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Someone paid nearly $30,000 for this chilling ‘Jack the Ripper’ postcard

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“I hope you liked the half of kidney.”

A postcard signed by someone claiming to be one of Britain’s most brutal and infamous serial killers, Jack the Ripper, has gone under the hammer.

According to the seller, Grand Auctions, the card was received by Ealing Police Station on Oct. 29, 1888. It measures 2.75 by 4.75 inches and is written in ink by someone claiming to be “Jack the Ripper,” the person responsible for the mutilation and murder of at least five women in the Whitechapel district of London’s East End. Read more…

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Florida man in liquor store forklift rampage

A 32-year old man from Freeport, Florida, is in custody after a weekend rampage at the liquor store. But this was a liquor store rampage with a difference, reports WKRG: it was under construction, and he inflicted $100,000 damage with a forklift left on-site.

According to police, Jones allegedly broke into the fenced-in construction site on the north side of the Ferdon Boulevard South using a JCB extendable forklift parked at the job site.

The building under construction was destroyed. Additionally, the suspect damaged a city fire hydrant and a 2-inch water meter worth about $3,200. … When Crestview Police Officers arrived on scene, Jones aimed the forklift toward officers. The officers stopped Jones at gunpoint and were able to detain him.

Jones stated his name was “Alice Wonderland and he was told to commit the offenses by a hookah-smoking caterpillar.”

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Judge praises drug dealer's business model, although obviously quite illegal

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We often like to cast criminals as dumb, but one illegal operation has really impressed a judge.

20-year-old Brodie Gary Satterley from Maroochydore, Australia, was sentenced to three years’ jail with immediate parole, and was also praised for his business skills in court, according to Sunshine Coast Daily

Brisbane Supreme Court heard Satterley — who was 18 when he engaged in low-level drug dealing — charged interest on debts, gave price guides on product, discounts, and refunds when there were complaints.  Read more…

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Judge praises drug dealer's business model, although obviously quite illegal

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We often like to cast criminals as dumb, but one illegal operation has really impressed a judge.

20-year-old Brodie Gary Satterley from Maroochydore, Australia, was sentenced to three years’ jail with immediate parole, and was also praised for his business skills in court, according to Sunshine Coast Daily

Brisbane Supreme Court heard Satterley — who was 18 when he engaged in low-level drug dealing — charged interest on debts, gave price guides on product, discounts, and refunds when there were complaints.  Read more…

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Internet sleuth tracks down stolen trailer in less than 15 minutes with Facebook post

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When Mike Schmidt got to his business on Tuesday, he realized his trailer was missing. 

It had been stolen. Like a modern-day Sherlock Holmes, he sprung into action, setting in motion an epic investigation that would last almost 15 minutes.

His brilliant move? Posting a photo of his trailer on Facebook.

Here’s the riveting tale, courtesy of CTV News

That’s right, thieves of Cambridge, Ontario, there’s no where you can hide from people checking their News Feed. 

Schmidt called the cops, who found the trailer outside of an apartment complex with some mopeds and dirt bikes inside, some of which had been reported stolen.  Read more…

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Uber uses data-mining to identify and block riders who may be cops, investigators or regulators

Greyball is Uber’s codename for a program that tries to predict which new signups are secretly cops, regulators or investigators who could make trouble for the company, deployed in “Boston, Paris and Las Vegas, and in countries like Australia, China and South Korea” where the company was fighting with the authorities.
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In 1937, a judge quietly asked Meyer Lansky to form a squad of Nazi-punching gangsters to raid Bund meetings

Meyer Lansky was an infamous and ruthless gangster — albeit one so personally charming that his life is chronicled in a book called But He Was Good to His Mother — and no friend of New York State Judge Nathan Perlman; nevertheless, as the Nazi-supporting German-American Bund staged more and more toxic rallies in New York City, Perlman quietly asked Meyer to form a squad of Jewish gangsters to disrupt their meetings.
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Mobile recharging station operators in India sell tens of thousands of women's phone numbers to stalkers

Tens of thousands of women in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have complained to police about harassing phone calls from creepy men who bought their phone numbers from the operators of mobile phone recharging stations; they say the operators sneakily captured their phone numbers and sold them off to the stalkers.
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Mobile recharge shops in India's largest state are selling phone numbers of young girls: Report

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A new safety issue has surfaced for young girls in northern India. 

Phone recharge shops in Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state by geography, are reportedly selling mobile phone numbers of innocent girls.

Local police say that prices depend on the ‘looks’ of the girls and vary between Rs 50 (74 cents) to Rs 500 ($7). Buyers include boys of the area who stalk these women with calls and obscene photos thereafter.

The shocking racket was busted when a 24X7 police helpline set up by the UP chief minister was flooded with complaints from women about unsolicited calls from boys. About 90% of those complaints dealt with harassment of women over phone calls, the Hindustan Times report added. Read more…

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Indicted Dieselgate VW execs advised not to leave Germany, lest they be extradited to the USA

The five Volkswagen executives who were criminally charged in the USA for their role in the Dieselgate scandal have been advised not to travel to the USA because they are liable to arrest there: they’ve also been told that leaving Germany is risky because they might be arrested and extradited to the USA.
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DoJ indicts six VW executives in total for Dieselgate fraud

It’s not just regulatory compliance exec Oliver Schmidt — arrested last week — who faces personal criminal repercussions for his role in the Dieselgate scandal: five more VW execs have been indicted and face criminal charges, including the former head of VW R&D, the head of engine development, an engine development supervisor, and another regulatory compliance liason.
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Chrysler's Dieselgate: 100,000 Chrysler trucks said to have emissions “defeat devices”

The EPA and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) say that since 2014, Chrysler shipped 104,000 trucks with “defeat devices” designed to cheat emissions tests — like VW’s cheating, this software was designed to produce low NOx ratings when the trucks were undergoing emissions tests, but to ramp up NOx emissions during normal road use, trading emissions for fuel-efficiency.
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