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The Time J. Edgar Hoover Enlisted the Army to Assist in a Nationwide Manhunt

The bullet that pierced the heart of Patrolman Joe Zanella in a small Pennsylvania town was the opening moment of a crime story with few parallels.

It wasn’t the robberies, rapes, the daring escape or even the cop killing that catapulted Stanley Barton Hoss to the FBI’s most wanted man, but it was the broad daylight kidnapping of the lovely young mother and her child. In a nearly unprecedented step, J. Edgar Hoover enlisted the army to assist in a nationwide manhunt. An engaged public followed the drama by hour, day and week – and year to year … for when all thought the carnage was over, it wasn’t. And how Hoss struck again, in virtually impossible circumstances, and who fell, brought a governor to a funeral and provoked racial divide in a county.

Distinguished by Hoss’s  exceptional cruelty, heartbreak and landmark trials, this story about a resolute criminal is one of superlatives, thick with intrigue, blunder and surprise. It was a guess which legislature more often referenced Stanley Hoss as the perfect reason for capital punishment.

Beyond researching traditional sources and having been granted access to previously sealed state and federal archives, as well as Hoss’s most personal and revealing letters, the author has interviewed scores of individuals who lived the roles depicted on the pages of Born to Lose: Stanley B. Hoss & the Crime Spree That Gripped a Nation (True Crime History). Hoss’s victims of assault and rape, police and prison personnel, assorted cutthroats, the prosecution and defense, judges, the wife, mistress, all have talked for the first time on record.

Yet, it wasn’t precisely what Hoss did in Pennsylvania and Maryland, it was to whom and why and how that his reign of violence has sunk into the psyche of a region. This notable saga is a natural read for any true crime devotee, but will as well captivate an audience drawn to a dark tale that explores – and explains – how occasional human error and the very systems set in place to protect us can so easily be the cause for tragedy.

Hackers hit key ATM network in crime spree that clears $10 million …

A previously undetected hacker group has netted around $10 million in heists on at least 20 companies, in some cases by targeting the transfer networks banks use to transfer money, a Moscow-based security firm said Monday.

Members of the MoneyTaker group, named after a piece of custom malware it uses, started its heist spree no later than May 2016. That’s when it penetrated an unnamed US bank, according to researchers with Group-IB in a report titled MoneyTaker: 1.5 Years of Silent Operations. The hackers then used their unauthorized access to control a workstation the bank used to connect to the First Data STAR Network, which more than 5,000 banks use

Read more at: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/12/hackers-hit-key-atm-network-in-crime-spree-that-clears-10-million/

Hackers hit key ATM network in crime spree that clears $10 million

A previously undetected hacker group has netted around $10 million in heists on at least 20 companies, in some cases by targeting the transfer networks banks use to transfer money, a Moscow-based security firm said Monday.

Members of the MoneyTaker group, named after a piece of custom malware it uses, started its heist spree no later than May 2016. That’s when it penetrated an unnamed US bank, according to researchers with Group-IB in a report titled MoneyTaker: 1.5 Years of Silent Operations. The hackers then used their unauthorized access to control a workstation the bank used to connect to the First Data STAR Network, which more than 5,000 banks use

Read more at: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/12/hackers-hit-key-atm-network-in-crime-spree-that-clears-10-million/

Man indicted in deadly shooting of Cleveland Salvation Army worker …

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland man was indicted Monday on dozens of charges related to a crime spree that started with the killing of a Salvation Army worker.

A Cuyahoga County grand jury handed up a 35-count indictment charging William T. Jones with aggravated murder in the Dec. 2 death of Jared Plesec. The 27-year-old man is also charged with seven counts of attempted murder, multiple counts of aggravated robbery, felonious assault, burglary, grand theft and vandalism.

Jones, who is being held in the city’s jail on a $5 million bond, is scheduled to appear at an arraignment Thursday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

Jones shot Plesec in the head as the 21-year-old man was leaving the Euclid Beach Villa apartment complex on East 156th Street near Lakeshore Boulevard, prosecutors said.

Plesec was a youth worker at the Salvation Army Temple Corps Community Center in Collinwood. He was on his way to collect

Read more at: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2017/12/man_indicted_in_deadly_shootin.html

Suspect in chaotic Glenrock crime spree pleads guilty | Cops … – Casper Star

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Suspect in chaotic Glenrock crime spree pleads guilty – Casper Star

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‘Amateurish’ criminal terrorises Coast with shotgun


DRUG affected and dangerous, a man terrorised the Coast with a double-barrel shotgun in a series of early morning armed robberies.

Now, after spending almost a year in prison waiting for his day in court, Joseph Michael Scotney, 25 has been ordered to spend another 13 months behind bars.

In the early hours of January 30, Scotney embarked on a “drug fuelled rampage” which saw him fire a shot into a glass door of the empty Bellvista Tavern in an attempt to get inside.

He then went on to hold up the BP service station in Glenview and a Hungry Jacks drive-thru, using a gun he stole from his friend weeks prior.

Employees from the stores complied

Read more at: https://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/amateurish-criminal-jailed-after-crime-spree/3287977/

‘Amateurish’ criminal terrorises Coast with shotgun | Sunshine Coast …


DRUG affected and dangerous, a man terrorised the Coast with a double-barrel shotgun in a series of early morning armed robberies.

Now, after spending almost a year in prison waiting for his day in court, Joseph Michael Scotney, 25 has been ordered to spend another 13 months behind bars.

In the early hours of January 30, Scotney embarked on a “drug fuelled rampage” which saw him fire a shot into a glass door of the empty Bellvista Tavern in an attempt to get inside.

He then went on to hold up the BP service station in Glenview and a Hungry Jacks drive-thru, using a gun he stole from his friend weeks prior.

Employees from the stores complied

Read more at: http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/amateurish-criminal-jailed-after-crime-spree/3287977/

Suspects in custody after targeting women in crime spree

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – Three people are in custody suspected in a dangerous crime spree attacking women on the south side of Marion County in the Camby area. Part of the area is patrolled by officers from The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Southwest District. The suspects include an underage girl for her role in the crime spree.

The armed robberies happened near the busy intersection of State Road 67 and Camby Road. One of the victims, a mother of three, told Eyewitness News she knew something was up right away. One of the suspects stopped the mother and pretended to need help.

Ashleigh Frye said, “He said can I use your phone? I said no and I went to hit the lock button on my door.”

Frye did everything she could while here in the driver’s seat of her pick-up truck to keep

Read more at: https://www.wthr.com/article/suspects-in-custody-after-targeting-women-in-crime-spree

Carjacking Crime Spree Ends In Arrest

Home Invasion Victim Runs For Safety During Bizarre Crime Spree …