Notes From the California Penal League

San Quentin’s Giants

Crimes Committed in Costume

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Impressive: A 26-year-old Rochester woman dressed up as a zombie got 2 DWIs in 3 hours

Less impressive: A 37-year-old Maine woman in a Hello Kitty costume was booked on drunk driving charges after refusing a breathalyzer

A single white male was arrested after robbing a New Hampshire bank in a zebra-print dress

And while not technically in costume: A 21-year old man being arrested on marijuana possession charges told police he was Denzel Washington.

 

The Great Molly Mile

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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.

The Wheatpasting Man With a Porsche Cayenne

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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.

“But those people keep a movin’ And that’s what tortures me…”

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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.

Yung Mule

“La Carnada” is a short film about a 13-year old’s first trip across the border smuggling cocaine.

Printables

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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.

Free Market NYC >>> Black Market China

The demographics of the iPhone line have changed over the years.

 

Having that “wild ambition” of Experiencing Prison Life in North Korea

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Ambition granted, buddy

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The Rise and Fall of the Biggest Pot Dealer in New York City History by Alan Feuer

An elaborate case led to the discovery, and subsequent arrest, of Jimmy Cournoyer, a French Canadian playboy and international criminal.

Go Get’Em Boys

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REVOK, REYES and STEEL are suing Roberto Cavalli for ganking their artwork, using it for his own profit on pieces for his Just Cavalli fashion line, and then ironically going over them with his own wack tag. All the proof is in this exclusive document we’ve received, which you can view after the jump.

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Serial Killer Style

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Ed Gein’s alleged nipple belt, which was fashioned out of the flesh of corpses he dug up from the grave.

“Probably the best mug shot ever”

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The third one will be the charm though

Street Art That Kills

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‘Yarn bomber’ turned underwater activist, Olek, is wanted by Mexican environmental authorities after she crocheted over sculptures at the environmentally protected Cancun Underwater Museum, resulting in the possible deaths of marine life growing on the subaqueous works of art. While Olek explained that her stunt was performed “to bring awareness to the state of the world’s oceans and promote the preservation of #marinelife” she herself became part of the problem. As noted by the museum director “believe it or not, there is a lot of marine life growing, incrusted in the sculpture, and we gather that this has killed it.”

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Fashion Agents

Who knew the DEA could be so cool? Here’s a look though some seriously awesome Drug Enforcement Patches.

You can purchase the patches through ebay and Fred’s

Printables

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The Tragedy of Louis Scarcella by Albert Samaha

How the face of NYC’s tough-on-crime era went from Supercop to scapegoat.

There’s Truth in That App

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A Washington, D.C. news crew out on the streets reporting on a new app called SketchFactor, “a crowdsourced navigation app that shows the relative sketchiness of an area,” ironically had their van burglarized Friday night… in a sketchy neighborhood.

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“There is a new generation of Mafiosi in Palermo”

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And they definitely look and act a whole lot different than their predecessors…

“It has been a long battle but we can safely say that they are now reintegrated into elephant society and in some cases even have families of their own.”

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Four heroin addicted elephants used for smuggling drugs across the border between China and Myanmar are clean after undergoing a year-long rehab program involving megadoses of methadone. By feeding the elephants opium-laced bananas, gangsters were able to control the large pachyderms, forcing them to do anything they wished in order to get “the next fix.”

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