Category: crime

In 1931, a man stole an airplane but was acquitted on all charges because airplanes were not considered “vehicles,” and there was no law against aircraft theft at the time.

After his daughter’s killer went on the run, a 76-year-old hired two men to find, kidnap and turn him over to the authorities. The dad then received a one-year suspended sentence for kidnapping.

After a San Diego woman was found murdered in 1986 near an abandoned freeway exit, a local TV news station filmed a ride-along with a California Highway Patrol officer, who gave tips on how to be safe when stranded on the road. That officer was later found to be the woman’s killer.

The Unabomber was a “criminal mastermind” who went to extraordinary lengths to erase any trace of physical evidence within his explosives. He ripped the skins off batteries to make them untraceable. He also avoided commercial glue and instead made his epoxy by melting down deer hooves.

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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