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A strange (possible) crime and an even stranger witness.
I have this tale at second- or third hand:

My old force's Senior Investigating Officer was a tough old Jock who was not averse to a tipple. One day he was called to the scene of a murder. He was studying the body of the victim when his bleary eye detected a mynah bird in a cage near the deceased. Turning to his bagman he asked, "Does that fuckin' bird talk?" Baffled, the DC responded, "Er, yessir." Back came the peremptory order: "Well, get a fuckin' statement aff it!"

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Prank? These morons got off lightly.

Two bodybuilders who hid steroid needles and syringes in food in a supermarket as part of a prank have been jailed.

Bradley Scott, 30, and Matthew Keam, 24, repeatedly put the items in products to shock customers and staff at a Sainsbury's in Aylesford, Kent. They were found in cereal boxes, garlic bread, orange juice and Christmas decorations on a tree, police said.Both men were jailed for a year at Maidstone Crown Court on 18 October.

Scott, of Lyall Way, Gillingham, and Keam, of Kerry Hill Way, Maidstone, had admitted an offence of contamination of or interference with goods, with intention of causing public alarm, at an earlier hearing.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-kent-50292915
 

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Self-explanatory really -

Kitchen porter impaled in backside with broom after chef’s prank went wrong

A chef has been spared jail after his prank left a kitchen porter with horrific internal injuries. Gary Trice, 29, pierced his new colleague’s anus with a broom handle while trying to copy something he had seen on Facebook. He told Lewis Mitchell, 21, to fetch cupcake holders from the top of a fridge then placed the broom underneath him. When Mr Mitchell lost his grip on the fridge he landed on the handle which pierced his backside, went through the intestines and stopped just short of his stomach.
Absolutely stupid and reckless.
 

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Someone now has a "hot" Fortean decor item ...
Florida police seek return of 300-pound Bigfoot

Police in Florida are seeking information on the disappearance of an unusual piece of property -- a 300-pound Bigfoot statue.

The Boynton Beach Police Department said the 8-foot-tall Sasquatch statue was stolen from in front of a store called Mattress Monsterz in October.

"Bigfoot is missing," the department tweeted.

Police are asking anyone with information on the missing statue to contact detectives.
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2019/1...turn-of-300-pound-Bigfoot/1881573073189/?sl=2

NOTE: This is not the same Bigfoot statue I mentioned a couple of weeks ago:
https://forums.forteana.org/index.php?threads/random-peculiar-images.58483/post-1903482
 
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Blimey! At least he didn't cook him.

A chainsaw-wielding chef who murdered an ex-councillor over a "trivial" feud has been jailed.

Jonathan Stasiuk slashed 73-year-old Gerry White with the power tool before strangling him at the Lake Community Gardens on the Isle of Wight in May. The pair were trustees of the gardens and had argued over how they were run. Stasiuk, 60, admitted murder part-way through his trial at Southampton Crown Court. He was jailed for life with a minimum of 25 years. He had initially pleaded guilty to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-50405193
 
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Judge not lest ye be judged!

Back in May, three Indiana judges got into a fight. It was the crescendo of an incident brimming with colorful details: a gaggle of judges drinking the night before a judicial conference, a failed attempt to visit a strip club called the Red Garter, a brawl in the parking lot of an Indianapolis White Castle.

The altercation apparently started sometime after 3 a.m., when one of the judges, Sabrina Bell, raised a middle finger at two men yelling from a passing SUV, and ended after one of those men shot two of the judges.

In between, the three judges took a number of actions that "discredited the entire Indiana judiciary," according to an opinion posted by the Indiana Supreme Court this week, suspending the judges.

The court found that the three — Andrew Adams, Bradley Jacobs and Sabrina Bell — had "engaged in judicial misconduct by appearing in public in an intoxicated state and behaving in an injudicious manner and by becoming involved in a verbal altercation." Adams and Jacobs engaged in further judicial misconduct "by becoming involved in a physical altercation for which Judge Adams was criminally charged and convicted."

https://www.npr.org/2019/11/14/779339897/3-indiana-judges-suspended-after-white-castle-brawl-that-left-2-of-them-wounded
 
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Just wanted to get some fresh air.

A 26-year-old woman has appeared in court accused of trying to open a passenger plane door during a flight from the UK to Turkey.

A cabin crew member was scratched as she tried to stop the door of the Jet2 flight to Dalaman opening on 22 June.

The plane was escorted back to Stansted Airport by two RAF fighter jets.

Chloe Haines, of High Wycombe, appeared before Chelmsford magistrates charged with assault and acting in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-50492318
 

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Jail time, cause idiots like this will never learn, I cannot be doing with people who are this idiotic, looking for fame was she? It says she cant leave from any UK airport, long walk then
 

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This story is as sad as it is strange, but I couldn't think of a more appropriate place to post it ...
Police: Mother took daughter from care facility, killed her

An elderly woman who feared she was developing dementia removed her mentally disabled adult daughter from a care facility, then fatally stabbed her in a suburban St. Louis hotel before attempting to kill herself, police and relatives say.

