80 Years After Bonnie and Clyde, Audiences Still Mesmerized

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Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway play the famed outlaws in the 1967 film ‘Bonnie and Clyde.’
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They were the crime world’s Romeo and Juliet.

For 80 years, the tragic tale of the rebellious Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow has fascinated audiences. Back in the early 1900s, the star-crossed lovers raised hell in the states, murdering and robbing banks with their gang of outlaws. After becoming infamous for their deadly antics, the pair was (spoiler alert) ambushed and killed by law officers in on May 23, 1934.

But pop culture isn’t ready to let them go. For decades, the story of the young and reckless criminals has been the subject of movies, musicals, TV shows and popular songs. Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty cemented the duo’s iconic status on the silver screen, while Jay Z and Beyonce ushered the legacy into the 21st century.

Here are six pieces of pop culture that will never let Bonnie and Clyde die.

Man Accused Of Smoking Pot, Having Sex With GF After Murdering Her Daughter

Another day, another story that makes you lose all hope for humanity.

An Australian man is being accused of killing his girlfriends daughter by bashing her to death, according to reports.

John Clifford Torney,32, is pleading not guiltyto murdering Peta-Ann Francis 2-year-old daughter Nikki Francis-Coslovic.

Prosecutor Gavin Silbert told the Supreme Court trial,

She was bashed to death.

The murder reportedly happened back in August of 2015 at Francis home in Mildura, a small city in north-west Victoria.

Despite the fact that the prosecution alleges that Torneywas indeed behind the alleged murder of the 2-year-old, Torney tells police that Peta-Ann Francis was the culprit.

Torneytold police Francis killed her daughter after failing to cope with the demands of motherhood, according to DailyMail.com.

Torneys defense lawyers insisted that Francis had told big, bad lies regarding the alleged murder of her daughter.

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Gun-Toting Man Tries To Rob Store, Shopkeeper Is Like “Nope”

He called his bluff. And he succeeded.

1. On Tuesday, March 4, at 2.20am, Bendigo’s 24-hour convenience store was robbed for the fourth time this year. Or, at least, it was attempted.

2. The wannabe robber casually strolled in wearing his balaclava. Subtle.

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3. Nobody was around, so he casually examined the lolly selection. Really subtle.

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4. The shopkeeper (who must have balls of steel) appeared, and Balaclava Guy casually pulled out his plastic bag. And gun.

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5. But the Shopkeeper with Balls of Steel was basically all, “LOL, NOPE.”

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6. This was obviously not in the plan. Balaclava Guy hesitated, but decided to try again.

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7. But the Shopkeeper with Balls of Steel wasn’t having a bar of it.

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8. Balaclava Guy realised it just wasn’t going to happen. He put away his gun…

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9. And casually walked out.

 

10. And the Shopkeeper with Balls of Steel lived to fight another crime.

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11. Watch the whole thing below – all the action happens in the first minute.

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12. Anyone with information on this incident should contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Cybersex Now Illegal in the Philippines

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It’s now illegal to engage in “cybersex” in the Philippines. And that doesn’t just mean sending your sweetheart some suggestive pictures. It outlaws cam models and uploading porn, too.

As part of a sweeping, controversial new law called the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, cybersex — defined as the “lascivious exhibition of sexual organs or sexual activity, with the aid of a computer system, for favor or consideration” — is now a crime.

Anyone found guilty of such behavior faces a fine of up to $24,018, and an unspecified amount of prison time.

“It does outlaw porn online,” Raissa Robles, the South China Morning Post‘s Manila correspondent, told the Daily Dot via Twitter. “Some netizens here r [sic] concerned even sending each other explicit pics could violate law.”

Only one senator, Teofisto Guingona III, voted against the bill in January, and wrote on Facebook that the cybersex provision “legislates morality.”

The bill establishes an Office of Cybercrime with a budget of $1,200,915. Though the Cybercrime Prevention Act names a number of more conventional cyber crimes — like gaining illegal access or selling users’ passwords — as its main targets, it has also received severe criticism for extending the country’s harsh libel laws, which can lead to correctional imprisonment, to apply to anyone who uses the Internet.

