Author Jose D. Duran
Unfortunately for the 20-year-old Florida woman, the urine in the bottle didn’t come from a drug-free source, so she failed the drug test. Now she faces charges for testing positive and trying to cheat on a drug test. Miami New Times has the story.
Illustration by Alvaro Diaz-Rubio
It’s the ultimate showdown: Which state has the crazier criminals, Texas or Florida? Both claim to lead the nation in dumb/horrifying/hilarious perps, but only one can rule. So Houston Press and Miami New Times found 11 categories and picked best in each. Pete Kotz, former editor of True Crime Report, did the judging — unfortunately, as it turns out. Miami New Times has the results!
Instead of going to prison, Flanders continued drugging women so his partner could rape them on film. After a judge let him and his accomplice, Emerson Callum, out on bond in 2009, the pair assaulted at least three other women until the feds finally arrested them last year and a jury convicted the two in December on 32 counts related to drugging and raping women. Miami New Times has the story.
According to the police report, Ruiz, 46, took a gas can and soaked his wife with the liquid. He also doused the the first floor of the house, with his two daughters, son, and daughter-in-law sleeping in bedrooms. He picked up a barbecue lighter, cops say, and “was going to set [his wife]on fire.” Miami New Times has the story.
The megasmuggler featured in the documentary Cocaine Cowboys had suffered through a lengthy battle with cancer. Originally from a Mafia-connected family in New York, Roberts served a tour in Vietnam. According to his memoir, he spent much of it skinning people alive. He made hundreds of millions of dollars smuggling cocaine for the Medellín Cartel into Miami in the ’80s, and claimed to be a close crony of Pablo Escobar. Miami New Times has the story.