Category: crime

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.

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.