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(Gawker)   Journalist and filmmaker who immersed himself in homelessness for story research strays just a little too far into method-acting territory   (gawker.com) divider line 114
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2013-04-05 03:21:03 PM
So did he OD or was he murdered? homeless & addicts are fairly territorial and don't like outsiders in their space.
 
2013-04-05 03:25:53 PM

borg: So did he OD or was he murdered? homeless & addicts are fairly territorial and don't like outsiders in their space.


Froze to death allegedly.
 
2013-04-05 03:31:19 PM
I just don't believe Newcastle reached temps that could support freezing to death for a healthy 20-something male.
 
2013-04-05 03:31:46 PM
That's chilling.
 
2013-04-05 03:34:52 PM

downstairs: borg: So did he OD or was he murdered? homeless & addicts are fairly territorial and don't like outsiders in their space.

Froze to death allegedly.


Mad Sweeney scoffs.
 
2013-04-05 03:41:33 PM
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C'mon Herm, gimme a happy ending here, man.
 
2013-04-05 03:47:54 PM
I had a sociology prof live in a shiatty part of Chicago for a year(I believe in the late 80's) to do research.  He hung himself the year after I had his class(1997.)

Not sure if it were me or the crappy environment he endured that made him off himself.

/NSCOASB
 
2013-04-05 03:49:36 PM
Was he trying to prove that Life Stinks?
 
2013-04-05 03:59:10 PM

I_Am_Weasel: Was he trying to prove that Life Stinks?


Everyone saw his 11's before he went to sleep.
 
2013-04-05 04:48:52 PM

SlothB77: I just don't believe Newcastle reached temps that could support freezing to death for a healthy 20-something male.


Well then that settles it. Go wake him up.
 
2013-04-05 04:49:07 PM
Should have done it in a kelty sleeping bag in a card board box with a space heater like the college kids do.
 
2013-04-05 04:50:39 PM
What? Was the Dumbass tag taking a holiday?
 
2013-04-05 04:53:00 PM
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2013-04-05 04:53:23 PM

Mentalpatient87: SlothB77: I just don't believe Newcastle reached temps that could support freezing to death for a healthy 20-something male.

Well then that settles it. Go wake him up.


Though an official cause of death has yet to be released, friends of 26-year-old Lee Halpin believed he froze to death. There's no proof he froze to death only speculation.
 
2013-04-05 04:55:39 PM
Froze to death ? in a hostel ? BS. Gimme a break.  crack or smack OD.  $50 says so.  takers ?
 
2013-04-05 04:55:40 PM

SlothB77: I just don't believe Newcastle reached temps that could support freezing to death for a healthy 20-something male.


Or it could be he had undiagnosed health problems that would only come to light when he was in a extremely stressful situation.

/assuming other factors weren't at play - like being bludgeoned to death
 
2013-04-05 04:56:11 PM

SlothB77: I just don't believe Newcastle reached temps that could support freezing to death for a healthy 20-something male.


Yeah they said it was "well below 0 C" but unless they mean WAY below freezing, that's suspicious.  He must have been drastically unprepared---a good winter coat and protection from the wind (which he had in that building) should have been enough to keep him alive, especially if it was getting above freezing during the day.  Maybe he wouldn't be comfortable, but the upper-20s F with no wind chill is hardly lethal.
 
2013-04-05 04:57:17 PM
Wow, he experienced something a journalist going to cover war stories go through, the possibility of getting killed on the job:(

The way he died, if he really did freeze to death, simply sucks. Imagine working hard and trying to get your dream job as a kid to an adult, only to have everything ended by something that could have been avoided.
 
2013-04-05 04:57:41 PM
It's not the survival of the sensitive. It's the survival of the fittest.

What people don't realize is you either get smart (get out of the cold, find protection, build a fire or move to the food) or you die (or if you're lucky get medical care and social services).

Either way, after a while, nature figures out who is tough enough to be shiat on constantly.

/at least he died knowing just how rough it is on the homeless, the mentally ill, and others who are out there alone
/You think you're poor? Try saving one kleenex you've stolen from somewhere for a couple of days, then go out in the middle of the night on a dirt road by the railroad tracks in a violent major city, take a liquidy poop that you've been working on for couple of days, and try to wipe yourself clean with that single kleenex. Be sure and poke the used kleenex into your pile of excreta, like the ribbon on Hershey's Kiss. Oh and no soap or wipes for your hands either. That's poor. It's also alcoholic or mentally ill or a few other things.
 
2013-04-05 04:57:48 PM
-4C outside, he was inside and died? Was he naked? Sounds like bullshiat.
 
2013-04-05 04:58:03 PM

SlothB77: I just don't believe Newcastle reached temps that could support freezing to death for a healthy 20-something male.


This is correct. In my twenties I slept in snow many times in a sleeping bag while camping. No wind, and you're dry, it's not bad at all. An unheated building would have been luxury.

He had a sleeping bag. He was in a building. I really don't believe this story.
 
2013-04-05 04:59:18 PM
Silly wannabe, you can't decide to be a true connoisseur of hobo life, just like that.  You have to work up to it.  Start small, maybe with a bit of PTSD and substance abuse, and then gently move onto screaming bouts at random strangers and masturbation on public transport or in libraries.  Only once you've mastered those can you brave -20 degree nights with just smelly newspaper insulation and strained sterno to drink.  The lifestyle will take a lot out of you, if you don't work your way into it carefully.
 
2013-04-05 04:59:22 PM
This is so hilarious...it redefines the word!
Awesome...simply awesome.
Anyone who gives two shiats about those loser "homeless" people deserves whatever bad tidings they get.
They're losers.
Leave them alone.
Go make a real living.
 
