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Violent Vegans?

Police in Devon are investigating more than a dozen incidents of large root vegetables being thrown at moving vehicles, including one which smashed the windscreen of a patrol car responding to an incident.

Authorities say there have been 17 recorded incidents of large vegetables, including turnips and swedes, being thrown at vehicles on the A380 between Newton Abbot and Torquay in Devon since November last year. In the latest incident on Sunday night, a swede thrown from the side of the road smashed through the windscreen of an armed response patrol car responding to an emergency.

Another officer said those inside were "fine, but very annoyed", were unable to attend the incident they had been called out to, and sustained £500 worth of damages to their vehicle.

https://www.itv.com/news/2020-01-20/police-hunt-after-swedes-and-turnips-hurled-at-moving-vehicles/
 
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Truly shocking, even revolting.

A man who impersonated a doctor in order to persuade women and girls to electrocute themselves has been jailed for 11 years in Germany, officials say.

The 30-year-old, named only as David G, offered victims money to take part in fake pain therapy experiments for his sexual gratification, prosecutors said. He watched and recorded the victims on Skype as they used homemade devices connected to mains electricity.

David G was found guilty of 13 cases of attempted murder at a court in Munich. Prosecutors told the court that the IT worker from the Bavarian city of Würzburg posed as a doctor while searching for young women online to take part in a fake scientific study. They said he then contacted his victims, offering up to €3,000 ($3,325; £2,560) to participate.

He convinced them to attach devices to mains electricity before shocking themselves while he observed via Skype, prosecutors added.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51174783
 

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Somebody's made off with almost 100 beehives ...
Nearly 100 beehives stolen from northern California orchard

Authorities are investigating the theft of nearly 100 beehives from an orchard in northern California.

The beehives, which are used to pollinate almond orchards, were discovered missing on Friday, beekeeper Mike Potts said. He estimated that the theft of the 92 hives, about a third of his operation, would cost him about $44,000 in revenue.

“It’s hard enough keeping the bees alive without someone stealing them. It’s frustrating,” Potts told KCRA-TV.

Potts, who is based in Oregon, suspects that another beekeeper who lost bees could be responsible for the theft and may have stolen hives before. Given the weight of the hives in addition to the boxes that hold them, he thinks the thief may have used a flatbed truck to drive them away.
SOURCE: https://apnews.com/f47f85c93917404c9223773b06a243de
 
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I guess this is strange in the sense that the killer was a bored primary school principal.

The suspect arrested for the triple-murder and holdup at a gold shop in Lop Buri two weeks ago is the director of a primary school and claimed he killed to spice up his boring life, according to police sources.

The man suspected of shooting dead three people, including a young boy, and severely wounding four others is Prasittichai Khaokaew, 38, the director of Wat Pho Chai School in nearby Muang district of neighbouring Sing Buri province, the sources said. The suspect was arrested in Lop Buri on Wednesday morning on his way to work at the school.

According to the sources, investigators from the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) identified the suspect a week ago thanks to tips from local residents. Police obtained a warrant for his arrest on Tuesday evening.

https://www.bangkokpost.com/thailan...ld-up-suspect-claims-he-killed-for-the-thrill
 

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I'm not placing this in the 'Dumbest Criminals' or 'Shite Excuses' thread(s) because there's always the chance she was honestly deluded ...
Nevada woman sentenced for killing she blamed on spirits

A Nevada woman who said she shot a gun at spirits who attacked her roommate was sentenced to prison for the man’s fatal shooting.

Kiahna Hawkins, 30, was sentenced to 11 to 28 years in a Nevada prison, KVVU-TV reported Wednesday.

Hawkins was evaluated and found competent to stand trial in June before she pleaded guilty to a charge of murder and entered a plea agreement.

Andre D. Smith, 49, was found dead May 3 in the North Las Vegas apartment he shared with Hawkins.

The Clark County Coroner’s Office found Smith died of a gunshot wound to the head and ruled the death a homicide.

North Las Vegas police were called to the apartment at 11:30 a.m. after Hawkins told emergency dispatchers she believed spirits had killed her roommate, a police report said.

Hawkins told police spirits appeared in the room with Smith, including one that came out of his body. She compared the experience to being “in a virtual reality video game.”

Hawkins told officers she shot a spirit in self defense, the report said.
SOURCE: https://apnews.com/6dbd2fcac3e8961bbf946fd31f5ab509
 
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I'm not placing this in the 'Dumbest Criminals' or 'Shite Excuses' thread(s) because there's always the chance she was honestly deluded ...

SOURCE: https://apnews.com/6dbd2fcac3e8961bbf946fd31f5ab509
If she really believed that then surely she'd have a defence of insanity.

This happened in Devon, UK. (I have posted it elsewhere on the MB.)

