The Associated Press is reporting today that a top commander of a Nazi SS-led unit accused of burning villages filled with women and children, lied to American immigration officials to get into the United States and has been living in a modest house in northeast Minneapolis, in an area with a significant Ukrainian population, since shortly after World War II. Michael Karkoc, 94, told American authorities in 1949 that he had performed no military service during World War II, concealing his work as an officer and founding member of the SS-led Ukrainian Self Defense Legion and later as an officer in the SS Galician Division. The division that Karkoc reportedly commanded, was responsible for “liquidating” the inhabitants of the village of Chlaniow.
Officials in Belize say a road-building construction company has purposely destroyed one of the country’s largest Mayan pyramids. The company destroyed the Mayan pyramid in order to extract rock for a road-building project. The Mayan temple dated back to pre-Columbian times and is estimated to be 2,300 year old. Only a small piece of the pyramid was left standing.
Last month, after a horrifying execution, police in Chile arrested four members of a bizarre cult last month for allegedly burning a three-day-old baby alive on a ritual bonfire. The cult members celebrated the murder, believing that the end of the world was near and that the infant baby was the “Antichrist” and in a position to trigger the destruction of the world. The baby was killed with the approval of her 25-year-old mother, a member of the cult.
Yesterday, three women were found alive in a home in a Cleveland, Ohio neighborhood. There are still many unanswered questions of course but what we know at this point is that the women had vanished nearly a decade earlier. Amanda Berry was last seen after finishing her shift at a Burger King in Cleveland in 2003. It was the eve of her 17th birthday. Georgina “Gina” DeJesus disappeared nearly a year later, in April 2004. She was 14. Michele Knight vanished in 2002, at age 19. All three were kidnapped on the same street, just three miles from where they were found. A fourth victim, a six-year old girl, was also found and later discovered to be the child of Amanda Berry, born in captivity three years after Amanda was kidnapped. It is believed the women were tied up and chained inside the basement of the home (chains were found hanging from the ceiling of the home).
On April 28, 2013, Simone Moro and Ueli Steck were forced to interrupt their acclimatization on Mount Everest and likely also their expedition project, after a fight broke out between the European team and a group of local Sherpas. At 23,600 feet, the climbers were punched, kicked, and stoned after being accused of “touching” the Sherpa’s fixed line. An official of the Cho-Oyu Trekking agency that organized the expedition, told Reuters that the three Europeans had failed to comply with a request from their Sherpa guides to stay at a location while the guides fixed the route. According to the European team…
Fresh news out of Argentina – a man who thought he had found a great deal on groomed toy poodle dogs ($150 each), took the dogs to a veterinarian who broke the news to him. “That’s no dog, it’s a ferret. And a really big one.” As it turns out, the practice is not unusual in Argentina where young ferrets and rodents are started on a chemical cocktail of steroids at birth, then groomed, and sold to tourists as “Brazilian rats”.
Confirmed – Mexican drug cartels have crossed the border and are setting up operations deep inside U.S. borders
Top law officials have indicated that the notorious Mexican drug cartels, who once rarely ventured onto U.S. soil, have begun moving into United States and are setting up (or have already set up) operations in at least nine none-border states. This conclusion was reached by the Associated Press after they reviewed reams of federal court cases and government drug-enforcement data, plus interviews with many top law enforcement officials. The head of Chicago’s DEA office, said “It’s probably the most serious threat the United States has faced from organized crime.”
Residents in the Gölçük district of Kocaeli province in Turkey awoke on March 12, 2013 to find that their 22-ton metal bridge was gone – stolen by thieves in the middle of the night. The bridge was nearly 100 feet long and weighed an estimated 22 tons. Police believe the bridge was quickly split into segments and hauled away on trucks to sell for scrap metal, which at current market prices, would have netted the thieves about $11,000. Villagers had used the bridge to access their orchards, which are located on the other side of the small tributary.
A 23-year-old Swedish woman stole a commuter train from a depot outside of Stockholm on Tuesday. She then drove the train for about a mile to the end station of the railway line. Apparently knowing how to start and drive the train but not how to stop it, the train reached the end of the line, jumped off the tracks, and skidded for about 30 yards before crashing into a three-story apartment building, burying deep into the structure. No one in the apartment building was seriously injured but the woman was flown to a Stockholm hospital.
Long known to be an odd and eccentric character, famous British celebrity Jimmy Savile was accused of sexually abusing hundreds of children and raping more than thirty people during his tenure as Britain’s popular media personality. The abuse, in which nearly 75% of the victims were children, spanned a period of six decades from 1955 to 2009 and was carried out at children’s hospitals, schools, and on the sets of television productions.
The Son of Sam saga began on July 29, 1976. Donna Lauria (18) and Jody Valenti (19) were sitting innocently in their car outside Lauria’s Bronx apartment when Donna noticed a man peering into the window. David Berkowitz pulled his .44 caliber Charter Arms Bulldog pistol out of a paper bag and fired five times into the car. Donna died instantly.
In the early 1970’s, ANACS (American Numismatic Association Certification Service) noticed an unusually high number of “high relief” coins entering the market. High relief coins are coins that are struck multiple times to produce extremely clear, concise contours. Suspicious that an unusually high quality counterfeiter could be the culprit, they began careful examination of the coins. If it weren’t for a minute “omega” symbol in the claw of the eagle on the coin, they would have never known they were counterfeits.