The Philippines’s National Union of Journalists called the extended libel law “a threat not only against the media and other communicators but anyone in the general public who has access to a computer and the Internet.”

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When His Xbox Was Stolen, These Police Officers Did Something So Unexpected

Coming home to find that the place you find safety and solace has been broken into is bad enough, but when you also discover that someone has stolen your prized possessions, that might be even worse.

When 11-year-old Tontrevion Campbell and his mom returned to their Memphis, TN, house just a few days ago, they found that many of their valuables had been taken. The family had been at church when their home was burglarized. Among the things stolen? The young boy’s old Xbox and all his games.

While it was a hand-me-down, Campbell cherished it, as his family can’t afford many fancy things.

Officers arrived on the scene and began questioning the boy.

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They discovered that he wouldn’t be asking for another one for Christmas. He told them, “My mom works long hours and several jobs…she uses that money to just pay the bills; I am not gonna even ask.”

Knowing they had to do something to help out, officers Jerry Graves and Antonio Martin went to a GameStop between calls and bought him a brand-new gaming system and three games!

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When the store clerk learned what they were doing, the store also donated another controller to the kid.

They took the surprise gifts to Campbell’s home and asked if they were his — naturally he said no.

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When they told him they were in fact his, both Campbell and his mom broke into tears.

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We need more people like these in the world — who go out of their way to do something simple yet so heartwarming. I’m sure that Campbell won’t soon forget their incredible gesture…what a merry early Christmas!

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These Are The 25 Worst Brutal Murders In History… #23 Chills Me To The Bone.

Death is something that can’t be avoided, no matter what you do. Unfortunately, crime and murder are also unavoidable when you look at the history of the world… it’s an unfortunate and cruel reality. And sometimes those crimes are so evil, it’s hard to believe they really happened. Some of the most brutal murders are decades old, but they simply cannot be forgotten. The victims, their deaths and their murderers will never fade out of history. These are some of the worst murders that the world has ever seen.

1.) Dimebag Darrell: Musician and one of the founding members of Pantera was shot on stage while he was performing with DamagePlan in Columbus, Ohio on 12/08/2004. Gunman Nathan Gale shot him three times in the head.

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2.) Shaariibuugiin Altantuyaa: This Mongolian national went missing on October 19, 2006. Later, fragments of her remains were found near the Subang Dam in Malaysia. She was shot twice before C-4 explosives were used on her remains by two members of the Unit Tindakan Khas Police Force; Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri and Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar. Both men were sentenced to death.

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3.) Judith Eva Barsi: This 10 year-old American child actress and her mother were shot by her father, József Istvan Barsi. The 1988 murder occurred after years of suffering severe physical and mental abuse. Her dad poured gasoline on the bodies, set them on fire, and shot himself in the head.

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4.) Salmaan Taseer: Pakistani businessman and politician Salmaan Taseer was shot 27 times on January 4, 2011 by Malik Mumtaz Qadri. Salmaan opposed the blasphemy law in Pakistan. On that same year, Qadri was sentenced to death by a Pakistani Anti Terrorist Court.

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5.) Adrienne Shelley: American actress, director and screenwriter Adrienne Shelley was found dead on November 1, 2006. At first it was thought a suicide, but then it was discovered a 19 year-old Ecuadorian illegal immigrant named Diego Pillco had killed Shelley when she caught him robbing her apartment. Diego was sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole.

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6.) Matthew Shepard: On October 7, 1998, American student Matthew Shepard was the victim of a hate crime because of his sexual orientation. Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson robbed, pistol-whipped and tortured Matthew. He died shortly after the assault.

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7.) Rudolph Moshammer: One Germany’s most successful fashion designers was found dead in his mansion on January 14, 2005. An Iraqi asylum seeker named Herisch Ali Abdullah admitted to murdering Moshammer after the latter had refused to pay 2,000 euros in return of sexual favors.

