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The Idaho Department of Correction is seeking public assistance in locating Metallica superfan William James Thompson III. Thompson is currently on felony probation for robbery and aiding and abetting. The Canyon County Court has issued a warrant for his arrest.

Thompson is 29 years old, white, 6 feet tall, 190 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. He may also have a goatee. On Thompson's right arm, he has a tattoo artfully arranging the words "Metallica Kill Em All." We in the BW True Crime department applaud Thompson's choice of album, as the 1983 classic Kill 'Em All is the release that best captures the precision and vigor that made Metallica the watershed between the new wave of British heavy metal and American thrash, while avoiding the trite neoclassical interludes that characterize the band's later work. Not coincidentally, it is also the only album that features the songwriting of original Metallica member Dave Mustaine, later of Megadeth. Even 22 years later, Kill 'Em All stands out as a groundbreaking metal release--and way better than the crap Metallica is subjecting their fans to today. That said, it's a really frightening, violent piece of work, and having a tattoo of that particular album portrays a commitment to aggression that makes us not surprised that the Department of Correction says Thompson should be considered armed and dangerous.

Thompson was last seen driving a black 1987 Ford truck on the 500 block of Diamond Street in Nampa. He was working as a drywall installer prior to ditching his parole duties, and was been reported to be under the influence of illicit drugs when he fled. Anyone who comes across Thompson is advised not to attempt to apprehend him, either by force or by playing one of those slow Metallica songs like "Nothing Else Matters" in the hopes that he'll become overcome with manly emotion and have a change of heart. Instead, call Crimestoppers at 343-2677.

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