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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
  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.”
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2019
  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?

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  8. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    :facepalm: What a dumbass.
  9. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Ole Miss student Ally Kostial was shot 8 times, arrest made in connection to killing

    A 22-year-old man was taken into custody Monday in connection with the murder of a 21-year-old female University of Mississippi student who was found dead near a lake this weekend, officials confirmed to Fox News.

    The body of Alexandria "Ally" Kostial was found Saturday morning in Harmontown, located about 20 miles from the Ole Miss campus in Oxford, Miss. The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department told FOX13 that "foul play" was apparent and her body was discovered by an officer on patrol. She had been shot multiple times and was last spotted alive outside a bar on Friday night.

    On Tuesday, the sheriff's office confirmed to Fox News that 22-year-old Brandon Theesfeld had been arrested in connection with Kostial's murder and booked into the Lafayette County Detention Center. Theesfeld was arrested around 2 p.m. on Monday by officers from the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department and The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations.

    Theesfeld has not yet appeared in court and is scheduled for an appearance at some point on Tuesday. The university confirmed to Fox News that Theesfeld was a student in the School of Business Administration, and has been suspended from the university.

    "We want to thank the family Alexandria for their patience and their trust in The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department," the department told Fox News.


    The 21-year-old was last seen stopping at the door of a bar in Oxford, but apparently not going in. Instead, officials told WLBT-TV that Kostial went home around midnight before apparently leaving the house again unbeknownst to her roommates.

    It's unclear how Kostial got from Oxford to Harmontown.

    Her body was discovered on the north side of Sardis Lake in a remote area known as Buford’s Ridge that draws college students. On Monday, officials told WLBT-TV that Kostial was shot eight times.

    “Sardis is a really popular spot for a lot of students to go during the day, on the water or just hang out around there,” Ole Miss senior Kelly Randell, told WMC-TV.

    The area is also a place where people reportedly go to ride ATVs in the lake bottom when the water level is low, but last weekend high water levels kept many people away.

    read more ........... https://www.foxnews.com/us/ole-miss-student-ally-kostial-killed-spotted-bar-shot
  10. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    A man arrested Monday for the suspected killing of Alexandria “Ally” Kostial – an Ole Miss student whose disappearance and killing triggered a manhunt – was her classmate, school officials said Tuesday.


    Theesfeld and Kostial were students at the University of Mississippi School of Business Administration, university spokesman Rod Guajardo said. Theesfeld was suspended from the university, Guajardo said, but it was unclear if that suspension was before or after officials learned of his arrest and alleged killing.

    It was also unclear what, if any, relationship he had with Kostial beyond being students in the same program. The sheriff’s office did not return a request for comment.

  11. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Justice Department plans to restart capital punishment after long hiatus

    The Justice Department announced Thursday that it plans to resume executing prisoners awaiting the death penalty, ending almost two decades in which the federal government had not imposed capital punishment on prisoners.

    Attorney General William Barr ordered the Bureau of Prisons to schedule executions for five inmates currently on death row. The prisoners were convicted of murdering children.


    Barr ordered the Bureau of Prisons to adopt a new policy for lethal injections, one that officials said closely mirrors the protocols used in Georgia, Missouri, and Texas, replacing a three-drug lethal combination with one drug, pentobarbital.

    The Justice Department has scheduled executions in December and January for the following prisoners: Daniel Lee Lewis, for the killing of a family of three, including an 8-year-old girl; Lezmond Mitchell for the killing of a 63-year-old and her 9-year-old granddaughter; Wesley Ira Purkey for the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl and the murder of an 80-year-old woman; Alfred Bourgeois for molesting and killing his 2-year-old daughter; and Dustin Lee Honken, for shooting and killing five people, including two children.
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  12. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    Not sure if this is a crime or just a very sad oversight. A woman around here did something similar and the police were positive it was a sad mistake and she didn't mean to do it.


    Twin infants found dead in hot New York City car; Father says he forgot they were there
    Twins were found dead in a hot car in New York City. Their father says he forgot they were there. (Source: WABC via CNN)

    July 26, 2019 at 8:19 PM CDT - Updated July 26 at 8:19 PM

    NEW YORK (WABC/CNN/Gray News) - Infant twins were found dead in New York City Friday afternoon after they were apparently left alone in a hot car.

    The children’s father said he forgot they were inside the vehicle when he went to work for the day at a VA Medical Center in the Bronx.

    The victims were 7-month-old twins - boy and girl Mariza and Phoenix Rodriguez, according to WABC.

    Police are questioning the 39-year-old father....
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  13. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

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  14. guess who

    guess who Bronze Member

    I can see how it could happen if it wasn't usually him that did the day care drop. Changes to a routine can really mess you up. If he's the one that usually did it, it would change my perspective. I'll hold my judgment until more is known.
  15. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    @Paradise can we start it's own thread?
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  16. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    @Kimster would need to transfer these posts over to a new thread.
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  17. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Wisconsin man who killed family and a stranger may have been inspired by Jayme Closs kidnapper

    After shooting his brother, his nephew, and his mother at their house in Lafayette, German, 33, drove to another house in nearby Lake Halie, left the car running and shot his way in with a handgun.

    According to Sheriff James Kowalczyk, German may have been trying to kidnap Laile Vang, 24, but ended up shooting and killing her with a shotgun instead. German also shot her parents but they survived before he turned the gun on himself.


    Sheriff Kowalczyk said his investigation was still trying to locate a motive but had found sexual text messages that German had sent Vang. However, Vang responded to those messages saying that she did not know who he was.

    “Why is he going armed to a residence he’s never been to before? To our knowledge it’s similar to the Closs situation,” Kowalczyk said during a press conference Tuesday. “I’m not saying that was the motive, but I’m saying similar circumstances that happened in Barron County happened in Chippewa County.”
  18. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    Multiple people have been killed in a shooting in El Paso, Texas, police say

    Multiple people were killed Saturday in a shooting in El Paso, Texas, according to local police.

    Several people have been transported to the hospital, El Paso Police Sgt. Enrique Castillo told reporters, and authorities do not believe there is an ongoing threat.

    Three suspects were in custody, El Paso Mayor Dee Margo told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
    Castillo had previously said there was one person in custody.

    Multiple victims were earlier reported injured at a Walmart, according to CNN affiliate KTSM.

    much more at El Paso PD twitter
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  19. kdg411

    kdg411 Resource Mod

    What We Know About the Mass Shooting in El Paso

    1. The exact number of dead is unclear, but appears to be 19.
    2. The suspect is 21-year-old
    Patrick Crusius.
    3. This is one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history.
    4. Governor Greg Abbott and presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke will both visit El Paso.
    5. There is video of the attack, and the entire area near the shooting went into lockdown almost immediately.

    *(I don't believe in publishing any suspects name as to not give them notoriety for a cowardly and senseless act of violence. So, view at your own discretion.)
  20. Skitt

    Skitt Bronze Member

    Thanks, kdg
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