Harvey Updyke (Auburn tree poisoner) now living in his car

Just guessing this is how Harvey Updyke looks when he wakes up in the morning in his car. (AP photo).

Just guessing that this is how Harvey Updyke looks when he wakes up in the morning in his car. (AP photo)

I’m assuming this will not elicit a lot of sympathy, but the yahoo who allegedly poisoned the Auburn oak trees apparently so concerned for his safety that he’s living in his car. Also, he’s now being defended by an attorney who represented the former Birmingham mayor, who’s now in prison for bribery, fraud and money-laundering.

Is this a movie of the week or what?

According to a friend of Harvey Updyke, who phoned a Birmingham sports talk show that he poisoned the iconic oak trees at Toomers Corner in Auburn, public enemy No. 1 has gone into seclusion and is  living in a car by a creek somewhere in Alabama.

So I guess it follows that if Updyke phones another sportstalk show, his handle of “Al from Dadeville” becomes “Al from Chevy.”

Wayne Barnes, a friend of Updyke’s, told the Birmingham News: “He left [his home] and went to buy a new cell phone, and while he was at the Wal-Mart somebody cut two of his tires.”

Hah! Roll Tide.

It’s not all bad news for Updkye. After three court-appointed attorneys in succession managed to talk their way off the case, somebody finally has stepped forward and taken the case: Glennon Threatt Jr. Representing hated and morally reprehensible individuals is nothing new for Threatt. He defended former Birmingham mayor Larry Langford, who last year began serving a 15-year sentence in federal prison following his public corruption trial.

Threatt said of Updyke in an interview with the Paul Finebaum radio show:  “He has very limited resources He is exactly the kind of person the law requires to get adequate representation. Now he’s facing a hostile crowd that rather than have a jury, he’ll probably have a crowd of pitchforks and torches out there waiting for him.”

No sympathy here.

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500 comments Add your comment

Pepe

February 23rd, 2011
12:04 pm

Rozeman13

February 23rd, 2011
12:04 pm

first dont belive it

Rozeman13

February 23rd, 2011
12:05 pm

OH Pepe why did you do that to me

vadawg

February 23rd, 2011
12:05 pm

Sounds like he’s going off the deep end.

Innocent Bystander

February 23rd, 2011
12:06 pm

I’d move north or west.

jsmiith

February 23rd, 2011
12:07 pm

i wish the governor of alabama would go on tv and give and absolute pardon to the guy and end his speech with a ” roll damn tide”

Drew W.

February 23rd, 2011
12:08 pm

As an LSU fan, I have no love for Auburn, but this scum bag is getting everything he had coming to him. I hope the judge sentences him to the maximum penalty of 10 years…then he will have a place to sleep for a long time!

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

February 23rd, 2011
12:09 pm

Al from Chevy now thats funny thanks I needed a good laugh today.

KnightInATL

February 23rd, 2011
12:09 pm

living in a van, under the bridge, DOWN BY THE RIVER!!

Bangkapi Ajarn

February 23rd, 2011
12:11 pm

Killing a tree in Alabama seems to have a greater social stigma attached to the crime than killing a person! Our priorities and perspective seem to be formed by the TMZ types more than, say, calm, reasoned rational anaysis of the act and the applicable laws. This dude better just plead guilty and get out of Dodge.

Not to say I would be the soul of patience and tact if he kicked Uga, mind you :-) .

59bulldawg

February 23rd, 2011
12:12 pm

Well . . . the idiot brought it on himself! No sympathy here either! I hope he serves some serious time.

ATLfan15

February 23rd, 2011
12:12 pm

@jsmiith: you reap what you sow…apparently Al from Chevy missed that life lesson. and so did you.

Greg

February 23rd, 2011
12:12 pm

I am thrice divorced, and I live in a van down by the river.

Fire Rodney Ho

February 23rd, 2011
12:14 pm

Rodney Ho poisoned the AJC with his writing.

Updyke has nothing on HO!

Ole Smoky

February 23rd, 2011
12:17 pm

This guy was safer in jail…His troubles are just beginning….

TK

February 23rd, 2011
12:18 pm

Why put him in prison?? He is living a tougher life now. In prison he maybe able to relax. Remember.. Actions have consequences.
**I am NOT promoting anyone harm him.

He should be in a mansion

February 23rd, 2011
12:18 pm

War Dead Treegle

jsmiith

February 23rd, 2011
12:18 pm

thats beautiful ATL15 , get a life… i was kidding , the whole thing is a joke , the rivalry between bama and auburn is a 365 out of control fight between redneck siblings!!! nothing that happens between these two fan bases should shock anyone. it is a jerry springer show in the state of alabama all year round

Vain Jangling

February 23rd, 2011
12:18 pm

And just how is it that living in a Chevy down by creek makes him any different than about half the population of Southeast Alabama? Heck, he’s movin’ on up!

Fleming Island Dawg

February 23rd, 2011
12:18 pm

I agree we live in times where our president seeks advice from people who have set off bombs at government facillities, and NFL QB’s molest women in bathrooms and this is OK but someone kills some dogs and another kills some trees and they should do life?