2013-04-05 04:59:40 PM
Slow clap building to full applause.
 
2013-04-05 05:00:19 PM
Well did he get the job?
 
2013-04-05 05:01:34 PM
Two men arrested following death of young filmmakerTwo men have been arrested in connection with the death of a young filmmaker who was sleeping rough as part of a documentary he was making about homelessness.
Lee Halpin, 26, had decided to spend the week living on the streets in his home city of Newcastle to experience what it was like to be homeless.
Northumbria Police say they have now arrested two men, aged 26 and 30, on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug.
The police said the men have been bailed pending further inquiries.
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Ah ha!
 
2013-04-05 05:02:00 PM

Rawhead Rex: This is so hilarious...it redefines the word!
Awesome...simply awesome.
Anyone who gives two shiats about those loser "homeless" people deserves whatever bad tidings they get.
They're losers.
Leave them alone.
Go make a real living.


See, I was going to go with the "Glad he's dead so he can't steal services from real homeless anymore", but you really shame my inferior concept.  I salute.
 
2013-04-05 05:02:03 PM

Delay: SlothB77: I just don't believe Newcastle reached temps that could support freezing to death for a healthy 20-something male.

This is correct. In my twenties I slept in snow many times in a sleeping bag while camping. No wind, and you're dry, it's not bad at all. An unheated building would have been luxury.


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2013-04-05 05:02:34 PM
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2013-04-05 05:03:22 PM
I feel no pity for somebody who accepted their Darwin Award

/seriously though, don't go about method acting homelessness
//help those who ARE homeless, you moran
 
2013-04-05 05:05:00 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: Two men arrested following death of young filmmakerTwo men have been arrested in connection with the death of a young filmmaker who was sleeping rough as part of a documentary he was making about homelessness.
Lee Halpin, 26, had decided to spend the week living on the streets in his home city of Newcastle to experience what it was like to be homeless.
Northumbria Police say they have now arrested two men, aged 26 and 30, on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug.
The police said the men have been bailed pending further inquiries.
 -------------------------------

Ah ha!


TY
 
2013-04-05 05:05:18 PM
That's what a heroin-slowed metabolism will do, yeah?
 
2013-04-05 05:05:53 PM
Officials don't expect foul play.

How about cold play?
 
2013-04-05 05:05:55 PM
He should have started being a bum in Austin and worked up to something harder.
 
2013-04-05 05:08:12 PM
Cooler heads will prevail. Or not.
 
2013-04-05 05:08:19 PM
hammettman: "How about cold play?"

cold play *is* foul.
 
2013-04-05 05:08:36 PM

Maud Dib: Delay: SlothB77: I just don't believe Newcastle reached temps that could support freezing to death for a healthy 20-something male.

This is correct. In my twenties I slept in snow many times in a sleeping bag while camping. No wind, and you're dry, it's not bad at all. An unheated building would have been luxury.

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Looks like heaven to me. Where do I sign up?
 
2013-04-05 05:08:44 PM
any evidence in his archives that he had homeless sex?
 
2013-04-05 05:09:27 PM

darth_badger: He should have started being a bum in Austin and worked up to something harder.


Most of the good places to fly a sign in Austin have already been taken. Try Cedar Park or Round Rock.
 
2013-04-05 05:10:44 PM
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2013-04-05 05:11:14 PM

hammettman: Officials don't expect foul play.

How about cold play?


www.film.com

Tick tock, alarm clock, I'm gonna be late,
Porridge, toast, kids, car, bloody school gate.
Factory floor, what a chore, another week's graft,
And fifty times a day I hear "You havin' a laugh?"
Whatever happened to my dreams, is this the life I chose?
The highlight of my ruddy day is when the whistle blows!

When the whistle blows.
When the whistle blows.
 
2013-04-05 05:12:19 PM

Delay: TheShavingofOccam123: Two men arrested following death of young filmmakerTwo men have been arrested in connection with the death of a young filmmaker who was sleeping rough as part of a documentary he was making about homelessness.
Lee Halpin, 26, had decided to spend the week living on the streets in his home city of Newcastle to experience what it was like to be homeless.
Northumbria Police say they have now arrested two men, aged 26 and 30, on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug.
The police said the men have been bailed pending further inquiries.
 -------------------------------

Ah ha!

TY


YW
 
2013-04-05 05:14:58 PM

Pribar: Well did he get the job?


Nah, the immigrant was cheaper.
 
2013-04-05 05:15:37 PM
One less useless liberal arts master's student on the planet.
 
2013-04-05 05:15:57 PM
Hope his camera was running, this would make a nice snuff film.
 
2013-04-05 05:16:33 PM

Charlie Chingas: any evidence in his archives that he had homeless sex?


a/s/l
 
2013-04-05 05:17:27 PM
Maybe should have waited until it got warm enough not to kill him? That's a lot of hubris thinking you will learn all the ropes of a whole new lifestyle AND survive in harsh weather at the same time.
 
2013-04-05 05:17:41 PM

BarkingUnicorn: Hope his camera was running, this would make a nice snuff film.


I wonder if the two guys who were arrested for selling him drugs gave him an OD so they could steal his stuff. Pretty sad.
 
2013-04-05 05:18:16 PM
My brother did the same thing for the LA Times years ago.  But he slept in shelters and,  you know, LA.
 
2013-04-05 05:18:37 PM

hammettman: Officials don't expect foul play.

How about cold play?


I would probably die if I had to listen to Coldplay for any period of time.
 
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