A horror movie came to life in Wisconsin when two preteens attempted to stab a friend to death after a birthday sleepover to prove their loyalty to a mythological character from a scary story website.On May 30, Morgan Geyser celebrated her 12th birthday by having a sleepover with Anissa Weier and another friend identified only as P.L., both of whom are also 12. But the real point of the get-together was to sacrifice the third girl to Slender Man by stabbing her to death, police said in their report.Slender Man is a fictional character on the horror story site Creepypasta, where users share their nightmares and other short stories “designed to unnerve and shock the reader.” Slender Man “is an alleged paranormal figure purported to have been in existence for centuries, covering a large geographic area.” He induces fear and ensnares his prey, putting his victims into a hypnotized state, then “he absorbs, kills, or merely takes his victims to an undisclosed location or dimension” and is rumored to kill children “almost exclusively.”
Canadian police have arrested a man suspected of having shot dead three police officers and wounding two more, ending a massive manhunt, the police said on Friday.The shooting in the eastern city of Moncton was one of the worst of its kind in Canada, where gun laws are stricter than in the United States and deadly attacks on police are rare.Police arrested Justin Bourque, 24, shortly after midnight local time in Moncton, a city of about 70,000 in the East Coast province of New Brunswick.The arrest was witnessed by Moncton resident Michelle Thibodeau, CBC News reported. She told the broadcaster that after several police officers moved into her backyard, Bourque emerged from a patch of trees with his hands up and said, “I’m done.”
The great green experiment underway in Colorado is continuing to yield considerable results after five full months of marijuana legalization, according to the latest statistics out of the first state in America to lift the prohibition on pot.Crime in Colorado’s capital city, Denver, has dropped by more than a tenth, local law enforcement data reveals, and the state as a whole is expected to collect around $30 million in revenue this year as a result of weed taxes.Colorado became the first of the 50 states to allow adults to legally purchase recreational marijuana at the start of 2014, and advocates, critics, politicians and the public from coast-to-coast have been looking that way ever since to see what that precedent-setting decision could mean for their own localized efforts to reform weed laws. Nearly half a year later, evidence suggests the experiment is largely so far a success.
The UK has warned its computer-users they have two weeks to protect their machines from two powerful viruses, GameOver Zeus and Cryptolocker, after a US-led multinational operation announced a coordinated takedown of malware.There are more than 15,500 computers infected in the UK and many more are at risk, the UK’s National Crime Agency has said, citing “intelligence” assumptions.It “could cost computer users millions of pounds,” the NCA warned.The agency is now “urging the public and small businesses” to consult with the government-backedgetsafeonline.org website.“Nobody wants their personal financial details, business information or photographs of loved ones to be stolen or held to ransom by criminals. By making use of this two-week window, huge numbers of people in the UK can stop that from happening to them,” Deputy Director of the NCA’s Cyber Crime Unit Andy Archibald said.
One of the most divisive and feared figures in Pakistan was arrested in London on Tuesday, his party said, sparking fears of a violent backlash in Pakistan and sending the country’s biggest city into lockdown.Altaf Hussain, who is wanted at home in relation to a murder case, has lived in London in self-imposed exile since the early 1990s.Known for his fiery addresses to his supporters in Karachi though a loudspeaker connected to a telephone, Hussain effectively controls the violent port city of Karachi from his headquarters in a north London suburb.British police said a 60-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of money-laundering during an early morning raid on a house in northwest London but declined to confirm his identity. Special operations officers were searching the property.
Britain is about to unleash plans for a tougher crackdown on Britons allegedly fighting in Syria. Human rights activists believe the UK could have inspired some of its citizens to join extremists by its own support for the anti-Assad rebels.The Queen’s speech on Wednesday will, according to a leak, outline plans for a tough crackdown on terrorism. An estimated 400 UK citizens are currently fighting in Syria, some of them reportedly with an Al-Qaeda affiliate, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). “Our message is clear – the UK advises against all travel to Syria. Anyone who does travel, for whatever reason, is putting themselves in considerable danger,” an anonymous government source told the Daily Mail. This tougher approach is to be announced as Europe grows ever more concerned with what to do with its citizens, returning from battlefields in Syria. Especially so, following the detention on Sunday of a French suspect who is allegedly responsible for last week‘s Brussels Jewish Museum shooting, and before that reportedly fought in Syria.
A gunman in Norfolk, Virginia, shot a passing motorist to death and killed a police officer in a shooting spree before dying in a struggle with another officer on Friday night, authorities said on Saturday.James Brown, 29, fired randomly out of his vehicle on Friday night, striking Mark Rodriguez, 17, who died of his injuries at the scene, Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith said at a news conference. Brown kept firing randomly and police received several 911 calls, Goldsmith said.Police found Brown’s vehicle at his house and he began firing a high-powered weapon from inside the house, striking officer Brian Jones several times, Goldsmith said. Jones, who had worked for the department for five years, died at a hospital while an off-duty officer shot by Brown is expected to fully recover, Goldsmith said.