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IbisNibs

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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. . . .
Hey wait! Thank you for explaining how you got OUT of that situation, but how on earth did you get INTO it in the first place? Was it a bad date or something? Or did you used to just hang out with random people, or what?
 

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When the lighter suddenly sprang to life and jumped off the table of its own volition
Did this happen often when you were present? was this due to a lighter malfunction, earthquake or poltergeist?
Just like Edwin Drood, the Indrid Drood mysteries are left unfinished!
 

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Hey wait! Thank you for explaining how you got OUT of that situation, but how on earth did you get INTO it in the first place? Was it a bad date or something? Or did you used to just hang out with random people, or what?
I was wondering if anyone would be curious how I got myself into that situation! (So thank you for asking.)

I failed to mention that the events in question occurred in the wee hours of the morning (somewhere around 4 or 5 a.m., pre-dawn). Which probably makes the whole thing even weirder. The circumstances were as follows:

I had been at an afterhours club I occasionally went to on the weekends, and it must have been shut down by the authorities once again that night (as otherwise it would stay open at least 'til 7 or 8 a.m.); as is often the case in such situations, we were looking for somewhere to keep the party going, and this guy somehow made his place sound like something custom-made for our wishes, so we all piled into a couple of cars and headed over there (it was very close to the afterhours club). I think the idea was: his place was only a few blocks away, and we could go there to keep out of the cold while waitnjg to see if anything better was going to get going (when a spot got shut down early, word would spread and often something else would start up within the hour).

When we got there, the other revellers -- without coming inside -- decided to go pick up some other people, and to meet us back there. Somehow or other, I was left alone there with the psycho. (Another thing I didn't mention here is that, earlier in the "evening", I had overheard one of the people running the club saying to keep an eye on this particular guy, since he'd been acting strangely (possibly harrassing some young women?), so that warning was definitely running through my head as I sat there, counting the minutes I had remaining within this mortal shell. :)

While there, I was expecting the others to return at any moment, but they got caught up in some drama somewhere else and were delayed. This was some time back, well before the age of smartphones, and I did not have any such device on me at the time. (Well, tbh, I still don't...) I should add that I had often been to the homes of "randoms" with groups of people after nights out like this (though never, I admit, alone), and nothing remotely resembling this situation had ever arisen before. People who frequented that particular club were generally friendly and easy-going, not psychotic serial-killers!)
 
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Did this happen often when you were present? was this due to a lighter malfunction, earthquake or poltergeist?
Just like Edwin Drood, the Indrid Drood mysteries are left unfinished!
OK, I'll try to undrood things a little bit! ;)

No, I don't recall another incident where something jumped off the table like that. It was a regular coloured plastic, rectangular lighter, standing vertically without apparent activity (until it suddenly sprung off the table and onto the floor). I have no idea what might have caused that to occur (unless it was indeed some sort of poltergeist effect related to an unconscious fear I might have had regarding the situation in which I unexpectedly found myself).

Oh, and in case you were possibly wondering what the hell I was doing wearing a Sasquatch-like fun fur coat: I had bought it on a lark, thinking it might come in handy on the rare occasion when I needed something costumey and slightly ridiculous to wear. When I started going out to late night clubs in the cold season, however, I discovered that the fun fur coat was the ideal form of outerwear for such outings: it could survive any amount of abuse intact, no worse for wear; even in the coldest outdoor temperatures, one felt hot within it even with just a t-shirt on underneath; and it could easily be scrunched up and shoved within a small plastic bag (which could itself be shoved into some out of the way or hidden corner), thereby allowing one to avoid the unnecessary expediture of coat check fees, which could be extravagantly outrageous.

Hope that helps! :)
 
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Here's a good reason not to share photos of yourself online:
Stalker story

A J-Pop star was tracked down by her stalker and assaulted when he worked out where she was by looking at the reflections in her eyes on her selfies posted at her social media.