Killer of three elderly Devon men found not guilty of murder due to insanity

A man with paranoid schizophrenia who killed three elderly men wrongly thinking they were sex offenders or serial murderers has been found not guilty of their murders by reason of insanity and will be detained in a secure hospital.

Alexander Lewis-Ranwell was having acute psychotic delusions when he used a hammer and spade to kill Anthony Payne, 80, and twins Dick and Roger Carter, 84, at their homes in Exeter, believing that he was acting with the police’s blessing because he had just been freed on bail following an earlier violent attack.

During the trial there was no dispute that he killed the three men. The case centred on whether he knew that what he was doing was legally and morally wrong. The jury ruled that he did not and cleared him of three murders.
There was no doubt about who had killed the three men but as the defendant was in a severe psychotic state at the time he was found not guilty of their murders by reason of insanity. He won't be walking free though as he will be detained in a secure hospital until he is considered to be no longer a risk to the public.
 
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You hear of this type of thjing often enough but the volume of mail involved in this is extraordinary.
Another lazy postman.

A postman who allegedly hoarded 24,000 mail items at his home because delivering them was “too much bother” has been accused of violating postal law in Japan.

The 61-year-old courier had apparently been stockpiling the undelivered post since 2003 in his Kanagawa home, near Tokyo. The postman reportedly told police: “It was too much bother to deliver them. I didn't want my colleagues to think I was less capable than younger people.”

The man, who has not been named, was fired last year by the Yokohama branch of Japan Post after an internal investigation revealed the hidden mail. Japan Post, the government-owned mail service, apologised for the incident and said that all the recovered post will make it to its intended destination.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/20...hoarded-24000-mail-items-much-bother-deliver/
 

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It's the official (firefighters') justifiable response that makes this otherwise minor and ordinary crime strange and noteworthy ...
Firefighters run hose through illegally parked vehicle
It's happened again - this time in New Jersey ...
Firefighters in New Jersey shared a video reminding residents why they shouldn't park next to fire hydrants.

Camden Fire Officers Local #2578 posted a video to Facebook showing what happened when crews had to extinguish the flames at an occupied residence.

The video shows a vehicle with both windows broken out by firefighters so they could run their hose through the vehicle.

The fire was extinguished and no injuries were reported.
SOURCE (With Video): https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/0...le-parked-next-to-hydrant/4491580155088/?sl=6
 

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Woman in Spain gives sex toys to friend for safekeeping. But the box contains a severed head.

Bit more on this case than was in the FT Sideline:
Severed head news

Seems her cleaner may have thrown out the rest of the body accidentally with the rubbish (it was in bin bags, possibly). Can't find any more updates!
 

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Woman in Spain gives sex toys to friend for safekeeping. But the box contains a severed head.

Bit more on this case than was in the FT Sideline:
Severed head news

Seems her cleaner may have thrown out the rest of the body accidentally with the rubbish (it was in bin bags, possibly). Can't find any more updates!
The only updates I can see are in the Spanish press, e.g.

https://elcaso.elnacional.cat/es/su...stamento-asesinato-mari-carmen_25267_102.html

Seems money was a motive. He had it (savings and pension), she wanted it.
There was no cannibalism involved, despite rumours.
Investigators say she bought cutting power tools and a hammer around the time of disappearance.
 

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Woman in Spain gives sex toys to friend for safekeeping. But the box contains a severed head.
Bit more on this case than was in the FT Sideline: Severed head news Seems her cleaner may have thrown out the rest of the body accidentally with the rubbish (it was in bin bags, possibly). Can't find any more updates!
We are all ignoring the elephant in the room... Perhaps the severed head was in that place for a very deliberate reason...
 

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Bizarre crime and his wife gets killed by a mob,

An Indian man who arranged a fake birthday party for his one-year-old daughter, then held more than 20 children hostage, has been shot dead by police.

Local media identified the man as Subhash Batham - saying he was accused of murder but out on bail.

Locals in Uttar Pradesh's Farrukhabad district later beat his wife to death.

Police tried to negotiate with him during a 10-hour stand-off before forcing their way into the building. The hostage-taker was killed in a shootout. All of the children, aged between six months and 15 years were brought to safety.

Batham's wife, who has not been named, was then attacked as she apparently tried to flee. Police said locals threw bricks and stones.

"She had head injuries and was bleeding when she was taken to hospital," senior police officer Mohit Agarwal told India's NDTV.

The woman later died of her injuries. It is unclear if she was involved in the hostage-taking or not.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-51320991
 

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More North Wales madness, fortunately not fatal this time -

Drunk man who fired harpoon gun at neighbour told him he was a 'dead man'

A man who fired a harpoon gun at a neighbour in a "very frightening" incident has been locked up.
Neil Brynley Jones fired a three-pronged bolt at Timothy Judge after confronting him with the weapon, but it missed and hit a picture frame instead, Caernarfon Crown Court heard.

