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A New York City real estate heir who admitted killing his neighbor a decade ago in Texas is facing a new charge in Houston that accuses him of urinating on candy at a drug store.

In 2001, Durst was arrested as a fugitive and admitted killing his neighbor and dumping the remains in Galveston Bay. He claimed self-defense and was acquitted of homicide charges. Durst’s family runs The Durst Organization, a privately held billion-dollar real estate company that owns several New York skyscrapers.

Courtesy of Fox 13 Tampa Bay.  

Holy shit, this guy’s Wikipedia page is fucking crazy. First of all, his wife has been “disappeared” for the last 18 years.  Also a lady who was his long-time friend who was believed to have knowledge of his wife’s “disappearance” was found murdered “execution-style”— “Durst was questioned in both cases but not charged.”  So, there’s that.

He then moved to Texas in 2000 and “began cross-dressing to divert attention from the disappearance” of his wife.  Then, they started finding body parts of his elderly neighbor in Galveston Bay.  He gets arrested, released on bail, becomes Ameria’s first “Billion-dollar fugitive” until he gets caught at a Wegmans in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania “trying to steal a chicken sandwich and a Band-Aid, even though he had $500 cash in his pocket. A police search of his rented car yielded $37,000 in cash, two guns, marijuana and [his murder victim’s] driver’s license.”  Then, he goes on trial, admits “to using a paring knife, two saws and an axe to dismember" his neighbor’s body, but claims he shot his elderly neighbor in the face in self-defense, and a Texas jury buys it and acquits him!  He gets some minor amount of time because of “destroying evidence” (i.e. dismembering his neighbor’s body), gets parole almost immediately, and then violates parole almost immediately.  His own brother: “He’ll kill again, I have no doubt, the question is who is next?”

Then, he bought a townhouse in Harlem (located next to a mortuary!) and now he publicly urinates on candy.  Because ha ha he’s rich and this is America.

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There’s so many murders for hire in Texas! These guys, rich men, millionaires and billionaires, who for one reason or another had their wives and mistresses murdered, went to trial and got off. There’s a very famous lawyer, quite up in years now, who defended a lot of these guys, his name is Richard “Racehorse” Haynes, and the mythology was that these millionaires would come to him before they killed their wives to get legal advice from him on how to do it: where they had to be, what alibis they needed. They never did it themselves of course, but there was a rash of it.

William Friedkin.  Racehorse got a billionaire called Cullen Davis off on a murder charge where people witnessed him committing murder and then a subsequent murder-for-hire charge (where he was recorded hiring someone to murder a judge).  From his Wikipedia page:

At a late 1970s American Bar Association seminar in New York, Mr. Haynes explained how to plead in the alternative:

Say you sue me because you say my dog bit you. Well, now this is my defense:

  • My dog doesn’t bite.
  • And second, in the alternative, my dog was tied up that night.
  • And third, I don’t believe you really got bit.
  • And fourth, I don’t have a dog.

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My long-running “there’s a psycho hiding underneath my bed" nightmare actually happened to somebody!  (That’s my #2 nightmare after #1, which is lying in a dark room in an empty apartment, trying to fall asleep, and then feeling a human tongue lick my foot).  Here’s the best part of the article:

Satisfied that the homeowners weren’t in danger, the cops left. But not for long, because that’s when the noises started.

Nightmares come true!  Yay…?

My long-running “there’s a psycho hiding underneath my bed" nightmare actually happened to somebody!  (That’s my #2 nightmare after #1, which is lying in a dark room in an empty apartment, trying to fall asleep, and then feeling a human tongue lick my foot).  Here’s the best part of the article:

Satisfied that the homeowners weren’t in danger, the cops left. But not for long, because that’s when the noises started.

Nightmares come true!  Yay…?

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The New York man whose cooperation helped the authorities infiltrate the shadowy world of computer hacking and disrupt at least 300 cyberattacks on targets that included the United States military, courts and private companies was given a greatly reduced sentence on Tuesday of time served and allowed to walk free.

“You obviously have great skill,” Judge Preska told Mr. Monsegur, who used the Internet alias Sabu.

At the time of his arrest, Mr. Monsegur was serving as a foster parent for two young female cousins.

