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Criminals Named Christmas

There was Christmas Jones, sent to prison for debt in January 1815.

Christmas Allen (father and son), both charged with larceny.

And Christmas Crisp, who did six months for larceny in 1837. His son, Christmas Crisp Junior, appears to have been an honest man.

Perhaps being named Christmas was the 19th Century equivalent of having the middle name Wayne. [via Criminal Historian]
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Dec 13, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Crime, Holidays, Odd Names, Nineteenth Century

Real or Fake?

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Would you drive by the above and keep going thinking it was fake? A man beheaded his mother and kicked her head around before stepping in front of a train. Passers-by said they thought it was a Halloween prank.
Posted By: patty | Date: Thu Oct 30, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Crime, Evil, Dismemberment, Nausea, Revulsion and Disgust

Orange Is the Old Black

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To investigate the conditions in the New York State prison system for women circa 1916, socialist reformer Madeleine Zabriskie Doty arranges to have herself incarcerated, masquerading as a real criminal, under the name "Maggie Martin."

Read her experiences here, in SOCIETY'S MISFITS.

The Coldest Case

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It appears that the 126 year old cold case of Jack the Ripper has been solved by DNA testing. A shawl that was alleged to have been found next to Catherine Eddowes, one of the Ripper's victims, carries mitochondrial DNA profiles from both Eddowes' line and the familial line of one of the Ripper suspects. Polish immigrant Aaron Kosminski, who subsequently spent his later years in mental asylums, lived in the area of the killings, and was a suspect, left his DNA behind on a bloody shawl. That shawl turned out to be a time capsule for justice.
Posted By: patty | Date: Fri Sep 19, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Crime, Death, Evil, Science, Historical Figure, Seventeenth Century, Blood

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!

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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 (11)
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.

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

1920s Anti-Forgery Pen

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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

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

More photos here.

Original article here.

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