Mystery Solved: Odd Laws New Jersey
In New Jersey, it’s illegal to wear a bulletproof vest while committing, attempting to commit, or fleeing the scene of robbery, manslaughter, burglary, kidnapping, criminal escape, or assault. It’s actually a second-degree offense all on it’s own to be wearing one, while committing or attempting to commit a first-degree crime.
The law began in 1983 and has even been expanded upon. Having possession of a bulletproof vest is considered a third-degree offense if an adult is convicted of a crime or a juvenile is convicted of a violent crime within the state of New Jersey.
In Sydney, Australia, an apartment tenant phoned emergency services in 2015. They reported hearing furniture being thrown in a neighboring apartment along with a woman screaming and a man shouting “I’m going to kill you. You’re dead!”
When authorities arrived, they found a man alone in his apartment, squealing and chasing a large spider around his place with a can of bug spray.
A similar incident happened in 2019 in Perth, Australia. A pedestrian walking through the park overheard a toddler crying and a man yelling “Why don’t you die?” The pedestrian called authorities, which promptly arrived to find a terrified man yelling at a large spider. The police disposed of the spider.
February 7, 1968, Bernard Josephs returned to his home in England, to find that his wife, Claire had been murdered. While the crime scene had been gruesome, his wife had defensive wounds, telling investigators that she put up a fight. There were no signs of forced entry. A half-finished meal was prepared in the kitchen, leading investigators to believe someone Claire knew stopped by while she was making dinner.
Police narrowed their suspects to one, Roger Payne, an acquaintance of the Josephs. He had a flimsy alibi and wounds on his hands. That seemed to be enough for them to investigate him further. Though forensics in the 60s wasn’t nearly as advanced as today, investigators were still able to find fibers from Claire’s red wool dress on his clothes and in his car along with traces of blood that matched Claire’s blood type.
Roger Payne was sentenced to life in prison after a guilty verdict in this case that forensic evidence helped solve.
This early case using forensic evidence is impressive for it’s time.
True Crime Mystery Solved: Marco Polo
The year was 2007. The place, El Lago Mexican restaurant in Texas. An employee called to report a dine and dash. The man scarfed down his meal and ditched out without paying the check. He fled to a vacant building across the street.
On the backside of the building, the responding officer found an unsecured door. When he entered, he called out “Marco” in an attempt to “inject humor into the situation.” Unbelievably, the suspect called back “Polo” and was quickly apprehended by the officer.
The man was charged with criminal trespass, though the restaurant declined to press charges for the dine and dash.
True Crime Mystery Solved: Hog Wild
In Port Hedland, Australia, camping season at De Grey River had only just begun. A feral pig—that’s right—a pig, happened upon a campsite and stole three 6-packs of beer from the campers. The swine then went on a drunken rampage trashing garbage cans, swiping snacks from other campers, and then starting a fight—with a nearby cow. When the piggy realized he wouldn’t win his brawl with the bovine, he swam across the river and slept it off under the shade of a tree.
It's said that the pig wasn’t charged with any of the many offenses, including the beer theft, littering, or assault on the cow. However, the campers were given a stern warning to lock up their food and drinks.
Mystery Solved: Odd Laws Hawaii
In Hawaii, the seatbelt law requires that front and back seat motor occupants click it or get a ticket. However, if you happen to be driving a pickup truck and all the seats are occupied, you may sit in the truck bed unrestrained. That's right. You can chill in the bed of the truck so long as you are: over the age of twelve, seated on floor, and have the tailgate closed.
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