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8.) Kelly Anne Bates: Kelly Anne Bates was brutally tortured and murdered by her partner Patterson Smith. Her death is described as “a catalogue of depravity by one human being upon another”. Over four weeks, Patterson inflicted numerous injuries to Kelly which included burns, beatings, stabbings, and even gouging of the eyes. Her killer was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 1997.

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9.) Sylvia Likens: Sylvia was abused and murdered by Gertrude Baniszewski. It began when Sylvia’s parents, who were carnival workers, left Sylvia and her sister Jenny in the care of the Baniszewski family in exchange for $20 a week. After one payment was late, Gertrude took it out on Sylvia with beatings, burns, confinement and a host of other abuses resulting in death.

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10.) Anita Cobby: On February 2, 1986, Australian registered nurse and beauty pageant winner Anita Cobby was abducted from a train station in Blacktown, New South Wales. She was raped repeatedly and beaten by five different men. The suspects, including three brothers, were convicted of her murder and were sentenced to life in prison.

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11.) Annie Le: On September 8, 2009, Vietnamese American Annie Le was found hanging upside down inside a building’s wall cavity in the basement of a Yale laboratory. The Yale doctoral student was killed by Raymond J. Clark, a Yale lab technician. He was arrested and found guilty to the heinous crime and was sentenced to 44 years in prison.

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12.) Carlie Jane Brucia: On 02/01/2004, Carlie was sexually assaulted and murdered by Joseph P. Smith, after kidnapping her from a car wash near her home in Sarasota, Florida. Five days after, Joseph was arrested and eventually tried for first-degree murder. He was sentenced to death by lethal injection.

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13.) Kitty Genovese: Catherine Susan Genovese was murdered near her home on March 13, 1964. Her death, one that wasn’t prevented by onlooking neighbors, prompted an investigation into the social psychological phenomenon that has become known as the bystander effect or “Genovese syndrome”. Her killer Winston Moseley was found guilty and sentenced to death on June 15, 1964 (it was later reduced to a lifetime sentence).

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14.) Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr.: He was the son of famous aviator Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The 20 month-old toddler who was abducted from his family home in New Jersey on the evening of March 1, 1932. After two months, his body was found near Hopewell Township and his skull was seriously fractured, the most likely cause of death. Bruno Richard Hauptmann was charged with the senseless murder and following a two-year trial was sentenced to death by electric chair.

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15.) Martha Moxley: In 1975, Martha Moxley was murdered by 15 year-old Michael Skakel. Her body was found under a tree in her back yard with her jeans and underwear pulled down, but there was no apparent evidence of sexual assault. She was beaten so badly, the murder weapon (a golf club) was shattered. Michael was sentenced 20 years to life in prison in 2002, but was later granted a new trial by a Connecticut Judge and was released after paying $1.2 million bail.

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16.) Sandra Cantu: 8 year-old Sandra Catu went missing on March 27, 2009. Several days later, her body was found inside a suitcase in a nearby irrigation pond. Melissa Huckaby, her murderer, was charged murder and rape which she plead guilty to in order to avoid the death penalty.

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17.) William Desmond Taylor: This popular Irish-born American actor and director was found dead with a shot in the back of his head inside his bungalow at the Alvarado Court Apartments in Los Angeles.

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18.) Andrew Jackson Bordern: This man was hit 11 times with a hatchet by his own daughter, Lizzie Borden. Her mother and his wife, Abby Borden, was killed as well. Her skull was crushed with 19 blows. Lizzie was arrested on August 11, 1892 and was indicted on December 2.

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19.) Sharon Tate: American actress Sharon Tate was murdered on August 1969 by members of the Charles Manson’s family. Her body and the bodies of her friends were found in the living room of her home with a long rope tied around her neck and multiple stab wounds.

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20.) Airey Neave: This British army officer and politician was killed on March 30, 1979 after a car bomb exploded in his car while he was in it. The Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) took responsibility for the crime.

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21.) James Bugler: Three year-old James Bulger was abducted, tortured and murdered by two ten year-olds, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables. The two young murderers were charged on February 20, 1993 and found guilty on November 24, 1993 making them the youngest convicted murderers in modern English history.

