Steven Phillips spent 24 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. When he was released in 2008, he received $6 million in compensation. Then, his ex-wife, who divorced him while he was in prison, sued to get part of the compensation. She did not receive a penny.
The first crime in Antartica in almost 20 years occurred when a 54-year old engineer stabbed his co-worker over spoiling the endings of books he was reading.
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.