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Bandits Attack Village, Villagers Set Bandits on Fire

In 2009, twenty bandits in India experienced a catastrophic victim selection failure when villagers fought back and slaughtered them: About 20 robbers raided a remote village in Jharkhand state late on Wednesday, but they were surrounded by hundreds of villagers, who began chasing them, police said. “Four were beaten to death, while eight took shelter in a [...]

Criminal Mastermind Tries to Carjack US Marshals

A carjacker in Shreveport, Louisiana experienced a major failure in the victim selection process when he tried to take a car that was stopped at a red light. Inside were three US Marshals: Authorities say when Carter realized he had just tried to carjack three officers, he started running, but was caught a short time later. He [...]

He Wanted to Better Understand Hanging, So He Hanged Himself 12 Times

Gallows image via Shutterstock Hanging is a pretty simple way to kill someone. All you really need is a length of rope, someone who can tie a decent knot, and something from which to hang the victim. If you’re having a fancier execution, you can dress things up with gallows and use the victim’s height and [...]

Neanderthals a victim of their own success ?

Neanderthals may have been more of a victim of their own adaptability than to competition from humans. Researchers at the Arizona State University and…

Brain-eating amoeba claims second victim

A deadly parasite has been generating great concern as it claims a second victim this month. The brain-eating amoeba can be picked up from stagnant wa…

Tiny village is latest victim of mystery hum

A small village in England is the latest to become victim to a strange unexplained humming noise. Residents have complained about a low humming sound …

It’s a Marten, Not a Weasel

This distinction is critical, as one crime victim in the state of Washington recently learned: Police say a man was carrying a dead weasel when he burst into a Hoquiam apartment and assaulted a man. The victim asked, “Why are you carrying a weasel?” Police said the attacker said, “It’s not a weasel, it’s a marten,” then [...]

A Quest to Find Real-Life Zombies

Zombies, as you may or may not be aware, don’t exist only in the realm of fiction. The term comes from Haiti, where a rare-but-real tradition exists of people being drugged into a state so like death as to fool Western doctors. They are given funerals and mourned and buried. Then the offending sorcerer unburies [...]

9 of the Undead from Around the World

Many cultures have tales of the undead, zombies, vampires, and other creatures who rise from the grave to cause mischief among the living. Many will drink your blood or eat your flesh. We looked at eight of these monsters in a previous post; here are nine more to feed your nightmares. 1. Pontianak (Indonesia) The pontianak is [...]

World First Full Face Transplant Man

Oscar Gun accident victim shows off world’s first full facial transplantThe first man ever to have a full face transplant appeared in public yesterday.As he returned home from hospital four months after his ground-breaking surgery, the 31-year-old bravely showed his new face to photographers.The Spanish farmer, known only as Oscar, had been horribly disfigured five [...]