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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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The revived online black market Silk Road says hackers took advantage of an ongoing Bitcoin glitch to steal $2.7 million from its customers.

The underground website’s anonymous administrator told users Thursday evening that attackers had made off with all of the funds it held in escrow. Silk Road serves as a middleman between buyers and sellers, temporarily holding on to funds in its own accounts during a deal. Buyers put their money into Silk Road’s accounts, and sellers withdraw it.

At the time of the attack, here were about 4,440 bitcoins in Silk Road’s escrow account, according to computer security researcher Nicholas Weaver.

(Source: christophersebela)

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Watch Guy Fieri's Lamborghini get stolen by Max Wade in this impressive surveillance footage [VIDEO]

New details on the Guy Fieri teen super-thief: he googled “mission impossible style rappelling" to learn how to steal Guy Fieri’s car!  Also, he was going to sell Guy Fieri’s car to the Dominican Republic using his alias "Carmine Leone Colombo."  If only there weren’t for the whole “he’s an attempted murderer and suspect in another murder of an old woman he’s pretty murder-ish and also maybe a white supremacist" thing… (See also)  

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A BRAZILIAN woman has confessed to trying to kill her husband by putting poison in her vagina and urging him to have oral sex with her, a news agency claims.

The bizarre murder plot, dubbed “cunning cunnilingus” by one commentator, took place in the city of Sao de Jose Rio Preto.

The intended victim, a 43-year-old man who has not been named, says his wife tried to lure him into bed and encouraged him to perform oral sex on her. His suspicions were aroused when he noticed an unusual odour emanating from her private parts and, fearing she was unwell, took her to hospital, Brazil’s Tvi24 reports. Medical tests revealed she had doused her vagina with enough of the unspecified toxin to kill both her husband and herself.

Confronted with the test results the woman reportedly confessed to her crime. It is believed she hatched the bizarre plot after asking her husband for a divorce, a request he now seems rather more likely to acquiesce to. Tvi24 says the woman has received medical treatment and sources claim her husband plans to sue her for attempted murder.

Vagina homicide is, needless to say, a highly unusual crime and a local police officer called Walter Coacino Junior has reportedly ordered “further investigation” due to the “nature” of the case. The woman may still face murder charges, he said.

The Jezebel website points out that “poisoning someone through your vagina is not that good of an idea” because “your vagina is fairly absorbent and shoving a bunch of poison in it will probably hurt you as much as it hurts the person you’re trying to kill.”

But Salon’s Katie McDonough says the fact the man rushed his wife to hospital despite her death-by-vagina plotting suggests “chivalry is not dead”.
this report from The Week is a strange piece of news reporting for any number of reasons but definitely one of the odder touches was anyone still relying on Jezebel and Salon for thoughtful opinionage as a closer (via aintgotnoladytronblues)

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Anaheim police searched Monday for three suspects who stole nearly 1,000 Yu-Gi-Oh cards valued at $850 at knife-point.

Two men were sitting in their car at Clara Barton Park in the 800 block of South Agate Street about 11:45 p.m. Jan. 25 when a car pulled up behind them, blocking them in, according to the Anaheim Police Department. Two male suspects exited that car while a female driver stayed in it with the engine running. The men brandished a 6-inch knife and […] searched the car, where they discovered a school backpack. They took the bag, which contained the Yu-Gi-Oh cards, back to their car and drove away.

"This game of Yu-Gi-Oh … just got serious."  <Puts on sunglasses; pounding rock music begins to play; shot of ostriches running on a beach, women being sprayed with beer by mischievous clergymen>.

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“The way that the deals would happen is that the customer looking for heroin was instructed to go through the drive-thru and say, ‘I’d like to order a toy,’?” wrote Mike Manko, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, in an email. “The customer would then be told to proceed to the first window where they would be handed a Happy Meal box containing heroin.”

The requested toy was also in the box, the complaint says.

The heroin recovered from Dennis, according to the complaint, is not believed to be related to the lethal batches stamped “Theraflu,” “Bud Ice,” and “Income Tax” that have been blamed for as many as 22 overdose deaths in Western Pennsylvania since Jan. 19, Manko said.
McDonald’s employee accused of selling heroin in Happy Meal boxes.

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Having a long night; coughing real bad; don&#8217;t think I&#8217;m going to make it&#8212; anyways, reading this article with a headline &#8220;Police recover puppy intended for cancer-stricken child" thinking it&#8217;d be light, beach reading.  Check this out:  "The pug was supposed to be a Christmas present from a Riverside woman, who had heard about the child&#8217;s plight, authorities said.  Shawna Hamon gave the dog to an acquaintance who promised to deliver the puppy to the girl in Sacramento. But the acquaintance kept the dog and allegedly hid the animal after she learned that Hamon had alerted law enforcement, according to the Riverside Police Department.&#8221;
The headline of this article should&#8217;ve been &#8220;Area Woman Bets on Child Cancer Winning Before Anyone Knows Better.&#8221;  This is the darkest!  Trying to steal a puppy from a child is already crazy sinister Tales from the Darkside dark&#8212; if the kid just had the flu, i&#8217;d want to cry.  That is one dark-ass way to celebrate the Christmas season.  Riverside!  No, Riverside! I really feel like I got suckered into the story by the photo. That photo of the dog just chilling out is really deceptive&#8212; the photo should have been a photo of a crying mom, in a front of &#8220;welcome, new dog" banner.  Everything is just awful!

Having a long night; coughing real bad; don’t think I’m going to make it— anyways, reading this article with a headline “Police recover puppy intended for cancer-stricken child" thinking it’d be light, beach reading.  Check this out:  "The pug was supposed to be a Christmas present from a Riverside woman, who had heard about the child’s plight, authorities said.  Shawna Hamon gave the dog to an acquaintance who promised to deliver the puppy to the girl in Sacramento. But the acquaintance kept the dog and allegedly hid the animal after she learned that Hamon had alerted law enforcement, according to the Riverside Police Department.

