OK, so I hadn’t ever heard about this one but while researching something else, I stumbled upon it.
Apparently in 1985 a woman who was upset about Highland Park High School students driving recklessly near her home, went over to the school to complain and while standing in the parking lot, she whipped a gun out of her skirt pocket and shot a student in the arm. For. Real.
The May 1986 issue of D Magazine has the story about the woman, Betty Minyard Stein, going pro se.
“I had a lawyer once in a civil matter. He was a Communist and stole my money. He’s deceased now. God got him.”
She made several odd decisions while representing herself but this claim was most bizarre.
…[the victim’s] wounds were caused by something or someone else. She implied that the wound was actually caused when he’d fallen on a ski pole.
Oh, and she sued the district too.