--------------- Blowing it Out of Proportion ---------------
A Brazilian man killed his parents because they demanded he
divorce his inflatable "bride." He believed a blow-up doll
was a human being, considered it his wife and talked to her.
His religious parents demanded he separate from the doll,
but he would not listen. When his mother took the doll and
cut holes in it with scissors, the man strangled and stabbed
both his mother, age 71, and father, age 70. The 44-year-
old unemployed man confessed to the crime after an interro-
gation by police. "My parents didn't love me and didn't
understand me," he was quoted as saying.