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Busted by a tornado

A tornado recently ripped through the town of Kingsport, Tennessee, damaging homes and scattering belongings, including all the stuff that Jerrod Christian had in his home, allowing his neighbors to see it and realize that 'Hey, wait a second! That looks like our stuff that was recently stolen.'

One of Christian's neighbors said, "I kind of had suspicions, but you can't just accuse people without proof."

Christian is now locked up, awaiting trial. [ABC News]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jul 30, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Crime

Jeez!  The Kid’s Got a Real Gun!


What are the actual odds that Billy would be deader'n a doornail as a result of his impetuous behavior?

Original ad here. (On page 35.)
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jun 24, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Crime, Stupid Criminals, Death, Toys, Comics, 1940's

Catch Us If You Can

Proof that you do not need video games as flight simulators to encourage hijacking.

Original article here.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jun 13, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Crime, Flight, Children, 1940's

1920s Anti-Forgery Pen



To read the text better, visit original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed May 21, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Crime, Technology, 1920's

The Ore Knob Mine Murders & The Nashville Flame


That's the Nashville Flame his own damn self up there.

More photos here.

Original article here.



Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Feb 15, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Crime, Daredevils, Stuntpeople and Thrillseekers, Death, Drugs, 1980's

Iceland’s First Bank Robbery


This happened in 1984, for pete's sake!

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Jan 21, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Crime, 1980's, Europe

Mystery Criminal


What horrid crime did this nice little old lady commit? Murder? Embezzlement? Drunken driving?

Answer after the jump.

More >>
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Dec 02, 2013 | Comments (7)
Category: Crime, 1920's


Richard Thomas broke into a woman's home last July and raped her then left. He was caught and prosecuted and took a plea bargain, then he got the bad news. The woman he raped has HIV and by raping her he exposed himself to the disease. He is now waiting for test results to see if his sentence will be more severe than the 5 years 4 months he is going to spend in jail.
Posted By: patty | Date: Tue Sep 03, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Crime

Criminals and their ears

In his post yesterday, Chuck mentioned that police were using "earprints" to track down criminals. The use of earprints may be something new, but the use of ears to identify criminals is actually pretty old.

Back in the late 19th century, the French detective Alphonse Bertillon developed an elaborate ear classification system, in the belief that ears could be used as a unique means of identification, in the same way that fingerprints were. The Strand Magazine (May 1904) ran an article, with accompanying ear pictures, about Bertillon's system:

The feature that presents the greatest diversity of form and size is the ear, and, strangely enough, the ear is precisely a feature which we hardly ever consciously look at. It has been reserved for M. Bertillon to point out how admirably it is adapted for the purpose of establishing a person's identity. The size of the ear, the relative proportions to one another of the folds, its contour, the surface and shape of the lobe, the manner the lobe is attached to the cheek, and the inclination of the bottom interior ridge known as the antitragus differ most materially in every individual. Let a modern French detective describe an ear as "Deq. cav. vex. tra. sep"; all his colleagues are immediately able to form a mental image of the description of ear he means.

Bertillon's ear classification system was quite influential. It's the reason that police started taking mugshots from the side, as well as from the front, so that they could get a picture of the criminal's ear.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Aug 12, 2013 | Comments (5)
Category: Crime, Nineteenth Century
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