1. Weird

    Witness in Murder Trial Posts Craigslist “Missed Connection” To Find Juror

    Sometimes people find love in unexpected places -- like a heinous murder trial. At least, some people do. A witness in the trial of Amanda Hein, who was convicted of murdering her child, tried to make the best out of a bad situation and posted a Craigslist Missed Connection to find a juror who was smiling at him.

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  2. Gaming

    No, Pat Robertson, Killing Someone in a Video Game Isn’t a Sin

    In the latest round of "Person Says Dumb Thing About Video Games," Pat Robertson claimed that committing a sin like murder in a game is analogous to committing one in real life. He also admitted to never having played a video game, so he's clearly the foremost authority on video game ethics.

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  3. Weird

    Woman Freaks Out, Kills Boyfriend With Shoe

    I think it's clear what the real mystery is here: What brand were these shoes, and where I can buy them? Just in case. You know. The world is full of crazy people. Case in point: Ana Trujillo killed her boyfriend with her stiletto.

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  4. Science

    Bad News, Murderers! Geophysicists Are Using Science to Find Your Bodies

    If you're a murderer who's banking on no one ever finding the bodies you've hidden, you might have cause for concern. A team of researchers are working to refine geophysical techniques used to find bodies in unmarked graves. They basically want real life to be more like CSI. And while we're on the topic, if you're a murderer -- maybe just don't be a murderer anymore?

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  5. Weird

    Woman’s Recent Death Ruled a Homicide Because of a Bullet Wound in 1982

    You know how sometimes in movies and television shows when cops interrogate someone who just shot a person that is now in the hospital, and to get the perp to cooperate they yell, "You better hope that guy you shot makes it, or you're going down for murder!" It turns out that even if the victim "makes it" for the next thirty years, but then dies of complications from the shooting, you're still going down for murder. That's exactly just happened in the case of 65-year-old Linda Knauss who died last week from a gunshot wound she sustained thirty years ago. Her death was just ruled a homicide.

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  6. Science

    Furry Little Death Mills: Domestic Cats Kill up to 24 Billion Small Animals a Year

    Now that we live in a society whose cultural output is dominated by videos of kittens, people's gut reaction to cats is largely "Aaaawwwww." That makes it easy to forget that every cat on Earth is a nearly perfect machine built for the sole purpose of murdering small animals. Every now and again, we get a reminder of the fact, and the latest one is an estimate published in the journal Nature Communications this week suggesting that domestic cats in the United States are responsible for the deaths of 3.7 billion birds and  more than 20 billion small mammals every year. Doing that math, it appears that literally every second your beloved pet is not in you lap, it is snuffing out tiny lives with mind-boggling efficiency.

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  7. Weird

    Man Stabs Cousin to Death With Scissors Over Broken Marvel Glass, Alcohol Unsurprisingly Involved

    As it happens, collectors take whatever doodads they've decided to squirrel away rather seriously. These habits range in description from idle passion to dangerous obsession. Granted, Beanie Babies don't often cause fistfights these days, but that doesn't mean they couldn't. Things get even more serious if these collectibles happen to be fragile. A fight this past Wednesday took a dark turn when a man allegedly stabbed his cousin to death with scissors following the destruction of one of his Marvel Comics glasses. The two were, of course, drinking at the time.

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  8. Tech

    Jurors’ Facebook Friendship Casts Doubt on Murder Trial Decision

    Exactly how strong is the bond between Facebook friends? The Kentucky Supreme Court thinks it might be enough to throw out the decision of a murder trial. Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Mary Noble ordered a hearing for two jurors who helped rule against 28 year-old Ross Brandon Sluss, who was sentenced to serve life in prison on charges of murder, assault, and evidence tampering, after finding that they had a previously-established Facebook friendship with the victim's mother.

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  9. Tech

    The Kitty Cam Will Expose Your Cat As a Cold-Blooded Murderer

    You know everything there is to know about Mr. Minxie-Bums, right? You know just the way he likes his belly rubbed, you know exactly when he wants his supper, and you know at what time he likes to go outside every night, but do you know what he does when he's out where the streetlights replace the sun and the rules don't mean a thing? A study conducted by students and researchers from the University of Georgia are catching a glimpse of the secret lives of outdoor cats with their Kitty Cams. The unobtrusive video cameras where attached to 60 urban free-roaming cats whose owners volunteered them for this project. Make the jump to watch a short video from USA Today and learn about the atrocities your precious Mr. Minxie-Bums is committing in your very own neighborhood!

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  10. Science

    This Creepy Animation Will Make You Reconsider Cloning [Video]

    This rather lovely albeit suspenseful short animated film -- simply titled MURDER -- from Yang Tzu Ting is really something else. After a scientist's twin brother is murdered, he attempts to use the cloning machine the two of them created to reproduce his brother. After all, twins are basically clones, right? Surely nothing could go wrong as evidenced by the dark and stormy night all of this seems to happen on. Only good and awesome things happen in gloomy laboratories.

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  11. Tech

    “Abortion” Is Now the Second Search Result for “Murder,” Due to Apparent Googlebomb

    Googlebombing is the practice of gaming Google search results by systematically coordinating links from a number of sites to a given webpage to bump up its ranking within a given Google search, defined by the anchor text. For instance, if a lot of people put the link <a href="">carrots</a> on their webpages (which would appear as carrots), then if they managed to slip past Google's filters to prevent such abuse, the Waffle House webpage could rank highly in a Google search for "carrots." Though people have all sorts of reasons to coordinate Googlebombs -- for business, for humor, for competition -- many in the past have been historical in nature: One of the most famous involved pushing George W. Bush's White House webpage to the #1 search spot for "miserable failure." That looks like what's going on here: If you Google "murder," the Wikipedia page for "abortion" is the #2 result. As Boing Boing puts it, "However you feel about abortion, this Wikipedia page is pretty clearly not the second-most relevant document regarding murder on the entire English-speaking World Wide Web." Google has become more zealous about this sort of thing than they were in the "miserable failure" days: Semi-relatedly, they recently announced that they were taking action against so-called content farms to improve search results. It wouldn't be a surprise if this result changed fairly quickly, but it's still surprising that a Google result that gets more than 13 million searches every month is still subject to apparent manipulation. (via Boing Boing)

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