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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.