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Discussion in 'Crimes' started by Kimster, Apr 14, 2015.

  1. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    Magician feared dead as Houdini-inspired stunt in river goes wrong

    An Indian magician who went missing after being lowered into a river while tied up with chains and ropes in a Houdini-inspired stunt is feared drowned, police said Monday. Chanchal Lahiri, known by his stage name "Jadugar Mandrake" (Wizard Mandrake), was lowered by winch into the river in Kolkata on Sunday in a yellow and red costume.

    But the 40-year-old, his legs and his arms tightly bound, failed to emerge from the water, to the horror of onlookers including his family and team members. Rescue workers have been scouring the fast-flowing murky waters since Sunday but he was yet to be found, Syed Waquar Raza from the river traffic police told AFP.

    "We fear he drowned in the river," he said.

    Lahiri told AFP beforehand that he had successfully pulled off a similar stunt 21 years ago at the same venue in the eastern city.

    "I was inside a bullet proof glass box tied with chain and locks and dropped down from Howrah bridge. Then I came out within 29 seconds."

    He admitted it would be tough to free himself this time. "If I can open it up then it will be magic, but if I can't it will be tragic," he said.

    Jayanta Shaw, a photographer with a local newspaper, witnessed Lahiri attempting the trick. He told the BBC that he spoke to him before the magician started his act.

    "I asked him why he risked his life for magic," Shaw said. "He smiled and said, 'If I do it right, it's magic. If I make a mistake, it becomes tragic.'"

    The magician told him that he wanted "to revive interest in magic."

    When Lahiri tried another stunt at the river in 2013, he was assaulted by onlookers who saw him escape from a locked cage via a door that was clearly visible.

    He was beaten and punched and his long flowing golden-brown wig was pulled off by the crowd.

    Almost a decade earlier, he declared he would walk on the river waters but had to beat a hasty retreat when the act went wrong.

    Harry Houdini was a Hungarian-born American stuntman who became a sensation in the early 20th century with daredevil feats including escaping from a crate lowered into the East River in New York in 1912.

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  2. Skitt

    Skitt Bronze Member

    Some of these "magicians" go too far with their stunts ... and pay dearly :noway:
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  3. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    It doesn't sound like he was very good. People saw him escape from a glass box. Dude was in over his head.
  4. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    NC county to start 1st human trafficking court in state

    The North Carolina county where the most human trafficking charges are filed is starting a specialized court to deal with the crimes.

    The chairwoman of the N.C. Human Trafficking Commission tells the Fayetteville Observer that the court in Cumberland County is the first of its kind in the state. Chairwoman Libby Magee Coles says the commission provided a $241,000 grant to get the court started.

    It will be called Worth Court. Worth stands for “We Overcome Recidivism Through Healing.”

    Human Trafficking Commission
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  5. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    This is only about 60 years too late, if not more. :mad:
  6. ima.grandma

    ima.grandma Believer of Miracles

    I couldn’t find a thread on this cold case:
    Police arrest suspect in decades-old cold case murder after obtaining DNA sample

    It was just two days after her tenth birthday when Christine Cole disappeared on a chilly evening in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

    She left her home around sunset on Jan. 6, 1988, to buy some things for her mother and never made it back. Her lifeless body washed up on a beach some 15 miles away in the city of Warwick, 54 days later.

    [​IMG]© Courtesy Pawtucket Police Dept. Christine Cole disappeared shortly after her 10th birthday in 1988 near…
    The case remained unsolved for more than three decades -- until now.

    The Pawtucket Police Department on Thursday announced the arrest of a suspect in Christine's murder, 59-year-old Joao Monteiro of Central Falls, Rhode Island.

    Pawtucket Police Det. Susan Cormier reopened the case in August 2018 and discovered evidence that had been submitted for forensics testing years earlier but wasn't included in the case file. The results, which were returned in 2010, revealed there was blood from a male on the inside of Christine's pants, according to the affidavit and arrest warrant.

    (MORE: Man arrested for 1986 murder of 11-year-old girl who was strangled while walking home from school)
    Cormier requested further testing of the blood sample "in the hopes that newer advances in technology may reveal more," according to an affidavit.

    The results produced a larger genetic profile, which was then checked against a DNA database maintained by the Rhode Island Department of Health.

    [​IMG]© Pawtucket Police Department via AP This booking photo released July 18, 2019, by the Pawtucket, R.I., Police Department shows Joao Monteiro, 59, of Central Falls, R.I., who was arrested July 17, 2019 and…
    The closest match was a 26-year-old man who had not yet been born at the time of Christine's disappearance. That's when investigators started looking into the man's father, Monteiro.

    A background check showed that Monteiro had lived at several addresses in Christine's neighborhood, including in an apartment directly above the market where Christine was last seen in 1988, according to the affidavit.

    Cormier obtained a search warrant to collect swab samples from Monteiro, and on Wednesday evening, she was notified that the DNA found on Christine's pants matched Monteiro's. He was arrested that same night.

    Monteiro denied ever knowing Christine and said he wasn't responsible for her disappearance and death, according to the affidavit.

    Monteiro was arraigned Thursday in district court in Providence. He has not yet entered any pleas and is being held without bail, court records show. ABC News has reached out to Monteiro’s attorney, but there was no immediate comment.

    esy Pawtucket Police Dept. Christine Cole disappeared shortly after her 10th birthday in 1988 near…
    While announcing the arrest at a press conference Thursday, Cormier told reporters that Christine was likely in the wrong place at the wrong time because, so far, there doesn't appear to be any connection between her and Monteiro.

    "I'm going to continue to work on this,” the detective said. “I hope that this is a message to the people that are responsible for these crimes that we are coming for you, and we're not giving up.”
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  7. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    Florida House hopeful admits she lied when she claimed to be a doctor and removed 77 bullets from 32 Pulse victims

    A Democratic candidate for a Florida House seat in Seminole County admitted to state health investigators that she lied when she said at recent political events that she was a medical doctor and had removed scores of bullets from victims on the night of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

    “It is a false statement. I just made it up,” C. Elizabeth McCarthy told an investigator with the Florida Department of Health, according to a report issued this week.

    As first reported by Florida Politics, state investigators said the Sanford resident violated a state law by misrepresenting herself as a medical doctor “without an active, valid Florida license to practice that profession,” according to the report. McCarthy, who couldn’t be reached for comment, faces a $1,000 fine plus investigative costs of $2,095. The Florida Department of Health said that she was never a licensed doctor and that her nursing license expired in 2005.

    At a town hall meeting on March 21 at Valencia College’s East campus, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Kissimmee, introduced the 50-year-old McCarthy as a “doctor.” The event was also attended by Osceola County Sheriff Russ Gibson and Pulse survivor Ricardo Negron.

    Standing at a podium, McCarthy described herself as a physician and as a “cardio RN” for the Florida Heart Group who decided “at the wise age of 40-something to go back to medical school.”

    She then described working in the emergency room at Orlando Regional Medical Center on the night of the June 12, 2016, Pulse shooting and treating victims by removing 77 bullets out of 32 people.

    “It was like an assembly line,” she told the audience at the event. “The hardest part for me was wheeling a body into the morgue and hearing the cell phones ring of the people that passed.”

    She told a state investigator that since 2014 she had been passing herself off as a medical doctor as she prepared to run for House District 28, a seat currently held by Republican David Smith.

    McCarthy told a state investigator that she portrayed “a life that wasn’t true” because she “wanted to be somebody in the community.”



    Claiming to be a MD & hero in ER the night of Pulse tragedy - How stupid do you have to be?

  8. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    :facepalm: What a dumbass.
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