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Can the Rob Ford crack story get any more bizarre?

In case you haven't been following along (like where are you?), the narrative surrounding the alleged existence of a video depicting Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine continues to deepen. Last night, Gawker revealed the location of the house where the alleged video was likely shot (and where the photograph that accompanied the initial story is reported to have been taken). Hours later, both the Globe and the Star released their own stories that allege Ford was a regular visitor to 15 Windsor Rd., which they claim is reputed to be hub for drug activity.

Mentioned in both the Star and Globe articles is the fact that home was the site of armed invasion on May 21, five days after the initial story broke. That's pretty much as far as the papers take it, but a couple of hours ago Gawker published a follow up piece that cites an anonymous source who describes the circumstances surrounding the invasion and the existence of the alleged tape. Not only that, the publication also highlights a comment made on Toronto Mike's blog, which potentially corroborates the story put forward by its source.

It's not for us to say whether or not this source or the story is accurate, but it's surely worth reading. Taken in conjunction with the other reports that have surfaced in the last 24hrs, an even more troubling narrative, one that potentially ties together a number of the strands left open when the initial story broke, is starting to take shape. That said, the video — if there is one — has yet to be seen by the public, Ford's camp is staying mum, and in some sense it's just "business as usual" at city hall.

That last part is genuinely scary.


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