‘SKIN’ is a short film by Tom Gould that profiles Martyka ‘Skin Dog’ Brandt, one of the founding members of New Zealand’s most notorious gang, the Mighty Mongrel Mob.
The Pickpocket’s Tale by Joseph Goldstein
As younger thieves turn to high-tech crimes, one of New York’s old-fashioned wallet snatchers recalls his decades-long career, from behind bars.
A list of items recently liberated from their owners
A 12-pack of Pepsi and multiple packets of soup
The Nanteos Cup (allegedly the Holy Grail)
One rabbit (which was later found locked in a mailbox)
Richard Magnan, an alleged member of Chicago’s 2-6 street gang accidentally shot and killed his friend over the 4th of July weekend. Magnan, who told police he “keeps a gun to protect himself from rivals” was waving a pistol around in a Walgreens parking lot when it went off, striking his fellow gang member in the stomach. Surprisingly, this won’t be Magnan’s first trip to prison, he was previously sentenced to eight years for his connection to a 2003 murder. FTW, indeed.
As You Are Now by Nicholas Payne Santos
Maintaining order on the dangerous paths of Green Bay, Wisconsin parks with a specially designed board that “has wider trucks, bigger wheels, and red and blue LED lights.”
Here’s a detail of a bigger map featuring the LAPD’s Citywide Gang Injunctions.
A round-up of all things pot related
Speaking of “findings”: Close to an ounce of pot was found hidden under a 450 lb man’s stomach fat
Medicinally speaking, Hilary Clinton doesn’t get it yet
While Mt. Munchie Chris Christie thinks medical marijuana is “a front for legalization.” More like an open door.
but Florida kinda medically legalized it
A Weed Breathalyzer has been invented by a former B.C. Mountie… so, that’s the future.
The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule by Sam Dolnick
Is Leo Sharp a senile day-lily farmer who was taken advantage of by drug smugglers? Or did he know exactly what he was getting into?
Prisoner of Denver by Hunter S. Thompson and Mark Seal (2004)
Just 22, Lisl Auman was convicted in 1998 of the felony murder of a police ofﬁcer, a crime she didn’t commit, and is serving life in prison without parole. This summer, three years after gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson began his campaign to free Lisl, Colorado’s Supreme Court will rule on her appeal. Mark Seal joins Thompson in exposing the brutality, corruption, and arcane legal strategy which doomed an innocent young woman—and threatens every other American.
Based on the size of his genitals and the condition of his teeth, a 13-year old picked up on theft charges in Russia was ruled by a judge to be an adult and to be tried like one.
*to be read in the tune of Big Girls Don’t Cry by The Four Seasons
Fight or Flight or Whatever is the story of home break-in.
Fixed Soccer Matches Cast Shadow Over World Cup by Declan Hill and Jeré Longman
A New York Times investigation of match fixing ahead of the last World Cup gives an unusually detailed look at the ease with which professional gamblers can fix matches.
(Part two here)
Illustration by Henry Wong
This year, Italy will be adding the sales of drugs, prostitution and smuggling to their GDP calculations, “a boost for its chronically stagnant economy.”