David Playpenz was in a motorcycle accident. He showed his hurt hand to doctors a few days later when one of his fingers turned black. Doctors amputated the digit which Playpenz asked to take home. Sure! Said the doctors, who had no idea what he planned next.
A mystery man in Bradford, England, seems to have picked up the mantle of the Dark Knight. He did not reveal his true identity, but just turned over his prisoner, wrapped up business with police and disappeared into the night.
Iris Burton, in agony on a cold sidewalk with a broken hip, waited over three hours for an ambulance. When her son called after an hour of waiting, the dispatcher allegedly told him to "stop being a nuisance."
Attentive pediatric nurse Allitt murdered four and maimed another nine babies in her care before she was stopped. Sentenced to life 13 times but diagnosed with the controversial Munchausen by Proxy syndrome, Allitt was placed in a cushy mental institution for treatment, rather than a prison for punishment.
On February 20, 1949, a missing persons report set off an investigation that would ultimately lead police to the Acid Bath Murderer, a serial killer who dissolved his victims in acid and poured them down the drain.
David Smith had witnessed a murder. He told police how his sister in law, Myra Hindley, had invited him in the night before to watch while her boyfriend, Ian Brady, was openly murdering a man in the living room. After the murder the couple laughed about the look on the victim’s face, and chit-chatted over tea with Smith about other murders they had committed.
On February 12, 1993, James Bulger, 3, was abducted, tortured and killed by two 10-year-olds in a case that sparked international debate on child killers.
When Saudi prince Al Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Nasir al Saud’s male companion was found dead in their posh London hotel suite, Al Saud claimed his friend’s death was an accident. Evidence instead pointed to a Master-Slave affair characterized by extreme violence.
It did not take police long to suspect that Tony McCluskie, the brother of British soap opera star Gemma McCluskie, was involved with dismembering and beheading his sister. Friends’ and neighbors’ accounts of a troubled man with a history of domestic violence gave investigators most of the evidence they needed even before Emma’s mutilated remains were recovered.
Newscaster Laura Safe was walking and texting a friend when a surveillance camera caught her plunge into the icy waters of the canal that she failed to notice. She later joked about the incident on Twitter, "Oh dear. I should really be called Laura UNsafe after the day I’ve had! Lol. "