Musicians, especially rock stars, are well known for their outrageous personalities. And, while some can turn off their self-absorbed, rock-n-roll personas off-stage, others are just plain rotten whether they're shredding at the Hollywood Bowl or buying groceries. Avoid these controversial musicians at all costs.
The world of metal isn't exactly known for subtlety or a gentle persuasion. But you may be surprised how many growling metal frontmen are thoughtful and caring people. Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying is not one of those people.
In May 2013, Lambesis solicited someone to off his wife of eight years, offering a cool thousand dollars and detailed instructions on how to go about doing it. His wife, Meggan, had filed for divorce the previous year, but that's the only nugget of speculation as to why he wanted to have the mother of his three adopted children murdered. The only problem was that the person he was enlisting to carry out this grim act was actually an undercover police officer.
He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six years but ended up serving just under three, gaining release in December 2016. As for his band, well, he's back fronting the group, who supported him during his trial and jailing. Compassionate friends? You decide.
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