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Is a Serial-Killer Gang Murdering Young Men Across the U.S.?
"one of about 100 victims of the Smiley-Face Killers, an alleged organized gang of serial killers that communicates on the dark web, with cells in dozens of cities across the United States. "
crime  weird 
january 2019 by warrenellis
Chinese dissident stands trial after 2 years in detention
' A prominent activist who called himself the Ultra Vulgar Butcher'
crime  pol 
december 2017 by warrenellis
ISIS is using IP addresses the UK sold to Saudi Arabia
IP addresses being used by ISIS and traced by teenage computer hackers back to the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions are likely to be among those sold to Saudi Arabian telecoms companies this year, the British government has claimed.
crime  comms  war 
december 2015 by warrenellis
Irradiated concrete spooks Fukushima residents - Quarry Magazine: Quarry Mining and Aggregate News
Japan’s national and local government authorities have urged calm after they revealed at least 60 and possibly up to 100 dwellings and buildings may have been constructed with concrete from radiation-contaminated crushed stone that was quarried near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
crime  eco  architecture 
december 2015 by warrenellis
Cheap, synthetic 'flakka' dethroning cocaine on Florida drug scene | Reuters
For decades, South Florida has battled drug traffickers who ship boatloads of cocaine from South America. Now the region is dealing with a new epidemic - cheap, synthetic drugs that arrive from China through the mail.

As authorities in the Sunshine State battle with the surge of Alpha-PVP, better known as "flakka" or "gravel," police departments have begun equipping officers with field detection kits, employing sniffer dogs at mail facilities and training patrol units to look for signs of delirium.
drugs  crime 
june 2015 by warrenellis
LSE Alumni - Marc Goodman (MSc 2000), founder of the Future Crimes Institute
"Marc Goodman (MSc Management of Information Systems 2000) is a world leading authority on global security and founder of the Future Crimes Institute. Over the past 20 years he has built his expertise in cyber crime, cyber terrorism and information warfare working with organisations such as Interpol, the United Nations and NATO."
crime  future 
february 2015 by warrenellis
The Doves Type Revival | The Casual Optimist
"Between August 1916 and January 1917 Cobden-Sanderson, a printer and bookbinder, dropped more than a tonne of metal printing type from the west side of the bridge. He made around 170 trips in all from his bindery beside the pub, a distance of about half a mile, and always after dusk. At the start he hurled whole pages of type into the river; later he threw it like bird seed from his pockets. Then he found a small wooden box with a sliding lid, for which he made a handle out of tape—perfect for sprinkling the pieces into the water, and not too suspicious to bystanders."
printing  history  crime  weird 
january 2015 by warrenellis
Smugglers Use SENTRI Drivers To Move Drugs Across San Diego Border | KPBS
"Drug smugglers are turning "trusted travelers" into unwitting mules by placing powerful magnetic containers full of drugs under their cars while in Mexico, and then recovering the illegal cargo far from the view of border authorities in the United States."
crime  drugs  mexico 
january 2015 by warrenellis
Drugs smuggling in Africa: The Smack Track | The Economist
"EXPERTS are calling it the African “Smack Track”: a circuitous route to smuggle heroin from Afghanistan to Europe, passing through east Africa. Two drug busts in November, netting 712kg of the stuff, closed a record year for heroin seizures off the coast of Kenya. The haul is less a sign of improved policing and more evidence of the growing importance of the route."
crime  pol  drugs 
january 2015 by warrenellis
Record 346 inmates die, dozens of guards fired in Florida prisons
"In 2014, Florida recorded at least 346 deaths inside of their prison system, an all-time high for the state in spite of the fact that its overall prison population has hovered around 100,000 people for the five previous years. Hundreds of these deaths from 2014 and from previous years are now under investigation by the DOJ because of the almost unimaginable role law enforcement officers are playing in them."
crime  prisons 
january 2015 by warrenellis
Mozambique links contaminated beer deaths to crocodile bile | World news | theguardian.com
"When a crocodile is killed, its gallbladder must be immediately removed and buried in front of witnesses to stopped the bile being used as a poison, according to some African traditions."
weird  crime 
january 2015 by warrenellis
Is it Really Better to be Dead than Blind? | Just Security
"Late last year, the U.S. Navy announced that it’s $40 million laser weapon is finally ready for combat aboard the special operations staging ship USS Ponce. The laser, which “zaps and burns” at the cost of just 59 cents a shot, is designed for use against aircraft and small ships which “cannot outrun” the concentrated beams of light."
weapons  war  pol  crime 
january 2015 by warrenellis
PLOS ONE: Identifiable Images of Bystanders Extracted from Corneal Reflections
"Here we combined robust face perception and high-resolution photography to mine face photographs for hidden information. By zooming in on high-resolution face photographs, we were able to recover images of unseen bystanders from reflections in the subjects' eyes."
crime  sci  tech 
january 2015 by warrenellis
Special Prostitution Courts and the Myth of 'Rescuing' Sex Workers | VICE | United States
"My clients rarely—if ever—tell me that their interaction with the police was good or helpful," said Abigail Swenstein, a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society's Trafficking Victims Advocacy Project. "Rather, I hear quite often that clients have been verbally abused by the officers involved in their arrest. On multiple occasions, my clients have reported inappropriate sexual conduct by an officer. Trust is never really fostered."
crime 
january 2015 by warrenellis
China businessman jailed for 13 years for buying and eating three tigers - East Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times
"The wealthy real estate developer, identified only by his surname Xu, has "a special hobby of grilling tiger bones, boning tiger paws, storing tiger penis, eating tiger meat and drinking tiger blood alcohol", the official Xinhua news agency said in June when he went on trial."
crime 
january 2015 by warrenellis
Grisly British witch pits were used in rituals until 1970s, archaeologists discover | The Australian
"One pit, lined with the skin of a swan turned inside out, came from the 1640s as expected. Another, made of cat fur, was from the mid-18th century. A third pit contained the skeleton of a dog laid on top of its own pelt no earlier than the 1950s.

