When Alfred Hitchcock was five, his father sent him to a police station with a note. The policeman read the note and locked him in jail for few minutes, saying "this is what we do to naughty boys". This experience left him with lifelong fear of policemen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alf…
Evel Knievel, perhaps the best known daredevil, ruined his career when he attacked a man with a baseball bat due an unflattering book. The victim was knocked unconscious and needed major surgery to repair his arm.Evel only served 6 months in jail but lost all his endorsements and contracts. bizarrela.com/2016/03/eve…
It took 32 years to officially clear the parents in the famous β€œdingo took my baby case”. The mother spent three years in jail until evidence supporting their defense was found by chance. They ultimately received $1.3M for wrongful imprisonment, less than 1/3 of their legal fees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Joseph Kahahawai's was killed for being a suspect in Hawaii's Massie Trial. He was murdered by a US Navy Lieutenant and a Socialite. His killers served one hour in "jail". 1932. pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe…
A US law firm set up honeypots on torrent-sharing site The Pirate Bay and then sued people who downloaded their torrents. The matter reached the FBI and the pirate site accepted to collaborate with the feds resulting in the crooked lawyers getting jail time. torrentfreak.com/cooperat…
Today I learned of Zoya Tuganova of Chelyabinsk Russia. She gave birth in Jan.1987, but her child got swapped with a baby from an ethnic Muslim Bashkir family. It took thirty (30) years before she tracked her biological daughter, who was raised in poverty by an alcoholic Mother & a Father who served jail time. siberiantimes.com/other/o…
While filming Tokyo Drift, they couldn't get a permit to film a scene. They filmed it anyway, and the studio hired a fall guy to claim to be the director and spend a night in jail. digitalspy.com/movies/a15…
In 1884, a botched bank robbery in Arizona resulted in the robbers murdering four people, including a pregnant woman. Five of six accused robbers were sentenced to death, one was sentenced to life in prison. After the verdict a mob broke into the jail and lynched the one sentenced to life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bis…
Of Rotary Jails, huge rotating carosel like jails that would "store" inmates in a large machine that would rotate to let them in and out. They were phased out partially due to inmates limbs being sheared off by the rotation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rot…
In 2014 Korean Air vice president Heather Cho was so angry about receiving macadamia nuts in a bag instead of on a plate, she forced the plane to taxi back to gate and unload the offending flight attendant. "Nutgate" ended up costing her 5 months in jail en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nut…
In 1906, a man in Seattle was sentenced to one minute in jail for drunkenness and disorder. The original sentence was 30 days, but after an appeal and six months of litigation, it was shortened to one minute. He was kept in jail until the second hand of the jailer’s watch completed a circle blogs.sos.wa.gov/fromourc…
The "Holbrook Holiday" is a creative punishment invented by an Ohio judge. Instead of a standard jail term, he takes a holiday away from the criminal for the next several years by making them report to jail for the holiday abcnews.go.com/US/ohio-ju…
In the UK, Dangerous Driving laws only apply to motor vehicles- this resulted in a man who had killed a woman by hitting her with a track bike at 18mph being sentenced to 2 years in jail under β€˜wanton and furious driving’, a Victorian-Era law intended for Horse Carriages. theguardian.com/uk-news/2…
The Serial Killer with the highest known kill-count will be released from jail next year because he showed authorities where he buried his victims. defrostthecoldcases.com/2…
Today I learned of the Chicago Seven, and Judge Julius Hoffman, who had a man bound and gagged in court for a week he also ordered County Jail officials to cut one the defendants lawyers and one defendants hair as he did not like its length. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The Winner of the First Survivor Contest Ended Up Going To Jail For Tax Evasion Over His Million Dollar Prize en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
It was illegal to sell sex toys in Texas until 2008, and punishable by as many as two years in jail cbsnews.com/news/texas-ba…
Paul McCartney was arrested in Japan for bringing 8 ounces of Marijuana into the country in 1980. After spending 10 days in Jail he was released without charge and immediately deported. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
Due to error in communication, the state of Missouri assumed that a man Michael Anderson was in prison, serving his 13-year sentence for armed robbery. They only realised that they had forgotten to take him to jail when they were preparing for him to be released. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cor…
NYC operates an 800-bed jail barge that is anchored off the southern shore of The Bronx. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ver…
It is illegal to swear in public in some parts of Australia. The Summary Offenses Act 1988 states, " a person must not use offensive language in or near, or within hearing from, a public place or school." Punishment can includes fines or jail. novafm.com.au/lifestyle/s…
Today I learned about Lapland New Forest, a Christmas theme park in the UK. Advertised as a β€œwinter wonderland”, the park was in such dismal quality that violence began to break out between visitors and staff. It shut down after a week and the organizers were sentenced to 13 months in jail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lap…
Today I learned about William Franklin. Born the illegitimate son of Benjamin Franklin, William became an avid Loyalist during the American Revolution, spent two years in jail for supporting the British Crown, and when released spent the rest of his life in England. newenglandhistoricalsocie…