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22.) Lesley Whittle: She was murdered on January 1975 after being kidnapped from her home by Donald Neilson. He had committed over 400 burglaries and three fatal shootings. Donald kept Lesley, naked and hooded, in a reservoir drainage shaft and tethered her there by a wire noose. He was later convicted and was sentenced to life in prison.

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23.) Elizabeth Short: Elizabeth was the victim of one of the most gruesome murders in history, popularly known as the Black Dahlia murder. On January 15, 1947, she was found mutilated in various ways and sliced in half at the waist. Her death is one of the oldest unsolved murder cases in the history of Los Angeles.

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24.) Jason Allen and Lindsay Cutshall: These Christian camp counselors were shot in the head with a .45-caliber Marlin rifle while camping on Fishhead Beach, California. Authorities believe that this brutal double-murder took place on the night of August 14, 2004 or in the early morning hours of August 15, 2004.

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25.) Marilyn Reese Sheppard: In 1970, this Cleveland woman was brutally murdered in her own home. She was savagely and horrifically assaulted. Her husband; Dr. Sam Sheppard, was immediately accused and sentenced to life imprisonment but was later acquitted.

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4 Reasons Why Black-On-Black Crime Does Not Merit Police Brutality

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In recent months, several tragic instances of police practicing excessive (sometimes fatal) force against black men and women awakened a nationwide discussion about police brutality and how the justice system impacts the black community.

This discussion has made many people angry and defensive, and those emotions have led to some virulent responses and justifications.

Of all the empathy-void rebuttals to higher rates of police brutality against black men and women I’ve seen, “Oh, yeah? Well, what about black-on-black crime?” is perhaps the most egregious.

I have a few ideas regarding why people who can’t or don’t want to understand the plight of communities concerned by recent events use this defense.

But, below are my thoughts on why citing black-on-black crime is not an acceptable counterargument for police brutality:

Black-on-black crime and police brutality against black people are not mutually exclusive.

It is entirely reasonable to care about black-on-black crime and talk about how police brutality and the black community are related. It’s similar to how you can be a fan of waffles and still want pizza for dinner.

Black-on-black crime and police brutality are two entirely different conversations that don’t need to happen at the same time.


It’s a practice in the politics of changing the subject.

Ta-Nehisi Coates writes often about the politics of changing the subject that is very much worth regarding.

Simply put, the black-on-black crime defense — akin to the “don’t wear seductive clothing” defense and the “don’t dress like a thug” defense — is a form of respectability politics that irrationally turns the blame for the death and mistreatment of black men and women to the hands of the law back onto the community.

At its most general, it transforms a necessary conversation about race and justice into a condescending, often blithering discourse on the state of the black community.

This is a problem for many reasons, essentially that it’s a scapegoat that prevents us from taking part in the tough, but restorative, conversations about race in which America has needed to engage since the Civil War.


It’s a false equivalency.

As this interview with David Rudovsky explains, an inherent conflict of interest arises when an officer takes a life while on duty, immediately disqualifying the notion that police brutality can even be considered in the same league as any level of citizen crime, black-on-black crime in particular.

Police are defenders of the people, so when an officer is responsible for the death of any civilian, several cogs move into place to assure that trust is maintained between law enforcement and the community.

This phenomenon is the reason why we know how many officers were killed in the line of duty this year, but have no accurate measurement of how many civilians were killed at the hands of police.

And, begrudgingly, I understand the intent behind it. It isn’t so much shadiness as it is a means of securing trust, and therefore, peace, in a society.

But, at the end of the day, that doesn’t make it right, and it means that black-on-black crime and police brutality against black people, by their very definitions, are an equivalency that has no merit.

Put succinctly, black people who kill black people go to jail. Policemen who kill people often do not.


It implicitly suggests that black people are not a part of the State.

In perhaps the most atrocious attempt to relate black-on-black crime to police brutality of the year, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani made some disparaging comments about the state of the black community in an interview with Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson.

