5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Don't mess with a fencing coach
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2013 6:01 AM CDT
Updated Oct 4, 2013 9:06 AM CDT

(Newser) – A crime-fighting fencer and a bizarre cold case involving decades-old murders make the cut:

  • Fencing Coach Foils Crime as Only a Fencing Coach Can: Two Nashville robbers had the misfortune to try to steal a purse in a shopping center parking lot just as Franco Scaramuzza pulled in. That's because Scaramuzza is a fencing coach who had just left practice and still had his equipment with him.
  • Cops: Elderly Pair Killed Their Spouses, Kids Decades Ago: It's a pretty shocking allegation: that a Missouri couple in their seventies killed their spouses, along with two children, decades ago. But that's exactly what prosecutors allege.
  • 9-Year-Old Assaults Teacher After She Takes iPad: Police in Rock Hill, South Carolina, were summoned to a school when a boy erupted into a rage after his 26-year-old female teacher made the mistake of ... confiscating his iPad.
  • Inmate Allegedly Plots Murder via Paper Airplanes: A Long Island man accused of rape also faces murder conspiracy charges after police say he tried to recruit a fellow inmate to kill his alleged victim and a witness. His method of communication? Paper airplanes, of course.
  • Cops: Drug Dealer Accidentally Texts Police: A detective in New Jersey's Andover Township got a strange text on his new cell phone: Hey, it asked, want to buy a quarter-pound of pot? The result might be the easiest bust of the year.
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