Jonathon Albert “The Impaler” Sharkey (born April 2, 1964) is an American professional wrestler and perennial candidate. He resides in Florida and initially attempted to run for President as a Republican in 2012. On August 24, 2011, he formally ended his presidential campaign, but said he intends to run again in 2020.
Sharkey was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and joined the United States Army in 1981. Following his discharge on medical grounds in 1983, he studied at Kansas State University. He formerly lived in Minnesota but moved to Florida in 2010. Sharkey has three living children, and a fourth child who is now deceased.
A drummer since the age of 5, as well as a guitarist, Sharkey is endorsed by Soultone Cymbals, and has recorded an album of Elvis Presley cover songs. He has also appeared in several films, both as an actor and as a soundtrack composer.
Originally a boxer, Sharkey began wrestling in 1988. He began his career with Larry Sharpe’s WWA promotion, facing “Diamond Jim” Brady in a boxer vs. wrestler match. Following this, he worked with a number of other wrestling promoters including Rocky Johnson, father of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. He cites his greatest wrestling influences as Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat.
Beliefs and vampirism
Sharkey says he first drank blood at age five and now consumes the blood of his girlfriends and mistresses twice a week. He has described his vampirism as “a very healthy thing to do” and has praised Hollywood for making vampire feeding practices “romantic and erotic”. He drinks only women’s blood because “women are beautiful… they have such beautiful necks and arms”. He says he is well known within the vampire community, and says he drinks cow and pig blood.
Sharkey is a Luciferian who “turned against God” because he would not worship a God who “caused the deaths of innocent children” and “allowed his only son to be used as a sacrifice on the cross”. He compares Lucifer to the Founding Fathers of the United States, arguing that they both exemplify the idea of rebellion against tyranny. He says he doesn’t hate Jesus, just God the Father, and that he follows the goddess Hecate in addition to Lucifer.
He has described his policy on crime as follows: “Certain criminals, instead of being put in jail, they should be brutally tortured and impaled…. Upon them being found guilty of their crimes I’ll beat them, torture them, dismember them and decapitate them.” In an appearance on Tucker Carlson’s television show, he agreed with the host’s description of him as “not simply a vampire, [but] a right-wing vampire” and said his policy for dealing with drug dealers is to “go to Sicilian families and have them attack the drug dealers for me”.
Sharkey strongly criticized President George W. Bush, whom he described as a “wuss” and a communist who was responsible for the deaths of innocent Americans in Saudi Arabia and Iraq. He has expressed a desire to try, and convict, and impale Bush, and has since said that “Obama is even worse than Bush, and I never thought anyone could be worse than Bush. He has no idea how to run a country, nor should he be running a country.”
Sharkey once served on the Hillsborough County, Florida Republican Party’s Executive Committee. A. J. Matthews, who also serves on the committee, has described Sharkey as someone who believes in “Republican values” but said that Sharkey needs to focus on campaign issues rather than “extreme behaviors”.
Sharkey says that he would ban abortion and the teaching of evolution in public schools. On other social issues, he leans libertarian; he supports equal rights for gays. He opposes President Obama’s health care reform and said that he would replace it with a plan of his own in which the poor would receive free medical and dental care; the expenses would be paid with government taxes on marijuana and prostitution, which Sharkey supports legalizing and regulating. On foreign policy, he wishes to bring American troops home from foreign war zones. In keeping with his belief in the goddess Hecate, he supports environmentalism and “protecting Mother Earth”. He said that his ideal running mate would be former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman. During the 2012 election cycle, he criticized Republican rival Michele Bachmann as “too flakey for me”.
Sharkey has filed with the Federal Election Commission to run for President of the United States twice as an Independent candidate (in 2004 and in 2008) and for Congress in at least three states—his home State of New Jersey (1999–2000, Republican), Indiana (Reform Party, 2000) and Florida (2001–02, Republican). In 2006, he ran for governor of Minnesota.
Two independent documentaries chronicled Jonathon “The Impaler” Sharkey’s political aspirations since 2006. Impaler (2007) documented his run for governor of Minnesota in 2006 and Impaled: Painfully Blunt! (2009) documented his run for president in 2008.
Impaler was given the Grand Jury Award at the 2007 Seattle True Independent Film Festival (STIFF) and Impaled: Painfully Blunt! was awarded Best Full Length Feature at the 2009 Geauga Film Festival.
Sharkey was investigated by the United States Secret Service for threatening to impale President George W. Bush. Agents visited Sharkey at his home for questioning. A spokesman for the Secret Service said that he didn’t believe the investigation was an overreaction. He has also been jailed in Tennessee for making threats against an Indiana judge. Investigators confiscated two rifles and a wooden stake with spikes at his house. While in Tennessee he had reportedly attempted to set up a colony for vampires. He has also been accused of “brainwashing” a 16-year-old girl in Minnesota, whose family now has a restraining order against him, and has admitted to harassing another 16-year-old Minnesota girl online.
Sharkey’s 2006 bid for Minnesota governor was cut short after Sharkey was arrested by Minnesota police on an outstanding Indiana arrest warrant, sent to Mille Lacs County jail and extradited to Indiana.
In 2010, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children issued an alert after a 16-year-old girl, Paige Brewer, from Faribault, Minnesota ran away with Sharkey. The alert described Brewer as an “endangered runaway”. Brewer’s mother eventually won a court order keeping Sharkey away from her daughter, who was taken into custody by police and returned home.