Juicy FruitIn a case reminiscent of Dan White’s infamous “twinky defense“, area man Ron Terwilliger is claiming that the taste of Juicy Fruit gum drove him to kill a family of four.  “He grabbed a stick, pulled it out, and the taste moved him when he popped it in his mouth–moved him to go on a violent rampage which led to the tragic deaths of Gary and Melinda Braun, as well as their children Dylan, 8, and Sabrina, 5,” according to Terwilliger’s attorney, Lise Boudreau.  Terwilliger was unavailable for comment, as he has been confined pre-trial to a mental institution, where unofficial sources say he does nothing but rock back and forth on the floor, mumbling “it’s got a taste that gets right through ya” over and over again. Terwilliger, 49, a former TV commercial jingle writer, may have been haunted by his unsuccessful efforts for “the one-of-a-kind flavor that satisfies your cravings for something sweet” in the 80s, the notorious “Juicy Fruit is a Hoot!” campaign.  Wrigley, the manufacturer of Juicy Fruit, has so far refused to comment.

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