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  1. [UPDATE] Need Help Hiding a Body? Siri Is Not the Answer.

    Silly Florida Man!

    A Floridian is accused of killing his college roommate back in 2012 and apparently used Siri to help dispose of the body. Don't do that! UPDATE: Apparently not.

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  2. Witness in Murder Trial Posts Craigslist “Missed Connection” To Find Juror

    Worst "How I Met Your Mother" story ever.

    Sometimes people find love in unexpected places -- like a heinous murder trial. At least, some people do. A witness in the trial of Amanda Hein, who was convicted of murdering her child, tried to make the best out of a bad situation and posted a Craigslist Missed Connection to find a juror who was smiling at him.

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  3. No, Pat Robertson, Killing Someone in a Video Game Isn’t a Sin

    "I've never played a video game." -- Pat Robertson, age 83

    In the latest round of "Person Says Dumb Thing About Video Games," Pat Robertson claimed that committing a sin like murder in a game is analogous to committing one in real life. He also admitted to never having played a video game, so he's clearly the foremost authority on video game ethics.

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  4. Woman Freaks Out, Kills Boyfriend With Shoe

    No, really. This happened. Those are some killer shoes.

    I think it's clear what the real mystery is here: What brand were these shoes, and where I can buy them? Just in case. You know. The world is full of crazy people. Case in point: Ana Trujillo killed her boyfriend with her stiletto.

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  5. Ceci N’est Pas Une Purse Shaped Like a Bloody Meat Cleaver

    i swear by my pretty floral bonnet i will end you

    I'm sorry to say that between the time I saw this link this morning and posting it now, its item page on Vampire Freaks now 404s. So this is not a purse that looks like a bloody meat cleaver. It's just a .jpg of a purse that looks like a bloody meat cleaver. Let us mourn. (via Boing Boing.)

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  6. Bad News, Murderers! Geophysicists Are Using Science to Find Your Bodies

    If you're a murderer who's banking on no one ever finding the bodies you've hidden, you might have cause for concern. A team of researchers are working to refine geophysical techniques used to find bodies in unmarked graves. They basically want real life to be more like CSI. And while we're on the topic, if you're a murderer -- maybe just don't be a murderer anymore?

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  7. Woman’s Recent Death Ruled a Homicide Because of a Bullet Wound in 1982

    You know how sometimes in movies and television shows when cops interrogate someone who just shot a person that is now in the hospital, and to get the perp to cooperate they yell, "You better hope that guy you shot makes it, or you're going down for murder!" It turns out that even if the victim "makes it" for the next thirty years, but then dies of complications from the shooting, you're still going down for murder. That's exactly just happened in the case of 65-year-old Linda Knauss who died last week from a gunshot wound she sustained thirty years ago. Her death was just ruled a homicide.

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  8. Furry Little Death Mills: Domestic Cats Kill up to 24 Billion Small Animals a Year

    Now that we live in a society whose cultural output is dominated by videos of kittens, people's gut reaction to cats is largely "Aaaawwwww." That makes it easy to forget that every cat on Earth is a nearly perfect machine built for the sole purpose of murdering small animals. Every now and again, we get a reminder of the fact, and the latest one is an estimate published in the journal Nature Communications this week suggesting that domestic cats in the United States are responsible for the deaths of 3.7 billion birds and  more than 20 billion small mammals every year. Doing that math, it appears that literally every second your beloved pet is not in you lap, it is snuffing out tiny lives with mind-boggling efficiency.

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  9. Man Stabs Cousin to Death With Scissors Over Broken Marvel Glass, Alcohol Unsurprisingly Involved

    As it happens, collectors take whatever doodads they've decided to squirrel away rather seriously. These habits range in description from idle passion to dangerous obsession. Granted, Beanie Babies don't often cause fistfights these days, but that doesn't mean they couldn't. Things get even more serious if these collectibles happen to be fragile. A fight this past Wednesday took a dark turn when a man allegedly stabbed his cousin to death with scissors following the destruction of one of his Marvel Comics glasses. The two were, of course, drinking at the time.

