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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.

Heart-stopping moment moped thief weaves in and out of pedestrians then snatches victim’s phone before crime spree …

  • Thief stole moped before using it to carry out thefts in north London streets
  • He was seen on CCTV speeding down a pavement before snatching a phone
  • Pair later crashed into a BMW, injuring the passenger and leading to arrest
  • He has now been jailed for seven years after a hunting knife was found on him 

Richard Spillett, Crime Correspondent For Mailonline

Police: Man’s interstate crime spree included Winchester Golf Club burglaries

WINCHESTER, Ind. – An Ohio man already facing a neglect-of-a-dependent charge in Randolph County now stands accused of twice breaking into the Winchester Golf Club.

Jason Duane Amspaugh, 31 – of rural Union City – is preliminarily charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief in break-ins at the golf course, 985 S. Simpson Drive, last Aug. 9 and Sept. 10.

He also faces numerous theft and burglary allegations in western Ohio counties.


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Detective Charles Hoover of the Winchester Police Department investigated a possible connection to three similar burglaries at Arrowhead Golf Club in Shelby County, Ohio.

On Jan. 21, Amspaugh was arrested in Celina, Ohio, after he allegedly tried to run down a

Read more at: http://www.thestarpress.com/story/news/crime/2018/02/20/police-mans-interstate-crime-spree-included-winchester-golf-club-burglaries/356987002/

Crime spree costs Crystal River man five years in prison

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A Cedar Rapids man who went on a brief crime spree during the summer,

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Fort Mill man admits to crime spree of shooting, stolen van joyride, break-in

A Fort Mill man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for a “crime spree” in late 2016 that included a joyride in a stolen van, shooting into a business and stealing $15 in change from a dentist’s office, prosecutors said.

Gary Crockett, 42, pleaded guilty last week to burglary, malicious damage to property, grand larceny and breaking into a vehicle, said Aaron Hayes, 16th Circuit assistant solicitor. The spree of crimes happened in late September and October 2016, Hayes said.

Crockett broke into a dentist office and stole money, Hayes said. He also stole a van from a work site, and shot into a business, he said. In the car break-in, Crockett stole a gun, Hayes said.

In the dentist office theft, Crockett stole $15 in change, he said. After stealing the van, Crockett wrecked the vehicle, prosecutors said.

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Belfast car traders targeted in two-week crime spree

Police are warning car traders in Belfast to take extra precautions following a two-week crime spree targeted on the Boucher area.

Several crimes have been reported between February 3 and Valentine’s Day. Padlocks have been cut, gates forced and a hole was cut in the fence at one firm.

Several items are understood to have been stolen in the numerous heists. They included power washers, cleaning equipment and bicycles.

Crimes reported in Boucher in the last two weeks:

February 3: A premises had a hole cut in the fencing and two power washers were stolen.

February 7: A premises had its gates forced and brand new boxed bicycles were stolen.

February 12: A premises had the padlock cut on the gate and the culprits had attempted to force entry to the building unsuccessfully.

February 14: A premises had the padlock cut on the

Read more at: https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/belfast-car-traders-targeted-two-14295933