Tuesday, February 4, 2014

True Crime Tuesday for February 4, 2014

Yet Another State Crime Lab Falls Under Scrutiny For Evidence Tampering

In a pattern that has become all too familiar, another state crime lab, this time in Florida, has fallen under scrutiny for evidence tampering. The state police are reviewing hundreds of drug convictions, which could be thrown out if the allegations against one chemist prove true. Working at the Pensacola lab since 2006, the unnamed chemist is accused of replacing prescription drugs with over the counter medications in numerous evidence bags, either to feed a drug habit or for purposes of drug trafficking.

Read more about this latest crime lab scandal at the Christian Science Monitor.

I Can't Believe It Was Bootlegging! (The Dark Side of Margarine)

Meet dangerous felon John McMonigle. He served two stretches in a federal prison in Leavenworth. And what crimes placed him in the same prison as such infamous criminals as "Machine Gun" Kelly, George Moran (Prohibition era rival to Al Capone) and Nazi spy Fritz Duquesne? Mr. McMonigle was convicted twice of bootlegging.

Booze? Guns? Prostitutes? Nope. He was bootlegging margarine.

That's not a typo. There was a time when selling adulterated margarine (ie: dyed yellow instead of the natural white color) was a federal crime. The dairy industry lobbied states and Congress to protect the public against this "heinous" product. Protecting their own interests may have had something to do with it, of course.  Read more about the dark side of margarine and it's criminal history at Slate magazine.

No Cookies For You!

A California girl scout who was selling cookies in her neighborhood got a shock when a man opened his door and pointed a gun at her. The incident was witnessed by the scout's father, who called police and the man, John Dodrill, was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon.

That would certainly make me toss my cookies, but apparently, the girl was not injured. Here's hoping that, if guilty, Mr. Dodrill gets an appropriate punishment. How about a lifetime ban on eating girl scout cookies?

Naw, that's a bit harsh, even for such a cowardly act. A few years in prison might just do the trick. But that leaves behind one unanswered question.

What kind of a man doesn't like girl scout cookies? Do such people really exist? It boggles the mind.

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