Travis Tarrants, 40, has the distinctions of not just being accused of being a stalker but a stalker with a dead animal fetish. Oh, I forgot, he really really wanted to teach fourth graders in French Lick, Indiana.
Tarrants is not someone who takes rejection well. After another man got a job as a teacher and basketball coach with the Springs Valley School Corporation, Tarrants is accused of stalking the man
and making his life a living hell. He allegedly made repeated calls to the Department of Child Services to say that the victim was having sex with an underage student and was abusing his fiancée’s daughter. He is also accused of sending dead animals in the mail, including four skunks and a raccoon. The packages were sent to the victim at Medora High School.
The dead raccoon was accompanied by a note reading “RESIGN! IT WILL NOT STOP.” All of the packages were written to leave the impression that they came from others, like the man’s fiancée.
Another letter that was misrepresented as coming from a 15-year-old student contained a picture of a man’s genitals and the victim’s telephone number.
The cars of the victims were also sprayed painted with “F*** u” and “u will die.”
One witness may be Tarrants’ girlfriend who reportedly said that she never understood why he trapped five or seven live skunks and kept them alive for days.
Tarrants faces may two felony charges of stalking, two felony charges of intimidation and two felony charges of criminal mischief.
You may also be wondering why the town has its name. You will be disappointed if you were looking for something romantic, exotic, or prurient. French Lick was named after the early French settlers who traded near a salt and mineral lick in the area.