Not For Tourists

fear-city

Welcome To Fear City, a mid-’70s “Survival Guide for Visitors to the City of New York”

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Inside the Vandal Squad circa 1984

A clip from the BBC documentary Beat This!: A Hip-Hop History, directed by Dick Fontaine.

 

 

The Dark Side of Magic

hypnotist-thief

CCTV Footage from last month of a Hypnotist thief who put a shopkeeper in a trance before making off with hundreds of £££’s.

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“I’ll give you a chance to be creative”

nike-bail

The exact phrase you want to hear from a judge when you have no money for bail, but you just got a new pair of Nikes for christmas.

A World of Beef

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Jamel Shabazz reflects on the last moments of innocence in 1980’s Brooklyn and young brothers lost.

Terrible…

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

You Get What You Pay For

dirty-deeds-murder-plot

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.”

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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.

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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.

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