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By Oddmonster | Crime is stranger than fiction.

‘Good guys with guns’: Oklahomans kill an active shooter, and it's not as simple as it sounds.

Juan Carlos Nazario was sitting on a lakeside bench waiting to play soccer when he heard the staccato popping of gunshots outside Louie’s On the Lake, a popular waterfront grill and pub. He ran to his car to get his gun and moved toward the sounds.<p>Bryan Whittle was driving with his wife, heading …

Law Enforcement

28 Years After Taunting Cops, Suspect Arrested in Little Girl’s Killing

April Tinsley was murdered in 1988 and two years later someone left a note saying they did it. DNA recovered from used condoms led cops to John D. …

Crime

Remember the Leesburg Stockade Girls

Fifty five years ago this month, a group of teenage girls were locked in a 19th-century stockade in the Georgia heat, imprisoned for their activism …

Black History

Government shuts down website for doctors searching for treatment guidelines

<b>(CNN) —</b> After Monday, the website for the National Guideline Clearinghouse, which provides access to guidelines for practicing medicine, will no longer be available to its users -- mostly doctors -- due to a lack of funding, according to an announcement posted on the site in April.<p>No stranger to …

Health Care

Shame Them: Everyone Who Endorsed Arming Preschoolers on Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Who Is America?’

Here are the politicians and lobbyists who told Sacha Baron Cohen they support the arming of toddlers. Here is exactly what they said. Now go shame …

Guns

Man dies after friend blasted compressed air up his rectum in 'prank' which ended in tragedy

A factory worker was killed when his workmate blasted compressed air up his rectum and ripped his insides to shreds.<p>Yoshiyuki Yoshida, 34, has been …

Crime

How to keep going after a mass shooter kills your husband

The text messages that begin arriving on June 28 end my ordinary life. “Where does your husband work?” “What’s happening in Annapolis?” “Have you seen the news?” My husband, John McNamara, is a reporter for the Capital Gazette. I am at my office, a government agency just outside Washington.<p>I …

University of Maryland

Man says he left baby in Montana forest because it was 'very heavy'

The man accused of leaving a 5-month-old baby in a Montana forest reportedly broke down crying when he heard allegations against him in court on Tuesday — two days after a search team discovered the infant buried under a pile of sticks and debris.<p>From his jail cell, Francis Carlton Crowley, 32, …

Hot Springs

Burglar breaks into escape room, then can't escape

No one wants to call for help in an escape room, especially if you've just broken into one.<p>Authorities in Vancouver, Washington, received emergency …

Crime

A Teen Was Arrested for Selling Palmetto Roses in Charleston, SC

He reportedly didn’t have a permit to sell the South Carolina handicraft.<p>A teenager was arrested for selling roses made out of South Carolina’s official state tree — the palmetto tree — sparking a debate over regulating the practice that dates back to the Civil War.<p>City officials in Charleston, …

Selling

Customs agents reportedly deleted records that could have been used to reunite hundreds of immigrant families

Time is running out for the federal government to meet court-imposed deadlines to reunite the thousands of immigrant children who were separated from their parents under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy.<p>The government has until July 10 to reunite roughly 100 children under the age …

Immigration

Newport Beach police use Twitter to seek clues in girl’s 1973 death

It has been 45 years since Linda Ann O’Keefe, an 11-year-old Corona del Mar girl, vanished while walking home from summer school.<p>Her body, still wearing the white dress adorned with blue flowers that her mother had sewn, was found the next morning — July 7, 1973 — in Newport Beach’s Back Bay. She …

Newport Beach

Detained Mothers Were Kept Outside During Secretive Kirstjen Nielsen Visit. They Shouted for Help to No Avail.

Reagan drove 30 miles from Brownsville to the detention center, but his reporting did not go as planned. He expected to get some quotes from Nielsen, …

Immigration

Perfect Remains (Chapter One), by Helen Fields

A woman declared dead after a crash was put in a morgue freezer. Then someone noticed her breathing.

