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Actor Randy Quaid Seeks Asylum in Canada

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Carl Jung said, "There are no coincidences." 

Yesterday, I wrote about American citizens who seek asylum overseas (American Citizens Seek Asylum in Great Britain).  Now, we learn that Randy Quaid and his wife Evi are seeking asylum in Canada. 


 Randy Quaid in Independence Day - Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you.

It seems that the couple had legal trouble in the U.S., stemming from a property dispute.  As a result of the dispute, the couple was arrested in California and released on $50,000.00 bond each.  They then traveled to Canada where Mr. Quaid was scheduled to receive an award from a Canadian film critics group.  When they failed to appear at a hearing in California, they were arrested in Canada.  Rather than quietly returning to the U.S., the couple has sought refugee status in Canada.

The basis for the claim is not entirely clear.  Mrs. Quaid says that eight of their friends, including actors David Carradine and Heath Ledger, have been "murdered" under mysterious circumstances and she's worried something will happen to her husband next.  "We feel our lives are in danger," she said.

According to my favorite website, TMZ, the Quaids have had a troubled history and have made some pretty outrageous claims involving different conspiracies against them.  Although the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada has released them, they are being kept on a pretty tight leash, and will have to appear again for a hearing later this week.  Whether they follow through with their asylum claim, we will have to wait to see.  If they succeed on the claim, they will become two of the handful of U.S. citizens who have successfully claimed asylum in another country. 

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