NEWBURYPORT – A decade-long feud between two men became bloody when one of the men severely bit the other man’s neck during a downtown sidewalk brawl. Daniel P. Russell, 58, 189 Merrimac St., No. 2, Newburyport, was charged with mayhem and assault and battery after allegedly biting a section of flesh off the neck of an Amesbury man who was enjoying a night out with his wife at the Port Tavern on Saturday night. City Marshal Thomas Howard said “One of the most vicious bites I’ve seen on an individual,” Howard said, referring to the victim’s neck wound. Howard said the incident was the result of a 10-year-long feud between the two men which began after the victim fired Russell while the suspect was painting his house. Over the years, the two would exchange harsh words when running into each other. Around 6 p.m. Saturday, Russell stepped into the bar to grab a beer where he spotted the victim and his wife. An argument between the two didn’t take long to start and eventually spilled outside onto the State Street sidewalk where the two men, roughly the same age, began wrestling frantically on the ground. During the physical confrontation, Russell bit his victim several times in quick succession, turning the pavement near the wrestling match bloody.
Nothing like a good feud. Like I feel like there are too many dumb fights nowadays. Guys getting their neck bitten because they spilled a drink on somebody at a bar. Just stupid shit. Senseless violence. Guys who don’t even know what they are fighting about. That’s why it’s refreshing to hear a story like this. Two guys who genuinely don’t like each other. A modern day Hatfields Vs. the McCoys. Nothing fancy about it. Just two regular Joe’s who have tried to claw each other’s eyeballs out everytime they see each other for the past decade. If that’s not America I don’t know what is.
PS – Am I crazy or should this guy not have been arrested? I feel like anything goes in a decade long feud. Biting, stabbing, punching…it’s all in play. That’s the social contract you sign with a feud.