Shall we just agree personal privacy is a thing of the past, now?
 

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I failed to mention that the events in question occurred in the wee hours of the morning (somewhere around 4 or 5 a.m., pre-dawn). Which probably makes the whole thing even weirder.
It is indeed extremely weird that anyone would voluntarily be up and about at that hour.
While there, I was expecting the others to return at any moment, but they got caught up in some drama somewhere else and were delayed.
Oh, how this brings back memories of being twenty-something, hanging out with my twenty-something friends! Just like being a teenager, but with no safety net of parents or school officials! It's a miracle that any of us survived!!!

Congratulations on your survival, Indrid Drood!

It was a regular coloured plastic, rectangular lighter, standing vertically without apparent activity (until it suddenly sprung off the table and onto the floor).
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I can't decide where to put this story, because it involves a con and the perpetrator does seem a bit "dumb" (recommending it for other threads). Nonethelss, I'll put it here because it is generally "strange."
Sheriff: Woman faked being kidnapped so she could steal car

A North Carolina woman ran to man’s house Wednesday to say she had just escaped an attempted kidnapping by a stranger.

Virginia Saavedra, 37, then allegedly took advantage of the Good Samaritan’s kindness by stealing his truck before leading authorities on a high-speed chase, according to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.

Upon hearing Saavedra’s story, the man let her sit in his truck to warm up while he called 911, news outlets report. Saavedra allegedly then stole the truck, which was spotted by deputies responding to the man’s 911 call.

Deputies tried to stop the truck, but Saavedra led them on a 26-mile chase into a neighboring county, they say. Deputies soon boxed the truck in and it got stuck on a grassy shoulder. Deputies said Saavedra then tried to reverse the stolen truck and rammed a patrol car before trying to flee. She was arrested on more than a dozen charges including driving the wrong way on a divided highway and felony assault with a deadly weapon on a government official.

She gave authorities a fake name upon her arrest, but was correctly identified when she got to jail, deputies say. ...
SOURCE: https://apnews.com/7754ddadd7e2729b4a58248844e8940f
 

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An unidentified gunman reportedly opened fire with a Kalashnikov rifle in the lobby of the Federal Security Services (FSB) building before fleeing the scene
 
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More on the Moscow incident.

At least one person has been killed and one wounded in a shooting at the headquarters of Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) in central Moscow, Russian media say.

A gunman, who opened fire with an automatic weapon in the lobby of the building, was killed by armed police. Security forces had cordoned off the area and moved bystanders into nearby buildings during their operation. The shooting came hours after President Putin's annual press conference.

Details are not yet clear, but unconfirmed reports in Moscow media said that three officers had been killed as a result of an attack by three gunmen. Two of the suspects were reportedly killed at the scene, while the third ran out into the street and barricaded himself in a nearby building.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50858949
 
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Not just strange but a particularly nasty crime.

An investigative journalist who suffers from epilepsy was sent a video of violently flashing lights and patterns on Twitter, causing him to have a seizure.

The video appears to have been a co-ordinated attack on Kurt Eichenwald, 58, after he had made an inflammatory claim about President Trump’s mental health on the social media platform. Eichenwald said that he would have died if his wife had not walked into his study and found him. He suffered a seizure within seconds of seeing the video.

John Rayne Rivello, 32, who is accused of sending the clip on December 15, 2016, was due to appear in court this week on a charge of aggravated assault but the proceedings have been delayed until the end of January. The case at Dallas county district court is expected to lead to more legal action to combat cyberbullying.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/...by-flashing-tweet-after-trump-claim-ppqwf0dgk
 
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Particularly odd. It looks as if Reilly is a fantasist.

A police officer posed as an oil industry executive in a bid to dupe a colleague into quitting the force in the mistaken belief she had been accepted for a highly paid job offshore.

PC Amanda Reilly, 31, convinced PC Laura McWhirter to attend medicals in Aberdeen, learn to swim for offshore safety and buy an expensive Mercedes Benz car costing £319 per month because of the increased wages she would be making in the oil industry.

