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Suspect Arrested In Murder Of Transgender Woman India Clarke

(0) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 6:13 PM

Police in Tampa, Florida, have arrested a man they believe murdered India Clarke, whose death put her on a growing list of transgender woman killed violently in the U.S. this year.

DNA evidence linked 18-year-old Keith Lamayne Gaillard to Clarke's death, according to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office press...

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Bearded Ladies: ‘Having A Beard Means Not Living In Fear'

(6) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 2:38 PM

Beard is the new black!

Bearded ladies have been a cornerstone of sideshow and regarded with awe for centuries. But what's it like being a bearded lady today, and what does it mean to join a traveling sideshow?

It's all about having pride, according to finely coiffed legends such as Vivian Wheeler, who brought her 11 inches of facial hair onto this week's podcast.

Another guest, Little Bear the Bearded Lady, agreed.

"Women aren’t ever given the option of keeping it -- We’re given the option of how do you want it removed," said Little Bear, who spoke to us from a beard competition in Portland, Oregon. "I realized that i didn’t owe anybody my body or appearance... I owed myself happiness."

 Little Bear!

On this week's Weird News podcast -- which you can download, rate, review and subscribe to on iTunes -- whiskered women let their hair down. We also spoke to Marc Hartzman, the author of "American Sideshow" and his new book, "The Embalmed Head Of Oliver Cromwell," who reminisced about a bearded man who met his long-lost bearded mom.

(Side note: If you're in NYC on Aug. 19, head over to the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn and check out Hartzman's book launch event. This guy's a legend.)

See? Here at HuffPost Weird News, we're bringing people together, and bringing you all the stories that matter. But we couldn't do it without our beloved producer, Katelyn Bogucki, editor Jorge Corona and sound engineer Brad Shannon. We can't continue to do it without your support, so please stay tuned and give us a review,...

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Cop Fatally Shot Teen In Back, Not In Self-Defense, Family Says

(32) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 2:30 PM

Autopsy reports clearly disprove the police's claim that a South Carolina officer fatally shot 19-year-old Zachary Hammond in self-defense, Hammond's attorneys and parents say.

A Seneca police officer shot the teen twice on Sunday during an arrest for suspected drugs, 

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'Law & Order' Director Jace Alexander Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

(4) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 8:04 PM


Jason "Jace" Alexander, director of the TV series "Law & Order," was arrested on child pornography charges Wednesday, accused of possessing and disseminating videos of young girls engaging in sex acts.


Alexander, 50, of Dobbs Ferry, New York, was accused of using an Internet torrent service to send...

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CEO Pays Out $27 Million In Employee Bonuses After Selling Company

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 3:35 PM


Turkey's leading online food-ordering company recently sold, but internal morale is high.


That's because Nevzat Aydin, the CEO and co-founder of Yemeksepeti.com, paid out $27 million in company sale proceeds to 114 of his employees, according to CNN Money. That's an average bonus of $237,000,...

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Man Caught Having Sex With A Bush

(6) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 12:26 PM


This is what happens when you elect a bush. For sex.


A Connecticut man is suspected of getting freak-nasty with the foliage in his yard, according to the Connecticut Post. Wallace Berg, 81, was completely naked Monday in his Stratford yard when a neighbor witnessed him allegedly...

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Virgin Galactic Pilot Describes Free Fall After Spaceship Disintegrated

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 6:43 PM


WASHINGTON (AP) -- The pilot of a Virgin Galactic spaceship that disintegrated midflight recalls trying in vain to activate oxygen to help him breathe as he fell toward the California desert.


Federal accident investigators on Tuesday released a summary of their interview with Peter Siebold,...

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Cops Want To Know If Body Found In Suitcase Is That Of Madeleine McCann (UPDATE)

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 5:22 PM

UPDATE: July 29 -- Australian detectives have confirmed that McCann is "totally excluded as a potential victim" in this case, according to Express.