His defense lawyer talking to the New York Times: “He has a skill set that is very unique"…?  Goddamn, that is the tagline of every movie I ever want to see.  I’m just jealous of the lawyer getting to say that out loud.  A hacker named after a professional wrestler who helped take down other hackers to help his female cousins…?  I would see that movie.  JJ Abrams is probably trying to figure out how to cast Benedict Cumberpatch as “Hector Xavier Monsegur" right this second…

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'Mystery pooper' disappears after Ypsilanti police speak with person of interest
#YPSIPOOPER billboards were posted in Ypsilanti last month by Adams Outdoor Advertising.
YPSILANTI — The “Mystery Pooper” — the person who has been defecating on playground slides at Ypsilanti’s prospect park — appears to have stopped his behavior after police have spoken with a person of interest.
"We want to make clear to the public that we have only talked to a person of interest," Lt. Deric Gress wrote in a press release. "To call this person a ‘suspect,’ or rumors that this person was taken into custoday, arrested, or charged with a crime is without merit and false."
The “mystery pooper” had been defecating on slides at Prospect Park for more than six months. To help catch the person, police installed security cameras in the park and identified a person of interest last month.
Local band Black Jake & the Carnies released a song to help flush out the “mystery pooper” last weekend.

I went to my first strip club in Ypsilanti.  An elderly stripper cornered me and basically made me buy her a coke— at least, as a younger person, I really felt persuaded that things would have gone pretty south if I didn’t buy that coke.  I didn’t go back to strip clubs for at least 5-6 years after that, terrified that strip clubs were filled with women in their mid-40’s who very aggressively desired soda.  I had a selfish desire to hoard soda-pop for myself that trumped even my basest instincts.  That sweet, sugary nectar.  ”Bacchus’s Nephew,” the ancient Spartan would have called it if they’d invented Cherry Coke, but they didn’t— too busy working on their abs.  
But I’d like to think me buying that lady a soda was me doing my “Civic Doody.”   I’d really like to think so.

'Mystery pooper' disappears after Ypsilanti police speak with person of interest

#YPSIPOOPER billboards were posted in Ypsilanti last month by Adams Outdoor Advertising.

YPSILANTI — The “Mystery Pooper” — the person who has been defecating on playground slides at Ypsilanti’s prospect park — appears to have stopped his behavior after police have spoken with a person of interest.

"We want to make clear to the public that we have only talked to a person of interest," Lt. Deric Gress wrote in a press release. "To call this person a ‘suspect,’ or rumors that this person was taken into custoday, arrested, or charged with a crime is without merit and false."

The “mystery pooper” had been defecating on slides at Prospect Park for more than six months. To help catch the person, police installed security cameras in the park and identified a person of interest last month.

Local band Black Jake & the Carnies released a song to help flush out the “mystery pooper” last weekend.

I went to my first strip club in Ypsilanti.  An elderly stripper cornered me and basically made me buy her a coke— at least, as a younger person, I really felt persuaded that things would have gone pretty south if I didn’t buy that coke.  I didn’t go back to strip clubs for at least 5-6 years after that, terrified that strip clubs were filled with women in their mid-40’s who very aggressively desired soda.  I had a selfish desire to hoard soda-pop for myself that trumped even my basest instincts.  That sweet, sugary nectar.  ”Bacchus’s Nephew,” the ancient Spartan would have called it if they’d invented Cherry Coke, but they didn’t— too busy working on their abs.  

But I’d like to think me buying that lady a soda was me doing my “Civic Doody.”   I’d really like to think so.

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Thirteen nearly worthless commemorative spoons were stolen from President James A. Garfield’s tomb, a 180-foot-tall structure located in an Ohio cemetery, according to the Washington Post.

Police reportedly found a T-shirt, an empty bottle of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, and two cigarette butts nearby and hope to collect DNA from them.

(Source: theverge.com)

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npr:

Doris Payne — demure, elegant and 83 — is a thief, as prolific and subtly conniving as they come. She doesn’t use muscle and she doesn’t rely on guns.  Instead, between numerous stints behind bars, for 50 years she has leaned on charming misdirection to steal pricey jewelry from unsuspecting merchants all over the globe.
via Notorious jewel thief Doris Payne, 83, makes news in Palm Desert - latimes.com
Read a little more about her in this 2005 profile piece. — Tanya B.

