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True Crime Online Newsletter - December 29, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Man accidentally sells box spring containing cat
An Oregon man said he is searching for his girlfriend's cat after he mistakenly sold a box spring that the feline was using as a hiding place. Roy Dufek of Rockcreek said in a Reddit post he was selling two bed sets for his girlfriend while she was at work last week and he did not realize until later that his girlfriend's cat, Camo, had apparently been hiding inside a box spring he strapped to the top of a buyer's car. Dufek, who was in the process of moving when he sold the items, said the man who purchased the bed set allowed him to search his house, but there was no sign of Camo. The man said he had heard unusual noises while affixing the box spring to the top of his car. Dufek said his posts on Reddit and Craigslist have resulted in an outpouring of support and …

True Crime Online Newsletter - December 15, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Runner uses GPS app to propose marriage
A British runner popped the question on Facebook by spelling out "will you marry me" with a GPS tracking app's map function. Ben Chudley, 28, of Portsmouth, England, said he enjoys using his GPS running app to create "Urban Pictionary" drawings and messages while out running and he decided to use the app to ask girlfriend Olivia Abdul for her hand in marriage. Chudley said his run was about 15 miles, but he only used 5.7 miles with the GPS app so the ensuing map showing his route would spell out "will you marry me." Chudley said he posted the map on Facebook so Abdul would see it before he arrived with flowers and a ring. He told the BBC his post-first plan "could have been very embarrassing if she had said no." However, Abdul happily accepted the prop…

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True Crime Online Newsletter - December 8, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .British police car goes viral for 'polce' typo
A British police department's new cruiser went viral online when a picture revealed the letter "i" was missing from the word "police." The South Yorkshire Police became the target of online jokes when a picture emerged revealing one of its new Astra patrol cars bears the word "polce" in large letters across its doors instead of the intended "police." A department spokesman said the car's error, which was first brought to the public's attention by the U.K. Cop Humor page on Twitter, was spotted before it went into service. "The spelling error was identified immediately by staff who took delivery of the new vehicles," he said. "The error was rectified the following day." The department poked fun at the error …

True Crime Online Newsletter - December 1, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .South Korea cracking down on bootleg selfie sticks
South Korean officials announced a "crackdown" on sales of unapproved selfie sticks could lead to jail time for sellers. The country's science ministry said the Bluetooth-enabled devices, which allow users to take photos of themselves with extra reach, are classified as communications equipment and must be certified by the government to ensure they comply with regulations, including the level of electromagnetic radiation. Officials said Bluetooth devices that don't conform to regulations could cause nearby devices to malfunction. The ministry said a "heavy crackdown" is being carried out on sellers of unapproved selfie sticks and retailers found to be offering the products could face fines of up to $27,000 or up to three years in jail.

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True Crime Online Newsletter - November 17, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Flyer charged $1,200 for airplane access to email
A Toronto man got the shock of his life when he received the bill for reading his emails this week during a trip on Singapore Airlines: $1,200. "I had an otherwise enjoyable flight," ruined by the "sticker shock of being gouged $1200," blogged Jeremy Gutsche, founder of online trend site Trendhunter. The bill, which came up on Gutsche's cell phone at the end of the flight, covered 155 page views, mostly of emails, he noted. He signed up for a $30 WiFi package. But that was llittle more than the access fee. The rest was an "overage charge" for downloading 30 megabytes of material. At one point Gutsche uploaded a 4 megabyte Power Point doc, which he estimated cost him $100. The email warning his staffers that the upload was taking some time probably …

True Crime Online Newsletter - November 10, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Nursing student dies taking selfie on bridge
It was a bridge too far for Polish nursing student Sylwia Rajchel, 23, who suffered fatal injuries when she fell from Spain's Puente de Triana span in Seville as she attempted to take a selfie while vacationing there. Rajchel tumbled 15 feet to the bridge's concrete footing. Medics managed to revive her at the scene after she went into cardiac arrest, but she died soon after arriving at a local hospital. A town official called the fall "tragic" and said investigators are considering ways to improve the safety of the 19th century bridge, one of the most photographed sites in Europe. Rajchel had taught herself Spanish and hoped to live in the country once she had earned her degree, said her mom. "Going to Spain was a dream come true for my daughter," she added…

True Crime Online Newsletter - November 3, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Phones used more as alarm clocks than to make calls
A British survey suggests making calls is the sixth most common use for a cellphone, behind browsing the Internet and using the alarm clock function. The makers of taxi-summoning app Hailo said their survey of 2,000 Britons indicates making phone calls is the sixth most common use of a cellphone, with first being sending text messages and second being receiving texts. Reading personal emails was third on the list, followed by surfing the Internet and using the alarm clock function. Following making phone calls at No. 6 were sending personal emails, checking the time, using the calculator and checking Facebook. "The functions on a smartphone have developed and improved drastically over the past decade," said Tom Barr, chief executive officer of Hailo. "Wi…

True Crime Online Newsletter - October 27, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .'Zombie-proof' cabin being sold online
A British company is marketing the Zombie Fortification Cabin, dubbed the "world's first and only certified zombie-proof cabin." Tiger Log Cabins unveiled the Zombie Fortification Cabin, or ZFC-1, on its website for a starting price of $112,898. Delivery is free, but installation costs an additional $20,963. The cabin comes with a "10-year anti-zombie guarantee" and the website states customers must present "medical evidence of the presence of a real zombie" to collect on the guarantee. The basic cabin package includes barbed wire, reinforced windows, an escape hatch, a storage unit and an upper deck with a 360-degree vantage point for spotting the undead. Buyers can also obtain security cameras, riot protection gear and solar panels for extra fees. "Ge…

True Crime Online Newsletter - October 20, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Woman trapped in chimney dated homeowner after meeting online, he says
A woman who was arrested after being trapped inside a chimney had met the Thousand Oaks homeowner online and dated him before he recently broke off the relationship, according to the homeowner. The man told KTLA-TV that he met 30-year-old Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa online and had gone on six dates with her. "She seemed totally cool until the first flag was her actually being on my roof two weeks ago," said the man, who did not want to be identified. Soon after, he said, he broke off the courtship. But she apparently returned to his roof again early Sunday. Ventura County firefighters worked for two hours, removing each brick in the chimney to rescue Nunez-Figueroa after she became trapped inside, fire officials said. Firefighters had to pour dish soap down the flue and spray water to…