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Trivia Tuesday: Judge rules that 'Prince Mongo' is crazy

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The ruling entitled Robert Hodges, better known as Price Mongo, to receive $2,000 per month from an insurance policy. The ruling entitled Robert Hodges, better known as Price Mongo, to receive $2,000 per month from an insurance policy.
In addition to running in nearly every mayoral election for the past two decades, he owned a nightclub that earned the name Prince Mongo's Castle. In addition to running in nearly every mayoral election for the past two decades, he owned a nightclub that earned the name Prince Mongo's Castle.
Mongo's outrageous attire and actions embarrassed many Memphis residents, who would openly share their outrage that he was a candidate. Mongo's outrageous attire and actions embarrassed many Memphis residents, who would openly share their outrage that he was a candidate.
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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A federal judge ruled that one of Memphis' most eccentric personalities suffered from a mental disease on April 8, 1980.

The ruling entitled Robert Hodges, better known as Price Mongo, to receive $2,000 per month from an insurance policy, according to G. Wayne Dowdy's compilation "On this Day in Memphis History."

In Judge Harry W. Wellford's courtroom, a bare-foot Prince Mongo wearing a knee-length fur coat claimed he was a 334-year-old refugee from the planet called Zambodia. He sprinkled white powder on the floor to ward off evil spirits.

"Never said I'm crazy, but I'll tell you this: I don't know many people who are sane," said Mongo in response to the verdict. "This is a victory for the people. We're tired of being pushed and pulled by the superpowers here on earth."

Wellford noted Mongo's bizarre behavior and said it apparently worsened since 1976, which was a couple of years before Mongo ran for mayor of Shelby County. He continued pursuing public office for years to come.

During his most recent political attempt, he was often spotted with a long wig, titanium aviation goggles, and a rubber chicken attached to his jacket. It made headlines when Mongo hit the campaign trail without wearing his costume.

His outrageous attire and actions embarrassed many Memphis residents, who would openly share their outrage that he was a candidate.

"People are trained in society to look at a person and say, 'Oh he looks pretty. He looks like he is going to be the man because he's got on a thousand dollar suit and he's wearing alligator shoes," Mongo told WMC Action News 5. "It depends on how I'm feeling that day as to what I wear."

Mongo received a small percentage of the vote when he ran against Mayor Willie Herenton.

In addition to running in nearly every mayoral election for the past two decades, he owned a nightclub that earned the name Prince Mongo's Castle. The 11,200-square-foot space became infamous under his charge and later closed as a public nuisance. Click here to see inside Prince Mongo's Castle.

Businessman Kenny Medlin received the keys to the castle in a quitclaim last November.

 


 

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