|Benjamin "Jesus Christ" Staples, via Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office|
Thirty-six year old Benjamin Tucker Staples, a homeless man, was charged in Utah's Third District Court on July 8th, 2011 with stalking the President of the Church of Jesus Christ, Thomas S. Monson. Staples reportedly has been to the LDS Church Office Building on five separate occasions since June 25th asking to speak with President Monson. Each time, he was refused and told not to return to the premises. Each time, Staples refused to leave voluntarily, and was arrested and booked into Salt Lake County Jail, where he currently remains in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Staples reportedly told officers he intends to keep returning to the offices until he meets President Monson. It really wouldn't surprise me if, now that Staples is locked up, President Monson decides to pay him a visit. President Monson has been known to reach out to people in distress.
There is an interesting discussion about Staples in this Topix forum. An individual named Pat Murphy from Nebraska City, NE identifies as his uncle and says he's looking for him. Can't verify if he's referring to the same Benjamin Staples as in this story.
Obviously, this story offers prime material to someone like Jay Leno or David Letterman. But I can't help thinking about what Benjamin Staples must be going through in his mind. There is a possibility that he's mentally ill, and that's no laughing matter.