Even if you haven’t broken a law, it’s 100% legal for police to seize your property. It’s called civil asset forfeiture, and police have abused it for years. Following confiscation, cops partner with the feds and put the goods up at auction, bringing bonus money back into their departments. Taking advantage of the virtual goldmine that awaits them in public, some police have gone as far as waiting outside a bar hoping that a patron would come out a little drunk so that they could seize his Mercedes.
NCIS: Provence: The Van Gogh Mystery by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith
For many decades, suicide was the unquestioned final chapter of Vincent van Gogh’s legend. But in their 2011 book, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith offered a far more plausible scenario—that Van Gogh was killed—only to find themselves under attack. Now, with the help of a leading forensic expert, the authors take their case a step further.
“They told me that I was getting a ticket for not stopping for a duck… But it scared me. I’m a woman. This huge duck scared me.”
Police in Ft. Lee, New Jersey dressed one of their own up in a Donald Duck costume for a decoy program to catch drivers who don’t yield to pedestrians. Needless to say, it confused a lot of motorists who might have been under the assumption that the mascot was just trying to hitch a ride into the city to harass some tourists in Time Square.
The Man Who Got America High by Jeff Maysh
He chartered the Rolling Stones and Grateful Dead in private jets, while smuggling planeloads of Pablo Escobar’s drugs on the side. After disappearing for decades, Alfred Dellentash Jr. finally shares his unbelievable life story—for the very first time.
Or as Phil Rudd—AC/DC’s drummer and the man most recently charged with “drug possession and trying to hire a hitman to kill two people”—learned, you never want your “dirty deeds, done dirt cheap.”
The 50th Anniversary of New York’s Most Sensational Jewel Heist by Meryl Gordon
Jack Murphy, a.k.a., “Murf the Surf,” and Allan Kuhn speak on their involvement in stealing priceless gems from the American Museum of Natural History—and the roles John D. MacArthur, Eva Gabor, and Nora Ephron had in getting them back.
Why would someone steal the world’s rarest water lily? by Sam Knight
In January, an endangered plant was taken from Kew Gardens – only a few years after scientists saved it from extinction. Sam Knight investigates what happens when plant obsession turns criminal.
Maya Angelou’s stepfather was well-versed in racketeering and had his friend’s teach her all they knew about the art of the con.
San Quentin’s Giants
And while not technically in costume: A 21-year old man being arrested on marijuana possession charges told police he was Denzel Washington.
After noticing that police spotted him curiously “digging around flower pots” along the route for Chicago Marathon, 29-year old real estate agent Bryan Duffy took off into the race and joined marathoners until he was eventually tackled by Chicago PD. His pockets contained an altoids tin with ten capsules of molly, and $541 in cash.
After going All City again, COST got busted the other night on the westside. And as evidenced by their freaking press release and terrible clothing, the NYPD couldn’t be prouder.
With an overpass designed to look like Folsom Prison’s east gate guard towers, the newly-opened $3.8 million Johnny Cash Trail will take pedestrians and bicyclists on a continuous 2.5 mile journey outside the prison walls and across its grounds—from Folsom’s City Hall to the town’s large lake, north of the prison.
“La Carnada” is a short film about a 13-year old’s first trip across the border smuggling cocaine.
The Art Forger Who Became a National Hero by Zachary Crockett
How one of the biggest fraudsters of 20th century art made millions, conned a Nazi, and emerged a national hero.
The demographics of the iPhone line have changed over the years.
Ambition granted, buddy
An elaborate case led to the discovery, and subsequent arrest, of Jimmy Cournoyer, a French Canadian playboy and international criminal.