There has been a very real problem in Northern Canada for decades. Native hitchhikers, mostly women, tend to go missing without explanation along a 800km stretch of road known as the Highway of Tears. Many think it is caused predominantly by 1-2 unknown serial killers.
Ted Kennedy drove a car into the water, then fled the scene as his passenger died. He only received a two-month suspended jail sentence.
A guy cut off the head of his pregnant wife’s lover with a knife in a phone booth and delivered it to her bedside while she was in the hospital.
A naked man in California was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon.
When legendary African King Shaka Zulu‘s mother died, He ordered no crops could be planted for the year, Pregnant women were to be killed, no milk was to be drank, and then slaughtered 7000 people who were insufficiently grief stricken. The killing was not restricted to humans: cows were slaughtered so that their calves would know what losing a mother felt like.
In the late 1600s London was plagued by an attacker who would spank his victims with a rod and shout “Spanko!” before running away.
Despite their popularity, “scared straight” programs, visits by at-risk youth to adult prisons, where youth hear about the harsh reality of prison life from inmates, are very ineffective at preventing crime. In some cases, they actually encourage criminal activity in the youths who participate in them.
Police in Germany hunted a sinister phantom killer for two years after finding the same DNA at 39 different crime scenes – only to discover that the source was a woman who made the cotton buds used to collect the sample.
In 1994, a man walked into a Washington middle school and killed his former teacher. 11 years later, the killer won $250,000 from the school district after it was revealed that the teacher sexually abused him.