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True Crime Online Newsletter - December 30, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Man spots kangaroo while hunting in Oklahoma
An Oklahoma hunter said he captured video footage of a kangaroo hopping near him while he was out hunting in an open field.

Andrew Rice said in a Monday posting on his Facebook page he was out hunting for geese near Adair, Okla., when a kangaroo hopped past him, KJRH-TV, Tulsa, Okla., reported Thursday.

"Alright so I'm pretty sure this is the most crazy thing that has ever happened to me while I was hunting," Rice wrote in the message accompanying his video of the incident.

The video, posted Monday, had more than 16,000 views on YouTube by late afternoon Thursday. Rice said the video posting has led to more than 400 friend requests.

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Article I Am Quoted In - Parents play critical role against bullying

When you get a chance, read this and pass it on! Parents play critical role against bullying

True Crime Online Newsletter - December 23, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Norwegian peeping Tom photographs self in girls' shower
An apparent peeping Tom in Norway tripped himself up by accidentally photographing himself in a school shower room, police said.

The teenager was caught in the act of mounting a hidden camera in the girls' shower by accidentally taking his own picture in the process.'

"As he pressed the star button to start recording, he snapped a picture of himself," a lawyer for the police in Skien told the newspaper VG. "We have a picture of part of his face." said Sunday the camera was discovered last week with the suspect's image on the hard drive. Police have still have not identified the suspect but assume he is a student at the school and have asked fellow students to help identify him.

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Book Signing tomorrow in Freeport, Maine

Tomorrow from noon to 2 pm, I'll be signing my book, True Crime Online: Shocking Stories of Scamming, Stalking, Murder and Mayhem. You get a free mermaid bookmark with seaglass pendant or seaglass Christmas ornament with every book you buy! 21 December 2013
Shermans Books and Stationery
Noon to 2 pm
Book signing
128 Main Street
Freeport, ME 04032
1-877-474-3762 or

True Crime Online Newsletter - December 16, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .N.H. Craigslist ad says unicorns for sale
A Craigslist ad placed in New Hampshire has raised eyebrows for offering two "purebred" unicorns for sale. The cost is a paltry $1.86 million.

The ad states: "We are selling 2 purebred unicorns. Male is 3 years old named Pagasus. Female is 5 years old and named Daisy. Price of $930,000 USD is per unicorn."

It goes on to request -- in all caps -- "serious offers only please," WBZ-TV, Boston reported.

The seller claims to be the only fully licensed unicorn breeder in North America and said there's a nine month waiting list to buy a unicorn.

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True Crime Online Newsletter - December 9, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Couple win over Internet with video of them blowing bubbles in winter

A video of a Canada couple blowing bubbles that quickly freeze in the winter air has gone viral after appearing on Reddit.

The video was shot on March 11, 2009, on the coldest day of the winter so far that year, the caption reads.

The temperature was 49 below zero, and the wind chill was 50 below zero.

"Keep blowing bubbles, hun!" Ted Goossen shouts as his unnamed wife stands blowing bubbles nearby. "It's a good day to blow bubbles!"

He then hands over the camera to his wife and begins blowing the bubbles himself -- and catching the frozen ones with his bare hands, CBC News reported.

"It is a little cool out here. Some of you are wondering what I'm doing without my jacket," he says. "I do have my…

True Crime Online Newsletter - December 2, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried.. .Illinois man gives away all his stuff through Craigslist ad

A suburban Chicago man says he posted a Craigslist ad asking people to come and take away all of his stuff for free before he moves to Virginia.

Brian Bagnall, 32, of Franklin Park, Ill., said about 200 people showed up to his house Saturday in response to the ad, which read "We're Moving and Giving Away Lots of Our Stuff for FREE," the Chicago Tribune reported.

Within about 2 hours, Bagnall's home was nearly empty, he said. People took his couches, beds and other "nice" furniture, as well as tools, kitchen utensils, boxes of tissue and toilet paper, and other items.

"People were in the freezer taking food out," Bagnall said.

Bagnall said that overall, the crowd was orderly. A sign on his front door listed rules like no sh…

True Crime Online Newsletter - November 25, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Dutch family gets vacation photos from lost camera 10 years later

A Dutch family who lost their digital camera in a river while vacationing in Norway a decade ago just got the pictures from a German tourist.

The tourist found the camera at the bottom of the river last year, reported.

While the camera was broken, the memory card was still functioning and the German man was able to look at the photos.

In one pictures, the German noticed a car with a Dutch license plate. He then contacted police in Amsterdam who were able to trace the license plate to the camera's rightful owner.

Police told the Telegraaf that the Dutch family was happy and surprised to get the pictures back.

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True Crime Online Newsletter - November 18, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Google files for patent on electronic throat tattoo
Google has filed to patent a system that “comprises an electronic skin tattoo capable of being applied to a throat region of a body."

The tattoo, which could communicate with smartphones, gaming devices, tablets and other tech gadgets via a Bluetooth-style connection, could also be used as a lie detector according to the patent documentation.

"Optionally, the electronic skin tattoo can further include a galvanic skin response detector to detect skin resistance of a user," the document reads. "It is contemplated that a user that may be nervous or engaging in speaking falsehoods may exhibit different galvanic skin response than a more confident, truth telling individual."

The tattoo looks fairly small in images that were attached to the filing and it…

True Crime Online Newsletter - November 11, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Under Armour can't protect against prank 911 call
Baltimore City Police responded to a 911 call threatening employees at Under Armour’s headquarters on Sunday afternoon, shutting down the building for hours and leaving workers unable to go home.

The 911 call came in around 2 p.m. prompting a SWAT team to search the building. After the search was completed, officials ruled that the 911 call was a very unfunny prank.

“We took that threat seriously, we came out. Our SWAT teams cleared the facility, we cleared the employees inside,” said Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk of the BPD. “False calls put a lot of people in danger and take resources from the city.”

Kowalczyk said the prankster will face justice.

“I think it’s great, you know. If a threat is called upon, they know what they’re supposed to do,” said an unidentified Under Armour emplo…

True Crime Online Newsletter - November 4, 2013

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Chinese officials release badly faked photo
Officials in a Chinese province faced online ridicule for releasing a poorly doctored image of administrators meeting with a 103-year-old woman.

The photo, captioned "love and consideration for the elderly is a cherished Chinese tradition. They should feel the warmth of the party and the government," depicts four Chinese Communist Party officials in Anhui province and the 103-year-old woman, but one of the men is cut off in the middle and all three men are towering over the elderly woman, Cheng Yanchun, who was clearly edited in from a different photo, The Mirror, Britain, reported Thursday.

Officials said the employee responsible for the Photoshop disaster was ordered to write a "self-criticism report."

The government said the photo may have been faked, but the visit was real.