UPDATE: Woman Who Shot Encyclopedia-Wearing Boyfriend With Desert Eagle Pleads Guilty

Monalisa Perez and Pedro Ruiz III (courtesy cbsnews.com)

While you can’t fix stupid, you can shoot it with a Desert Eagle .50-cal and send it to prison for a while . . .

Perez told investigators that Ruiz wanted to make a video of her shooting a bullet into a hardcover encyclopedia he was holding against his chest, according to court records. Perez said she fired a .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol from about a foot away. Two cameras recorded the incident, though investigators have withheld the footage. Ruiz died from a gunshot wound to the chest.

The couple had a YouTube channel where they posted videos of pranks and stunts. Hours before the shooting, Perez tweeted: “Me and Pedro are probably going to shoot one of the most dangerous videos ever. HIS idea not MINE.”

Click here to read the whole story via cbsnews.com.


  1. avatar rc says:

    I know this is cold, but this may be the 2017 Darwin Award winner, except for the fact that these two already had kids. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes, as they say.

    1. avatar anonymoose says:

      Well, he won’t be there to teach them stupid things. Nurture is half of everything, but she’s dumb as a rock also.

      1. avatar Rattlerjake says:

        Guarantee this is a direct result of the gaming and entertainment industry. ALL of the video games and movies involving guns and speeding cars give these idiots a false sense of reality. When you can shoot people or run them over with cars and they get back up and continue the fight, low-intelligence morons like these are bound do put themselves and others in danger. Them killing themselves and each other is just part of “natural selection”!
        How about that “Einstein” parkcour fool who was showing off doing pullups on a 60 story building and lost his grip? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUuKN6Oi7nc, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzwdRjh0o-o

        1. avatar Badwolf says:

          No, they are stupid, plain & simple. Lots of kids grow up (me included) playing violent games and watching violent movies and know they are just that… games and movies, not real life.

  2. avatar DrewR says:

    I just can’t understand why you wouldn’t test it first, even if you think it won’t go though you would be idiotic not to just shoot a book first and see. This is probably one of the stupidest ideas in the history of the human race.

    1. avatar anonymoose says:

      They did shoot a book, propped up on something, and it didn’t go through. Then he held a book in front of himself and it went through. Basic physics is kinda funny like that.

      1. avatar Michael says:

        Set it up against something? Like lean it a against a flimsy rock, so that the rock doesn’t hold it as firm and the book moves more when shot? Or was it the same book shot twice? But a nice Darwin Award. How about negligent manslaughter.

        1. avatar Button Gwinnett says:

          Stood it on a table, shot it. Of course the book moved, dissipating the energy slowly.

          Physics. How does they work?

  3. avatar FedUp says:

    Homicide, or assisted suicide?

    1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Well, it sure cannot be murder. At worst I would think manslaughter.

    2. avatar Hannibal says:

      Accident by negligence\stupidity. Not uncommon as a cause of death.

      1. avatar Snatchums says:

        Death by misadventure?

    3. avatar Desert Dave says:

      Stunodicide. Keeps the gene pool clean.

  4. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    Interesting question:

    What if the boyfriend told the girlfriend that he extensively researched the concept and that it was absolutely safe, even showing her videos of other people shooting handguns into thick books that ALWAYS stopped the bullet. Can she really be guilty of a crime if she expressed reservations and her boyfriend assured her that it was perfectly safe?

    People perform stunts all the time. If someone has seriously researched the stunt, applied safeguards, and truly believed that the stunt was safe with those safeguards, how can they be guilty of a crime if something goes wrong? We hear about people getting seriously injured or killed performing stunts for television or movies — and rarely hear about any prosecutions unless there was gross negligence.

    Rather, this sounds like it could be a tragic accident.

    1. avatar Hank says:

      Ignorance isn’t an excuse in law. It would be the same if someone (somehow) tricked you into selling their drugs for them, and you got busted for it. The moral of the story is, don’t point a gun at something unless you want to kill it.