Jones, 27, of Yr Eifl, Pwllheli, had banged on the door of Mr Judge's flat in an adjoining block shortly after midnight on December 10.
When he was eventually let in, he shouted at Mr Judge: "I'm going to f****** kill you. You're a dead man."
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This one's not so much strange as "WTF?!?" ... The thief made his hit and got away in one fell swoop, and the situation makes the employer look pretty bad.
Police: Worker stole $17,000 worth of stuff on first shift

Police in Connecticut are trying to identify a man they say got a job at a gas station and proceeded to steal $17,000 worth of merchandise and cash on his first, and only, solo overnight shift before disappearing.

The man also stole his employment folder, which contained his personal information, so the store’s owner does not even know the worker’s name, Hamden police said in a statement Tuesday. ...

The owner told investigators he used an app on his cellphone to view the store security cameras and noticed that the new employee had left.

The owner went to the store and determined that the worker had stolen lottery tickets, 89 boxes of cigarettes and money worth a total of more than $17,000. The employment file was also missing.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect in a surveillance image released by police is asked to contact investigators.
SOURCE: https://apnews.com/e4c516b254fe84adca0c3a36b67960b8
 
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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
And she got 2 years.

A woman who tried to open a passenger plane door mid-flight, prompting two fighter jets to be scrambled, has been jailed for two years.

Chloe Haines, 26, from High Wycombe, scratched a crew member as she lunged at the door shouting "I'm going to kill you all," the court heard. Two RAF fighter jets rushed to escort the plane back to Stansted Airport, causing a sonic boom across Essex. Haines, who admitted two charges, was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court. She pleaded guilty to endangering the safety of a passenger plane and assault by beating.

The incident took place on a Jet2 flight with 206 people aboard, heading to Dalaman in Turkey on 22 June. Haines said that she "blacked out and didn't really remember what happened" after mixing alcohol with medication, prosecutor Michael Crimp told the court. Cabin crew member Charley Coombe suffered scratches as she tried to prevent Haines from opening the plane door.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-51478329
 
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I think this is strange, a woman not allowed to have a dog, so they shoot the dog.

Sahba Barakzai, her family and seven-month-old husky Aseman, tried to get out into the mountains near their home in western Afghanistan every Friday.

But last Friday, the hike turned to tragedy after an unidentified group of men approached the family and shot Sahba's beloved puppy dead. The attackers told her a woman could not own a dog. But Sabha fears this may have been something more - that it may have been to do with her teaching girls sport.

"We still don't know about their goal but we think it is because of her career," her sister Setayesh told the BBC. "She was the first woman who has her own club and these things are taboo."

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-51449514
 
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Another victim of domestic violence, what is strange is the response to the leaking of photos of her mutilated body.

Outraged Mexicans are flooding social media with nature and animal photos to drown out gruesome photos of a murdered woman.

Ingrid Escamilla, 25, was killed by the man she lived with, and forensic workers leaked pictures of her body. By posting "beautiful" pictures and quotes with her name activists aim to "honour her memory and her life". Femicide, gender-based killings of women, is on the rise in Mexico. More than 700 cases are currently being investigated, and activists say the number of women killed because of their gender is much higher.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-51488124
 

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Femicide, gender-based killings of women, is on the rise in Mexico. More than 700 cases are currently being investigated, and activists say the number of women killed because of their gender is much higher.
A worrying trend: it's happening here too.

Number of women and girls killed in England and Wales at highest level in 14 years

The number of women and girls killed in England and Wales has risen to its highest level in 14 years, official figures show.

There were 241 female victims of murder, manslaughter or infanticide in the 12 months up to March 2019 - a 10% increase on the 220 recorded the year before - and the highest total since the year ending March 2006.


And almost half - 48% - of the victims were killed in a domestic homicide, with the suspect a partner or ex-partner in 38% of cases, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS)
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The joke attributed to Margaret Atwood that "men are scared women will laugh at them, women are scared that men will kill them" doesn't sound very funny when you read reports like that. If it was a joke.
I'm pretty sure that she did not say it in jest. I think her comment was made when referring to domestic violence. Though I have nothing to link my assumption to.
 

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Some boring old context:

“...the majority of homicide victims in the year ending March 2019 were male. Just under two-thirds were male victims (64%) and just over a third were female (36%).”

“...the rate for males (15 per million population) [is] around double that for females (8 per million population).”

The same number of women were killed in 2006 [as in 2019].

“In the 1960s, the proportion of homicide victims was fairly evenly split between males and females. Since then trends in homicide have generally been driven by changes in the number of male rather than female victims. Over the longer term, the number of female victims has tended to fluctuate between 200 and 250 a year from the 1960s. In contrast, the number of male victims increased...”

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopula...homicideinenglandandwales/yearendingmarch2019

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