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The Cottingley Fairies, 1917
The Hitler Diary Hoax, 1983
Iceberg floats into Sydney Harbor, 1978
The Man-Eating Tree of Madagascar Hoax, 1874
The Case of the Vanishing Belly Button, 1964
Adolf Hitler Baby Photo Hoax, 1933
Jernegan's Gold Accumulator Scam, 1898
Jennifer Love Hewitt's Disappearing Breasts
The worms inside your face
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Detective Poses As Corpse
Here's a story about a detective who had to go deep undercover, posing as a corpse in order to catch a man who was vandalizing hearses belonging to a funeral home:
The funeral directors contacted the Portsmouth Business Crime Reduction Partnership which hired a team of private detectives. They spent five days posing as members of the public and using cameras to stake out the firm. But cars continued to be damaged under their noses so security firm Storewatch decided one of their team had to hide inside a body bag. There the detective could watch a computer displaying live images from cameras inside and outside the vehicle. Mark Ferns, Storewatch director said: "Our guy would do three or four hours in the bag and then would have to take what the Americans call a comfort break.

I don't really understand why they couldn't have achieved the same thing with remote control cameras.
Categories: Death, Law/Police/Crime
Posted by The Curator on Thu Sep 06, 2007
Comments (2)
Not to be totally jerkleague here but it should be "hearses" not "hearse's" in your first sentence.
Posted by Stargazer  on  Thu Sep 06, 2007  at  06:09 PM
Perhaps the reason he hid in a body bag is to do with getting within wireless range of the cameras? On the other hand, many people say we should each do what we can to prepare for our own death. Perhaps he took that literally.

Stargazer - you're right, of course, but I think you should have ignored it as it seems to be a first offence.
Posted by Mr Henderson  in  London UK  on  Fri Sep 07, 2007  at  09:35 AM
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