Marjorie Theleman, 78, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of her 51-year-old daughter, Sharon Theleman, after police were summoned to a hotel in Fenton, Missouri, because the pair had not checked out.

Sharon Theleman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her mother, who attempted to suffocate herself with a plastic bag, remained hospitalized Wednesday, according to a police news release. She left a typed note explaining her actions and a handwritten note telling housekeeping to call police, a police detective wrote in the probable cause statement.

Police said she was expected to survive. But one of her two sons, Scott Theleman, who lives in the Dallas area, said he has been told his mother is in a coma and has a “50-50 chance of surviving.” He said his mother lived in a retirement community and wanted to have his sister moved there from a group home because his sister’s mobility was declining.

“She was concerned about Alzheimer’s,” he said of his mother. “Her mother had it. She had spent many years trying to avoid it but felt she was heading that way.”

“From what I understand, the note I haven’t seen said she was doing this as a favor to her sons, so we didn’t have to carry the burden of a handicapped sister and declining mother” he said. “I don’t approve of that at all but that’s apparently what the note said.” ...
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/bac4cf0dc26d488894798d4b49008f08
 

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Just wanted to get some fresh air.

A 26-year-old woman has appeared in court accused of trying to open a passenger plane door during a flight from the UK to Turkey.

A cabin crew member was scratched as she tried to stop the door of the Jet2 flight to Dalaman opening on 22 June.

The plane was escorted back to Stansted Airport by two RAF fighter jets.

Chloe Haines, of High Wycombe, appeared before Chelmsford magistrates charged with assault and acting in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-50492318
I was just reading (I believe in the Strange Folk thread) of a similar incident a few years ago. The airline at that time indicated that the airplane door could not be opened by cabin occupants, though that would not make any sense if it's an emergency exit (unless the cabin crew have to activate the opening mechanism somehow). Anyone know the actual situation regarding this?
 

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I was just reading (I believe in the Strange Folk thread) of a similar incident a few years ago. The airline at that time indicated that the airplane door could not be opened by cabin occupants, though that would not make any sense if it's an emergency exit (unless the cabin crew have to activate the opening mechanism somehow). Anyone know the actual situation regarding this?
The Actual Situation with the Airliner and its Doors

Jet2's current fleet consists of Boeing 737 / 757 jets. These airliners are manufactured to comply with US FAA guidelines and regulations. This means each door has 3 hierarchical levels of "security": Closed, Latched, and Locked. Each of these 3 levels must be mechanically implemented and electronically monitored. Each door's status at all 3 levels must be continuously displayed to both the flight crew and however many cabin crew members are authorized to operate the doors.

The doors would have had to be at the top level of security ("Locked") once the plane took off. Once locked into their in-flight configuration the locking mechanisms would have to be proactively disabled for a door to be opened at all.

Bottom Line: Unless Ms. Haines had access to relevant master controls (separate from the door) she probably had no chance of unlocking any door, much less unlatching and opening it.

Which leads to ...

The Actual Situation with the Incident

The BBC news item doesn't give any details about the incident. A more informative account has to be found elsewhere, such as this CNN item:

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/jet-2-flight-passenger-bill-intl-scli/index.html

As it turns out, Ms. Haines was drunk and disruptive at some point once the plane was in flight. To the best of my ability to piece together what happened, she allegedly assaulted one or more of the cabin crew who attempted to placate and then restrain her. One account I saw claimed she'd advanced to / toward the cockpit and attempted to enter it. Another claimed she'd announced she was going to "kill you all" before doing whatever she did toward messing with the airliner's door(s).

In other words, she pitched a massive drunken tantrum. The door-opening bit was an apparent threat she either announced or seemed to be trying to enact. It was the overall tantrum - not just the door-opening attempt - that caused her to be subdued, arrested, and subsequently billed by Jet2 for circa US$ 105,000 to cover the costs of dealing with her misbehavior and diverting the flight.
 

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The airline at that time indicated that the airplane door could not be opened by cabin occupants, though that would not make any sense if it's an emergency exit (unless the cabin crew have to activate the opening mechanism somehow).
But you think it would make sense to be able to open a cabin emergency door when the plane was in the air ?
 

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Here's one of those stories that makes you wonder why the obviously obsessive repeat perpetrator is allowed to wander around unsupervised.
That much is evident from the last line ...

Police: Woman stabbed another in belief she was wearing fur

A woman with a history of attacks on people wearing fur has been charged with attempted murder for stabbing a woman she believed was wearing the material at a church outside Cleveland, police said.

