Showing posts from April, 2014

True Crime Online Newsletter - April 28, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .The legend is true: E.T. Atari games unearthed in NM landfill
Documentary filmmakers on Saturday finally proved the urban legend true ­ game maker Atari dumped truckloads of failed E.T. video game cartridges in a landfill in the New Mexico desert. The haul was discovered Saturday near Alamogordo, N.M., as part of an effort by the documentarians to find truckloads of copies of the game so bad Atari had to dump its inventory in the trash. The game was created shortly after the release of Steven Spielberg's science-fiction hit, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1983. The game was expected to sell many millions of copies, but only sold about 1.5 million. Since then, an urban legend on par with Big Foot and the chupacabra has popped up, saying somewhere out there in the New Mexico desert lies all those unsold copies of the A…

True Crime Online Newsletter - April 21, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Lawsuit alleges that iPants slimming underwear doesn't slim
Two women from Massachusetts have filed a lawsuit claiming that undergarments they purchased which were supposed to slim their bodies and melt away fat didn’t work at all. Wacoal America claimed that the iPant, “hope on a hanger,” would “reshape your lower body in 28 days with lasting results.” In addition to Wacoal, Annique Bellot and Tara Stefani have named Maidenform Brands LLC as a defendant in their class-action lawsuit. The expensive undergarments were constructed with microcapsules containing caffeine, Vitamin E, fatty acids, and other ingredients that were said to “permanently change women’s body shape and skin tone.” “It’s very unfortunate that there are companies out there that are preying on people’s insecurities with claims that may not be sup…

True Crime Online Newsletter - April 14, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .'God' sues Equifax for reporting that he has no financial history
Even God has credit rating problems. A Brooklyn man is suing Equifax for reporting that he has no financial history because the credit-reporting agency’s system won’t recognize his first name. God Gazarov was named after his grandfather. Gazarov filed a federal lawsuit on Friday after more than two years of fighting with the agency. He claims that the agency’s refusal to accept his name as legitimate stopped him from buying an Infiniti car last year. According to the 26-year-old, an Equifax customer service employee suggested that he change his name to fix the problem. The owner of the Gold Hard Cash jewelry store claims he has scores of more than 720 with TransUnion and Experian. “It’s extremely frustrating,” Gazarov told the New York Post. …

Interesting Reaction to my True Crime Online Book

It’s always interesting to get feedback on your writing, but my newest book, True Crime Online has one chapter in it that either fascinates or disgusts people, or both! What is it, you ask? Why, the online cannibals chapter. I swear, every media outlet, especially the radio stations, ask me about that one chapter. Forget the rest of the book. They want to know how I found out about online cannibals and why.

I’ll tell you how and why: How was by researching online (duh). My publisher wanted me to come up with the most horrendous stories could find where the crime started online, then went offline. That’s how I found the first online serial killer, then a link to another site from that one pointed me to. . .an online cannibal. I was definitely curious and followed the link. I became more fascinated with the story, so pulled up more sites to get the whole story. So, the why as to writing the chapter is because it was so improbable that people wouldn’t believe it was real. But it did re…

True Crime Online Newsletter - April 7, 2014

I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Busted for drinking and driving? There's an app for that

Although it would be preferable to never have to use it, motorists who get pulled over for drinking and driving can now rely on the "Oh Crap App" for help.

The app, which was created by an Iowa law firm, is designed to "educate the public regarding their legal rights when being investigated for a criminal offense."

The “DUI Defense App” also has “the emergency ‘Oh Crap’ button designed to be used in emergency situations where a person is being stopped or questioned by law enforcement.”

Pressing the button dispenses advice like "The less you say the better,” and also starts a voice recorder to tape any potentially incriminating conversations.

"One of the biggest mistakes people make is thinking that they know their rights," Bob Rehke…