Criminal protip: don't confess "off the record"


Matthew D. Muller, 38, is in jail after confessing to a kidnapping, “off the record and on background” to a TV reporter. Kevin Poulsen reports on the bizarre, Gone-Girl like convolutions of the case.

It’s the latest twist in a case that began last March, when 29-year-old Denise Huskins was taken from her Vallejo, California, home, held for 48 hours, then released 400 miles away in Southern California with no ransom paid. She later said she had been sexually assaulted during the abduction. The kidnapping was strange in a number of ways, including its high-tech theatrics. The perpetrator drugged Huskins and her boyfriend, interrogated them for personal information and online passwords, attempted to monitor the aftermath of the crime with a webcam, and used anonymous remailers, image sharing sites, and Tor to communicate with the police and the media during and after the crime.

The Vallejo police announced at the time that the whole thing had to be a hoax staged by Huskins and her boyfriend. But then a second, abortive home invasion occurred in nearby Dublin last June. This time the victims fought off the attacker, and a cell phone abandoned at the scene led law enforcement to Muller, a Harvard Law School graduate and former immigration attorney with a history of mental health issues.

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Throwing your girlfriend overboard? You're doing it wrong


Also wrong: vertical video.

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WATCH: Latvian sendup of idiotic prank videos

Increasingly obnoxious "prank" videos are a global phenomenon, and Latvian TV show Spediens takes things to extremes with a string of them in this sendup of the genre. Read the rest

Olympics 2012 opening ceremony honors Tim Berners-Lee, but NBC anchors don't know who he is

"Tim being Englishman Tim Berners-Lee... if you haven't heard of him, [laugh], we haven't either." — Meredith Vieira, derping out with Matt Lauer during the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics.

Meredith, Matt: You guys. You could look it up on the World Wide Web.

Video here, courtesy of Ethan Klapper.

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"Klan, Klam, and Oyster" bar in Georgia displays racist sign calling President Obama the n-word

This just in: racists remain racist. Local news, HuffPo, and MSNBC's The Ed Show have reported on the shocking roadside sign below, but the bar's website (above) includes a collection of past signs, a horribly dated mouse trail effect, and the inability to correctly spell the word "original." All very troubling. (screenshot below courtesy Fox News Atlanta)

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TOM THE DANCING BUG: Super-Fun-Pak Comix, featuring "Hi, Robot"!

If you visit the TOM THE DANCING BUG WEBSITE, you might find daily doses of classic (i.e., old) Super-Fun-Pak Comix. Or, if you're a certain kind of person, you could follow RUBEN BOLLING on TWITTER. Read the rest