The pair met at Police Scotland’s treatment centre in Auchterarder, Perthshire, in 2016 and struck up a friendship.

Miss McWhirter, 32, told Reilly she was not happy with her job as a constable and wanted to change career. Reilly told her she had previously worked as an accountant in Aberdeen and knew a businessman called Peter Aird, who runs Kingdom Drilling.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/...itting-force-by-lying-about-oil-job-fkdt02fb5
 
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Yes, cause the Ruskies no mess about, they will drop the building to get him.
Here's the latest news.

Russian media have identified the man who opened fire at the Federal Security Service (FSB) headquarters in Moscow as a 39-year-old loner and gun enthusiast.

They named him as Yevgeny Manyurov from Podolsk, about 40km (25 miles) south of Moscow. He killed an FSB officer and wounded five others with an automatic weapon, before a sniper shot him dead. One of the wounded is a civilian.At the Kremlin, a couple of kilometres away, President Vladimir Putin was at a gala evening honouring the FSB.

The details about the gunman were reported by Russian government daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta on Friday, citing police sources. The shooting happened at the entrance of the Lubyanka, the FSB headquarters which used to house the Soviet KGB. The FSB is Russia's main domestic intelligence service.

On Thursday night police searched Manyurov's flat, which he had shared with his mother, and they detained her for questioning.Her son had worked as a security guard but lost his job recently and never had any visits from friends, Russian media quote her as saying. Police found five guns at the flat - legally registered and kept in a safe - along with a large quantity of ammunition. Manyurov once trained as a lawyer and did some legal consulting work, reports say.

He was single and practised shooting regularly at a gun club, which was a passion for him, his mother is quoted as saying. She also said she had heard him speaking English on the phone with some "Arabs", who had started calling him since he had lost his security job. When he opened fire, Manyurov "was shouting slogans typical of Islamic State", the daily Kommersant reports. It says the information came from a security source, who quoted witnesses questioned by police.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50864527
 

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Wonder what the treatment is for?
“The charity provides two Treatment Centres where serving and retired police officers can receive treatment following an illness or injury with the aim of assisting their return to better health. The Centres are St Andrews, in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and Castlebrae in Auchterarder, Perthshire.

Almost 4000 serving and retired officers attend the Treatment Centres each year and most receive intensive physiotherapy. Others seek support with stress-related conditions or anxiety and depression as part of our Psychological Wellbeing Programme.”

http://www.thepolicetreatmentcentres.org/about/

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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
She pleaded guilty.

A woman has admitted trying to open an aeroplane door mid-flight prompting two fighter jets to be scrambled.

Chloe Haines, 26, of High Wycombe, also scratched a crew member who tried to stop her opening the door on the Jet2 flight to Dalaman, Turkey, on 22 June. Two RAF fighter jets rushed to escort the plane back to Stansted Airport, causing a sonic boom across Essex. Haines, who admitted two charges, is due to be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on 24 January. She pleaded guilty on Monday to endangering the safety of a passenger plane and assault by beating.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-50893117
 

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Visine eye drops were murder weapon North Carolina man used to kill wife, cops say

A paramedic from Gaston County, North Carolina, is accused of using Visine eye drops to kill his wife last year for a hefty life insurance payout, according to the N.C. Department of Insurance.

The eye drops can cause heart failure when ingested in large quantity.



Joshua Lee Hunsucker, 35, of Mount Holly, was charged with first-degree murder in a preliminary hearing on Friday.

Jordan Green, an attorney for the Department of Insurance, told court officials Friday that investigators got a breakthrough in the case when they learned vials of Stacy Hunsucker’s blood had been kept in storage by a private company involved with organ donation.

Her blood was tested by a medical examiner, Green said at the hearing, “and it tested (for) very high levels of tetrahydrozoline, which is one of the active ingredients in certain eye drop medicine that you would use to clear your eyes.”

