Dispute splits band of real-life superheroes

A dispute between two men over leadership of a costumed band of self-professed real-life Michigan superheroes has escalated into a battle of insults.
AP Wire
Feb 7, 2014

Mark Williams, who dresses up as Batman to patrol the northern Michigan community of Petoskey, and Adam Besso, who hails from the Detroit area and is nicknamed "Bee Sting," became friends after Williams got in trouble with police in 2011.

But now their dispute has split the dozen-member Michigan Protectors group.

"He is an abusive, neglectful, thieving, boastful, cowardly crook," Williams said. "He belongs in jail, and I will see him there."

Williams, a part-time landscaper, has drawn attention for patrolling in Petoskey. He was arrested in 2011 after being spotted atop a building while wearing a Batman costume. He was arrested again in 2012 for interfering with police at an accident scene.

Besso was arrested in 2012 after his shotgun discharged as he patrolled near Flint while wearing a bulletproof vest, black leather jacket with a bee logo, shin guards and knee pads.

When Besso got out of jail, he rejuvenated the dormant Michigan Protectors, but some wanted Williams to be co-leader.

"He has to tear others down to feel better about himself," Besso said. "He's like 'Lord of the Flies' with a slightly better version of dirt bags."

Comments

Former Grandhavenite

The Justice League and the X-Men both had their share of internal dissent so this is probably just natural.

Even the utopian collective of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles didn't always get along. Their division of labor was essentially that Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines, Raphael is cool but rude, and Michealangelo is a party dude. It seems some felt that being a party dude, or being cool but rude didn't contribute to the defeat of the Shredder and Krang as much as doing machines or leading. Also the fact that Leonardo got to lead merely by virtue of being from the top tier of the capitalist/investor class was controversial among some of the more working class heroes. They weren't very well trained in the proper handling or disposal of radioactive materials despite always working with them, and it's debatable whether this is more due to Leonardo's lack of leadership on the issue, or whether the training standards required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Energy Department were too lax.

GHJames

You're right FG. I'm not sure superhero's should be arguing in public like this though, it kind of takes away from their credibility in the eyes of the public.

LessThanAmused

Slow news day I guess?

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