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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Barbara Schwarz is history’s most prolific filer of Freedom of Information Act requests, according to a May profile in The Salt Lake Tribune. Schwarz says she is a daughter of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and a granddaughter of President Eisenhower and said she endured a number of kidnappings and mind control and microchip-implanting procedures in her quest to learn the whereabouts of her alleged husband, whom Schwarz said disappeared after he was charged with murdering Barbara Schwarz (yes, the same one). She has, said the Tribune, “carpet-bombed” “every” federal agency with “thousands” of FOIA requests, followed by “dozens” of follow-up lawsuits (one containing 2,307 pages, naming 3,087 defendants).
A 36-year-old man was tackled by customers after he had robbed the Zions Bank in Salt Lake City shortly after it opened on May 2. Several customers had had their eyes on him after they had seen him waiting outside for the bank to open but already wearing a hooded sweatshirt and mask, and the man meekly waited in a bank line for his turn before snatching money from a teller.
Serial killer Robert Maury had his appeal turned down by the California Supreme Court in April. He had claimed that the Shasta County “secret witness” program should have concealed his identity when he called a hotline with crime tips, including the whereabouts of three murder victims, but police photographed him when he came by to collect his reward, and eventually he was convicted of those three murders.
In February, a 6-month-old girl was married in a Hindu ceremony in a village in southern Nepal, according to an Agence France-Presse report. Her cradle-robbing husband is 3, and their farming-cast families feared that if the children didn’t tie the knot then, each one’s marriage prospects would diminish as they got older.
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