xxxNews Of The Weirdxxx
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
In March, accused U.S. fugitive securities-swindler Frederick Gilliland, living on the lam in Canada, was tricked into coming back across the border, just for a free meal. A vengeful private investigator offered to buy Gilliland lunch at Brewster’s in Point Roberts, Wash., and then alerted authorities, who intercepted the super-hungry Gilliland as he approached the restaurant.
The police report column in the March 16 Newton (Mass.) Tab newspaper listed a “hate crime” committed by someone who apparently left the familiar Nazi symbol on the dirty window of an SUV. The police report read: “On the rear hatch someone with their finger traced out ‘wash me’ and below that was a swatz sticker symbol.” (The officer is not the only one unclear on Nazi history. In 1994, News of the Weird reported that a murder defendant in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., had asked a judge for permission to wear a Ku Klux Klan robe in court and to be addressed by the “honorable and respected name of Hi Hitler.”)
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