Chief among them was this thoughtless epitaph,

White police officers wouldn’t be (in your community) if you weren’t killing each other.

Of the several things wrong with this comment, the most concerning is its implication. We know police officers are meant to serve and protect all citizens.

But, when Giuliani asks Dyson what he is doing to heal his community, he proposes two dangerous and incorrect assumptions that many who conjure up the black-on-black crime defense similarly imply: 1) Crime, as it occurs in black communities, is at the fault of the community rather than at the fault of the individual, and 2) black communities can do more to stop crime than they currently are, and for some reason, choose not to.

In the same way that crime in any other form of community is born, crime that involves members of the black community is the product of an individual’s thoughts and desires. It’s for this reason that Giuliani’s assertion is so absurd.

There is no superhuman connectivity between black people or paranormal mental Facebook that black people can log onto that allows us to control how often other black people commit crimes.

And, it’s not like black communities like crime or aren’t working hard to stop it. We can only expect communities to do what they’ve already been doing.

It is not solely the black community’s responsibility to control crime among its people, just like it is not solely any other community’s responsibility because there is nothing that makes the black community different.

Remember the police? It’s their responsibility.

And, consequently, it is their policies and procedures that have to be the first called to question when a black community member is jailed, sentenced and killed at exponentially higher rates than any other community in the nation.

Talking about race is not easy. If it were, the discussions about race, justice and law enforcement would have happened after Emmett Till, not at the end of 2014.

If we’re going to get to the bottom of what it means to talk about and eventually resolve these issues, we have to be honest with ourselves about what a proper conversation looks like.

It’s time to stop pretending that black-on-black crime has a place in the conversation.


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A City In West Virginia Sufferered 27 Heroin Overdoses In Just Four Hours

Something strange is going on in one particular West Virginia city.

According to CNN, 27 heroin overdoses were reported in Huntington, West Virginia in just four hours on Monday.

The overdoses, which included one death, are raising concerns that the drug may have been laced. Otherwise, there’s really no explanation as to why this particular drug led to a “mass casualty event.”

In an interview with CNN, Cabell County EMS Director Gordon Merry explained,

We had tied up seven ambulances within minutes due to overdose calls and still needed more, which we had to get from other parts of the county. It was basically like a mass casualty event.

Scary, isn’t it? So, what was inside the drugs found in each victim’s body?

Huntington Chief of Police Joe Ciccarelli revealed,

The state medical examiner will conduct a toxicology analysis to determine what was in the drug, but that will not come back for about 10 weeks. We did not seize any heroin from the other overdose victims, so we can’t analyze theirs.

The city of Huntington, which is home to a population of about 50,000 people, typically experiences anywhere from 18 to 20 overdoses on a weekly basis. This is why 27overdoses in one day is understandably alarming.

Scott Lemley, a criminal investigator with the Huntington Police, revealed,

It’s way too early to tell what the heroin in these latest cases was laced, with but I suspect it was fentanyl and maybe something else. A majority of the overdoses cases are laced with fentanyl, Xanax or something. It’s very rare to find pure heroin these days.

The report states,

Eight people were revived using naloxone, an opioid-reversing drug. Others were revived by manual resuscitation, with a bag that simulates breathing. One of the victims had to be given naloxone three times because the heroin and whatever it was laced with was so strong, according to Merry.

While awaiting the toxicology results, theCabell-Huntington Health Department has expressed that the city has been working on finding solutions to combat the ongoing drug problem in the area.

The director of the health department in Huntington,Michael Kilkenny, believes that the rise in heroin use is due to the decline in opioid use.

He said,

When I graduated from medical school in 1982, we used opioids for patients with acute pain and those close to death and dying only, not for chronic pain, because they were thought to be addictive. Then, in the 1990s, our thinking changed and we thought we were under-treating pain, so we started using more opioids.

Fast-forward to present day and opioid use has declined in certain places, which has caused an increase in heroin use to combat withdrawal from opioids.

This is terrible news, but for now, we’ll just have to wait and see what investigators come up with.

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