"Gradually, Dr Wood began to piece together more fragments of what she now believes to be “an unbroken method of ritual from the civil war to the present day”."
cult  magic  death  crime 
january 2015 by warrenellis
BBC News - Tanzania's albino community: 'Killed like animals'
Albino people, who lack pigment in their skin and appear pale, are killed because potions made from their body parts are believed to bring good luck and wealth.
magic  cult  crime 
december 2014 by warrenellis
The Christian Terrorist Movement No One Wants To Talk About | ThinkProgress
"According to the Associated Press, police officers who searched McQuilliams’ van found a copy of “Vigilantes of Christendom,” a book connected with the Phineas Priesthood, an American white supremacist movement that claims Christian inspiration and opposes interracial intercourse, racial integration, homosexuality, and abortion. Phineas priests take their name from the biblical figure Phinehas in the book of Numbers, who is described as brutally murdering an Israelite man for having sex with a foreign woman, who he also kills."
cult  crime 
december 2014 by warrenellis
Media ‘gagged over bid to report MP child sex cases’ | Society | The Observer
"The security services are facing questions over the cover-up of a Westminster paedophile ring as it emerged that files relating to official requests for media blackouts in the early 1980s were destroyed."
pol  crime 
november 2014 by warrenellis
Uzbekistan Has Second Highest Prevalence of Modern Slavery in the World – Report | EurasiaNet.org
The Global Slavery Index 2014 was compiled by the Australia-based nonprofit Walk Free Foundation (WFF). The West-African nation of Mauritania has the highest prevalence of modern slavery in the world, with 4 percent of the population (155,000 individuals) living under bondage-like conditions, the WFF estimates. In Uzbekistan the percentage stood at 3.97 percent, or 1.2 million people.
crime 
november 2014 by warrenellis
BBC News - #BBCtrending: The murders that followed a WhatsApp curfew
Was the warning from the police force, then? Not exactly. "There's no stopping any of us, not even the highest colonel. The boys are on the loose," the message continued, before concluding with a final warning: "Please stay at home. Don't go hanging out on street corners." It wasn't an official public service announcement, but apparently sent by renegade officers, seeking revenge for their fallen comrade.
crime  comms 
november 2014 by warrenellis
BBC News - Pablo Escobar’s hippos: A growing problem
"A herd of hippopotamuses once owned by the late Colombian drug baron Pablo Escobar has been taking over the countryside near his former ranch - and no-one quite knows what to do with them."
weird  crime 
october 2014 by warrenellis
Jesus Malverde: Not Just a Narcosaint | R. Andrew Chesnut
"Malverde quickly earned a reputation as el bandido generoso, the generous bandit who stole from the rich and distributed the plunder to the needy. In the most popular version of the Malverde legend, the governor of Sinaloa, Francisco Cañedo, personally challenged Malverde to steal his sword or daughter, promising that if successful he would be granted a pardon. Malverde passed brazenly through the governor's mansion like a ghost and left a note stating "Jesus M. was here." Humiliated, the governor ordered him hanged with his arms tied behind his back. As a show of force, local authorities refused to allow Malverde to be buried and his body was left hanging until the bones fell to the ground. Over time, peasants threw small stones towards his remains as a sign of respect, eventually covering the body. "
cult  crime 
october 2014 by warrenellis
She Tweeted Against the Mexican Cartels. They Tweeted Her Murder. - The Daily Beast
"Reynosa, a border city in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas located a short drive from McAllen, Texas. Tamaulipas is notorious as a state caught in the iron grip of organized crime. Extortion, kidnappings, shootouts, arson, bodies excavated from arid pits, all of this happens in Tamaulipas, practically on a daily basis, but hardly any of it gets reported because of a media blackout the cartels decreed four years ago that is as strictly enforced as martial law after a coup."
cities  crime 
october 2014 by warrenellis
Hong Kong police deny using triads to disrupt protests - video | World news | The Guardian
"Hong Kong's assistant police commissioner denies allegations that criminal gangs were called in to disrupt protests in the city. Thugs punched and kicked pro-democracy protesters on Friday night, drawing blood as they tore down their tents and attempted to force them out. Meanwhile, tensions remain high on Saturday between pro-government and Occupy groups"
crime  pol 
october 2014 by warrenellis
Android security mystery - 'fake’ cellphone towers found in U.S.
"Seventeen mysterious cellphone towers have been found in America which look like ordinary towers, and can only be identified by a heavily customized handset built for Android security – but have a much more malicious purpose, according to Popular Science."
spook  security  crime  comms 
september 2014 by warrenellis
BBC News - The death list that names 5,000 victims
"A year ago, a Dutch prosecutor published a list of 5,000 names, which immediately led to scenes of public mourning in Afghanistan. These were the names of people killed after a communist coup d'etat in 1978 - and some of those with blood on their hands are now living in Europe."
crime 
august 2014 by warrenellis
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