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Case Closed | Injustice

When Cultures Clashing Leads To Murder.

Brian Deneke. Public Domain

Ignorance is a blunt weapon forged by fear and brandished by hate. Where panic reigns and knowledge fails, injustice could prevail.

When a feud between a local punk community and a group of their city’s teen jocks spirals into a murder in 1997, it typifies what happens when a cultural attitude softens justice’s reach.

Brian Theodore Deneke was born on March 9, 1978, in Wichita, Kansas. The second child to father Mike, and mother Betty, and the little brother to Jason.

When he was around four, Brian and his family resettled in the southwest city of Amarillo, Texas, in the…

Nordic Crimes | Homicides

The Case of Reijo Hammar

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After docking in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1986, a cleaner enters a cabin aboard the MS Viking Sally to prepare the room for the following passengers. As they enter, they stumble across the body of a businessman in what would be the first significant tragedy to occur onboard the ship.

The Ship

The MS Viking Sally, as she was initially known, was a cruise ship built back in 1979 at the German shipyard Meyer Werft in Papenburg and delivered to a Swedish shipping company, Rederi AB Slite. For the time, the red-and-white-painted MS Viking Sally had just about all the modern conveniences one…

Murder | Robbery | Unsolved Mysteries

In 1991, a faceless robber killed four unarmed guards and stole nearly $200,000 before evading justice.

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On Sunday, June 16, 1991, at approximately 5:04 a.m. at the United Bank Tower located at 17th Avenue and Lincoln Street in Denver, Colorado, an alarm went off in a basement storage room. Records of the incident after the fact showed that a guard had turned it off, taking no further action. It is unknown if this event had anything to do with the robbery/murders that would follow.

Hours later, at 9:14 a.m., a man identifying himself as the bank’s vice president, Bob Bardwell, gained entry through a side freight elevator, after requesting it. To do so, he used a…

Case Closed | Killer Kids

The case of a Washington teenager killed by his pre-teen “pals.”

Craig Sorger. Public Domain.

“With friends like these, who needs enemies?”

Indeed, sometimes in life, the people we consider our best buddies could wind up being our worst enemies.

That’s one harsh lesson the family of a Washington teenager tragically and needlessly found out the hard way nearly two decades ago.

Craig Sorger was born on February 10, 1990, in Everett, Washington, and grew up in Ephrata, Grant County, Washington, a small town of around 6,000 people, with his mother, Lisa, his father, Chuck, and his younger brother, Keith. Although he was “mildly autistic” and a special education student, he lived a very average…

Paranormal Puzzles | Train Wrecks

After disaster struck, one victim’s family receive multiple phone calls over several hours.

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More than 12 years ago, a horrific accident happened in which two trains collided and would claim many lives and leave many more injured. However, it’s what happened to the family of one of the victims during the immediate recovery process that to this day defies all logic.

On September 12, 2008, disaster struck at 4:22 p.m. in California’s San Fernando Valley. A Metrolink commuter train carrying 225 riders collides head-on at a combined speed of 83 mph with a Union Pacific freight train with a crew of three. The collision, now known as the Chatsworth collision, occurred at a…

Every time I think of this tragic case, I'm reminded of when that creepy, cryptically bizarre Wikipedia edit was made to Chris' Wikipedia page, announcing Nancy's death 14 hours before the family was even discovered.

Escaped Animals | Weird History

How an escaped lion led to the public of Birmingham being fooled in 1889.

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So, first off, what precisely is a menagerie? Think of it as a less health-conscious, safety-minded predecessor to zoos before zoos took over as a place for the general public to catch glimpses of exotic animals they would otherwise likely never see.

By the 19th century, zoos were already becoming a thing though still viewed as too socially exclusive and inaccessible, so traveling menageries continued to be favored over them by the general public. Despite their popularity, however, these traveling collections were not without their hazards. Health was not a top priority, and neither were precautions in safety (i.e., …

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