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Ned Kelly's Armour
The bullet-banged DIY suit of armour belonging to Australia’s most famous outlaw.
Added by francesrosey
A Tram Thief Took a Short Joyride in Austria
The perp was a former tram driver who missed his job.
January 23, 2017
Grave of John Wilkes Booth
A blank headstone topped with a pile of pennies marks the final resting place of the infamous assassin.
Added by picodeorizaba
Levoča Cage of Shame
Too much gossip or just missing curfew could land you in here for a couple of days.
Added by ahvenas
Illicit Teen Snack Tycoon Got a Suspension, And, Eventually, a Scholarship
Peril and, then, praise.
December 19, 2016
Former Boy Scout Mails 500 Pieces Of Garbage To Boy Scout Bullies
Among other things, the packages contained old tea leaves, underwear, and dirt.
December 02, 2016
Found: A Man Hiding in the Ceiling After a Break-in at a Best Buy
He was arrested.
November 16, 2016
Port Orange, Florida
The Last Resort Bar
Where serial killer Aileen Wuornos drank her last beer.
Added by hobgoblincunt
The London Dungeon
One part local history and 99 parts gruesome haunted house.
Added by Michelle Colburn
Watch a Serial Killer Play the Dating Game
Bachelor number one was hiding a horrific hobby.
October 26, 2016
Man Dressed As Tree Arrested
A man dressed himself as a tree.
October 25, 2016
This Guy Allegedly Tried To Steal a Venetian Blind By Stuffing It Into His Coat
The surveillance photo is good.
October 18, 2016
In the 1900s, Being a 'Cigarette Fiend' Was a Legitimate Defense for Murder
October 05, 2016
Police in Utah Recommend Against Shooting Random Clowns
The hysteria continues.
October 04, 2016
La Manuela Hacienda Ruins
Ripped apart by a bomb in 1993, the shell of Pablo Escobar's infamous vacation house still stands.
Added by MarEdu
Why Thousands of Catalytic Converters Are Stolen from Cars Each Year
They contain valuable metals, among other things.
September 13, 2016
Election Fraud in the 1800s Involved Kidnapping and Forced Drinking
How roving "cooping" gangs got voters drunk and disturbed the democratic process.
September 07, 2016
The Forgotten Tale of How America Converted Its 1980 Olympic Village Into a Prison
Budget approval for a small New York town to host the games came with one very large caveat.
August 16, 2016
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