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Simon McCormack
Simon McCormack is a Crime and Weird News editor for the Huffington Post. He lives in New York City.

Entries by Simon McCormack

Furniture Designed To Look And Feel Like Human Skin (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2014 | 9:23 AM

You should always love the skin you're in. And now, you can love the skin you're sitting in.

UK artist Gigi Barker has created a line of furniture made to look, feel and smell like human skin.

There is, as New York Magazine reports, "a chair...

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'The Worst Of The Worst' Aren't The Only Ones Who Get Executed (INFOGRAPHIC)

(45) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 10:53 AM

A new study suggests that the people put to death in America are hardly the worst of the worst offenders.

The study, published in Hastings Law Journal, looked at 100 executions between 2012 and 2013. Some of the most striking results are displayed in the graphic.

Story continues...

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Rachel Canning, Teen Who Sued Parents, Gets Restraining Order Against Boyfriend

(47) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 4:21 PM

A New Jersey teenager who became infamous after she sued her parents for kicking her out of their home and not paying her college tuition has filed a temporary restraining order against her boyfriend.

One reason Rachel Canning's parents banished her from their house was because she...

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Dad Jason Browning Said He Almost Killed Son's Abuser Before Son Saved Man's Life

(41) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 3:35 PM

A father said his son is the real hero after stopping him from killing his 11-year-old's alleged sexual abuser.

Jason Browning previously told police he went berserk after claiming he discovered 18-year-old Raymond Frolander in his Daytona Beach, Florida home molesting his son on Friday.

according to...

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9-Year-Old South African Boy Marries Elderly Woman

(116) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 3:33 PM

It's not legal, it's not sexual, but it is still disturbing.

A woman in her 60s, who is a mother of five, renewed her marriage vows with a 9-year-old boy in a wedding ceremony in South Africa earlier this month.

Helen Shabangu wed Sanele Masilela in a second ceremony in...

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Michigan Woman Who Shot Lover Over Bad Sex Could Be Released

(3) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 10:12 AM

A Southfield, Michigan, woman who was convicted of shooting her lover over a suspected affair could be released.

Sadie Bell, 58, admitted that she shot Edward Lee in the stomach last year because, as prosecutor Paul Walton explained, "he wasn’t producing enough ejaculate.”

Bell, who was convicted in April, has...

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Everybody Be Cool

(17) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 1:57 PM

There is incredible strife and war in many parts of the globe right now. Sadly, conflict is not confined to the human population.

Story continues after picture of dog conflict ...

Thankfully, at least in this instance, there is a mediator (the bulldog)...

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Mutated Worms Could Be Good News For Alcoholics

(7) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 11:31 AM

Those looking to cut back on boozing could worm up to the implications of this study.

Scientists at the University of Texas in Austin have mutated a group of worms so that they are unable to get drunk, no matter how much alcohol they consume.

The university explains:

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Cat Sleeps Like He's Been Shot (PHOTO)

(4) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 2:55 PM

Meow he's sleeping with the fishes.

No he's not. This cat is sleeping on a bed, but he looks like he's been shot.

Story continues after cat that hasn't been shot ...

This picture is driving Reddit...

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Matthew Burdette's Parents Take Action After Son Commits Suicide Following Bathroom Video

(195) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 10:15 AM

The parents of a 14-year-old who committed suicide claim that his school could have done more to prevent their son's death.

Matthew Burdette took his own life in November after a video showing him in a boys bathroom at University City High School in San Diego went viral,

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San Diego Carjacking Thwarted By Aggressive Bystanders

(18) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 1:45 PM

An alleged San Diego carjacker was dragged out of a vehicle and wrestled to the ground by bystanders on Sunday.

Ismael Hernandez, 21, can be seen in the video above being pulled out of a car and pummeled as a child screams from inside the vehicle.

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Une fillette de trois ans se réveille pendant ses funérailles (VIDÉO)

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 5:20 PM

C’était de joyeuses funérailles.

Une fillette de trois ans qui avait été déclarée médicalement morte s’est réveillée pendant ses funérailles à Aurora, dans la province de Zamboanga del Sur, aux Philippines, dimanche.

L’inspecteur principal de la police d’Aurora, Heidil Teelan, a confirmé l’incident au Philippine Star.

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Inmate Was Gassed To Death In Florida Prison: Lawsuit

(13) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 2:38 PM

A lawsuit filed by four prison investigators claims Florida's prison system is badly mismanaged and the results have been deadly.

From the Miami Herald:

The four filed a federal whistle-blower complaint on Monday alleging that state prisoners were beaten and tortured, that guards smuggled in drugs...
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Doctors Confirm Baby Didn't 'Wake Up' At Funeral In Philippines (UPDATE)

(33) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 10:08 AM

UPDATE: July 15 -- ABS-CBN now reports that the mother says she was misled by a 'quack doctor' that the baby was still alive after the child purportedly moved during the funeral service.

After the baby was taken out of her casket, the family brought her to...

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This Tree Looks Like It's Upside Down (PHOTO)

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 9:29 AM

What a tree-t!

Any tree can look like a regular tree, but THIS ONE looks like it's upside down!

Story continues after a tree that looks like it's upside down ...

Now, some of you may be thinking, am I still suffering from the effects...

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Mom Nicole Kelly Allegedly Suffocated Baby, Posted RIP Pic On Facebook

(422) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 10:27 AM

A Queens, New York mother is accused of smothering her 11-month-old baby because she "didn’t want him anymore."

From WABC:

Investigators say [Nicole] Kelly told them she had "reached her breaking point" and just didn't want her 11-month old boy anymore. And so, she told police, she wrapped...
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Meet The NEW 'Human Barbie' Alina Kovalevskaya (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

(50) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 2:12 PM

Old Human Barbie is soooo several months ago.

Move over Valeria Lukyanova, it's Alina Kovalevskaya's time to shine.

Although, she doesn't like sunlight so maybe she'd rather not shine.

Anyway, 21-year-old Kovalevskaya, who hails from Odessa, Ukraine where Lukyanova also lives, told Barcroft that taking on the doll's...

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Why Does This Town Have Two Grenade Launchers?

(19) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 1:26 PM

Even the current police chief has no idea why his department acquired two grenade launchers.

In a Facebook post promoting its new report on militarized police forces in the U.S., the American Civil Liberties Union mentions that the city of West Springfield, which boasts a

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Man Apparently Catches Women Stealing His Things At The Beach (VIDEO)

(57) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 11:58 AM

These women were steal clinging to their story after a man apparently caught them trying to make away with his stuff.

The footage above, captured on Friday, July 4 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida appears to show two women trying to steal the camera-holder's beach canopy and other...

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Man Drops Ring During Skydiving Marriage Proposal (VIDEO)

(3) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 12:28 PM

This was no bore-ring proposal.

Brandon Strohbehn popped the question to his girlfriend, Nicole, in an 'xtremely risky fashion by asking her while skydiving to marry him.

Strohbehn turned out to be a prankster by intentionally dropping a phony engagement ring from midair. When the skydiving lovebirds were...

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