The video below captures the moment Cara Liu from KTVU news, in San Francisco, was robbed at gunpoint by a gang wearing ski masks as she attempted to report live from Pier 14.
Liu was there to cover a previous story which involved an unprovoked shooting at the Pier when she along with the rest her crew were mugged by an armed gang, who stole their camera equipment and pistol whipped the camera operator.
Apparently this is the latest in a line of attacks on news crews in the San Francisco area, whose stations have been forced to employ former cops and security guards to ensure the safety on the streets.
…well sort of. Following the riots in Tottenham over the weekend there have been reports of civil unrest in Lewisham and Hackney with reports on Twitter that riot police have been dispatched to Brixton.
The media can hardly contain themselves at the prospect of mass anarchy through the country’s capital.
This picture pretty much sums up everything.
The cutbacks in British policing are really beginning to show.
In an interview with MSN recently police chief Richard Compton explained that members of the public should form ‘street watch’ groups to patrol local areas and report crime, which according to Mr Compton is set to reach dizzying high levels due to the recession.
In the interview he said:
‘Increasingly through a range of different community schemes, Neighbourhood Watch and the like, you see groups of people in communities patrolling their own areas in a sort of Street Watch-type scenario. That’s something that as a service nationally we become increasingly interested in…That’s not people going around as vigilantes; that’s not interfering in “real” crime and what have you; but it is people walking their own streets, walking their own communities. And if they see something they are unhappy about, telling the appropriate authorities whether it’s us or whether it’s the housing associations.’
But Mr Compton how can we get hold of you and your colleagues to report crime when you’re always on the phone selling information to News International journalists?…Too soon?
For the full article and interview chart a course for HERE.
The lovely maiden below is 30 year-old Stephanie Robinette from Ohio and although she looks innocent enough do not be fooled be her appearance, for she carries with her a concealed lethal weapon…her right breast.
Apparently on Saturday evening after having one too many at a wedding reception, Stephanie started to become physically abusive to her husband and after she had thrown him about like a pair of wet tracksuit trousers, somebody phoned the police. You would think that would be that. But no, Stephanie then locked herself in her car, refusing to unlock the vehicle so that the deputies could cuff her. She then duly announced that she was a breast feeding mother and just to drive this proclamation home she whipped out her right titty and sprayed the lovely young uniformed men with her delicious breast milk.
Robinette, who is apparently a teacher who helps children with autism and ADHD, now she faces a number of criminal charges and has a brand new nickname – ‘The Jub Juice Bandit’.
Thanks to PB for the tip. (via The Register)
We were gathered on the main deck the other night watching an old Western film, the main protagonist was looking for his friend in a canyon when he suddenly spots a group of circling vultures in the distance, cue discovery of his friend’s dead body.
At the time we discussed at some length, (with the inclusion of alcohol), the possibilities of using vultures to assist the police and other authorities in finding dead bodies. So imagine our surprise when we read the following:
‘German police are planning to use vultures to locate dead bodies that sniffer dogs can’t reach.
They will attach global positioning system tracking devices to birds and get them to find the corpses of people who have disappeared in remote areas.‘
You can read more about this story over at The Telegraph‘s main website. Sadly there is still no suggestion of police using bees to find stolen pots of jam.
(via The Telegraph)
Us Marshall’s have confirmed that a wide range of personal effects belonging to The Unabomber aka Ted Kaczynski are to go on sale through an online auction, the proceeds of which will be given to the families of Kaczynski’s victims, which will run from May 18 to June 2.
But why the f@ck would anyone want to own the sunglasses, trademark hoodie, hiking boots or the tools he used to construct his mail bombs? For those of you unfamiliar with the history surrounding The Unabomber here’s a brief synopsis:
Ted Kaczynski was born in Chicago, Illinois, where, as an intellectual child prodigy, he excelled academically from an early age. Kaczynski was accepted into Harvard University at the age of 16, where he earned an undergraduate degree, and later earned a PhD in mathematics from the University of Michigan. He became an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley at age 25, but resigned two years later.
In 1971, he moved to a remote cabin without electricity or running water, in Lincoln, Montana, where he lived as a recluse while learning survival skills in an attempt to become self-sufficient. He decided to start a bombing campaign after watching the wilderness around his home being destroyed by development. From 1978 to 1995, Kaczynski sent 16 bombs to targets including universities and airlines, killing three people and injuring 23. Kaczynski sent a letter to The New York Times on April 24, 1995 and promised “to desist from terrorism” if the Times or The Washington Post published his manifesto. In his Industrial Society and Its Future (also called the “Unabomber Manifesto”), he argued that his bombings were extreme but necessary to attract attention to the erosion of human freedom necessitated by modern technologies requiring large-scale organization.The Unabomber was the target of one of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) most costly investigations. Before Kaczynski’s identity was known, the FBI used the handle “
UNABOM” (“UNiversity and Airline BOMber”) to refer to his case, which resulted in the media calling him the Unabomber.
