Monday, December 10, 2007

Seymour Perkins revisited

Remember Seymour Perkins, the East Side "minister" known for his strange art, hookers' bench, tunnel plans, dangerous house, and paranoid fantasies?

Now Moises Mendoza of the Express-News reports that the city could move to demolish his house.

And Perkins fancies himself something of a city planner, with a grand scheme for San Antonio's economic future.

But with all the trash littering his yard and the drug dealers and prostitutes loitering outside his creaky house at South Hackberry and Nevada streets, his neighbors don't see a man of good intentions.

And neither do the police.

They've been called to his house more than 100 times since the beginning of the year, and Perkins himself is awaiting trial on a drug possession charge.

Now Perkins' world may be coming down around his shoulders.

After being cited for numerous city code violations, his house at 600 S. Hackberry St. was referred to the city's Dangerous Structure Determination Board. It could be ordered demolished at a special hearing today.

And, of course, Mr. Perkins smells a conspiracy.

Perkins says he's lived in the house for at least 20 years, all the while creating plans for a vast underground city that he claims will add $100 billion to San Antonio's economy.

He's even digging a hole with shovels near the house where the construction will start. [This hole is also supposed to be the northern end of a tunnel railroad to Mexico that will lead to a Hispanic takeover. --ed.]


Perkins says the police, city code officials and the San Antonio Independent School District are oppressing him and trying to steal his property.

Strange, strange.

ADDED: The Current also presents a view of Perkins.


Dave said...

You know I'm one to whip out the camera and make like an investigative reporter from News4 without the obnoxiousnous, so I had an idea to drive over to Mr. Perkins abode for a little looksee. But the weather was crappy when I got off work today.

But if the house is still there tomorrow, I'm gonna stop by and take some pictures. I'd like to get some pregnant hookers in the photo, if anyone happens to have a direct line or anything.

Albatross said...

Dave, I'll keep checking out your blog to see if you get any pictures. I've seen the ones taken by the media, but you seem to have a knack for truly capturing the strangeness of a situation.