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  10. Jurors’ Facebook Friendship Casts Doubt on Murder Trial Decision

    Exactly how strong is the bond between Facebook friends? The Kentucky Supreme Court thinks it might be enough to throw out the decision of a murder trial. Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Mary Noble ordered a hearing for two jurors who helped rule against 28 year-old Ross Brandon Sluss, who was sentenced to serve life in prison on charges of murder, assault, and evidence tampering, after finding that they had a previously-established Facebook friendship with the victim's mother.

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  11. The Kitty Cam Will Expose Your Cat As a Cold-Blooded Murderer

    You know everything there is to know about Mr. Minxie-Bums, right? You know just the way he likes his belly rubbed, you know exactly when he wants his supper, and you know at what time he likes to go outside every night, but do you know what he does when he's out where the streetlights replace the sun and the rules don't mean a thing? A study conducted by students and researchers from the University of Georgia are catching a glimpse of the secret lives of outdoor cats with their Kitty Cams. The unobtrusive video cameras where attached to 60 urban free-roaming cats whose owners volunteered them for this project. Make the jump to watch a short video from USA Today and learn about the atrocities your precious Mr. Minxie-Bums is committing in your very own neighborhood!

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  12. This Creepy Animation Will Make You Reconsider Cloning [Video]

    This rather lovely albeit suspenseful short animated film -- simply titled MURDER -- from Yang Tzu Ting is really something else. After a scientist's twin brother is murdered, he attempts to use the cloning machine the two of them created to reproduce his brother. After all, twins are basically clones, right? Surely nothing could go wrong as evidenced by the dark and stormy night all of this seems to happen on. Only good and awesome things happen in gloomy laboratories.

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  13. Jack the Ripper May Have Been a Woman Named Lizzie

    Today is a Good Day For Someone Else To Die

    A British author is claiming that after some research, he believes that the notorious (but unsolved) Whitechapel murders were committed not by Jack the Ripper, but by a woman named Lizzie Williams. According to author and former solicitor John Morris, there was so much evidence that pointed to Mrs. Williams as a suspect but was completely ignored by police, who could not believe that a woman could commit such a crime. So, what has convinced Mr. Morris that Mrs. Williams is the Ripper? The fact that three of the murder victims had their wombs removed in the grisly killings, and Mrs. Williams was unable to conceive. What? Yes, that sounds like kind of a sexist conclusion. It's not just you.

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  14. Now You Can Live in the House Where Lizzie Borden Lived After (Allegedly) Committing Murder!

    Bloody Good Fun

    Before getting all excited, no, the house for sale (pictures after the jump) is not the house where Lizzie Borden allegedly murdered her father and stepmother with a hatchet. That place, the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast and Museum, is not for sale, but you can drop by for a visit! (Don't forget your trusty ghost-detecting equipment!) On the other hand, the house that is for sale is Maplecroft, where Borden lived following the murders and the subsequent trial. So, if you're looking for a lovely Victorian home in Fall River, Massachusetts in the $650,000 range, this could be the house for you!

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  15. New Notes From the Trial of Lizzie Borden Discovered

    Bloody Good Fun

    It had seemed like a cut-and-dry case: Back in 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were found murdered in their home. A few days later, a hatchet missing its wooden handle was found and Andrew's daughter Lizzie was talking about burning the dress she wore the day of the murders because she got "paint" on it. The day before the murders, Andrew's daughter Lizzie had sought out cyanide at the pharmacy. To "clean a seal skin cloak," you see. But also, Andrew -- known as being miserly and eccentric, refusing to install indoor plumbing -- was giving Lizzie some trouble about how he was dividing up his property, namely, giving a lot of it to his second wife's family and not his own daughters. And yet, a jury could not believe that this Sunday school teacher would hack up her family with an ax, so they acquitted her in a matter of an hour. There were never any other suspects or arrests, and Lizzie became a bit of a recluse in the community until her death in 1927. This is the story we know. But now, new notes have been uncovered that once belonged to the Borden family lawyer. Was Andrew Borden really the stingy weirdo he's been made out to be all this time? And was he really giving Lizzie every reason to kill him, as the prosecutors (and history) have led the public to believe? Oh, it's all up in the air now. Let's take an ax to this old tale and see what the pieces tell us!