Previously: 

British police searching for Madeleine McCann have contacted Australian authorities over a body that was found in a suitcase there.

Madeleine was almost 4 years old in...

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Alabama Woman Charged With Capital Murder In 20-Year-Old Case

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 12:47 PM

An Alabama woman was charged last week in the killing and dismembering of a young man who went missing in 1995.

Birmingham police didn't even know the victim was murdered until a witness came forward six months ago, saying that...

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Decapitated Woman, Mutilated Dogs Found In Phoenix Home

(9) Comments | Posted July 25, 2015 | 6:37 PM

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Louisiana Shooter Booby-Trapped Former Home Amid Eviction

(15) Comments | Posted July 25, 2015 | 4:49 PM

In the years leading up to the theater shooting on Thursday in Louisiana, suspected shooter John "Rusty" Houser was becoming more and more erratic.

Neighbors say he went from a choir singer in the local church to an evicted tenant who trashed and booby-trapped his home in spite of the new owners, WRBL reports.

In February 2014, Norman Bone -- who already knew Houser and purchased his home after it went into foreclosure -- approached Houser to ask when he was going to leave. He says he got some colorful language and a door slammed in his face in return.

When Houser missed his eviction hearing, Bone went to the house with an officer. The cop told Bone to stand back upon realizing that the home was trashed and a gas line had been left open, with the electric fireplace still on.

There are conflicting reports about whether Houser intended to make the house blow up or catch on fire, but one thing's for certain: He wanted to send a message.

Inside, officers found that Houser had poured concrete into the drains, and cemented the fuse box shut. Everything he left in the home was smashed and on the floor, and paint was splashed on the walls. The only thing left untouched was his estranged wife's wedding dress, left on a hanger in the closet.

It was clear Houser didn't want the new tenants to live there, Bone said.

A friend of Houser told The Huffington Post that the man started to derail 10 years ago. He began to radicalize politically, became violent with his family, according to court documents, and started to build a rap sheet that included theft, domestic violence and arson.

His violent behavior culminated in the theater shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana, which left two dead and nine wounded before Houser turned the gun on himself.

The Associated Press contributed to this...

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James Holmes Juror Wears Metallica T-Shirt Depicting Electric Chair

(2) Comments | Posted July 25, 2015 | 2:46 PM

The judge in the Colorado movie massacre trial sent the jury home until Monday after a member of the panel complained early on Friday that she was suffering from a sinus infection, fever and headache and could not concentrate.

"We've all been sick before ... we can all empathize," Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour told the juror. Lawyers from both sides agreed to the pause, which Samour said could be extended until Tuesday depending on her condition. "I want her to get better," the judge said.

The panel of nine women and three men are hearing the punishment phase of the trial of gunman James Holmes, 27, who killed 12 people and wounded 70 in a July 2012 rampage at a midnight screening of a Batman film at a Denver area theater.

 

 A juror reportedly wore a shirt like this to the James Holmes trial.

Defense lawyers had been expected to ask the jurors whether they saw any media reports of Thursday night's deadly movie theater shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Almost three years to the day after Holmes went on his rampage in Aurora, a 59-year-old Alabama drifter killed two women with a handgun, then himself, police said.

On Thursday, the jurors found the prosecution had proved aggravating factors which the state argued make Holmes' crimes so heinous he deserves to be put to death.

The trial is now in the mitigation phase, with the gunman's attorneys calling witnesses including former teachers of the defendant, a high school friend, and the head counselor at a summer camp where Holmes worked.

After the jurors were sent home Friday, the defense continued to call witnesses whose testimony was recorded on video. It will be played later in open court.

If the jury decides unanimously that the mitigating factors outweigh the aggravating ones, Holmes will get an automatic life sentence. If not, they will hear victim impact testimony, then ultimately deliberate on whether he should be executed.

Separately on Friday, Samour noted an online report that an alternate juror wore a Metallica T-shirt on Thursday bearing the image of an electric chair and slogan "Ride the Lightning."

