The story of Mark Rubinson and Robert Young, who allegedly tried to reenact Weekend at Bernie's with their dead friend, Jeff Jarrett, was already plenty weird.
Now, add to it Young's claim that he thought Jarrett was only drunk, Rubinson's court no-show and -- the latest -- his obsession with a fantasy Ninja blade.
As we reported, Young had been bunking with Jarrett, a former college buddy, after falling on hard times. Then, on August 27, Young returned home to find Jarrett unresponsive. But rather than dialing 911, he hooked up with Rubinson, loaded Jarrett into Rubinson's car and set off on a night of merriment. They drove to Teddy T's, leaving Jarrett in the car while they patronized the bar and grill, then headed over to Sam's No. 3 for some breakfast. After that, they dropped Jarrett back at his place before hitting Viva Burrito and Shotgun Willie's, where they used their pal's bank card to withdraw $400. Only after closing time at this last joint did they flag down a cop and tell him they thought there might be a dead man at Jarrett's house. And they were right.
Rubinson was supposed to make his first court appearance in relation to this misadventure on Tuesday, but he didn't show up. He later claimed someone had stolen his car and he had no way to get there. Meanwhile, Young talked to 9News, insisting that he only thought Jarrett was drunk when he and Rubinson began carting him around. In retrospect, he admitted to the station, "It was a bad move."
Indeed it was.
As for Jarrett, the Denver coroner has just ruled that he died of "mixed-drug intoxication." The death is considered to be accidental -- although not what happened afterward.
Meanwhile, another wacky story has surfaced about Rubinson -- this one from Mark McCormick, manager of All American Pawn. He says Rubinson was something of a regular, and on a Saturday morning a week or so before Jarrett's midnight ride, "he walks in and says he wants to buy a concealed weapon.
"I asked if he wanted a handgun," McCormick continues, "and he says 'no.' I said I didn't think we had any legally carry-able short-blade knives, but I went to the case where we store things like that, just in case we did. And when we get over there, he sees this fantasy-Ninja thing. It looks like two bat wings connected by a U-shaped handle, with a sheath. And he says, 'What about that?' I said, 'You don't want that.' And he said, 'You don't know me very well.'
"This thing was a bit oversized. It was, like, nineteen by five. And I said, 'Rubinson, I thought you wanted a concealed weapon.' And he said, 'Yeah. Got a bag you can conceal it in?' So I found an oversized Target bag, like the kind you'd get after you bought a pillow. And he grabs the thing in the middle of the bag and walks out with it."
And then, a few hours later, he walked right back in.
"It was about five, five-thirty," McCormick recalls. "He says, 'I need to raise some money. Can you buy it back from me?'"
So McCormick did -- at a lower price than he'd sold it that morning. And now, the item's available again, complete with a bizarre backstory.
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!
Look below to see a video about the incident made by McCormick's son; he incorrectly states that the Ninja incident took place on the same day as Rubinson's more notorious escapade, but you'll get the idea.
More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Richard Troupe charged with dropping trou at Burger King, asking staffer to hold his Whopper."