The level of the drug in her system was “between 30 and 40 times the therapeutic level of tetrahydrozoline,” the Shelby Star reported.

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article238654658.html

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Santa Syndrome?

A white-bearded man robbed a bank two days before Christmas then threw the money in the air and enthusiastically wished passers-by a merry Christmas, witnesses have said.

Police said "an older white male" robbed the Academy Bank in Colorado Springs on Monday lunchtime.

"He robbed the bank, came out, threw the money all over the place," witness Dion Pascale told Colorado's 11 News. "He started throwing money out of the bag and then said, 'Merry Christmas!'"

Witnesses said the hirsute suspect then wandered over to a nearby Starbucks coffee shop, sat down in front of it, and waited to be arrested. In a particularly festive gesture, the passers-by are reported to have scooped up all the money from the street and taken it back inside the bank.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50908018
 
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A nasty/deranged person.

A woman has been charged with attempted murder after telling police in Iowa that she deliberately drove into a girl because she appeared "Mexican".

The victim, who is 14, sustained "numerous injuries" in the incident. Police say she was struck while walking to a local school, near Des Moines, on the evening of 9 December. They initially appealed for the public's help in identifying the hit-and-run before Nicole Marie Poole Franklin was arrested.

"Investigators determined that this incident was an intentional act, not an accident," Clive police said in a Thursday statement announcing the attempted murder charge.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Police Chief Michael Venema said he was "shocked" by the suspect's admission.

"Franklin told investigators that she ran the girl over because she was, in her words, 'a Mexican'," Chief Venema said. "She went on to make a number of derogatory statements about Latinos to our investigators. I want to say, in the strongest terms possible, that there is no place in our community, or any other for that matter, for this type of hatred and violence," he added.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50875037
 

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Police Hunt Toe-Sucking Home Invader


A 20-year-old man awoke last Tuesday to discover a male intruder at the foot of his bed sucking on his toes, according to a Florida police report.

Investigators say the victim was sleeping in his bedroom when the suspect somehow entered the locked Bradenton residence on December 24. When the victim awoke around 3:30 AM, his toes were in the creepy stranger’s mouth.
“The victim asked the suspect what he was doing,” police reported. Assuming that he was about to be robbed, the victim declared that he did not have any money. In response, “The suspect told him he was there to suck toes.”


The victim, who was alone in the residence, then began throwing punches at the intruder, forcing him out of the house and into the yard. As he was being driven from the home, the suspect “told the victim that he had a gun and then attempted to fondle the victim’s genital area.”

At this point, the suspect “punched out the glass” on the home’s front window and then climbed atop the victim’s car and stomped on the windshield until it broke.

The suspect fled before police arrived, and a “K-9 track” was unable to locate the intruder, who was bloodied by punches thrown by the victim.

The victim said that he hurt his hands beating up the intruder, who caused in excess of $1000 in damages to the residence and automobile.

Cops have not arrested anyone in connection with the home invasion, which they have classified as a felony “burglary w/aslt/bat” and a felony criminal mischief.

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/bizarre/police-hunt-toe-sucker-650249

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Carjacker on meth abducts man and his pet goat from Missouri adult video store.

A man was arrested in Oklahoma after carjacking a truck from outside an adult store in Missouri — with a man and his pet goat inside, police say.

Two men stopped at an adult video store in Carthage early Wednesday, police said, according to KOTV. The driver of the pickup truck went inside the store while the passenger — and his pet goat — remained in the truck, ultimately falling asleep, the outlet reported.




That’s when police say Brandon Kirby, 40, jumped into the truck and took off, allegedly taking meth as he drove the passenger through parts of Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma, occasionally pistol-whipping him.

The victim told police Kirby eventually let him and the goat go, dropping them off on the side of the road in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.
Kirby was arrested and charged with kidnapping, pointing firearms and felony possession of a firearm.

https://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article238889478.html

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