Category: Crime

Feb212013

Leave Fred alone

Back in his early days, the state troopers didn’t have much to do. Not any more. www.fredoneverything.net…

Jan132009

Another Ponzi scheme?

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This guy had a pretty good plan, except he didn’t execute it well.  Now he’s in even more trouble.

Officials say missing Indiana pilot may have fled on red motorbike

via TheStar.com… | World | Police step up search for pilot they think tried to fake own death.

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Jan42009

No heads ever roll

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After 9/11 happened, no one from the FAA was fired. That tells the public that the system of monitoring planes was just fine. When Madoff madoff (a new verb) with all the money, the SEC was there the whole time and saw nothing wrong. No one to this day has been fired from the SEC. See a pattern? No accountablity. If a company lost a few billion, the whole executive suite would be locked out and jailed. Government agencies are there to protect themselves first, and the public second.

How did so many smart people – including some Canadian hedge fund investors and charities – fall into the trap? Were there any warning signs that should have been heeded?

TheStar.com… | Business | Troubling questions over Madoff scandal.

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Dec262008

Why I rent

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Another reason to stay home and watch DVDs.  Personally, I use zip.ca.

A South Philadelphia man enraged because a father and son were talking during a Christmas showing of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button took care of the situation when he pulled a .380-caliber gun and shot the father, police said.

via Phila. man shot because family talked during movie | Philadelphia Inquirer | 12/26/2008.

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Dec142008

Love will be blind

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If you believe in an eye for an eye, which I usually do, then this case takes it literally.

An Iranian woman, blinded by a jilted stalker who threw acid in her face, has persuaded a court to sentence him to be blinded with acid himself under Islamic law demanding an eye for an eye.

via Iranian to be blinded with acid for doing same to woman – CNN.com….

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Dec122008

Rats scrambling

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As the financial ship continues to sink, and the shaky companies begin to crack, the rats are scrambling.  The ponzi schemes, of which I was a victim of 16 years ago, start to collapse.

Bernard Madoff, founder and president of a New York firm that invested funds for wealthy individuals, hedge funds and other institutions, was charged with operating what he told employees was a long-running $50 billion Ponzi scheme in what may be one of the largest frauds in history.

via Bloomberg.com…: Worldwide.

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Dec52008

Out of juice

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OJ is finally going where he belongs – into the hole.

You can’t stay above the law forever, it seems.  OJ never stopped trying to.

“We are thrilled, and it’s a bittersweet moment,” Fred Goldman said. “It was satisfying seeing him in shackles like he belongs.”

TheStar.com… | World | Broken O.J. Simpson gets up to 33 years.

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Oct272008

Free Hannah Overton

Did anyone else see the Hannah Overton story on 20/20?  After 60 minutes, this is my favorite newsmagazine show.

I don’t know if this woman did it or not, but you’d have to think that if she had a better lawyer, she may have got off.  I doubt she intentionally killed her kid – most mothers wouldn’t – but one thing is for sure, she didn’t deserve a capital murder conviction.

The biggest tragedy here is that her husband has to single parent raise his 5 kids.  How does he make a living while raising small children?

This site was created for Hannah Overton and is intended to be a source of truth about her and her wrongful conviction.

Free Hannah Overton – Home.

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Oct42008

Unlucky 13

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Damn that Johnny Cochrane for dying on OJ!  Another catchy slogan like “if it doesn’t fit, you must acquit” would have gone a long way to help the killer.

The verdict came 13 years to the day after Simpson was cleared of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, in Los Angeles in one of the most sensational trials of the 20th century.

FOXNews.com… – O.J. Simpson Found Guilty on All Charges in Robbery-Kidnap Trial – Local News | News Articles | National News | US News.

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Oct42008

White and blue

Not often you get a white collar bandit doing blue collar crime.  Wonder if he wasn’t also doing some white collar crime as well – since he is an “investment” banker.

Only hours after the release of high quality images of a bank robber dubbed “the Exchange Bandit,” a 37-year-old Toronto man who works in the financial services industry turned himself in.

Money man arrested in 26 bank heists | Toronto & GTA | News | Toronto Sun.

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Sep202008

Paging Dr. Dawkins

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I have been defrauded before, so I suppose I should be more careful.  Must have a weak gene, but I am glad my bullshit detector went off early enough to stop this latest one from going much further:  Here`s the email exchange, where I was trying to sell an old kitchen table that`s actually quite nice.  Bottom line, if you`re trying to sell something: don`t sell anything unless the cash (hopefully not funny money) is in your hands.  How this dope expected me to fall for his gag of wiring money via the dreaded Western Union is beyond me.  Also, it appears Google isn`t interested in helping either.