Elizabeth Hamilton posed for her most famous portrait in a New York City prison. Ralph Earl, the painter, was in prison for not paying his personal debt. However, he was the only professional painter in the city at the time leading to the socialite posing in the jail. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned of Serena Kozakura, a Japanese bikini model who was sentenced to 14 months in jail for destruction of property. Her sentence was overturned when she proved in court her huge breasts meant it was impossible for her to squeeze through a hole to enter the home of the victim. brisbanetimes.com.au/worl…
There is such a thing as weekend jail for nonviolent crimes, where you check in on Friday and get released on Sunday vice.com/en_us/article/ex…
Today I learned of Joseph Palmer; Persecuted, mobbed and jailed (and eventually kicked out of jail) for wearing a beard en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
The last person to be convicted of blasphemy in the United States was an Arkansas man who in 1928 put a sign in his storefront reading, "Evolution Is True. The Bible's a Lie. God's a Ghost." He spent 3 months in jail. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Leader of the Sinaloa Cartel and el chapo's partner Ismael 'el mayo' Zambada hasn't seen a day in jail in his 50+ years of Being a high level drug boss en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ism…
Patrick McKenna - who is reputed to be "The Most Dangerous Man in Nevada" - took over a jail annex at the Las Vegas City Hall in 1979, resulting in a two day siege in downtown Vegas. news3lv.com/news/local/ja…
The man who played McGruff the crime dog was sentenced to 16 years in jail for drugs time.com/5234/mcgruff-the…
Jail is where you stay if you did something that made you stay behind bars for *less* than a year and prison is for when it is for more than a year. prisonfellowship.org/reso…
A Missouri man was sentenced to watch "Bambi" once a month while serving 1 year jail time for illegal deer hunting; he and his family used lights to startle deer for easy kill, used illegal weapons, & killed deer from a cruising vehicle. At times he took the head for a trophy and left the body. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
In 1984, an anti-cruise missile activist poured red paint on the only good copy of the Canadian Constitution. He was subsequently sentenced to 89 days in weekend jail. cbc.ca/archives/entry/198…
Australians have an unofficial holiday, Gravy Day (Dec. 21) based on a 1996 Paul Kelly song about a man in jail writing to his family about longing to be with them at Christmas bbc.com/news/world-austra…
John Edward H. Rulloff has the second largest brain ever recorded. He was a doctor, lawyer, photographer, inventor, school master, philologist, phrenologist, and carpet designer. He was also a serial killer. In jail he wrote a book on the evolution of language and was allowed to teach students. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Doreen Lioy sent serial killer Richard Ramirez 75 letters in 11 years while he was in jail. The minute she saw his mugshot on the TV, she noticed something β€œcaptivating” in his eyes. Ramirez proposed to her, and the courtship continued for the next 9 years before the two got married. nestlords.com/doreen-lioy…
Composer Erik Satie's ballet "Parade" came close to starting a riot, got Jean Cocteau beaten by the police, and landed Satie in jail for 8 days for calling a critic "an arse." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Today I learned of Bradley Birkenfeld, a whistleblower who revealed the secrets behind Switzerland’s largest bank, was sent to jail, and was later awarded $104 million by the IRS. pri.org/stories/2010-08-0…
After the Battle of Blair Mountain (1921) striking miners feared jail and confiscation of their guns, many decided to hide their weapons in the woods before leaving Logan County. Collectors and researchers are still finding weapons and ammunition hidden around the site to this day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
One of the first mass produced Treadmills were by Sir William Cubitt in 1818, who used it to torture inmates in jails of England. It consisted of 24 inmates side by side, with partitions. This pointless labor was meant to deter poor people from committing crimes to just get in jail for shelter. daily.jstor.org/treadmill…
Inmates at Riker's Island are paid $1 an hour to bury unclaimed bodies on Hart Island. I also learned that Hart Island is a place in NYC that used to house an insane asylum for women, city jails, and a "reformatory for vicious boys." ny.curbed.com/2019/11/14/…
The Netherlands has such a low crime rate, it imports criminals from other countries such as Norway to fill their jails due to a lack of prisoners. theguardian.com/world/201…
A Kentucky man escaped from jail after a friend of his faxed the prison a false demand for his release from a grocery store. It took two weeks for the authorities to realize their mistake and start looking for him. He was found at his mother’s house. theguardian.com/world/200…
A guy stole Β£26 million in gold, killed a policeman who was investigating him and got acquitted of the murder before going to jail for the robbery, then he got released after seven years only to kill a guy in a road rage incident and get sentenced to life. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bri…
In USA, picking up an eagle feather that you found can end you up in jail with thousands of dollars in fines blogs.findlaw.com/law_and…
Chiropractic was founded by a traveling religious miracle healer who belived that magnets could cure diseases. He was sent to jail in Iowa in 1906 for practicing medicine without a license. The American Medical Association later labelled chiropractors an "unscientific cult." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Kirsty MacColl, vocalist and female singer in "Fairytale of New York", died saving her son from an oncoming powerboat owned by a multimillionaire while vacationing in Cozumel, Mexico. The boat's driver escaped jail time by paying a fine of $90USD. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kir…
In 1966, during his second stint in jail, Charles Manson refused release and requested to stay in prison. He’d spent half of his 32 years behind bars, and saw it as his home. Authorities refused and released him. He quickly formed the family. biographics.org/charles-m…
Today I learned about Gary Plauche, a man who murdered his son’s molester and kidnapper on live TV. He received no jail time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gar…

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