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Wait, What!?

News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published June 24, 2015

Wait, What!?

British forensic scientist Dr. Brooke Magnanti, 39, has written two best-selling books and inspired a TV series based on her life, but she recently filed a lawsuit accusing her ex-boyfriend of libeling her -- by telling people that she was NOT formerly a prostitute. A major part of Magnanti's biography is how she paid for university studies through prostitution -- which has supposedly enhanced her marketability. [The Independent (London), 3-13-2015]

Murder "contracts" are ubiquitous in novels and movies, but an actual murder contract cannot be enforced in American courts. However, a recent "contract" case in Norway (according to the Norwegian newspaper Varden, as reported on came down hard on a hit man who got cold feet.

The hit man, who stalled repeatedly, was finally sued by the payer, who won a jury verdict (later set aside) for the unrequited killing.

Then, because the hit man had attempted to extort even more money from the payer (to find a substitute killer), the hit man was fined the equivalent of $1,200. [, 1-15-2015]

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