After questioning the juror, the judge said he was satisfied the juror was not trying to send a message, and just grabbed any shirt. Samour criticized the reporter.

"This had no meaning at all ... but he made a story out of it because he wanted to show he was the smartest kid in class," Samour...

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Urine-Proof Paint Returns Fire On Peeing Perps

(6) Comments | Posted July 25, 2015 | 12:35 PM

In the hot, sticky summers of many of America's cities, the smell of urine can be all too familiar.

San Francisco is peeing back at public urinators by painting its walls with UV-coated, urine-repellent paint, local TV station KPIX reports. The paint is so hydrophobic that it keeps the wall clean and sprays urine right back at offenders.

“We are piloting it to see if we can discourage people from peeing at many of our hot spots,” Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru told SFGate. “Nobody wants to smell urine. We are trying different things to try to make San Francisco smell nice and look beautiful.”

San Fran -- which CNN reports has a bad whiz kid problem -- got the idea from Germany, whose hard-partying city of Hamburg can "smell like a sewer" each morning, said Julia Staron, who organized the city's paint campaign.

San Francisco Public Works has received 375 requests to steam-clean pee-soaked walls since January, CNN reports. Public urination has been punishable by a $50 to $100 fine there since 2002, but the fine has done little to curb the problem.

Walls that pee back just might.

Crews have already painted 10 walls in San Francisco and Public Works intends to expand the program, according to KPIX.

Your move, New...

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Sandra Bland Autopsy Shows No 'Evidence Suggesting That This Is A Homicide'

(4) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 3:38 PM


Investigators say no injuries consistent with a violent homicide were found during an autopsy of Sandra Bland, who was found dead in a Texas jail.


Waller County prosecutor Warren Diepraam on Thursday discussed details of the autopsy of the 28-year-old, whom authorities say was found...

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Child Predator Still At Large Asks Boys, 'Do You Want To Be Scared?'

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 1:15 PM

A predator has been roving around Puyallup, Washington state where he's tried to lure young children into his vehicle, police say.

On July 9 and 12, a suspect offered children candy and tried to grab them, Puyallup police said...

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Transgender Woman Murdered In Family-Friendly Park In Tampa

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 11:22 AM


A transgender woman's body was found in a Tampa, Florida park on Tuesday morning, adding her name to a growing list of trans women violently killed this year nationwide.


India Clarke, 25, was found dead by a park employee at about 9 a.m. in a grassy area...

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Woman's Violent, Sexual Obsession With 11-Year-Old Started On Xbox, Police Say

(15) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 3:07 PM


For nearly two years, Jessica Carlton was obsessed.


The 44-year-old woman would sit in her Grand Rapids, Michigan home, allegedly chatting over Xbox Live with an 11-year-old boy. Between May 2013 and April 2015, Carlton shared explicit photos and videos with her victim, carved his initials into her...

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Police Chief Covered Up Rapes, Referred To Victims As 'Whores': Lawsuit

(20) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 2:18 PM


A police chief in a small island village in Ohio looked the other way when one of his officers used "roofies" to drug and rape two female cadets, then threatened the victims and covered up the crime, two federal lawsuits allege.


The alleged crimes are 12 years...

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Dog That Died Inside Hot Car Was Put There 'Deliberately,' Police Say

(46) Comments | Posted July 10, 2015 | 3:13 PM

Atlanta police need help finding the people that they said purposely left a dog in a hot car to die.

The body of Blue the pit bull was found inside an abandoned car on June 17, according to Atlanta Crime Stoppers, though Blue's owner had left for work...

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Malnourished Teen Weighing 47 Pounds Found In Cockroach-Infested Home

(104) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 4:09 PM

Police searching a home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for drugs found a 15-year-old boy weighing just 47 pounds lying on a cot and covered in cockroaches.

The child, who was reportedly suffering from a seizure when police found him, was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. His mother,...

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