TAKOMA PARK, MD—Six years after
his death in morning rush hour, Roscoe the Rooster will once again be the center of attention on Carroll Avenue. Takoma Park
Police are preparing to exhume Rooster's body in response to new forensic evidence
infamous McNoggin of November 2000 as Roscoe the Rooster and fueling speculation that Rooster's death was the result of foul play.
At the time of Rooster's death
in February 1999, rumors circulated that he was the victim of a mafia hit, based on reports that no skid marks were evident
at the scene of the alleged accident. Rooster was widely rumored to have been an informant in the FBI investigation of Community
Center kickback schemes.
A year and a half after Rooster's
death, the discovery of a whole, breaded chicken head in a box of McDonald's Chicken McNuggets roiled the fast food industry.
The big break in the Roscoe the Rooster case came when the Newport News, Virginia owner of the so-called "McNoggin" finally
put it up for sale on E-Bay. Forensic experts hired by Takoma Park residents won the auction with a bid of $1,555. In a press
conference held last week to report their findings, the scientists said that DNA recovered from the McNoggin was a match for
Roscoe the Rooster.
Local residents and Roscoe supporters
were not surprised to have their image of Roscoe—a rooster who lived fast and died fast—validated. "He was no chicken," Larry Rubin, former Ward 1 Councilperson, told The Gazette. "And at one point there was a bounty on his beak." But Rubin says he won't jump to conclusions until further evidence comes
to light. Like whether the rooster remains buried off Carroll Avenue include
Takoma Park Police Chief Cynthia
Creamer expects the exhumation and examination of the body to be completed in one week, after which time Rooster's breaded
remains will be returned to his wife for proper burial.
In related news, a spokesman for
McDonald's responded to accusations that the fast food chain has links to the mafia by saying, "I think evidence will show
that Mr. Rooster was crisp on the outside, but tender and juicy on the inside."