“John Kennedy, president of the New York-based Jewelers’ Security Alliance, said that over the decades, his organization has sent “innumerable bulletins” about Payne to its members and law enforcement agencies. What makes the now 83-year-old unique, he said, is the length of her criminal career.  "I’ve actually seen an old rap sheet of hers," Kennedy said, starting to laugh. "It was so long. You can’t believe how long it was — it was like 50 pages."

npr:

Doris Payne — demure, elegant and 83 — is a thief, as prolific and subtly conniving as they come. She doesn’t use muscle and she doesn’t rely on guns.  Instead, between numerous stints behind bars, for 50 years she has leaned on charming misdirection to steal pricey jewelry from unsuspecting merchants all over the globe.

via Notorious jewel thief Doris Payne, 83, makes news in Palm Desert - latimes.com

Read a little more about her in this 2005 profile piece. — Tanya B.

John Kennedy, president of the New York-based Jewelers’ Security Alliance, said that over the decades, his organization has sent “innumerable bulletins” about Payne to its members and law enforcement agencies. What makes the now 83-year-old unique, he said, is the length of her criminal career.  "I’ve actually seen an old rap sheet of hers," Kennedy said, starting to laugh. "It was so long. You can’t believe how long it was — it was like 50 pages."

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LA Times:

Doris Payne, the 83-year-old jewelry thief whose rap sheet dates back decades, pleaded guilty Monday to stealing a diamond ring from a Riverside County jewelry store.  
[John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney’s office] said his office objected to the plea and sentence, instead arguing for a maximum of six years in custody. He cited “numerous aggravating factors.”  ”Those include a criminal history dating back to 1952, crimes having been committed across the United States as well as internationally, that she used her age to gain the trust of victims, a previous failure to successfully complete probation and parole, and that she was on parole when she committed the crime charged in this case,” Hall wrote in an email.
Payne’s notoriety now borders on fame as her globe-spanning exploits have been featured on TV, in newspapers and in a documentary, “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne.” There has also been talk of Halle Berry starring in a movie about her life.  Law enforcement officials across the U.S. said they had investigated her, recalling a demure, elegant woman who repeatedly conned unsuspecting jewelers and once listed her occupation in court papers as “jewel thief.”

LA Times:

Doris Payne, the 83-year-old jewelry thief whose rap sheet dates back decades, pleaded guilty Monday to stealing a diamond ring from a Riverside County jewelry store.  

[John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney’s office] said his office objected to the plea and sentence, instead arguing for a maximum of six years in custody. He cited “numerous aggravating factors.”  ”Those include a criminal history dating back to 1952, crimes having been committed across the United States as well as internationally, that she used her age to gain the trust of victims, a previous failure to successfully complete probation and parole, and that she was on parole when she committed the crime charged in this case,” Hall wrote in an email.

Payne’s notoriety now borders on fame as her globe-spanning exploits have been featured on TV, in newspapers and in a documentary, “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne.” There has also been talk of Halle Berry starring in a movie about her life.  Law enforcement officials across the U.S. said they had investigated her, recalling a demure, elegant woman who repeatedly conned unsuspecting jewelers and once listed her occupation in court papers as “jewel thief.

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Rita A. Crundwell (born January 10, 1953) was the comptroller and treasurer of Dixon, Illinois, from 1983 to April 2012, who was convicted of embezzling about $53 million from the city over 22 years to support her championship American Quarter Horse breeding operation. Crundwell’s theft began in 1990 and continued for 22 years. While Crundwell secretly carried on her embezzlement, she claimed that Dixon kept having budget shortfalls and forced city departments to make dramatic service cuts.
Reading about Rita Crundwell (here and here), sociopathic horse-fiend embezzler (“not only the biggest municipal embezzler in U.S. history but ranks fifth among embezzlers of any kind”).  Dixon, Illinois is also famous for being the home of a church that looks like a penis from outer space.

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Of the seven candidates in the race to be Los Angeles County’s sheriff, former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka has raised the most money so far, according to campaign fundraising records. Tanaka has raised roughly $648,000 so far, records show, almost twice as much as his nearest competitor.