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  16. Jane Austen May Have Died of Arsenic Poisoning, But Was It Murder? Most Scandalous!

    Educated Guess

    Could a sentence written by Pride and Prejudice author Jane Austen have uncovered the real cause of her premature death? Crime novelist Lindsay Ashford certainly thinks so, and she's posited a new theory that Austen, who died at 41 for reasons that have never been truly determined, may have been poisoned with arsenic. She came to this conclusion after reading Austen's own writings, including one that was likely written months before her own death, and applying what she already knew about arsenic poisoning ... From her novels! From her novels.

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  17. Scientists Think That Real Krakens Made Self-Portraits With the Bones of Murdered Ichthyosaurs

    Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn

    We'll start off by saying just one thing: we're pretty sure that kraken were not creating self-portraits in shallow water during the Triassic period. Because kraken aren't actually real, and goodness knows if there were even mirrors around in prehistoric times for them to use as a reference tool. But some paleontologists are wondering exactly why a collection of icthyosaur (aka shonisaur) bones in Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park in Nevada have been arranged the way they've found them. And their theory is that a 100-foot cephalopod may have salvaged the bones after killing the dinosaurs and used them to create self-portraits. Uhhhhh, okay!

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  18. Harrison Ford Is Really Angry About The Smurfs [Video]

    Today is a Good Day For Someone Else To Die

    Harrison Ford was in a movie that came out this weekend, and that movie was not The Smurfs. So why in the name of all that's good and holy would his wife (Calista Flockhart) be taking their son to see The Smurfs? What is wrong with her? Ford recounted the tale of utter betrayal to Conan O'Brien on his show last night and displayed some seriously grizzled (aka "Ford-style") anger towards his box office rival. Okay, spoiler: Harrison Ford murdered a Smurf on Conan last night. (Uproxx)

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  19. Things We Saw Today: A Burger Joint Where People Die Every Week

    Things We Saw Today

    If we were to open a burger establishment this is what it would be called. Talk about "mystery meat." (At Nerdalicious)

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  20. “Abortion” Is Now the Second Search Result for “Murder,” Due to Apparent Googlebomb

    Googlebombing is the practice of gaming Google search results by systematically coordinating links from a number of sites to a given webpage to bump up its ranking within a given Google search, defined by the anchor text. For instance, if a lot of people put the link <a href="http://www.wafflehouse.com/">carrots</a> on their webpages (which would appear as carrots), then if they managed to slip past Google's filters to prevent such abuse, the Waffle House webpage could rank highly in a Google search for "carrots." Though people have all sorts of reasons to coordinate Googlebombs -- for business, for humor, for competition -- many in the past have been historical in nature: One of the most famous involved pushing George W. Bush's White House webpage to the #1 search spot for "miserable failure." That looks like what's going on here: If you Google "murder," the Wikipedia page for "abortion" is the #2 result. As Boing Boing puts it, "However you feel about abortion, this Wikipedia page is pretty clearly not the second-most relevant document regarding murder on the entire English-speaking World Wide Web." Google has become more zealous about this sort of thing than they were in the "miserable failure" days: Semi-relatedly, they recently announced that they were taking action against so-called content farms to improve search results. It wouldn't be a surprise if this result changed fairly quickly, but it's still surprising that a Google result that gets more than 13 million searches every month is still subject to apparent manipulation. (via Boing Boing)

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