News of the Weird
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Samaritans stopped on Interstate 465 in Indianapolis to help a wandering 3-year-old boy wearing only a diaper and T-shirt. Police tracked down his mother, Nancy Dyer, in her filthy apartment, where her 2-year-old daughter was eating spaghetti off the floor. Dyer’s first reaction to news about her son: “Oh, he got out again.”
For two months late last year after a pair of convicted murderers escaped from Sudbury prison in England, the local Derbyshire police refused to release their pictures. According to the police, “Photographs of named people that are in police possession are classed as data, and their release is restricted by law” to instances where there is a “proper policing purpose.” Derbyshire authorities said that since the escapees had probably left the area, there was no such purpose, and the photographs should be kept confidential.
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