A photo of a man stealing a wallet in a store was on the bottom of The Lewiston Tribune on December 14, 2007. Above it was an unrelated photo of a man painting a business. Readers noticed both men were wearing the same clothes. They were identified to be the same person leading to his arrest.
A teen needing a heart transplant was rejected in part because of his history of juvenile detention. A media outcry resulted in his getting a new heart, and later he died fleeing after a carjacking/burglary/shooting spree.
A Texas man barricaded himself in his home after biting a police officer during a traffic stop, and refused to come out for more than a decade.
Henryk Siwiak was fatally shot on 9/11/2001 and because the deaths from the terror attacks are not included in the city’s official crime statistics, Siwiak’s death is the only homicide recorded in New York City on that date.
In 2015, the Dutch police caught cannabis growers because their house was the only one in the street without snow on the roof.
Some states print decks of cards featuring the names or images of victims of unsolved crimes to be used in prisons and have successfully solved cold cases.
John C. Beale, a man who pretended he was a CIA secret agent, flew around the world on first-class flights, stayed in high-end hotels and cost the taxpayers almost $900,000.
In Italy, it is not a crime to steal food if you are hungry and have no other means of nourishment.
Dewey Bozella, a Boston native was imprisoned for 26 years for a murder he did not commit. In those 26 years, 2 felons put the murder on him, was denied parole several times, the evidence against him was destroyed by police, and evidence proving his innocence was never brought to trial.
Because of Texas’s 3-strikes law, a man was sentenced to life in prison for refusing to return a refund after an air conditioner repair, ending a criminal career that had cost society $230 dollars.