In news of the weird and unfortunate, a man used his cosplay replica sword and stabbed someone. No, it wasn’t a LARP situation. Eugene Thompson dresses like Link from The Legend of Zelda , and he owns a replica Master Sword. As Thompson says, “I do anime conventions and stuff, dress up in costume. So I got it, because it’s a good replica, and it looks nice, and it so happens to be pointed and bladed.”
As it turns out, it’s pointy enough to break skin.
Thompson lives with his girlfriend and after the two had a fight, she called her estranged husband. The girlfriend let the husband in when he arrived, but Thompson wasn’t pleased. He asked the man to leave but supposedly, he refused and started coming after Thompson. So, when Thompson ended up cornered in the bedroom he grabbed his replica Master Sword and told the man to leave. The estranged husband apparently walked right into the point of the sword.
“I heard him heading to the bedroom where I was,” Thompson said, “so I jumped in the closet and I grabbed one of my replica swords, and I pulled it out and stood at the doorway, and he was coming down the hallway at me while I was yelling, ‘Go away, you don’t live here’ and he just walked right into the point of the sword, I don’t know if he thought it was a toy.”
It gets more insane. Thompson eventually locked the man outside, but the husband broke through the front door. At this point, Thompson apparently stabbed him again in the leg and chest but the man managed to smash flower pot from outside over his head. The injuries left the estranged husband in the hospital in serious condition. Thompson needed stitches for a gash on his head. Oy vey.