Hypervocal - In 2010, alleged Romanian gangster Ion Balint rode away from prison on a black stallion, after serving only one year on a 13-year human trafficking and pimping conviction. He kept four lions and two bears at his estate, reportedly for intimidation. He was even recorded on tape saying, “You said I fed men to the lions? Why don’t you come over and I’ll give you some lions!”Last week, authorities arrested Balint, known to Romanians as Nutzu the Pawnbroker, the alleged head of a criminal network that controlled a good deal of Bucharest’s criminal underworld activity. As many as 400 police officers and detectives were involved in the investigation that led to Balint’s arrest last week, which included 65 other suspects and Nutzu’s brother. On Wednesday, a big crowd of press and local residents gathered at the 48-year-old alleged gangster’s estate as environmental authorities and the Vier Pfoten animal welfare charity sedated the four lions and two bears, put them in cages and removed them from the premises. As for the fate of the animals, the AP reported: The animals, which generally appeared in good condition, will be temporarily housed in a zoo and may be eventually relocated in South Africa, animal welfare officers said.
There you have it. This guy is the undisputed biggest bad ass in the history of the planet. It’s not even so much that he feeds his enemies to his pet lions and bears he keeps at his house. It was the part about him riding a black stallion out of jail. That’s the absolute definition of a power move. You just can’t top that. Maybe someday somebody could one tie it, but it’s a perfect 10 out of 10 on a bad ass scale. Bad ass to the max.
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