Three passengers had been thrown from the car and lay immobile in the middle of the road, almost impossible to spot in the hours before dawn.<p>A fourth crash victim was conscious and walking around the battered vehicle, which had come to a stop in the middle of the road from Johannesburg to …

Crime

Two Men Set Out To Find Borneo’s Jungle Tribes. One Never Came Back.

A Swiss environmentalist and a Californian art dealer became obsessed with Sarawak, one of the wildest places on Earth. This is their story.<p>One man was a Swiss environmental activist who wore a loincloth and learned to hunt with a blowpipe before mysteriously disappearing in Sarawak. The other was …

Borneo

Death on foot: America's love of SUVs is killing pedestrians

Vehicle safety features, however, are believed to be just as crucial to reducing pedestrian deaths.<p>Researchers at the U.S. Department of …

Detroit

Who was San Francisco's Doodler killer, and why wasn't he caught?

With DNA providing a major break in the Golden State Killer case, investigators around the country are reviving long-cold cases, hoping modern …

Crime

Arrest in 1986 cold case murder of 12-year-old Washington girl abducted from park

<b>TACOMA, Wash. --</b> Tacoma police have arrested a man suspected of killing a 12-year-old girl more than three decades ago. The News Tribune reports …

Crime

'The Trunk Murderess': The forgotten tale of California's first black widow killer

When the 4 o’clock train to San Francisco pulled away from Stockton station on March 24, 1906, a large trunk was left behind on the platform. A check of the trunk showed no tags, so the station workers dragged the heavy case to the baggage room.<p>By half past 8, they noticed an odor filling the room. …

Crime

Bodycam Footage Shows SFPD Officer Shooting Man in the Back

Incident happened after officers stopped a group of men they believed were drinking in public on a North Beach street.

Law Enforcement

Behind The NYT Investigation into Prosecuting Overdoses as Homicides

Last year, I spoke to a former cop and a public health policy expert, both of whom told me that the major failing of the “war on drugs” was …

The Strange Case of the Missing Joyce Scholar

<b>S</b>ome 16 years ago, The Boston Globe published an article about a jobless man who haunted Marsh Plaza, at the center of Boston University. The picture showed a curious figure in a long overcoat, hunched beneath a black fedora near the central sculpture. He spent his days talking with pigeons to whom …

Literature

Trial Begins for Horror Writer Accused of Torturing and Killing His Girlfriend in Hollywood

A prosecutor accused Blake Leibel of following the storyline of one of his graphic novels in carrying out the heinous crime.<p><i>Warning: This article contains graphic descriptions of an alleged murder.</i><p><i>This article originally appeared on</i> <i>VICE Canada</i>.<p>The murder trial for Blake Leibel, a wealthy graphic …

Crime

A car crashed into a Little League game. The ‘brave’ man who died saving kids had a dark secret.

Players scrambled and parents screamed as the maroon sedan ripped through the baseball field, infield dust flying into the Friday evening from under the car’s spinning tires.<p>Spectators in the stands of Goodall Park in Sanford, Maine, watched as the car wheeled down the first base line, hooked right …

Crime

Oregon man breaks woman’s arm, knocks out her fiancee in road rage attack, police say

Megan Stackhouse and her fiancee, Lucinda Mann, spent their Friday night enjoying a carnival in Bend, Ore., hosted by a local cider company. They joked about how pricey the drinks were, and laughed about not having the nerve to ride the stomach-churning Zipper carnival ride.<p>But what was supposed to …

Crime

Flipboard on Flipboard

@flipboard | Official Flipboard account<p>50 Songs That Define the Last 50 Years of LGBTQ+ Pride<p>The Rainbow Is a Prism: The Many Facets of LGBTQ+ Pop …

A London couple’s shared delusions led to the torture and death of French au pair

Neighbors spotted the black smoke lifting from behind the house on Wimbledon Park Road in the Southfields neighborhood of southwest London. The smell was so alarmingly pungent and foul firefighters were called to the scene. When the crew pushed into the garden of the $1.2 million residence, a …

He lured young men looking for marijuana. Their bodies turned up in a pig roaster. | NOLA.com

Cosmo DiNardo declared "I am a savage no explanation needed" on social media seven months before police say he lured four young men to his family's …