Removing lead from gasoline is thought to be one of the big factors that lead to the drop in the violent crime rate in America in the 1990s.
In 1966, during his second stint in jail, Charles Manson refused release and requested to stay in prison. He’d spent half of his 32 years behind bars, and saw it as his home. Authorities refused and released him. He quickly formed the family.
In Japan in 1968, 4 bank employees were transporting 300M¥ in the trunk of a car. They were stopped by a young police officer, who claimed dynamite was on the car. When he crawled under to check and smoke came billowing out, they ran away. The “officer” then got in the car and drove away.
A deer poacher in Missouri is sentenced to watch Bambi once every month during his yearlong prison term.
In 1840’s New York, a man would walk up to strangers, acting as an old acquaintance. Gaining their trust, he asked, “Have you the confidence to trust me with your watch until tomorrow?” He would never return. When arrested, he was dubbed the “Confidence Man”, the origin of the term “Con Man”.
An elderly man gained the trust of a Belgian bank by bringing the workers chocolates. He was eventually given VIP access to the bank vault. In 2007, he stole $28 million worth of diamonds and vanished.
A Florida man faked his murder by shooting himself with a gun tied to a weather balloon. The gun and balloon were never found.
An American Airlines plane was stolen by two men that worked with mechanics to get the aircraft flight-ready. The plane has never been found.
In 1931, a man stole an airplane but was acquitted on all charges because airplanes were not considered “vehicles” and there was no law against aircraft theft at the time.
In 2015 a Canadian man broke into a home, fed the cats and horses, cooked a meal, did the laundry, wrote in the homeowners diary and was apprehended sitting by a stoked fire while drinking a cup of tea.