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Dumbest criminal of the week (181129 views)

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From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon2/19/00 10:33 PM 
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A successful criminal needs to remember to pay her bills.

In Upland, California, police arrested Darlene Bourk for the murder of her husband, Robert.

She almost got away with it. For three years she had covered up the crime by hiding his body in a wardrobe box in her rented storage locker.

Bourk missed three straight monthly payments so the company
auctioned off the locker's contents. Bourk's last minute frantic efforts to stop the sale caused police to be called.

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From: Threnody (Thren)2/22/00 1:18 PM 
To: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (2 of 3602) 
 15545.2 in reply to 15545.1 
Can I just say... ew?

Makes you wonder what's being stored in the storage locker next to yours, doesn't it? And how did she manage to keep it from smelling? On second thought, I don't want to know..

Though, one has to wonder why the storage was not investigated whenever the husband turned up missing in the first place. One would think that they'd search everywhere..




From: Guest2/22/00 1:40 PM 
To: Threnody (Thren)  (3 of 3602) 
 15545.3 in reply to 15545.2 
<<And how did she manage to keep it from smelling?>>

I, too, wondered the same thing and came up with: Lots of really strong mothballs? A really big Zip-Loc baggie?

As to why the cops didn't think to search the locker, maybe she stashed the corpse somewhere else for a while and then rented it in someone else's name.

Hey, not that I would ever even think about doing this to MY hubbie dearest......

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From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon5/3/00 9:25 PM 
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 15545.4 in reply to 15545.3 
From News of the Weird... this week's nominee...

"Adam Brooks Jr., 17, admitted to a judge in Columbus, Ohio, in March that he was the one who broke into a woman's home, tied her up, and stole the car out of her garage. According to the victim, a 76-year-old woman, after Brooks tied
her up, he came back in from the garage three times before finally leaving, twice to get her to teach him how to use the garage-door opener and once to tell him how to operate a car with automatic transmission."


From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon5/6/00 11:10 AM 
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 15545.5 in reply to 15545.4 
Another nominee...

In Modesto, CA, Steven Richard King was arrested for trying to hold up a Bank of America branch without a weapon. King used a thumb and a finger to simulate a gun but unfortunately he failed to keep his hand in his pocket. King was arrested after a bank guard pointed his finger at the would-be robber and said, "BANG!"


From: Starchy (DoororJon)5/9/00 1:07 AM 
To: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (6 of 3602) 
 15545.6 in reply to 15545.1 
there was a man who murdered his girlfriend and hid her under his water mattress until the day his parents decided to move to a different country.

From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon5/11/00 7:43 PM 
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 15545.7 in reply to 15545.4 
Two more nominees from News of the Weird:

"In Biloxi, Miss., in January, Ronald Dean Cherry, 52,
was arrested after he called the Treasure Bay Casino and threatened to start shooting their customers unless the company delivered $100,000 within two hours to his home (address helpfully provided by Cherry). And Ronald Keith
Graham, 45, was arrested in Des Moines, Iowa, in February and charged with burglary; according to police, he had stolen a TV set but rather than try to sell it to one of Des Moines' other 200,000 residents, he invited its former owners to his apartment, where he offered to sell it back to them for $150 and even suggested an easy payment plan."

It's hard to pick between these two.


From: Guest5/12/00 12:07 AM 
To: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (8 of 3602) 
 15545.8 in reply to 15545.7 

I love this thread. It surely is nice to get a laugh amongst all the horror and sadness rampant in the criminal justice system.



From: Mark (MLITZKOFF) DelphiPlus Member Icon5/12/00 10:37 AM 
To: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (9 of 3602) 
 15545.9 in reply to 15545.7 
Report on the radio this morning of a man who tried to rob a convenience store while wearing his hard hat.

The hard hat had his name printed on the front.


From: Glen (GEAATL) DelphiPlus Member Icon5/12/00 12:14 PM 
To: Mark (MLITZKOFF) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (10 of 3602) 
 15545.10 in reply to 15545.9 
That is like the bank robbers who write their robbery note on one of their own deposit slips.

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