5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

Including a murder cold case solved after 3 decades
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2014 5:51 AM CST
Updated Mar 7, 2014 8:09 AM CST
This undated photo provided by Starbucks Corp., shows a reusable cup.   (AP Photo/Starbucks Corp.)

(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 and noticed that a reusable Starbucks cup fell out as she did so. Read how cops were able to use it to track down their suspect.
  • 2 Men Convicted Over Secret of Titanium Dioxide: A six-week trial ended in the conviction of two California men who stood accused of stealing chemical giant DuPont's recipe for titanium dioxide and selling it to a Chinese competitor for more than $20 million. Both face serious jail time in this tale of corporate intrigue involving a chemical used, among other things, in Oreos' cream filling.

  • Murderer Caught 30 Years Later Kills Self: Police in California have finally solved a 30-year-old murder, but the newly identified killer hanged himself after surrendering a DNA sample he knew would convict him. Turns out, the killer had a connection to the victim's son.
  • Cops: Fortune Teller Scammed Woman for $217K: The going rate to have a curse removed is apparently $217,040. That's how much a 22-year-old woman in Manhattan paid a fortune teller over the course of about a year to be officially de-cursed. But now the fortune teller has big problems of her own.
  • Dumbest Thing Ever Said to a Cop at DUI Stop: A Florida man did not help his case at a DUI stop when he told his arresting officer that, yes, he had been drinking but now was out trying to "drive it off."
Click for more crazy crime stories, including a man who will go on trial for murder over an assault that took place in 1998. (Read more weird crimes stories.)

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