Forwarded conversation
Subject: Lovely dining/kitchen table – $105 (Toronto)
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From: Dawkins Richard <drdrichard0107@gmail.com…>
Date: Mon, Sep 15, 2008 at 4:40 AM
To: sale-840943979@craigslist.org…

** CRAIGSLIST ADVISORY — AVOID SCAMS BY DEALING LOCALLY
** Avoid: wiring money, cross-border deals, work-at-home
** Beware: cashier checks, money orders, escrow, shipping
** More Info: www.craigslist.org…


Hello,
I would like to know if this is

still available for sale.
Thanks,
Richard
this message was remailed to you via: sale-840943979@craigslist.org…
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From: Tim G. <tim@tpg1.com…>
Date: Mon, Sep 15, 2008 at 7:26 AM
To: Dawkins Richard <drdrichard0107@gmail.com…>

Yes

Sent from my iPhone 3g(16g)

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From: Richard Dawkins <drdawkins1@gmail.com…>
Date: Mon, Sep 15, 2008 at 1:54 PM
To: “Tim G.” <tim@tpg1.com…>

Hello,
I would love to make an instant purchase, so please do withdraw the advert from Craigslist, I don’t mind adding an extra $50 for you to do that so that I can be rest assured that the item is in hand. I would also like you to know that I will be paying via certified bank cheque due to the distance and it will be over night payment. I will be going for a conference and as such would not be able to come ove to your place. You don’t need to bother yourself with the shipment. Ok? My Mover will handle that .I need the following information to cut you a check; your name, Address and Phone number.

Regards,
Richard

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From: Tim G. <tim@tpg1.com…>
Date: Mon, Sep 15, 2008 at 3:14 PM
To: Richard Dawkins <drdawkins1@gmail.com…>

Sold for $155…will withdraw tonite…send money to xxx xxx xxx.

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From: Richard Dawkins <drdawkins1@gmail.com…>
Date: Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 4:17 PM
To: “Tim G.” <tim@tpg1.com…>

Thanks for the details sent to me , I will forward your details over to my secretary  and she will be sending you the check soon once drawn from the bank. Once I have an update from her that the check has been mailed, I will email you for you to watch over it to arrive your location normally it should take just about 1 to 2 working days to reach your place. Thanks once again I will get back to you. I’ll have my Mover contacts you soon so you can work out the details.

Regards,
Richard

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From: Tim G. <tim@tpg1.com…>
Date: Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 4:59 PM
To: Richard Dawkins <drdawkins1@gmail.com…>

I’ll let you know when the check arrives.

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From: Richard Dawkins <drdawkins1@gmail.com…>
Date: Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 3:08 AM
To: “Tim G.” <tim@tpg1.com…>

Hello,
How has your day been like? I am glad to inform you that the check for the payment has been drwan overnighted to you by my secretary, however their was an error which i beleive we should be able to handle with care to avoid delay in the payment. A check for $4,500.50 was overnighted to you instead of the actual amount of $1055 for the bought item.
Onece the check is delivered to you, have it cashed, deduct the cost of the bought item and an extra $50 for your run around expenses. The differences should be wired to my mover via Western Union money transfer. i will send you my mover’s information to have the funds wired to. Do let me know once the check is delivered to you.

Warmest Regards,
Daryl

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From: Tim G. <tim@tpg1.com…>
Date: Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 4:19 AM
To: Richard Dawkins <drdawkins1@gmail.com…>

who is Daryl?

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From: Richard Dawkins <drdawkins1@gmail.com…>
Date: Fri, Sep 19, 2008 at 5:40 AM
To: “Tim G.” <tim@tpg1.com…>

My PA. I told him to help me mail you. I was busy then.

Richard.

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Aug22008

Bus cowards

I don’t know what I’d do if I was a fellow passenger on the bus, but Debbie thinks that they’re all cowards, including the police who came to the scene later.

Most troubling to me is that, instead of pouncing on the beheader and stopping him from murdering an innocent person, the passengers on the bus all fled like cowards.

Have to agree with her on this one.  The whole thing is sick and sad at the same time. 

Jul282008

Amazing wrongful conviction

Howard had a great story about Michael Pardue, who was apparently wrongfully convicted, released, and is now struggling to survive (and get some sort of compensation).

In 1973, just a few short years after Dylan’s beat generation anthem was a national hit, Pardue was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to life in prison. In 1997, all charges against him were dropped. This story should have a happy ending by now but on the Richter scale of justice, this one is off the charts. In a logic-defying decision, Pardue remains behind bars for another crime: escape.

Remind me not to get wrongfully convicted in Alabama.

Jul232008

Demise of Michigan

The low level drug industry is replacing the auto industry, not to mention the burgeoning prison industry.

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On 16 hectares once used by Chrysler to house automobiles sits Ryan Road’s best-kept property, more than a dozen buildings bordered by four-metre fences topped with coils of razor wire and five gun towers.

A new approach is needed.  Watching the show DEA/Detroit is one of the most depressing, yet boring shows.  Same old huge DEA officers busting low level black men drug users/distributors in abandoned houses around the city.  I guess they go away for 10-20 years unless they turn state evidence.  There must be a better way, but stopping the police/prison industry once it gets rolling is probably very hard to stop.

Let this be a warning to Canadians – Michigan and NY State treat drug offenses VERY seriously.  Don’t even think of crossing the border with even a whiff of a controlled substance.

Jul212008

Dhimmi Watch: Iranian woman, 31, to be hanged after 18 years in jail

Even those of us that are pro-DP can hardly stomach this story.

False accusations and injustices happen everywhere, but the fact that her accuser was a full-grown man and she was a little girl meant, in Iran—given the general Islamic devaluation of women—that the court was more likely to accept the absurd proposition that she would have been able to kill an eight-year-old boy by slamming him against the wall than it was to accept the much more plausible story recounted below.

It’s important to know what Iran is capable of, since it looks like they make be next in the new MidEast War.