Kissimicoochee Police arrested Earl Joe Tompkins, 38, a mechanic, and Terry Atkins, 34, a Wal-Mart greeter, after complaints from Wendy Hudson, 43, a side dish specialist at the Blue Bird of Snappiness Cafeteria, that they were paying her mother Imogene Winslow, 68, a retired lunch lady at Kissimicoochee Middle School, to mutilate her toes in feet fetish films.
Police Chief Bubba Mathers had intended to just talk with Tompkins and Atkins, but Tompkins assaulted Chief Mathers with a frozen casserole that Atkins kept in the deep freeze for when someone in the Kissimicoochee First Baptist Church congregation passes, and Atkins attempted to strangle him with a push-up bra.
After Chief Mathers and Deputy Dougie Brown, 24, subdued Tompkins and Atkins, they discovered one of the bedrooms of the mobile home they share to be filled with video equipment. The couple had been successfully producing feet fetish films to sell DVDs and stream the video on their website, www.SmellMyFeet.com. Atkins told police that they had originally started with videos of her exfoliating calluses off her heels and painting her toenails, while Tompkins filmed solo videos where he took his shoes and socks off after a long day at the garage for their homosexual viewers.
Things went south about six months ago when Tompkins became too enthusiastic during one of his solo videos and knocked a bowling ball onto his foot, crushing his little toe. “Everyone went crazy,” Tomkins said. “We got all these e-mails from fans about how they wanted to see more bad things happen to good toes.”
Recognizing a cash cow when she saw one, Atkins began to reach out to local residents who weren’t really using their toes, like Winslow, who is confined to a wheelchair. Atkins explained to Winslow how she could supplement her meager social security retirement by eighty-sixing a toe.
“I can’t walk, anymore,” Winslow said. “So I figured why not cash in a toe or two and make a few bucks?”
Atkins came up with scenarios that she would film, usually centering around Tomkins, dressed as a burglar, breaking into Winslow’s home and giving her a foot massage, then blowing off a toe with his pistol. The couple then marketed the videos with sordid titles such as This Little Piggy Bites Gets Blown Away, This Little Piggy Has a Death Wish, and their bestselling film, This Little Piggy Bites the Dust.
Hudson first came suspicious once spring came round and season sandal returned. “I was helping Mama put on a pair of flip flops when I noticed that the herd was thinning. I said, ‘Mama, what have you done with your toes?’ And then she spilled the beans.”
“It’s unfair to say that we took advantage of anyone,” Atkins said. “We paid everyone handsomely for every toe we blew off.”
“I don’t care how they try to spin it,” Hudson said. “Both of them knew that my mama has a gambling habit. Before they could stop the bleeding, Mama was wheeling herself–cash in hand–to catch the disability bus to the Wigwam Casino over in Alabama. They knowingly profited from her addiction.”
Chief Mathers said that Tomkins and Atkins are both being held without bail, after discovering a contraption that had two ropes with five tiny nooses at the end of each one and a script titled Hang Ten. “We’ve since discovered that Atkins had been going to visit Edna Hawkins down at the Sunshine Assisted Living Facility and washing her feet,” Chief Mathers said. “Ms. Hawkins suffers from edema and Atkins had been overheard saying, ‘What beautiful big toes you have,’ so we think it’s best to keep these two behind bars for now.”