The Tragedy Of The Gangster, The Gullible Girl, And The "Camera Gun"

It was December 1946, and 19-year-old Pearl Lusk was approached by a good-looking man in the Times Square subway station. He was a detective, he told the gullible lass, and he needed her help solving a case. Could she snap a photograph of a suspected thief with this unusual, uh, camera? » 6/12/15 7:48pm 6/12/15 7:48pm

Restaurant Installs "Intruder Spray" To Tag Burglars With Synthetic DNA

A Subway franchise in Knoxville, Tenn. is the first US business to arm itself with “intruder spray,” which tags would-be robbers with a product called SelectaDNA. According to the manufacturer, the solution contains “a unique DNA code which can be used to uniquely mark and trace both items of property and criminals.” » 5/11/15 11:40pm 5/11/15 11:40pm

An Interactive Map Of Murder Rates Around The World

The interactive Homicide Monitor allows you to click on a country and see its murder count in a specific recent year, and the rate the number represents per 100,000 people. For some countries, you can also see the weapon most commonly used. (No surprise, the good ol’ USA has some of the more terrifying stats.) » 5/10/15 11:05pm 5/10/15 11:05pm

FBI Admits Flawed Forensics May Have Led To Wrongful Convictions 

The FBI and the Justice Department admitted that flawed forensic testimony over more than 20 years — particularly pertaining to hair analysis — may have led to wrongful convictions in hundreds of cases, including 14 instances where a possibly innocent defendant was executed or died in prison. » 4/21/15 3:42pm 4/21/15 3:42pm

The Terrifying True Story Of America's Youngest Serial Killer

In 1872, 12-year-old Jesse Pomeroy was briefly sent to reform school after brutally attacking several children. After his release, “the Boy Fiend” progressed to murder. A new book takes a look at this unusual case, one of the first to bring the insanity defense — and all its complications — into the public eye. » 4/17/15 7:19pm 4/17/15 7:19pm

These Guys Tried to Pass Off Melting Blocks of Ice as $4k Worth of iPads

Committing insurance fraud, mail or otherwise, is universally a fairly dumb thing to do—especially when your plan is literally designed to fail. Like, say, that of 29-year-old idiot Nathan Meunch and friend. Because if you're trying to pass off a soggy, dripping cardboard box stuffed with ice as a $4,000 stack of… » 8/14/13 3:15pm 8/14/13 3:15pm

Idiot Steals Gas from Cop Car, Posts Picture on Facebook, Goes Directly…

This is Michael Baker. Michael is 20 years old, lives in Kentucky, and likes The Bucket List on Facebook. I know these things because Michael has not activated his Facebook privacy settings, which is something that's recommended in most cases but absolutely essential if you're going to post pictures of yourself… » 4/19/12 8:55am 4/19/12 8:55am

Bad Apple Store Genius Stole $16,000 in iPhones

The Apple Store in Charlotte's Northlake Mall is presumably like any other: clean, crisp, tidy. But underneath the pristine veneer, an unidentified employee spent nearly six weeks this winter stealing iPhone after iPhone from the Genius Room. Twenty-five handsets, to be precise, worth $16,425 retail. Steal different! » 2/22/12 10:00am 2/22/12 10:00am

Man Turns Weed Whacker Into Cop Whacker After Failed Sears Return

All 28-year old Gary Burke wanted was to return his weed whacker to Sears, just like his father had and his father's father before him. But when he was turned away because the lawn and garden section was closed by the time he got there, he exercised his right as an American crazy person to lose it in the most… » 5/03/11 10:00pm 5/03/11 10:00pm