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Hundreds of thousands of people have, in fact, gotten away with murder. Based on UCR data, the US currently has 250,000 unsolved murders, a number that increases by about 6,000 each year. With a murder solve rate of about 62%, that means 38% of the time murderers walk away scot-free.

The Crisis of Cold Cases The murder of Alfred L. Barnes, an employee of Bethlehem Steel, happened on October 18, 1968, in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. Someone shot Mr. Barnes three times in the head, dumped him in a desolate pasture and stole his late-model Thunderbird. Some 42 years later, the crime remained unsolved. Then, in …

Hundreds of thousands of people have, in fact, gotten away with murder. Based on UCR data, the US currently has 250,000 unsolved murders, a number that increases by about 6,000 each year. With a murder solve rate of about 62%, that means 38% of the time murderers walk away scot-free. Read More »

Gaddafi had a serious obsession with Condoleezza Rice, showering her with over $200,000 in gifts and having a famous local composer write a song for her called “Black Flower in the White House”

Condoleezza Rice says Gadhafi crush was ‘weird and a bit creepy’ Play (CNN) — Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice described Moammar Gadhafi’s crush on her as “weird and a bit creepy,” saying she breathed a sigh of relief when she realized a video he made of her was not raunchy. In her new book, …

Gaddafi had a serious obsession with Condoleezza Rice, showering her with over $200,000 in gifts and having a famous local composer write a song for her called “Black Flower in the White House” Read More »

Scientists “hacked” the genetic code of brewer’s yeast to produce cannabis compounds. They inserted genes from cannabis plants into the yeast’s genetic code which allowed it to produce CBD and THC. Their end goal is to allow large scale cannabinoid production without cultivation.

Scientists brew cannabis using hacked beer yeast The yeast that people have used for millennia to brew alcoholic drinks has now been engineered to produce cannabinoids — chemicals with medicinal and sometimes mind-altering properties found in cannabis. The feat1, described on 27 February in Nature, turns a sugar in brewer’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) called galactose …

Scientists “hacked” the genetic code of brewer’s yeast to produce cannabis compounds. They inserted genes from cannabis plants into the yeast’s genetic code which allowed it to produce CBD and THC. Their end goal is to allow large scale cannabinoid production without cultivation. Read More »

In 1996, a ‘fan’ of serial killer Richard Ramirez married him in prison. However, she broke up with him in 2009 when DNA evidence showed that, in addition to the 13 adults he murdered, he also killed a 9-year-old girl.

Richard Ramirez For the noise musician, see Richard Ramirez (musician). Ricardo Leyva Muñoz Ramírez (/rəˈmɪərɛz/; February 29, 1960 – June 7, 2013), known as Richard Ramirez, was an American serial killer, serial rapist, kidnapper, pedophile, and burglar. His highly publicized home invasion and murder crime spree terrorized the residents of the Greater Los Angeles area …

In 1996, a ‘fan’ of serial killer Richard Ramirez married him in prison. However, she broke up with him in 2009 when DNA evidence showed that, in addition to the 13 adults he murdered, he also killed a 9-year-old girl. Read More »

The tobacco industry managed to shift blame of people falling asleep with lit cigarettes away from their products onto beds and sofas being too flammable getting the government to force flame retardants into all sorts of home products that now are linked to cancer etc.

Tobacco industry linked to proliferation of flame retardants in American homes According to the Chicago Tribune, Big Tobacco is behind the proliferation of flame retardants packed into household products. Flame retardants are a family of synthetic chemicals designed to help petroleum-based materials resist catching fire. Today, flame retardants are so ubiquitous they can be found …

The tobacco industry managed to shift blame of people falling asleep with lit cigarettes away from their products onto beds and sofas being too flammable getting the government to force flame retardants into all sorts of home products that now are linked to cancer etc. Read More »

In 1998, a 10-year-old girl in Austria was dragged into a car and kidnapped. The case remained unsolved until she knocked on someone’s door in 2006 saying: “I am Natascha Kampusch.” She had just escaped the secret cellar of a local technician that abused her for 8 years.

Natascha Kampusch Natascha Maria Kampusch (born 17 February 1988) is an Austrian woman who was abducted at the age of 10 on 2 March 1998 and held in a secret cellar by her kidnapper Wolfgang Přiklopil for more than eight years, until she escaped on 23 August 2006. She has written a book about her …

In 1998, a 10-year-old girl in Austria was dragged into a car and kidnapped. The case remained unsolved until she knocked on someone’s door in 2006 saying: “I am Natascha Kampusch.” She had just escaped the secret cellar of a local technician that abused her for 8 years. Read More »

Police in Finland believe they have caught a car thief with the help of a dead mosquito they noticed inside an abandoned vehicle. Police saw that the mosquito had recently sucked blood and decided to send the insect for analysis, and the DNA matched the man on the Police Register.

Mosquito blood ‘identifies thief’ Police in Finland believe they have caught a car thief from a DNA sample taken from a mosquito they noticed inside an abandoned vehicle. Finding the car in Seinaejoki, north of Helsinki, police saw that the mosquito had recently sucked blood and decided to send the insect for analysis. The DNA …

Police in Finland believe they have caught a car thief with the help of a dead mosquito they noticed inside an abandoned vehicle. Police saw that the mosquito had recently sucked blood and decided to send the insect for analysis, and the DNA matched the man on the Police Register. Read More »

Over 80% of the losses by Bernie Madoff’s victims were recovered.

Madoff Victim Fund Moving Forward, The Mission Continues. We’re Here to Help. “MVF is delighted to be able to bring recoveries for more than 30,000 Madoff victims to slightly over 80% — a milestone we have worked long and hard to achieve. This is MVF’s sixth distribution overall, and our second during the global pandemic. …

Over 80% of the losses by Bernie Madoff’s victims were recovered. Read More »

The Liberator. A $2.10, single-shot (no magazine) pistol; It was shipped with 10 rounds and an instruction sheet in comic strip air-dropped on Axis-occupied lands; A resistance fighter was to sneak up on an Axis occupier, kill or incapacitate him using the gun, and retrieve his weapons.

FP-45 Liberator For the 3D printed pistol, see Liberator (gun). For the shotgun, see Winchester Liberator. The FP-45 Liberator is a pistol manufactured by the United States military during World War II for use by resistance forces in occupied territories. The Liberator was never issued to American or other Allied troops, and there are few …

The Liberator. A $2.10, single-shot (no magazine) pistol; It was shipped with 10 rounds and an instruction sheet in comic strip air-dropped on Axis-occupied lands; A resistance fighter was to sneak up on an Axis occupier, kill or incapacitate him using the gun, and retrieve his weapons. Read More »

The plans for Winston Churchill’s state funeral had to be revised several times because Churchill outlived several intended pallbearers.

Operation Hope Not Planning for the funeral of Winston Churchill began after the prime minister had a major stroke in 1953. The incident at a party at Downing Street was kept secret by the family. Queen Elizabeth II was among the few who were informed. It was the Queen who insisted that a funeral plan …

The plans for Winston Churchill’s state funeral had to be revised several times because Churchill outlived several intended pallbearers. Read More »