Judge gives free pass to elderly man who solicited prostitute


Howard Arthur Klein, 87, was nabbed in Grand rapids, Michigan for soliciting a prostitute. Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth decided not to pursue the matter, saying, "He wouldn't and shouldn't go to jail and 87 years without involvement in the criminal justice system has, in my opinion, earned him a pass." Read the rest

Man jailed four months for "meth" that was epsom salt


While an Australian man cooled his heels in jail for 16 weeks, forensics took their sweet time in determining the "ice" he was busted for was epsom salt. Read the rest

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Reporter and cameraman murdered by gunman live on air; shot self when cornered by cops


WDBJ-TV Reporter Alison Parker was interviewing Vicki Gardner, director of the local Chamber of Commerce, when gunshots rang out at Bridgewater Plaza near Moneta, Virginia. Parker and her cameraman, Adam Ward, were killed. Read the rest

Cops: Helpful burglar reported lit stove in victim's home to 911


Mary Smith was looking for prescription medicine and cigarette filters in a neighbor's home when she noticed the stove was going, so she made the neighborly decision to report the fire hazard to 911. Read the rest

Watch: fake $50 bill revealed to be a $10 bill


It appears that someone put decals on this $10 bill to pass it off as a $50. I'm sure most marks wouldn't notice that Hamilton's face is on the bill when it should be Grant, especially in another country where the currency is less familiar. Read the rest

Prosecutors accuse fired Subway spokesman Jared Fogle of paying to have sex with minors


It's not just about child pornography found on his computer, possession of which he reportedly will admit to in court.

From the AP wire:

Federal prosecutors have released documents accusing longtime Subway pitchman Jared Fogle of engaging in sex acts with minors and receiving child pornography. Documents released Wednesday by the U.S. attorney's office in Indianapolis say the 37-year-old Fogle faces one count of travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor and one count of distribution and receipt of child pornography.… Among the allegations in the document are that Fogle traveled to New York City to pay for sex acts with minors while he stayed in upscale hotels…

Fogle's computers and other gear were snatched by prosecutors on a recent raid at his home in Zionsville, Indiana. The raid followed the arrest of Russell Taylor, the director of The Jared Foundation, Fogle's childhood obesity charity, on child pornography charges. Fogle fired Taylor and said he was shocked by the allegations.

Subway, for whom Fogle became a spokesman after losing 200 pounds eating their sandwiches, confirmed Tuesday that he is no longer employed by them. No mention of the 15-year relationship can be found on their website.

Business Insider obtained an affidavit detailing the charges. Hayley Peterson:

According to the affidavit obtained by Business Insider, Fogle asked the former Subway franchisee in May 2008 to set up a meeting for him with her cousin.

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Millionaire fined after using children's gravestones to build a patio


Today in 1% villainy: UK property developer Kim Davies broke a bunch of laws when he used children's gravestones from a derelict church he owned to build an illegal patio at a historic home. Read the rest

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Robber with sword meets cashier with bigger sword

"When would-be robbers armed with a sword storm a Pittsburgh convenience store, the cashier pulls a bigger sword of his own."

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Woman fined for posting photo of police car illegally parked in handicap spot


A woman in Petrer, Spain posted a photo on Facebook of a police car illegally parked in a handicap spot. She was subsequently fined almost €800 (~US$886) under the Citizens Security Law, aka the "gagging law," that prohibits "the unauthorised use of images of police officers that might jeopardise their or their family’s safety or that of protected facilities or police operations." Read the rest

"My eagerness to try on the straitjacket overruled the little common sense I had"

Andrew Mayne's Name of the Devil is available from Amazon.

Andrew Mayne is a magician, author, and TV show host. He's also coming to our Weekend of Wonder (September 18-20) to teach us all how to escape from a straitjacket. Andrew just wrote an intense true story for The Life Sentence about the time he was seventeen and invited an adult man who was selling a used straitjacket to come to his house so Andrew could try it out and possibly buy it. His parents weren't home at the time, and when Andrew was strapped in and helpless, he had an "Oh shit" moment:

I was unaware of the “handcuff tricks” employed by Corll and Gacy when I was being strapped by a stranger into a straitjacket, a restraint that made me extremely vulnerable.

“This came from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital,” the man explained as he yanked on the leather buckles, cinching them tight around me. “That’s where John Hinkley, Jr., the guy who shot Reagan, is held.

“One more strap.” I couldn’t feel my arms. “They’ve got lots of serial killers there. You ever heard of William Minor?”

“No … Was he a killer?” I nervously asked while trying to see if there was any slack at all in the jacket.

“No. He helped write the dictionary while he was there. Ended up cutting his own dick off because he had bad thoughts about children.”

“Huh … ” I replied, attempting to slide one numb arm under the other.

“Can you get out?” the man asked.

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Who is this man? Grainy footage could solve $500m art heist

An unidentified man is seen allegedly being allowed inside the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, against Museum policy, by a security guard, in a still image taken from security video taken March 17, 1990 and released by the FBI August 6, 2015. REUTERS/FBI/Handout

Even by the standards of 25-year-old security video, it's grainy and indistinct. But if someone can identify the man visiting Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990, federal investigators could solve a $500m art theft that's kept them in the dark for decades.

Despite being one of the most epic heists in history, the statute of limitations has long passed. The culprits will not face prosecution.

But investigators hope that given this immunity, they can help track down the art they stole decades ago—or give it up, if they were never able to offload it.

The video's mystery man, seen being given midnight rear-entry access to the Museum by a security guard on March 17, 1990, appears to be in his 60s. A day later, two men wearing police uniformes were admitted in the early hours of the morning. They duct-taped guards inside to their chairs, then sacked the museum, taking half a billion dollars worth of artwork in one of the most audacious crimes in art history.

Among the works stolen were "The Concert" by Vermeer, and "Storm on the Sea of Galilee" by Rembrandt. The footage was released by the FBI on August 6, 2015.

Police recently turned up pressure on someone long-believed to be involved in the case: Robert Gentile, 79, who was found to own cop outfits and and a list of the stolen art, is being prosecuted on gun charges. In April, the New York Times reported that he was caught on tape boasting about having access to the stolen works. Read the rest

Drone drug delivery at prison spurs yard fight


A drone dropped a package of marijuana, heroin, and tobacco into the recreation yard at Ohio's Mansfield Correctional Institution igniting a big brawl over the contraband. Just wait until drone drug delivery is free with Amazon Prime! Read the rest

Another day, another movie theater shooter in America: Nashville Edition. Open Thread.

The shooter is reported to have died at the scene. America: What the fuck?

Suspected robber wore "Crime Pays" t-shirt


This gentleman dressed for the occasion of robbing a Baltimore pizza shop, wearing a "Crime Pays" t-shirt. It didn't though. Read the rest

States with the worst rape kit backlogs


The U.S. government estimates that hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits languish in police and crime lab storage facilities. The EndTheBacklog project illustrates that there's "more we do NOT know about the backlog than we do know." Read the rest

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