Michael Morton spent 25 years of a life sentence in prison for the murder of his wife. Finally after years of fighting for the rights to a DNA test on a bloody bandana found at the scene, he was exonerated by DNA evidence linking a known felon to the murder.
A Dutch crime writer wrote a pretty suspicious book about seven ways to kill your spouse a year after his wife disappeared. He became a celebrity and spent the next decade hinting – in print and on TV – that he had murdered her. Finally, it turned out that he really had.
A man robbed a bank by pretending to be a public health official and giving a fatal dose of cyanide to all 16 people in the bank under the pretense of a routine dysentery inoculation.
In 1971, a thief broke into a house and was shot in the legs by a trap set up by the homeowner. The thief then sued for damages–and won.
An Oregon woman called 911 to report that a man, wanted by police, was breaking into her house. The dispatcher told her that due to budget cuts the police could not respond. The man eventually broke in and raped her.
On Christmas, 1979 the first president of Equatorial Guinea had 150 of his opponents killed; Soldiers dressed up in Santa Clause outfits and executed them in a football stadium while amplifiers played “Those Were the Days”.
Two Domino’s Pizza employees in North Carolina were arrested in 2009 after a video surfaced on the Internet that showed one of them putting cheese up his nose while preparing sandwiches, farting on salami slices, and blowing his nose on the food, as the second employee filmed.
In 1884, following a shipwreck, four men were in a flimsy 13-foot lifeboat for 20 days when they decided to kill the comatose cabin boy so they might survive on his flesh. When they returned home to England, they were tried, convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
The longest prison sentence in the world was 141,078 years for running a Thai pyramid scheme.
A woman in 2013 falsely claimed that a man raped her, putting him in prison for four years. Her punishment? 2 months in jail. She was even allowed to serve her sentence on weekends.