Try 1 month for 99¢

The Madison man whose name attracted national attention last year after he was arrested here for possession of marijuana is facing drug charges in southeastern Iowa.

Beezow Doo-doo Zopittybop-bop-bop, 32, was arrested July 20 in Washington County and remains in the county jail, jailer Dennis Boecker said.

Beezow, as he is best known, was booked into the jail as Jeffrey D. Wilschke, the name on his driver’s license, even though he legally changed his name in 2011.

He is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and operation of a motor vehicle without registration, according to Boecker and Iowa court records.

Beezow gained unintentional fame after his January 2012 arrest for possession of pot in Madison’s Reynolds Park. His adopted name spread throughout the English-speaking world and became fodder for TV anchors and stand-up comedians.

But a closer look into Beezow’s life by State Journal reporter Doug Erickson in April 2012 revealed a more complex picture. Beezow, who grew up outside of Chicago before moving to Madison in 2007, was found incompetent to stand trial here on a concealed weapon charge and ordered to be treated with anti-psychotic drugs at the state-run Mendota Mental Health Institute. In and out of the mental health system, Beezow disputed his diagnosis of schizophrenia but said he suffered from severe depression and post-traumatic stress from abuse he suffered on the street while homeless.

Beezow explained that his first name represents “the explosion of awareness of the interconnectedness of the infinite love in the universe.” Doo-doo “is the struggle of our daily lives with that awareness, that with love comes chaos,” and Zopittybop-bop-bop “is the outcome of that struggle, which is often ironic, especially because all life ends in death.”

Jailer Boecker called Beezow “a very interesting individual” whose outgoing letters, screened by the jail, indicate “a very unique perspective on life.”

According to The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Washington County deputies stopped a turquoise minivan driven by Beezow on July 20 after the van was seen weaving between lanes. Deputies seized .60 ounces of marijuana in a Mason jar and paraphernalia from Beezow and his passenger, Zachary Marinan, of Davenport, Iowa.

Beezow is scheduled for trial Sept. 17 on the felony charge, which carries penalties of up to five years in prison and a $7,500 fine.


Gayle Worland is an arts and features reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.

Comments disabled.