For more info on this auction and pics of the items up for sale chart a course for HERE.
Well at least that’s what one investigator believes. German website The Local has posted up an interview feature on English author and former murder squad detective Trevor Marriott who’s new book Jack the Ripper: The 21st Century Investigation theorises that the world’s most infamous serial killer was a German sailor called Carl Feigenbaum.
Marriott who started scrutinising evidence surrounding the case back in 2002 believes that Feigenbaum, who was actually convicted of the brutal murder of Juliana Hoffmann in New York in 1894, was a sailor whose vessel was docked near Whitechapel when Mary Ann Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly had their throats slashed and – with the exception of Stride – their abdomens mutilated:
The artcile states:
“There were two merchant docks close to Whitechapel, and Whitechapel had hundreds of prostitutes and we all know that where seamen are, there are prostitutes as well,” he says. “It’s an area that hadn’t been explored by the police at the time back in Victorian times, so it was a totally new lead really.”
Hundreds of vessels came in and out of London every day. It was a “mammoth task,” he says, but he went through thousands of shipping records and found that there was a vessel, the Reiher, that was docked on all the dates of the murders save one. On that date, another vessel from the same line was docked.”
For more on this story and theory chart a course for HERE.
Like something out of a John Grisham novel the FBI have made public, for the first time in 12 years a coded note which once successfully deciphered could help solve a murder case.
The hand written note, (as seen above and below), was found on the body of 41 year-old Ricky McCormick on June 30th 1999, in a field in St Louis, Missouri. Ricky had been murdered and dumped there and the only clues found at the scene were two encrypted notes which were discovered in the victim’s trouser pockets.
The FBI website states:
“Despite extensive work by our Cryptanalysis and Racketeering Records Unit (CRRU), as well as help from the American Cryptogram Association, the meanings of those two coded notes remain a mystery to this day, and Ricky McCormick’s murderer has yet to face justice.
The more than 30 lines of coded material use a maddening variety of letters, numbers, dashes, and parentheses. McCormick was a high school dropout, but he was able to read and write and was said to be “street smart.” According to members of his family, McCormick had used such encrypted notes since he was a boy, but apparently no one in his family knows how to decipher the codes, and it’s unknown whether anyone besides McCormick could translate his secret language. Investigators believe the notes in McCormick’s pockets were written up to three days before his death.”
Unsurprisingly there has been a massive reaction to this appeal, so much so that authorities have had to set up a separate page to deal with public comments and theories. Chart a course for more information on this appeal HERE.
A customer at a nightclub in Boston is suspected of dealing drugs on the premises. Asked to escort two bouncers to a back room for questioning the man gladly complies. He proceeds to empty his pockets and protests his innocence as he proves to both bouncers he has no drugs in his possession.
When you kidnap somebody, hold them against their will, assualt them and then steal their money maybe, just maybe the best thing to do is not to have your friend film the entire sordid affair so that he can go and post it up on You Tube for everyone to see…including the police.
WORCESTER, Mass. — Worcester Police said they received tips Thursday that a nightclub bouncer assaulted and robbed a man in the club’s bathroom.
Police said a video of the incident was posted online by another bouncer who was filming the assault as it happened at the Platinum Premier Club located at 241 Southbridge St.Officers said the video showed the bouncer punching the victim in the face about four times, and taking money from his wallet.”I know that something happened in my building, but I have to talk to the police,” said club manager Alberto Rodriguez. “I really would like to talk more about it, but I can’t.”
Detectives said the 25-year-old victim was a Worcester resident. Police said the victim told them that the attack happened on May 25. The victim said he didn’t report the incident because he was afraid the bouncers will come after him.Police said they found that the bouncer, 35-year-old Easton Byfield, of Oxford, filed a report on May 25 stating that the victim assaulted him.Detectives said they arrested Byfield last Friday and charged him with assault and battery, kidnapping, unarmed robbery and filing a false police report.
I crushed his little British head with just my bicep.
There are a shit ton of conspiracy theories floating around the Internet some are undeniably thought provoking, yet sadly for us more than most are the work of basement dwellers who prefer to wear hats fashioned out of tin foil.
But the one conspiracy theory which has currently been doing the Internet rounds and has hooked the entire crew, (possibly along with line and sinker), is the one which claims Hollywood muscleman and ex-governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger murdered British peer Lord Lucan back in 1974.
You know the one where during his time in London perfecting his physique Arnie worked on the side as hired muscle collecting gambling debts and that Lucan hired him to kill his wife to get his house back due to his own gambling problem, in return for some help securing the Austrian an American green card, but just like the plot of Fargo things went a little pear shaped?
Yes, we too had to mop up sprayed tea from our keyboards because no way in hell could there ever be any truth in such an outlandish and ridiculous claim…could there? Read about the theory HERE.