Meredith Lowell, 35, is being held on a $1 million bond ...

The victim had brought children she was babysitting to the church for choir practice, and Lowell stabbed her twice in the arm and once in the abdomen with a kitchen knife ...

A man wrestled Lowell to the floor and held her until officers arrived ...

The victim remained hospitalized Thursday ... Her condition was unclear. It’s also not clear whether the victim was wearing real fur. ...

Lowell was arrested a year ago on suspicion of attacking someone she believed was wearing fur at a Whole Foods store in University Heights.

A police report said Lowell punched and then tried to cut a woman wearing a jacket with fake fur on its hood with the serrated blade of a Swiss Army knife. The jacket was gashed, a police photo shows, but the woman was not cut.

Lowell was indicted in January on one count of felonious assault in Cuyahoga County. An online court docket shows she pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity last month. The case is pending.

And in March 2012, Lowell was indicted in federal court in Cleveland after authorities said she posted on Facebook that she wanted to hire a hit man to kill someone wearing fur.

Lowell wrote that she would be willing to pay between $830 and $850, according to an FBI affidavit.

An undercover FBI agent contacted Lowell, who asked that a person be killed with a gun or a knife at a Cleveland Heights library and that she planned to be there when the murder was carried out, authorities said.

Lowell told the agent she wanted to set up an animal rights militia and specified that a victim at the library should be at least 12 years old and at least 4 feet tall, the affidavit said. She was arrested in February 2012.

Those charges were dropped in January 2013 when it was determined she could not be “rehabilitated to competency,” court records show.
SOURCE: https://apnews.com/404a5fa3cb33492bb27220cd3e2d7f2c
 

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I thought the airplane door is pressurised so it's impossible to open from the inside at all, until landing
Hold on the crazy fur woman, she couldn't be rehabilitated so they let her go, well, that seems ok then
 

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I thought the airplane door is pressurised so it's impossible to open from the inside at all, until landing ...
Airliner cabins are pressurized, but not all that much. Resistance from internal air pressure would only be evident with a door that opened inward (into the interior). Higher relative air pressure inside the fuselage would facilitate rather than hinder opening an outward-opening door.

Those Boeing jets had to be certified compliant with FAA guidelines, meaning the doors had to be demonstrably immune to pressurization influencing their operation.

The latches and locks are what hold the door closed. Air pressure isn't a contributing factor, because the doors are required to secure and stay secured even if pressurization is lost.
 

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A police report said Lowell punched and then tried to cut a woman wearing a jacket with fake fur on its hood with the serrated blade of a Swiss Army knife. The jacket was gashed, a police photo shows, but the woman was not cut.
On one of the few occasions in my life when I felt under imminent threat of violent if not fully homicidal attack, it was directly related to my wearing a black fun fur coat (also involved: candlelight and the fortean sudden springing to life of a lighter that had been resting on a table...).
 

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On one of the few occasions in my life when I felt under imminent threat of violent if not fully homicidal attack, it was directly related to my wearing a black fun fur coat (also involved: candlelight and the fortean sudden springing to life of a lighter that had been resting on a table...).
I once ran round in circles in an underground Hungarian bar in a Grim Reaper costume with my back on fire. Shouting obscenities, flapping my arms at the flames to put them out, highly entertaining for everyone but me.
 

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I once ran round in circles in an underground Hungarian bar in a Grim Reaper costume with my back on fire. Shouting obscenities, flapping my arms at the flames to put them out, highly entertaining for everyone but me.
In the case I referred to, a mentally disturbed man -- possibly psychotic -- was sitting across from me in a darkened room, a table with a single candle burning between us. When the lighter suddenly sprang to life and jumped off the table of its own volition, he must have snapped, because suddenly his expression changed, and in a chilling voice intoned the words, "You... Better... Go... Now..." However, the way the words were spoken, I couldn't determine if he was going to use my getting up and heading for the door as the excuse he was looking for to kill me, so I remained sitting there. Not trembling, not even afraid, really, but aware that some bad shit could very easily go down at any moment. (Need I add that he was considerably bigger and stronger than me?!)

Fortunately, after what seemed like an eternity, he snapped back out of it, and told me that when the lighter popped off onto the floor, I suddenly appeard to him as the Devil incarnate. The fun fur coat looked almost like the upper half of a Sasquatch costume (long black strands of "hairy" fun fur), and somehow that merged in his unstable mind with the candle flame to make it appear that I was surrounded by the flames of Hell.

I just wanted to get the hell out of there, and he wanted cigarettes, so we walked up to a nearby gas station, where the staff recognized him as a miscreant who'd been up to something in there the previous night, and were immediately getting the police on the phone. The last words I ever heard from his mouth were, "Hey, let's go, they're calling the cops!"

I didn't look at him, nor did I respond. And that, thank god, was the end of that!
 
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