the writer Mark Twain got off a ship and declared La Crosse a “choice town”. Perhaps (let’s be honest, likely) because the place has been known as a destination for drinkers since the mid-1850s.
This month though, one local man did more than his bit to put his town on the map for whacked out psychedelic experiences too.
In the early hours of Saturday, June 29 – a week before Independence Day celebrations in the United States – police responded to calls of a man running naked in a hotel parking lot situated alongside one of the town’s main roads.
Upon arriving, they found 29-year-old Benjamin Snapp.
Disorientated and in the nude, Snapp allegedly tried to enter the police car through the passenger door.
A tutor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse since October 2017, according to his social media pages Snapp is responsible for “mentoring and readiness for college”. If only he had taken a mentor for psychedelic matters and was fully ready for the effects a powerful hallucinogen can have on one’s psyche and ego.
The officers stopped Snapp from entering their vehicle before asking him why he had no clothes on.
“You already know man,” Snapp said according to the police report.
“There’s nothing wrong with this, are you really going to make a f*cking big deal out of this?”
After being handcuffed, officers questioned Snapp on whether he had consumed any substances.
“A lot of drugs, there’s nothing wrong with being on drugs,” he said.
Snapp then told the police: “What’s wrong with being a heroin addict?”
Eventually, Snapp said it was the psychedelic compound LSD which he had taken.
“Tons and tons and tons and tons of acid,” he freely admitted.
After being carted to the La Crosse County Jail, Snapp was charged with disorderly conduct as well as lewd and lascivious behavior.
Not willing to let the arrest be a downer on his Independence Day celebrations, Snapp posted selfie images to his Facebook account a week later.
The Facebook page of Benjamin Snapp (Image: Supplied)
“Kicking it w my home boys,” Snapp wrote alongside a photo of himself on July 5.
Friends who had heard about Snapp’s arrest then offered the wayward psychonaut some emotional support.
“I probably would of [sic] done the same shit,” one female friend posted.
“Who doesn’t like being naked and free.”
Another simply said: “Glad your [sic] ok”.
True Crime News Weekly contacted Snapp for a comment for this story.
We had asked him if his recollections of the evening in question as well as the copious and heroic amounts of acid he had ingested matched that of the police report. He did not respond.