Category: Bizarre

Faking your own death

If the time has come to fake your own death, don’t make the rookie mistake of thinking an accidental drowning is a good way to hide the fact that there is no “body.”

Listen to the complete podcast at thisiscriminal.com:

People have faked death to escape criminal convictions, debts, and their spouses. In 2007, a man named Amir Vehabovic faked his death just to see who showed up at the funeral (answer: only his mom). It’s an appealing soap-opera fantasy, but actually disappearing requires an incredible amount of planning. How do you obtain a death certificate, a believable new identity, or enough money to start a new life? Today — the answers to those questions, stories of fake death gone wrong, and a man who spends his life bringing back the dead.

 



Aspen man says stuffed owl is his lawyer

via Aspen Times

An Aspen man has said a stuffed owl named “Solomon” will represent him in court until he gets a public defender. From the Aspen Times:

Charles Abbott came to court Tuesday with a stuffed animal and placed it on the defense table in front of him.

“He’s a very sensitive guy who has law degrees from Yale, Harvard and Stanford,” Abbott told Pitkin County Court Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely. “I think he’ll be able to represent me before a public defender comes online.”

But the prop, a horned owl that Abbott called “Solomon,” had no influence on the hearing’s outcome. Fernandez-Ely casually ignored its presence when Abbott introduced it, and she moved along with the court’s business.



DEA agent warns of dangers of stoned bunnies if medical pot comes to Utah

via vice.com

On Thursday, DEA Special Agent Matt Fairbanks warned a state senate panel that stoned rabbits might be part of the Utah’s future. The legislature is currently consideringSenate Bill 259, which would allow really sick people to consume medical marijuana edibles. According to Fairbanks, it would also allow bunnies to get really, really high.

what do federal agents have left to scare people with when they don’t have social stigma, reefer madness or fear of prison time on their side? Apparently, little besides the terrifying prospect of bunnies getting high.



The Snitch Who Stole Christmas

via westword.com

Trinidad’s war on drugs and over-reliance on a confidential informant without adequate safeguards in place ended up hurting the innocent.

Starting on December 19 of last year, the Trinidad police began rounding up suspects in a drug-sting operation, eventually arresting forty people. The four-month investigation — which had involved the use of two female informants to make modest buys of heroin, cocaine, meth, prescription narcotics and even marijuana — was presented as a joint effort by the Trinidad and Raton police departments, the latest innovation in southern Colorado’s war on drugs. Local newspapers and television stations dutifully featured the names and mug shots of the accused and referred vaguely to the smashing of a drug “ring” — as if the suspects were all part of one vast conspiracy, the purchases more significant than the sort of random, garden-variety street buys they appeared to be. …

 

As it turned out, two of the accused had the perfect alibi: They were in jail at the time they were supposedly selling drugs on the streets of Trinidad to the police’s informant. In both cases, the informant was Crystal Bachicha, a 34-year-old woman with a lengthy criminal record. Bachicha also claimed to have bought drugs from Gonzales, her former probation officer; from Valdez, who says she and Bachicha have a history of “bad blood” between them; from Vargas, who insists she’s never met the woman; and from Ridolfi and twelve others, including a woman that Bachicha was once accused of trying to murder.

Defense attorneys probing the case soon discovered numerous misleading or false statements in the sworn affidavits submitted to obtain the arrest warrants. The affidavits routinely stated that the dope purchased by the informants had field-tested positive for heroin, meth or some other controlled substance; in several instances, though, subsequent testing by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation indicated that the substance in question had no narcotic qualities at all.



Baby goes into hiding after attempted murder charge

via NBC News

Relatives of a nine-month-old baby charged with attempted murder in Pakistan have taken him into hiding, a relative said on Tuesday, in a case that has thrown a spotlight on Pakistan’s dysfunctional criminal justice system.

Mohammad Musa Khan appeared in court in the city of Lahore last week, charged with attempted murder along with his father and grandfather after a mob protesting against gas cuts and price increases stoned police and gas company workers trying to collect overdue bills.



FBI, informant bungle investigation of terrorism non-suspects

An informant, under the premise of investigating terrorism for the FBI, seemingly tried to entrap and secretly record a group of Orange County, CA, Muslim men that spent most of their time not cooking up terror plots but vigorously playing FIFA Soccer on the Xbox 360. (National Public Radio / This American Life)



Man suspected of assaulting girlfriend says she hurt him with a Justin Bieber doll

ADAMS COUNTY – A cop who was arrested for assaulting his live-in girlfriend claimed that the victim had attacked him with a Justin Bieber doll during a confrontation in the couple’s Colorado home. (The Smoking Gun)



Married judge allegedly caught with public defender partially clothed and smelling of alcohol in back of car

OHIIO – Akron Municipal Court Judge Joy Malek Oldfield is denying a police officer’s contention that he found her and a public defender partially clothed in the back seat of a car that smelled of alcohol. (Akron Beacon Journal Online)



Stealing Five Tons Of Glacier Ice Isn’t Going To Help The Planet Or Make Your Cocktails Better

A man in Chile was arrested on suspicion of stealing about 5.5 tons of ice from a glacier so he could make fancy ice cubes for cocktails at bars and restaurants. (The Consumerist)



Police arrest allegedly drunk zamboni driver during hockey game

Spectators, hockey players and parents pressed against the ice arena’s glass Monday night, watching as a Zamboni driver at the Hayes Arena in Apple Valley, Minn., weaved across the ice erratically and smacked the machine hard against the boards. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)