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

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Britain's Youngest Parents Are 12 And 13 Years Old

(15) Comments | Posted April 19, 2014 | 8:33 AM

A 13-year-old and his 12-year-old girlfriend have reportedly become Britain's youngest parents.

The Sun reports that the baby, who was born last weekend, was conceived last summer when the girl was still in primary school.

The Evening Standard reports that the girl's father is very supportive...

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Cannibal Re-Arrested After Young Boy's Head Allegedly Found

(40) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 9:23 AM

A man previously arrested for digging up bodies and eating them was arrested again after authorities in Pakistan said they found the head of a young child in his home.

The BBC reports that convicted cannibal Mohammad Arif Ali was taken into custody on Monday morning after police...

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Man Gets 18 Months In Prison For Peeing On The Alamo

(33) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 3:45 PM

He will remember the Alamo for at least 18 months.

On Monday, 23-year-old Daniel Athens of El Paso, Texas was sentenced to 18 months in state prison and ordered to pay $4,000 in restitution after he admitted to criminal mischief, according to the Smoking Gun.

The sentence was...

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One Lawyer's Campaign To Improve Legal Defense For Indigent

(11) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 4:51 PM

Fifty-one years ago, the Supreme Court in Gideon v. Wainright ruled that every American accused of a crime is entitled to an attorney. But today public defenders are overworked and underpaid, often burning out and leaving the job shortly after they start, according to Jonathan Rapping,...

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Human Ken Reacts To Meeting Human Barbie

(174) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 2:39 PM

How KEN he be so dismissive?

Fresh off of GQ's alarming interview with "Human Barbie," Valeria Lukyanova, the magazine's website posted quotes from a brief interview with Human Ken, Justin Jedlica.

He met her at a photo shoot and had this to say about the

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Topless Woman Goes On Rampage In Florida McDonald's

(217) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 12:50 PM

UPDATE: The original video for this post has been removed.

Details are scarce about the video of a topless woman in a thong who went on a rampage in what is purportedly a St. Petersburg, Fla. McDonald's.

It's unclear when the security camera footage was taken, but the...

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Ethan Chaplin, Student, Says He Was Suspended For Twirling Pencil

(46) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 2:53 PM

Was it a twirling pencil or something more sinister?

That's the question that hovers over the story of Ethan Chaplin, a Vernon, N.J. seventh-grader who, last week, was told he could return to Glen Meadow Middle School only after he received a psychological evaluation.

According to News 12,...

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Are We Torturing The Mentally Ill?

(24) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 2:37 PM

Our jails and prisons are filled with mentally ill inmates and many of them are kept in solitary confinement, a form of punishment that some criminal justice experts and the United Nations describe as torture.

Tuesday, Dr. James Gilligan, clinical professor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine...

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America Is The Only Country Where A Child Can Be Sentenced To Life Behind Bars

(399) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 12:11 PM

The United States is the only country in the world that sentences juveniles -- individuals younger than 18 years old -- to life in prison without parole. On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union and Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute argued in front of the

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Family Says Cop Shot Beloved Dog, Called It 'Awesome'

(164) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 1:13 PM

An Oklahoma cop is accused of fatally shooting a dog in the neck and bragging about it.

KOKH reports that last week Ardmore police were called to a neighborhood after a pit bull, kept in a family's back yard, had escaped.

According to a police report obtained by...

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Woman Claims She Was Told She's Too Fit For Planet Fitness

(72) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 5:21 PM

A woman says she was told her "toned body" was too "intimidating" for other gym members to handle, but the gym in question contends that's not exactly true.

Tiffany Austin told KTVU that she was working out at a Planet Fitness Gym in Richmond, Calif. on Monday when...

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Prof. Carl Hart Says Heroin 'Public Health Crisis' Is A Myth

(85) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 9:28 AM

On Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder promised to fight the growing number of heroin users -- a problem he called an "urgent public health crisis."

"Addiction to heroin and other opiates -– including certain prescription painkillers -- is impacting the lives of Americans in every state, in every...

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The Key To Cracking Cold Cases (And It's Not DNA)

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Though DNA evidence gets all the glamor in TV crime shows, it is new eyewitnesses who more often help solve cold cases, a study finds.

National Geographic reports that research published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences indicates that a big chunk of cold cases were...

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Walmart Linked To Higher Crime Rates: Study

(503) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 2:01 PM

"Always low prices" goes hand in hand with almost-always higher crime rates, at least according to a recent study published in The British Journal of Criminology.

Lead author Scott Wolfe, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of South Carolina, looked at counties...

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Elizabeth Starr Opens Up On 'Trisha Goddard Show'

(51) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 10:45 AM

A porn star who says her huge breasts could kill her also contends she fields questions from people all the time who say they envy her ticking time bombs.

"I get multiple inquiries yearly from other women in the industry and outside," Elizabeth Starr said on a new episode of...

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'Debtors' Prisons' Struck Down By Ohio Supreme Court

(25) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 12:35 PM

Ohio's highest court took steps to make sure no one sentenced in state cases gets put behind bars simply because they are too poor.

The state's supreme court announced it would hand out "bench cards" to all the state's judges with different alternatives to jail for convicts unable to pay...

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Teacher's Aide Kaitlin Pearson Reinstated After Racy Photos Got Her Suspended (PHOTO)

(40) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 8:59 AM

Half-nude photos won't keep her out of the classroom.

The Sentinel and Enterprise reports that Fitchburg, Mass. elementary school teacher's aide Kaitlin Pearson has been reinstated after a brief suspension.

Pearson was put on paid leave Jan. 17, after an anonymous envelope stuffed with racy pictures...

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Prison Staff Not Held Accountable For Sexual Abuse Of Inmates: Report

(113) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 3:54 PM

Nearly half of prison staff who sexually abused inmates faced no legal consequences, according to a new federal report.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics report released this week looked at data from 2009 to 2011 in federal and state prisons, local jails, and other adult facilities.

The report...

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Trooper Ricky Vitte Jr. Won't Face Prosecution After Alleged Sexual Encounter With Child

(35) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 1:40 PM

An Ohio State Trooper won't be arrested or lose his job despite allegedly admitting to watching pornography and masturbating with a boy on two occasions.

The wife of Trooper Ricky Vitte, Jr. told police that her husband told her the sex acts with the pre-teen boy took...

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Daniel Villegas Exonerated: Man Convicted Of Murder 20 Years Ago

(29) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 2:10 PM

Twenty years after what he and his supporters say was a false confession, Daniel Villegas is free.

"I never thought this day would come. Thank God," Villegas said after being released on Tuesday, according to the El Paso Times.

The paper has more on how Villegas was put...

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