An English convict named William Buckley was transported to a penal colony in Australia, After escaping he was discovered by an Aboriginal tribe who believed he was the returning spirit of a deceased tribesmen so they took him in, He continued living with them for 32 years. By virtue of his age and peaceful ways, Buckley … became a Ngurungaeta, a person of considerable respect among his people and his voice was influential in deciding matters of war and peace.
Jeremy Meeks‘ mugshot was so hot it got him a modeling contract while he was still in jail. He served 13 months in jail and walked in NY Fashion Week a year later. He also walked in Milan Fashion Week, helped to launch a fashion line, acted, & more. All within 5 years of his release.
Roberto Solis was sentenced to life in prison in 1969 for murdering an armored truck driver. He became a successful poet in prison which led multiple well known writers to petition for his release. After he was released he robbed an armored truck for $3 million and is still on the run.
When American businesswoman and convicted felon Leona Helmsley died, her will left her Maltese dog, Trouble, a $12 million trust fund, whilst leaving two of her four grandchildren with nothing. This sum was subsequently reduced to $2 million as excessive to fulfill its purpose.
Physically unattractive criminals in the USA will spend on average 22 more months in prison than their more attractive counterparts. A Cornell University study has found that “unattractive” defendants are 22 percent more likely to be convicted, and end up with sentences that are, on average, 22 months longer in prison than their hotter criminal counterparts.
Richard Phillips spent 45 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit — the longest verified sentence to have been served in error in America. As the result, he got $1.5 million payout from the state.
James “Honest Dick” Tate was a Kentucky State Treasurer, so-called due to his good reputation. In reality, he had quietly misappropriated over $250,000 ($7 million in present value) from the treasury. In 1888, he fled the state with a sack of gold and silver coins and was never seen again.
Australia’s first cops were all criminals. The first police force was made up of 12 of the best behaved convicts.
Despite having a PHD in statistics, Carl Gugasian, the most prolific bank robber in American history AKA the Friday Bank Robber, chose a life of crime because he feared that he would never find a job due to spending 2 years in prison as a teenager for robbing a candy store.
A man taught himself how to pick the “unpickable” lock boxes of pay phones. He stole an estimated $500,000 in quarters from phones in 30 states, taunted the FBI, and was featured on America’s Most Wanted twice. After getting caught, he had to pay back $800.