On August 21, 1973, police followed up on a tip that a suspect matching the description of pedophile child killer Charlie Chop-off had been spotted. By the time it became clear that this was the wrong man, an angry mob gathered outside the police station. The unfortunate suspect had to leave the station dressed as a policeman for his own safety.
Samantha Runnion, a 5-year-old southern California girl, was snatched July 15, 2002, by a stranger outside her apartment while she played with a friend. Samantha went kicking and screaming, as her mother had taught her to do, but her efforts were for naught.
Sex. Religion. Money. These are the sorts of topics that lead folks to murder. What about eggs and laundry? Just read on.
In a police interview in July 2012, victim Ronald Poppo, the homeless man who was assaulted by Rudi Eugene, aka the Causeway Cannibal, in Miami speaks of the cannibalistic face-eating attack for the first time. By the time police had gunned down a nude Rudi Eugene, Poppo had lost both eyes and a great deal of his face. No reason for the brutal attacked was ever discovered.
A couple living next door to Germany’s Münster University has complained that the cage for the guinea pig experiment kept outside by the University’s biology department smells and the animals make too much noise — specifically guinea pigs sex noise.
People have called 911 for all kinds of crazy reasons, from looking for a free ride, to complaining about a restaurant, to scaring their children. Most recently a woman was arrested for making a frivolous 911 call asking for a pen. It was her 11th such call in a month.
From our friends at the Daily Dot: In less than an hour, what was to have been an innocent Web chat between Daniel Perry and a girl turned deadly. Blackmailers jumped into the Skype chat; warning they’d share a recording of the conversation and that if he didn’t pay up, he’d be “better off dead.”
Chad Moretz died in a standoff with police. They found his missing friend’s remains in the wall of his squalid home. Now it seems that what neighbors suspected, and the Moretz family knew, police never even guessed at. In a case of violence begetting more violence, Moretz was not the only victimizer, nor his friend the only victim.
A look in photos at some people you don’t want living next door.
On August 20, 1980, the strangled body of Clifford Jones was found in a dumpster. Clifford had been visiting his grandmother for the summer when he disappeared. There would be 31 slain before police arrested Wayne Williams for the murders, though many still believe they got the wrong man.