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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

WHAT YOU GONNA DO WHEN THEY COME FOR YOU:DID PER WICKSTROM LIE ABOUT "COPS"?

Is Wickstrom's myth crumbling?

Langley Productions checking "COPS" show records, release forms for any trace of Wickstrom appearance










It's an instrinsic part of Per Wickstrom's public persona--his claim that he'd started drinking at age 13, and by age 15 he had been kicked out of his house for using marijuana. While he was still in high school, Wickstrom has claimed he was introduced to cocaine. Believing he had no other means to support himself, Wickstrom began dealing cocaine to make money.

Wickstrom says his drug dealing career culminated when he was 27, when he was arrested in a sting operation on COPS in front of a national audience. He spent eight months in jail before his case came up for trial. Facing a likely sentence between 2 and 5 years, Wickstrom was lucky enough to convince the judge that he did not need to be sentenced to jail. Instead, the judge put Wickstrom on probation for five years and gave him a hefty fine of $20,000.

A little bit about COPS and Wickstrom's claim: the show premiered on the Fox Network in March of 1989. According to publicly available records, Wickstrom was born in 1959.

He would have been 27 in 1986--three years before the show premiered.


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