Tag Archive for crime

When your porn business tanks, become a “doctor”

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An arrogant man has all his porn producing equipment stolen so he decides to enter the medical field treating people without an appropriate license because he doesn’t think the rules apply to him. This is why we have regulations. He’s in jail. A judge set bail at $1 million Wednesday for an alleged phony doctor after…

The myth of Satanic cults still affects the US

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Worth a (long) read: America’s dark days in fear of secret Satanism, cults, horrific animal and child abuse. It never happened. Psychotherapists continue the same flawed methods that resulted in innocent people jailed for decades. What does the Church of Satan have to do with this? How quack psychology helped pundits invent the Satanic Panic of…

Convicted “psychics” admit it was all a scam

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Several psychics that are in jail admit that they were scamming people. In other news, water is wet. But, there are several more interesting threads to this story that I encourage everyone to read in its entirety. Source: The Secret to the Psychic Trade? It’s in the Parole Board Transcripts – The New York Times Celia…

Three ‘ghost hunters’ plead guilty to trespassing and damage

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The Ness church in Litchfield, Minnesota is found on several lists of “haunted” places. Just because it’s supposedly haunted (with no good evidence for that, by the way) and you feel like calling yourself a “ghost hunter” one day, does not give you ANY rights or privileges to break into the place and “investigate”. During…

Mad gassers burgle Button, or not

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When I saw this story, a veritable cacophony of buzzers and warning sirens went off in my head. Readers may not be aware of how old this legend of gassing is and how LITTLE evidence there exists that supports any of it being true. But, here we go again… Anaesthetic gas may have been used…

When the clairvoyant is the suspect in a murder

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46-year-old Kelly Brennan was found murdered in Florida. Her friend, Sheila Trott, is suspected of brutally murdering and dumping Brennan’s body. Sheila came home after a four-hour trip to “Walmart” acting strangely. That night, she had a dream her friend was hurt. Sheila had a nervous breakdown and thought she killed Kelly in a jealous rage. A Vision…

Dowsing useless in finding missing girl

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The “Find Me” crew is back in the news. And, again, not really helping. Private Investigator believes he knows who the suspects are in the Celis kidnapping The private investigator the family contacted said, “Whoever did this knows the family 100 percent guaranteed, and my suspect has a key to the house.” Retired federal agent…

Police plan to use power of superstition against sex traffickers

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Police in the UK are pursuing a new plan that promises to undo evil magic and may help human trafficking atrocities. Fight fire with fire? Yes. If it works. Sex traffickers’ juju spells to be ‘reversed’ as part of radical new scheme to encourage young African victims to come forward Britain’s anti-slavery commissioner is examining…

The main problem with confession – it could be completely manufactured

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Think memory is like a videotape? Wrongity wrong wrong. It can be rather easily manipulated and is reconstructed without our awareness every day. Of special interest to criminal confession cases, it’s not really too hard to convince someone that they committed a crime. People Can Be Convinced They Committed a Crime That Never Happened –…

Animal lover who stopped to rescue ducks found guilty in deadly accident

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Update: Sentenced to jail. Emma Czornobaj gets 90 days in jail for duck-stopping deaths – CBC News. Originally published 22-Jun 2014 A woman who thought she was doing a good deed was found guilty of criminal negligence causing death. Canada woman stops for ducks; guilty in two deaths – Yahoo!7. A Canadian woman who parked her car…

Hypnosis thief on video using seemingly magical methods

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A man is being dubbed the “hypnotist thief” as it appears from a security video that he put the owner of a shop in a sort of “trance” before robbing him. It looks like Derren Brown’s street magic. But is it possible to be hypnotized like this? Many are skeptical. What’s going on here? Moment ‘hypnotist…

Media violence correlated to societal violence: An actual scientific controversy

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Experts disagree: violent content in media correlates/does not correlate to violent behavior. No link found between movie, video game violence and societal violence. Since the 1920s, scholars and politicians have blamed violence in movies and other media as a contributing factor to rising violence in society. Recently the responses to mass shootings in Aurora, CO…

Kent Hovind, Creationist, must like jail a lot

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He just does not get the message – you are not above the PEOPLE’S law, dude. ‘Dr. Dino’ facing new legal woes. A Pensacola evangelist known as Doctor Dino has long maintained that all of his ministry’s finances and property belong not to him, but to God, and that the Almighty’s belongings are not subject…

South African police force has an elite occult-trained division

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The local Cape Town police force has specially trained 40 officers in occult crime investigation. Good idea or not? Seems like a bit much. SAPS has 40 ‘ghostbusters’, Nhleko reveals. In a written parliamentary reply on Tuesday, Nhleko said there were 40 detectives within the SA Police Service who had “received additional training relating to occult-related…

What are Americans afraid of?

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A new study about fears of Americans reveals some predictable results about crime, natural disasters and what people are really afraid of. The Chapman University Survey on American Fears | Chapman University. Chapman University has initiated a nationwide poll on what strikes fear in Americans. The Chapman University Survey on American Fears included 1,500 participants…

Consent under hypnosis? A accused man will go to trial.

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Is hypnosis powerful enough to stifle consent? Kennewick man accused of assaulting hypnotized woman | Crime & court news | Tri-CityHerald.com. An amateur hypnotist is accused of having sex with a young woman while she was hypnotized. Kevin Christian Geyer allegedly dressed the woman in an attempt to cover up the assault before waking her,…

Stupid beliefs kill rhinos; penalties becoming harsher in South Africa

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Organizations to save rhinos from poaching to their extinction call for a zero tolerance policy. In order to achieve that, harsher penalties must be proposed. This newest sentencing is much harsher but probably not enough to stem the killing. South Africa: Rhino Poacher Gets 77 Years in Jail – ABC News. A rhino poacher in…

Renter was not told house was spot of truly heinous crimes

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I have to sympathize with this woman. She was in for a big surprise that was rather unfair. Woman sees home on TV, learns deadly secret | KMOV.com St. Louis. Catrina McGhaw signed the lease without worry. Her section 8 voucher covered 810 dollars in rent. Until a family member told McGhaw to check out…

Staring bandit prompts notions of hypnosis robbery

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Can you be hypnotized into handing over your valuables? Not really. But some people suggest this and the media oversimplifies the idea into a sensational story about the Hypnotist Bandit. Bank Robber in Manhattan Beach Could be Hypnotist Bandit: FBI | KTLA 5. The FBI was investigating a robbery at a Bank of America branch…