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.
A female serial killer named “Phantom of Heilbronn” was linked to 40 crimes, six of which were murders. In 2009 it was discovered that she didn’t exist and her DNA was simply contamination from the cotton swabs used at the crime scenes.
An innocent man spent 17 years in jail until they found his doppelganger living in the same town with the same first name.
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Juan Catalan spent nearly 6 months in jail for the murder of a teenage girl until his lawyer found unused footage from HBO’s ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’·that proved he’d been at a Dodger’s game with his 6-year-old daughter.
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After the release of the 1996 film Scream which involved an anonymous killer calling and murdering his victims, caller ID usage tripled in the United States.
In 1993, a Missouri man purposely damaged a levee on the Mississippi river to delay his wife coming home from work so he could party. Instead the river flooded 14,000 acres. He was later arrested and convicted of causing a catastrophe and sentenced to life in prison.
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If you play dead in order to kill or capture an enemy in a war scenario, you are committing a war crime according to the Geneva Convention.
A 12 year old boy who saw his own father murdered by a family friend, avenged the death of his father by killing the alleged murderer in a revenge attack he had planned for 12 years. He cut him into 12 pieces, one each for the years of wait.
In 2001, some people in Delhi, India reportedly seen a monkey-like creature who appeared at night and attacked people. Eyewitness described him about 4 feet tall, covered in hair, with a metal helmet, metal claws, glowing red eyes and three buttons on its chest. Many people reported being scratched and two died because of panic, but the “monkey man” was never caught.