The headline of this article should’ve been “Area Woman Bets on Child Cancer Winning Before Anyone Knows Better.”  This is the darkest!  Trying to steal a puppy from a child is already crazy sinister Tales from the Darkside dark— if the kid just had the flu, i’d want to cry.  That is one dark-ass way to celebrate the Christmas season.  Riverside!  No, Riverside! I really feel like I got suckered into the story by the photo. That photo of the dog just chilling out is really deceptive— the photo should have been a photo of a crying mom, in a front of “welcome, new dog" banner.  Everything is just awful!

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As police and SWAT units arrived, one suspect was seen fleeing the scene, and was immediately apprehended by officers. Two other suspects remained in the house, while the fourth ran and hid, Eisenman said.

The two men inside then allegedly told the resident to identify them to police as victims too, and convinced the resident to tie them up in the home, according to police. Police did not immediately enter the residence, Eisenman said. After some time the suspects “got tired of waiting” and emerged.

“They came out, still tied up, thinking that we were going to believe they were victims also,” Eisenman said. “That’s what you call felony stupid.”
Four Suspects Apprehended in Bizarre Home Invasion Robbery.  

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A tomahawk-throwing champion who chased a burglar from her Hemet home said it took her everything she had not to throw the weapon at the man.

Robin Irvine awoke Sunday morning to find a man trying to steal a watch from her wrist while she slept, she said. She let out a scream — and a string of profanity — which startled the man, who took off.

“That’s what gave me time to grab ahold of it,” she told NBC, Channel 4 of the ax she keeps by her bedside table. “He ran down the hall and I was right behind him.”

She chased the man wearing only her underwear and a T-shirt, she said, adding that it took all she had not to throw the weapon, paralyzing him. “I would’ve gotten him right in the spine or the back of his head,” she said. “I hit what I aim for.”
Is it too late to get a story inserted into the Bible?  This story needs to be remembered by future people, Book of Eli-style.  ”He ran down the hall and I was right behind him.”  Dying.  Dead now.

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Toronto Police: We have the Rob Ford video
Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair says investigators have recovered a digital video file that depicts Mayor Rob Ford and is “consistent with what had been previously described in various media reports.”
Chief Blair also announced that police had on Thursday taken into custody the mayor’s friend, Alexander Lisi, and charged him with extortion. Lisi will appear in court today.
The police chief said he was “disappointed” after viewing the video.
Story highlights:• Police chief Bill Blair says police have recovered video• Says video is consistent with earlier media reports about Ford• Ford friend and alleged drug dealer Alexander Lisi arrested for extortion• Mayor screams at media, refuses to comment on court documents• Ford in close contact with Lisi, calls many times a day, court document revealed• City Hall staff said Lisi appeared to be mayor’s only close friend

&#8220;City Hall staff said Lisi appeared to be mayor’s only close friend&#8221;

nationalpost:

Toronto Police: We have the Rob Ford video

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair says investigators have recovered a digital video file that depicts Mayor Rob Ford and is “consistent with what had been previously described in various media reports.”

Chief Blair also announced that police had on Thursday taken into custody the mayor’s friend, Alexander Lisi, and charged him with extortion. Lisi will appear in court today.

The police chief said he was “disappointed” after viewing the video.

Story highlights:
• Police chief Bill Blair says police have recovered video
• Says video is consistent with earlier media reports about Ford

• Ford friend and alleged drug dealer Alexander Lisi arrested for extortion
• Mayor screams at media, refuses to comment on court documents
• Ford in close contact with Lisi, calls many times a day, court document revealed
• City Hall staff said Lisi appeared to be mayor’s only close friend

City Hall staff said Lisi appeared to be mayor’s only close friend”

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A gunman wearing a clown costume has killed the oldest brother of one of Mexico’s most notorious drug trafficking families in the resort of Los Cabos.

Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix, 63, a former leader of the Tijuana Cartel, was shot in the head late on Friday at a family gathering in the southern tip of the state of Baja California Sur, state prosecutors said.

‘A person dressed as a clown took his life,’ the spokesman said, adding that the gunman fled the scene.
Death by clown.  Clowns have issued a statement denying that the gunman was a true clown:  ”We are not like that … we are nonviolent.”  

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Bob Wood&#8212; thanks! Okay, that makes more sense.  I hadn&#8217;t heard this story:  

The disheveled Wood [co-creator of the comic Crime Does Not Pay] rambled nervously in the back of the cab, at one point telling the driver, “I’m in terrible trouble. I’m going to get a couple of hours sleep and jump in the river.”
“What happened? Did you kill somebody?” the driver asked, jokingly.
“Yes, I killed a woman who was giving me a bad time in Room 91 of the Irving Hotel. Why don’t you call someone at a newspaper and make yourself a few dollars?”
Wood pled guilty to first degree manslaughter and served three years in prison. A year after his release, he was murdered by some former prison acquaintances over unpaid loans.

Bob Wood— thanks! Okay, that makes more sense.  I hadn’t heard this story:  

The disheveled Wood [co-creator of the comic Crime Does Not Pay] rambled nervously in the back of the cab, at one point telling the driver, “I’m in terrible trouble. I’m going to get a couple of hours sleep and jump in the river.”

“What happened? Did you kill somebody?” the driver asked, jokingly.

“Yes, I killed a woman who was giving me a bad time in Room 91 of the Irving Hotel. Why don’t you call someone at a newspaper and make yourself a few dollars?”

Wood pled guilty to first degree manslaughter and served three years in prison. A year after his release, he was murdered by some former prison acquaintances over unpaid loans.

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