Robert Farley of the St. Petersburg Times reports a Chicago man says he has exclusive video of the much-hyped HELL ON EARTH performance Saturday night, including "crazy" footage that purports to show a sickly-looking man commiting suicide through "some sort of asphyxiation."
But Shane Bugbee isn't necessarily buying that it's real.
Bugbee, 34, said he has been interviewing HELL ON EARTH leader Billy Tourtelot during the past three days and plans to share what he has learned during his two-hour Internet radio program at noon today on www.radiofreesatan.com
Bugbee said he has two videos, one of the band's performance and another of "something that looks crazy" and appears to show a man commiting suicide.
"But I don't know if I believe it," Bugbee said. "I want some more information.
"Until I see police taking a body out of a home, it could be Billy's girlfriend, for all I know."
Bugbee said he did not want to share all he knows before his radio show.
"I'm holding an exclusive," Bugbee said, adding that he has been offered $10,000 by the National Enquirer for an interview. "It is interesting, to say the least, the whole underground journey."
Bugbee said he met Tourtelot while in St. Petersburg researching a book on Michael Diana, who was jailed for publishing cartoons that were judged obscene. Bugbee also interviewed Tourtelot when he reviewed some of his CDs several years ago.
Bugbee said he's not sure whether all this is a hoax, but he doesn't have a problem if it is.
"I was leery of Billy up front," he said, "and I'm even more guarded now."
In his numerous interviews with Tourtelot over three days, Bugbee said, it appeared that Tourtelot was sincere in his desire to promote his right-to-die views.
"He (Tourtelot) believes in freedom of choice and that other people shouldn't control your destiny," said Jan Bernius, a friend who works at the Phat Shack in Ybor City. "Billy does not fake things. What you see is what you get."
Bugbee said he plans to make videos available to the public soon.
"I will make sure it gets seen," he said.