Sally

February 23rd, 2011
12:20 pm

Zero sympathy for Al!!! Zero.

thetruth

February 23rd, 2011
12:20 pm

I wonder if this guy cares now? When he called Finebaum to brag about what he’d done, he said “You think I care?” when asked if it was against the law. Yep, I’m figuring he cares quite a bit now.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

February 23rd, 2011
12:21 pm

I am not so sure if he ends up in prison there are bound to be a lot of Auburn fans in his cell block.
and yes dog fans will probably be there too

Browncoat

February 23rd, 2011
12:21 pm

I am no Auburn fan, but I agree that this guy is reaping Cosmic Karma at this point. I wonder how he thought how this would all turn out. Lets see:

1. Poison trees (that a whole bunch of zealots love)
2. Go on a radio show and admit doing it.
3. Get arrested, go to jail, then have to move to god knows where so that those same zealots don’t extract revenge.

BRILLIANT!!

BEND OVER, Here Comes the Change.

February 23rd, 2011
12:21 pm

Bangkapi Ajarn – I am NOT an AL fan but you seem like the typical looney liberal, I thought you would be hugging the tree.

WinderDawg

February 23rd, 2011
12:22 pm

Maybe he can wait long enough and sell his two sons to Auburn Football….

Gator

February 23rd, 2011
12:22 pm

So I guess it would be ok to poison the hedges in Athens Bangkapi?

Hollywould

February 23rd, 2011
12:23 pm

We could keep all the water in Lanier and dry up the creek. Then he would not need a paddle.

Patrick

February 23rd, 2011
12:23 pm

Bangkapi-

Uga can’t seem to stay alive long enough for someone to kick him…………..

Hetch Hetchy

February 23rd, 2011
12:23 pm

Yeah, this guy is a wacko. Just be careful you’re not part of inflaming another wacko into murder, Jeff.

BEND OVER, Here Comes the Change.

February 23rd, 2011
12:23 pm

Fleming Island Dawg – same as above. Laws are laws, period.

Bryant

February 23rd, 2011
12:24 pm

Bama wins NC this year ant that makes three straight from the state the leghumpers love to hate!

drew

February 23rd, 2011
12:25 pm

I totally agree with an earlier post – this is getting more media coverage than the obesity level or poverty level in Alabama. If all sports fans took just one tenth of what they spend on tailgating alone and put it to a humane cause then all of us would be living in a much better place.

Joel

February 23rd, 2011
12:25 pm

If you can railroad a guilty man into jail, you can railroad an innocent man too. He deserves a fair trial with legal representation. It’s not about sympathy. It’s about upholding due process.

day old fries

February 23rd, 2011
12:26 pm

Patrick Romano WAR DAMN EAGLE

February 23rd, 2011
12:26 pm

jsmiith , I mean dumbass-Crawl back in your hole you frickin worm…

He should be in a mansion, You’re a peabrain idiot…& your mother & father probably were not married-At least to each other.

Losers, WAR DAMN EAGLE, It’s Great to be an AUBURN TIGER 14-0 What did your team’s do this past season? SHUT THE HELL UP, LOSERS

trey

February 23rd, 2011
12:28 pm

All of this over a tree. And I thought the girls from N. Ave were pathetic.

lmao

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Tech75

February 23rd, 2011
12:30 pm

this guy has a lot more serious issues than these trees… he likely has the IQ of a stump.

he needs to be institutionalized. in a hospital. for mental reasons.

Browncoat

February 23rd, 2011
12:32 pm

Hey trey, remember when the whiners in Athens complained about a few branches of the hedges being torn off…..Talk about pathetic.

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Allen

February 23rd, 2011
12:34 pm

“Hide yo shrubs, hide yo trees, hide yo statues, hide yo eagles, hide yo eaglets, hide yo elephants, hide yo calves, hide yo tigers, hide yo cubs . . .” Has anyone noticed the culprit’s name is “Big Al”?

Tech75

February 23rd, 2011
12:34 pm

Hey Romano – quite a few of the players on my team graduated and actually have good jobs.

They’re student-athletes, not athlete-students.

Kind of a different approach to Auburn’s, wouldn’t you say?

Katherine

February 23rd, 2011
12:34 pm

Come on people….the guy did a bad thing no doubt. But for him to not be able to get a lawyer should be scary to everyone. He didn’t kill, rape or rob..his whole life shouldn’t be ruined. There are people who have done way worse things and have gotten off pretty lightly……get a grip.

Fleming Island Dawg

February 23rd, 2011
12:36 pm

Laws are Laws yes, and you should be fined but seems like you get out quicker for murder or attempted murder than you do for killing dogs or molesting underage girls. And no if he poisoned the hedges I wouldn’t expect him to do time. People here act like you should be locked up for killing a tree while people around the country have no problem with a president who gets advice from losers who have tried to kill people at the Pentagon etc.

Katherine

February 23rd, 2011
12:37 pm

Schultz..i’m ashamed of you really….everyone in this country is supposed to have their day in court…no matter what. People make mistakes…so go ahead and throw stones while living in glass houses.

steel

February 23rd, 2011
12:37 pm

A 130 year old tree surrounded by concrete with morons throwing stuff at it is bound to die anyway. Buy a new tree like you bought a temporary championship..

Hollywould

February 23rd, 2011
12:38 pm

Tech75, that’s great. Now when your football team wins something let us know.

Heady

February 23rd, 2011
12:39 pm

He’s been living off a steady diet of Government Cheese.

Fleming Island Dawg

February 23rd, 2011
12:39 pm

Case in point a pack of dogs attacked a 3 year old and his brothers here in Jacksonville and a good ole boy construction worker helped distract the dogs to save the kids they then cornered him when he jumped into a parked boat in the driveway so he shot one of the dogs and the other ran away now people want to know why he killed the dog and there should have been a better way etc.