All posts tagged crime

“I am Paolo Di Lauro, and I am a shopkeeper.”

I’m not sure why this sort of thing is such a constant source of fascination for me, but it is: In the summer of 2005 there was such quiet on the northern front that Neapolitans assumed Di Lauro was back in charge. This was good news rather than bad. People did not know about his […]

How Christian Gerhartsreiter Became Clark Rockefeller –

Excerpted / adapted from The Man in the Rockefeller Suit A fascinating read.


But the newcomer had sucked them in by acting as if he were better than they were. “He’s…

Seen and Heard, 2008

In lieu of a numbered list, here you’ll find a bulleted list — well, several of them — covering my favorite books and movies of 2008.  And, because I’m slow, a goodly number of them will be of items released before 2008.  But that’s when I saw them.  So there.  Enjoy! In Theaters: Let The […]

Capers in Review

Who doesn’t love a good, non-violent caper?  Good fun for everyone.  Except for the people losing millions of dollars.  And innocent bystanders and what-have-you.  But it really doesn’t get better than the Snohomish Smokescreen. (via Schneier)

Righteous Kill

(2008) dir. Jon Avnet – w/ Robert De Niro and Al Pacino; also Brian Dennehy, Donnie Wahlberg, John Leguizamo, Carla Gugino, & 50 Cent. Synopsis: Two seasoned detectives stumble across the case of a “mysterious” vigilante… who only kills bad guys! Review: “Righteous Kill” has exactly one good idea.  And unfortunately, that idea is: put […]

Compelling explanations

Winnie-the-Pooh, a panther, and a mouse rob a passer-by of $160. Also questionable: the robbers were wearing their costumes on account of “they had run out of clean clothes.” (Although… probably not actually $160, as the setting of the crime in question is Tokyo.) Related: Winnie-the-Pooh, Soviet style. (via Reuters: “Winnie-the-Pooh held for robbery?” [12 […]