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Man, 80, Kills Burglar Who Begged for Unborn Child's Life: Cops

'Don't shoot me—I'm going to have a baby!' she reportedly pleaded

(Newser) - An 80-year-old Long Beach, Calif., man says he gunned down burglary suspect Andrea Miller Tuesday night as she pleaded for the life of her unborn child, reports the AP . “She says, 'Don't shoot me, I'm pregnant, I'm going to have a baby!' And I... More »

Parents Locked Autistic Twins, 22, in Basement: Cops

John and Janice Land abuse and imprisonment charges

(Newser) - To stop his 22-year-old autistic twin sons from misbehaving, John Land told police he installed an external deadbolt and padlock on a basement bedroom with the “sole intention” of keeping the men locked away during the overnight hours, NBC4 reports. The conditions police found last week at the Rockville,... More »

How a Mom With a Printer Made $100 Bills

Tarshema Brice turned $5 bills into $100s. Yeah, not legally

(Newser) - A Hewlett-Packard 3-in-1 inkjet printer was essentially all it took for a working mom in Virginia to become a counterfeiter. Bloomberg takes a look at the case of Tarshema Brice, a 34-year-old hairstylist and janitor in Richmond who pleaded guilty last month to creating as much as $20,000 in... More »

Brazil Cops Advise Tourists: If Robbed, Don't Scream

Police issue pamphlet ahead of World Cup

(Newser) - Muggings are so common on the streets of Brazil these days that police have some advice for tourists coming to next month's World Cup: If someone tries to rob them, they should not "react, scream, or argue," says a new brochure issued in Sao Paulo and noticed... More »

5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including one that provides a valuable lesson for drug smugglers

(Newser) - A good deed with unintended consequences and a suspect who put in a little too much effort to get to court make the list:
  • Clerk's Good Deed Ends in Cop Chase, Bust : When her cellmate asks, "How'd you get arrested?" Florida's Christina Hines, 30, has good
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5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including an unfortunate case of deja vu for a driver charged with DWI

(Newser) - A most unusual municipal theft and a mailman with a criminally bad work ethic make this week's list:
  • Jersey Official Steals $460K ... in Quarters : Last year, the public works inspector in Ridgewood, NJ, got caught stealing $500 in quarters from the room where the village dumped its parking-meter coins.
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5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including two unusual animal-cruelty cases

(Newser) - A rare art theft in Cuba and a pair of animal-cruelty cases are on the list:
  • 'Complicated' Cuban Art Heist Uncovered : They're not quite working together, but American and Cuban authorities are both looking into the theft of at least 70 artworks from a Havana museum. In the
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5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a murder cold case solved after 3 decades

(Newser) - A Starbucks cup and Oreo's cream filling manage to factor into two of this week's stories:
  • Starbucks Cup Leads to Rape Suspect's Arrest : A man in Washington state is charged with rape and kidnapping, all thanks to a victim who was able to escape from his vehicle
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Why 30K US Inmates Went on Hunger Strike

Solitary confinement drove alleged gang leaders to make a statement

(Newser) - Last summer, four prison inmates organized a hunger strike from their solitary-confinement cells and inspired 30,000 prisoners to join them —a stunning development that says a lot about US prisons, writes Benjamin Wallace-Wells in New York . The four guys—allegedly leaders of white, black, and Latino gangs—were... More »

Days-Old Baby Vanishes From Home

Kayden Powell went missing from Wisconsin home yesterday

(Newser) - Brianna Marshall awoke at 4:30am yesterday morning to find her 4-day-old son, Kayden, had disappeared from his bassinet in the same room where she'd been sleeping, and phoned 911. That call has prompted a missing baby case in Beloit, Wis., that now has 40 federal, state, and local... More »

Tricked-Out Cessna Stalks You From 2 Miles Up

Persistent Surveillance Systems can track crimes as they develop

(Newser) - You'll never look at a Cessna the same way: The Washington Post delves into a new surveillance technology that can track any person or vehicle across a small city for hours via 12 192-megapixel cameras mounted on an aircraft. Though people appear as dark specks on a gray background... More »

A&E Crime Show Makes Millions, Ruins Lives: Report

'The First 48' pressures detectives to put people away, and fast

(Newser) - The First 48 is a hot reality show about police trying to crack cases—mostly murders—in the crucial first two days of any investigation. But the show also pressures detectives to act quickly, and in two cases suspects served long jail terms before judges learned there was no real... More »

Sherlock Holmes Would Stink as Detective Today

Criminology teacher takes down the world-famous crime-solver

(Newser) - Who hasn't been annoyed when Sherlock Holmes deftly solves a crime with a "what the...?" answer and calls it "elementary, my dear Watson"? Criminology teacher Noah Charney is apparently among us, writing in the Daily Beast that Holmes' thinking just wouldn't work in real-life... More »

5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a driver who ended up with a bicyclist in his windshield

(Newser) - One of the strangest car-hits-bicyclist story ever and mob arrests in a famous heist of long ago make this week's list:
  • Cyclist: Driver Didn't See Me Stuck in Windshield : You've heard of leaving the scene of an accident. But here's a driver accused of bringing the
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Venezuela Prez Blames Crime on ... Telenovelas

He swipes at one, featuring a murderous beauty queen, in particular

(Newser) - President Nicolas Maduro has a rather unlikely new villain as he campaigns to bring down Venezuela's spiraling crime : telenovelas. He accuses the TV soap operas of spreading "anti-values" to young people by glamorizing violence, guns, and drugs; the UN ranks Venezuela's homicide rate as the fifth highest... More »

Half of Black Men Arrested by Age 23

And roughly 40% of all men have been cuffed by that age: study

(Newser) - If you're a man and you've made your way to age 23 without getting arrested, consider it a win. A new study finds that 38% of white men, 44% of Hispanic men, and 49% of black men have been arrested by that age for non-traffic-related crimes, the AP... More »

5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including would-be car thieves who couldn't drive a stick

(Newser) - Hapless car thieves and the Florida shooting over movie texts are among the cases causing a double-take from the police blotter this week:
  • Would-Be Crooks Stymied by Door, Stick Shift : Two stories this week showcase would-be criminals thwarted by ... themselves. One involves car thieves in Massachusetts who apparently need a
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5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a strange restaurant tip and an even stranger death

(Newser) - A killing by unusual means and a tip of an unusual nature make this week's list:
  • Cops: Man Dies After 'Atomic Wedgie' : This one involved a deadly fight between a 33-year-old man and his 58-year-old stepfather, and this quote from an Oklahoma sheriff: "I'd never seen
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5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

From apprehended fugitives to misguided boyfriends

(Newser) - It may be a new year, but it's certainly not one void of crazy crimes, from a burglar who was after brains to a Breaking Bad superfan whose life imitated the hit TV show just a little too closely:
  1. 'Dead' Man Caught After 18 Months on the Run
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5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

No, officer, it's soap, not cocaine

(Newser) - Lessons this week: Beware driving with soap and don't report a bomb threat to get out of a test:
  • Pair Spends Month in Jail for Having Bag of ... Soap : Soap and cocaine are easy to confuse ... right? A young man and woman just spent a month in a Pennsylvania
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