I keep up with weird crimes worldwide so you won’t have to.
First, the jerk of the year, matrimonial department:
“A bridegroom who tried to burn down his wedding reception venue has been jailed for six years.” Max Kay, 37, became so angry that the the Peckforton Castle hotel refused to let him run a bar tab that he tried to burn it down — with a hundred people inside.
Second, what may be the year’s most creative, or desperate, attempt at getting published:
MARCH 21–Two shipments of marijuana destined for the New York City offices of a major book publisher were intercepted this month by federal agents after postal workers detected a “suspicious odor” emanating from the Express Mail parcels, according to court records.
The packages, containing a total of more than 11 pounds of pot, were bound for St. Martin’s Press, which is headquatered in the landmark Flatiron Building on lower Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
“Both packages were addressed to ‘Karen Wright,’ which appears to be a fictitious name…. Apart from seizing the marijuana–which, depending on its quality, could have had a street value approaching $70,000–federal agents do not appear to be seeking to determine whom at St. Martin’s was expecting to receive the pot.”