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Mysterious mummified woman identified, questions remain

Investigators finally know her name, but they still don’t know when, how she died. The circumstances surrounding her death are so strange, that it’s hard to believe the case is not being investigated more aggressively as a possible homicide.

Woman shoots herself in the face to ‘make a point’

Not really, she actually slammed the butt of a loaded shotgun on the ground during a family argument to “make a point.” The weapon discharged, shooting her in the face, which, arguably, amounts to the same thing. In any case, having made her point, she called 911.

John Norman Collins, the Co-Ed Killer

On July 10, 1967, Mary Fleszar was reported missing from her apartment near Eastern Michigan University. On August 7, her badly decomposed body was found near the foundation of a farmhouse two miles north of Ypsilanti. Though he was never convicted of her murder, Flezsar’s tragic and gruesome death is widely thought to be the work of Michigan serial killer John Norman Collins.

Police: Man from ‘Planet Zoltron’ may have been on mind altering drugs

A collar in Muskegon County Michigan seems to have turned up a visitor to our planet, either that or a man who was very high on something, according to police. The dash cam video is shown here.

John Eric Armstrong: The model sailor

Serial killer John Eric Armstrong was caught by Detroit police when on April 12, 1989, he returned to the dumping ground they had staked out. Armstrong broke down quickly during questioning and began a confession that lasted for days. By the 14th of April he had confessed to over 30 murders around the world.

Owner’s mummified body found in foreclosed Detroit-area home

It seems that the nice German lady who lived on Savannah Drive in Pontiac, Michigan, stopped paying her mortgage about three to six years ago. Weirdly, it’s been years since anybody’s even seen her — until yesterday. A contractor who came to do some work on the foreclosed home, found her mummified remains in the garage.

Drunken gun ‘safety’ demo ends fatally

A man offering his girlfriend a demonstration of safe gun use, accidentally used a loaded weapon and shot himself in the head during his brief, though informative, presentation.

Cop finds pot den in elaborate ‘snow cave’ on college campus

A recent patrol of SVSU in Michigan yielded the following police blotter about a snow cave made by students, and it seems used for illicit recreational activities. Inside the cave, among the homey touches added by students, the officer found a hanging mirrored disco ball and three guys smoking pot. The incident is being handled internally by the university.

Missing woman’s YouTube videos are the only clues to her disappearance

From our friends at The Daily Dot: Videos Teleka Patrick posted last month now offer a look into her life before she went missing.

Three devious ne’er-do-wells pull off Christmas cookie caper

It is not unusual for people on a holiday tour to stuff a few extra cookies into their pockets while sipping complementary hot cider or cocoa. It is unusual, however, for (adult) tour-goers to premeditatedly distract an establishment’s owner so as to clean out the goody tray. But this crime may be even darker than that.

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