      1. avatar Chris Mallory says:

        Unless you are a cop. Then you can be as ignorant of the law as you want as long as you act in “good faith”.

    2. avatar G says:

      I was wondering that too. If your dumb to do something like this in your back yard, i would imagine there wasnt really any research put into this. The guy probably just saw a couple youtube videos or just assumed it would work because guns dont shoot through anything in videogames.

      However, despite this being an incredibly dumb and tragic accident, i dont really see why shes being charged with his death. I guess it probably has to do with not having licensing or training to do stunt work.

  5. avatar Sean Hephner says:

    This is one of those stories that super stupid and super sad, simultaneously. Ignorance kills.

  6. avatar Arc says:

    If they filmed it and it is as said, not guilty…

  7. avatar MLee says:

    My biggest book is the Random House Dictionary of the English Language. The thing is big, but I wouldn’t do that stunt even with a .22 let alone a damn .50 caliber!
    I’m not sure which gun rule if violates but I betting all of them especially # 1
    (1) Always keep your gun pointed in a safe direction
    Treat all guns as if they are loaded.

    Yes, I’m sure I have read that before somewhere.

    1. avatar Model 31 says:

      I think the most applicable rule here is:
      Know your target and what is behind it.

      1. avatar Vic Nighthorse says:

        She clearly met that rule. She maybe failed “Never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy.” though.

    2. avatar Jeff K says:

      I have shot 1,000 page books from 10 yards with a Ruger Mk III Hunter with the 6 7/8’s inch barrel and had Remington Thunderbolt 22 LRs go thru all 1,000 pages. Enough said.

  8. avatar former water walker says:

    Well it WAS his idea😖😫😢Duh…hey this summer we drove by younguns flipping off a bridge(backwards)into a shallow crick. Drunk/and/ or high but definitely dumb. Oh well…

  9. avatar Hannibal says:

    Sad. Stupid. Sadpid.

    It would otherwise be funny that their testing protocol, in its entirety, was apparently that the boyfriend shot a book beforehand and it didn’t go through. And after that one sample they were willing to take a different book and bet his life on the same exact result happening.

    Sometimes when you don’t understand science, it hurts.

  10. avatar ironicatbest says:

    Miss Perez probably freaked when he died.

  11. avatar James Earl Hoffa says:

    I’m with everyone else on this one that said why the hell didn’t he test it first I mean how much is an encyclopedia you damn near can find them in the garbage since the internet. I used to shoot Orlando Florida Yellow Pages that were four times as thick as an encyclopedia and I could stop 9mm 40 caliber and 45 ACP. But I sure as hell didn’t have anyone hold it up over their chest and then shoot it. These two mental midgets got exactly what they deserved. Hopefully the children will be raised by more intellectual types.

  12. avatar James Earl Hoffa says:

    I’m with everyone else that said why the hell didn’t he test it first how much does an encyclopedia cost you can find them in the trash any Monday morning. Why the hell did he shoot one first up against a mannequin or a tree or something to see if that 50 would go through this guy was a complete moron. And the girlfriend complete moron to. We’re better off without these two mental midgets. Hopefully our children will be raised by someone with at least half a brain.

  13. avatar Docduracoat says:

    The box o truth already did the book thing with various calibers
    Not .50 desert eagle, however!
    It turns out that a bookshelf can be quite effective in stopping bullets, especially if struck length wise

  14. avatar IdahoBoy says:

    “Hold my beer and watch this…”

    1. avatar dlj95118 says:

      …damn! You beat me to it.

  15. avatar Hugo says:

    If only we could keep guns out of the hands of the stupid. Cars too.

  16. avatar Paul53 says:

    Just a guess, but I’m thinking the encyclopedia or dictionary he’s using have never been opened.

    Sorry! Old ER nurse. Nothing’s too sick if it’s funny enough.

  17. avatar Mike says:

    Mankind literally got collectively smarter after that -1 incident. Just saying.

  18. avatar American Patriot says:

    I have no problem cleaning out the bottom of the gene pool.

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