Category: crime

On July 28, 1996, a man’s body washed up on a trawler in the UK seas. There was no identification on the body except a 25-year-old Rolex Oyster on his wrist. As Rolex maintains such meticulous service records, they were able to identify the victim and ultimately the murderer.

Britain ended the practice of capital punishment after one of the unjust execution of Timothy Evans for the murder of his wife and daughter. Evans accused his neighbor of committing the crime, who was discovered to be a serial killer years later. He had killed six other women.

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A Florida man who was fighting with his neighbors vowed to “kill ‘em with kindness”. He then tried to kill them with a machete he named ‘Kindness’.

The Son of Sam laws that state convicted criminals cannot profit in any way from their crimes whether it be from books, tv, film, etc. All proceeds from these deals go directly to the victims or their families.

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Planned obsolescence is illegal in France; it is a crime to intentionally shorten the lifespan of a product with the aim of making customers replace it. In early 2018, French authorities used this law to investigate reports that Apple deliberately slowed down older iPhones via software updates.

A writer was caught for a murder only after a detective read his novel about a fictional murder which contained similarities and details to the real life murder that only the killer would know about. Authorities found he was also planning to commit another murder to tie in with his second novel.

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In 1946, a man claiming to be a detective gave a pedestrian a camera and asked her to take a picture of a suspect. The “detective” turned out to be a gangster, the “suspect” turned out to be his ex-wife, and the “camera” turned out to be a concealed shotgun firing via the shutter button.

In 2008, a man made $50,000, penny by penny, by opening thousands of fake accounts and pocketing the one- or two-cent verification deposits.

In 1724, Margaret Dickson was hanged but later found still alive. She then was allowed to go free because under Scots Law, her punishment had been carried out, she could not be executed for a second time for the same crime (only later were the words “until dead” added to the sentence of hanging).

Wallace Souza, a Brazilian TV personality that hosted a true-crimes show, arranged murders himself to get the inside scoop and boost ratings.