Crime New York 

Pulitzer-winning article on botched rape case is now a must-read book

Devoted “This American Life” listeners will recognize the story: Marie, an 18-year old in Lynnwood, Wash., claimed that a stranger broke into her house, tied her up with shoelaces, took pictures and raped her. Cops doubted the story. A complete stranger? Shoelaces? Marie didn’t help convince them. She didn’t cry, seemed to dodge questions and wasn’t deemed a reliable narrator given her rocky childhood in 20 foster homes, where she also claimed to be a victim of molestation. Her

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The Post’s decade-long crusade for getting tough on guns

The front-page Post editorial got a lot of notice . . . and led to passage of a tough new gun law. No, we’re not talking about Friday’s editorial calling on President Trump to act in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., school massacre — but about our Feb. 13, 1980, Page One column, “Enough is enough.” The Post has spent four decades pushing to rid our streets of danger. Yes, we’ve long been dubious of those who would basically repeal the Second Amendment, in hopes that some

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Pair accused of starving kids until they ate paint off walls

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania couple has pleaded guilty in a case in which prosecutors say three children were so starved for food they peeled paint off the walls to survive. Joshua and Brandi Weyant pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of aggravated assault, conspiracy, false imprisonment, unlawful restraining and child endangerment. Police, acting on anonymous tip, discovered the three children, a 6-year-old boy and two girls, ages 4 and 5, locked inside a room at the couple’s

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Shoplifting suspect hurled poop at officer to evade arrest: cops

A quick-thinking shoplifting suspect in Indianapolis apparently gave a crap about her freedom, using her own poop to evade arrest at a hardware store, police said. A loss-prevention officer at a Menards on 42nd Street told a responding police officer on Tuesday afternoon that he saw a woman remove a video camera from its packaging and then slip the item into her bag, the Indianapolis Star reports. The store employee told officers that he tried to stop the woman from exiting the store, but

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Man accused of trying to kill elderly roommate over utility bill

An Oregon man upset over steep utility bills allegedly tried to kill his roommate with plastic wrap – an attack the elderly victim survived by playing dead and using her Life Alert system to call for help, court documents show. Leo Joseph Miller, 71, was indicted this week for the Feb. 4 attack on Charlotte Simons, 74, whose apartment he moved into last year after she placed an advertisement on Craigslist in search of a roommate, court documents obtained by The Oregonian show. Miller

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Crime New York 

Chicago jail inmates applaud suspected cop-killer

Several inmates applauded a suspected cop-killer as he was escorted from his first court hearing in Chicago – and jail officials now want the “despicable” behavior to be considered by prosecutors during their potential sentencing. A video provided to the Chicago Tribune by the Cook County sheriff’s office shows a handful of the 25 inmates in a Cook County Jail holding cell who were waiting to see a judge start clapping their hands as guards escort suspected cop-killer Shomari

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Congressional candidate busted for theft says she’s on a ‘fixed income’

The Wisconsin congressional candidate who sold a ring she stole from a Manhattan jewelry store admitted to the ripoff — but claims she is on a “fixed income” and the whole thing is a misunderstanding. Juliet Germanotta, 36, who posted $2,500 bail and is taking an Amtrak to her home state, told The Post at Penn Station she was barely able to spring herself from jail. “My credit card’s basically maxed,” she moaned on Thursday before catching her 3 p.m.

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Beer-guzzling creep grabbed woman’s butt on street: cops

This creep’s early morning buzz may get him busted. A Brooklyn woman chased down and photographed this beer-swiller after he slapped and grabbed her buttocks as she was crossing the street, police said on Thursday. The 25-year-old woman was crossing 86th Street and Gatling Place in Bay Ridge on Nov. 5 at 9 a.m. when the stranger passed her, smacked her butt and squeezed it — all while holding a can of Budweiser in his other hand. She followed after the man and began

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Swindler busted for stealing $30K wedding ring

A swindler who stole a Manhattan actress’ $30,000 wedding ring and other jewels after going home with the woman’s husband was busted for the crime nearly seven months later, police said. Alma Fooks, 40, met Jean Pierre Henderson, 37, at East 51st Street and Beekman Place last July 19 and accompanied him back to his nearby apartment, cops said. When Fooks left about an hour later around midnight, Henderson noticed the missing jewelry, a police source said at the time. Not

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Mom driving with baby arrested for DUI and peeing on a cop

A Florida mom suspected of driving drunk with a baby in the back seat was also accused of urinating on an officer during her arrest. Nichole Nespolini, 40, of Melbourne, was arrested Monday after rear-ending another car at an intersection in Melbourne, where Nespolini then pleaded with the motorist not to notify police, Florida Today reported. When cops arrived on the scene, Nespolini walked into traffic and began pushing an officer in the chest and stood on her toes at one point to yell

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