Records show he accepted contributions from several sheriff’s officials who left the department under a cloud, including a captain blamed for problems with jail abuse, a charity director ousted because of her ties with pot dispensaries and a captain who prosecutors said funneled secret information to an alleged Compton drug trafficker. A county commission created after the sheriff’s jail abuse scandal blamed Tanaka, and Baca, for abuse in the county lockups — though Tanaka has minimized the role he played.
The cop who had to resign his job during a FBI probe of his policies has raised nearly three-quarters of a million dollars from other crooked cops to run for the job of Head Cop.  Welcome to Los Angeles!

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“Welcome to the shrine of Santa Muerte (Holy Death). Every day hundreds of people flock to the gritty Tepito neighborhood in Mexico City’s colonial center to ask Santa Muerte—also known as La Niña Blanca (The White Girl)—for health, wealth, prosperity and happiness.  Though traditional Roman Catholicism is still by far the dominant religion in Mexico, the Santa Muerte is the fastest growing belief system in the country. It boasts between 5 million and 10 million followers, and even more if you count Mexican immigrants in the United States. The Santa Muerte has become so popular that Holy Death paraphernalia now outsell those of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico’s traditional Catholic patron saint.
Not everyone is happy … In recent years, Catholic priests claim that exorcisms are sharply on the rise in Mexico due to the “satanic” cult of Santa Muerte. Officially sanctioned exorcists complain they can barely handle the number of demonic possessions. Several years ago in Soriano, a town just north of Mexico City, local priests even inaugurated a chapel specifically aimed at banishing dark forces.
There is, however, a certain link between Mexico’s violent drug cartels and Holy Death. Altars devoted to her have frequently been found in the houses of drug smugglers and hit men, who pray to her for success." 

Mexico’s fastest growing DEATH CULT...  

The arrest last year of eight people charged with murdering two children and a woman in the course of Holy Death worship served to confirm that the Niña Blanca (White Girl), as she is sometimes known, can be invoked in dreadful ways.

National Geographic in 2013.  The super-popular death cult’s old news, even… I’m so 2000-and-late, and death cults are so 2008…?  Here’s the FBI talking about it: “This rise in deviant spirituality has not come as a surprise.”  They mention other competing systems even: “evidence suggests that the numbers of defections to the cults that worship a perverted Christian god (e.g., La Familia Michoacana and Los Caballeros Templarios) and the various unsanctioned saints (e.g., Jesús Malverde, Juan Soldado, and Santa Muerte) have grown for years.”  

Welcome to the shrine of Santa Muerte (Holy Death). Every day hundreds of people flock to the gritty Tepito neighborhood in Mexico City’s colonial center to ask Santa Muerte—also known as La Niña Blanca (The White Girl)—for health, wealth, prosperity and happiness.  Though traditional Roman Catholicism is still by far the dominant religion in Mexico, the Santa Muerte is the fastest growing belief system in the country. It boasts between 5 million and 10 million followers, and even more if you count Mexican immigrants in the United States. The Santa Muerte has become so popular that Holy Death paraphernalia now outsell those of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico’s traditional Catholic patron saint.

Not everyone is happy … In recent years, Catholic priests claim that exorcisms are sharply on the rise in Mexico due to the “satanic” cult of Santa Muerte. Officially sanctioned exorcists complain they can barely handle the number of demonic possessions. Several years ago in Soriano, a town just north of Mexico City, local priests even inaugurated a chapel specifically aimed at banishing dark forces.

There is, however, a certain link between Mexico’s violent drug cartels and Holy Death. Altars devoted to her have frequently been found in the houses of drug smugglers and hit men, who pray to her for success."

Mexico’s fastest growing DEATH CULT...  

The arrest last year of eight people charged with murdering two children and a woman in the course of Holy Death worship served to confirm that the Niña Blanca (White Girl), as she is sometimes known, can be invoked in dreadful ways.

National Geographic in 2013.  The super-popular death cult’s old news, even… I’m so 2000-and-late, and death cults are so 2008…?  Here’s the FBI talking about it: “This rise in deviant spirituality has not come as a surprise.”  They mention other competing systems even: “evidence suggests that the numbers of defections to the cults that worship a perverted Christian god (e.g., La Familia Michoacana and Los Caballeros Templarios) and the various unsanctioned saints (e.g., Jesús Malverde, Juan Soldado, and Santa Muerte) have grown for years.”  

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