When Secret Service Agent Matthew Britsch began trawling for major counterfeiters in the shadowy marketplaces of the dark web, he acted like any smart consumer on eBay — he studied the reviews.
Britsch knew he had struck gold when he found Billmaker, the online moniker of an anonymous counterfeiter who promised a high-quality $100 bill and a money-back guarantee. He even had a loyal fan base who praised his work and customer service with scores of positive reviews.
“Very good quality and got here quick,” one gushed.
“All passed with no issue whatsoever,” another wrote, approvingly. “FRESH CLEAN BILLS!” agreed a third.
“Billmaker was a five-star guy,” said Britsch. “He wanted those five-star reviews to help him sell more bills. That was clearly his goal.”
The agent clicked “buy” and in September 2017 purchased four fake $100 bills for $120 in bitcoin, the online cryptocurrency. The counterfeits arrived on time and were as good as promised.
An analysis by Secret Service experts linked the fraudulent bills to thousands of others that had been passed with a total face value of $4.1 million. That made Billmaker the nation’s most prolific domestic counterfeiter.
When it comes to serial child killer Albert Fish, the adjectives to describe his inhumanity hardy seem strong enough – depraved, perverted, deviant, degenerate – he was all that and more. The crimes he committed fill the heart with rage, while the taunting letters he sent the victim’s families make you wonder how a human being could be so cruel. In this week’s Biographics, we venture in the sordid life of Albert Fish – and it ain’t pretty!
David Richard Berkowitz (born Richard David Falco; June 1, 1953), known also as the Son of Sam and the .44 Caliber Killer, is an American serial killer who pled guilty to eight separate shooting attacks that began in New York City during the summer of 1976. The crimes were perpetrated with a .44 caliber Bulldog revolver. He killed six people and wounded seven others by July 1977. As the number of victims increased, Berkowitz eluded the biggest police manhunt in the history of New York City while leaving letters that mocked the police and promised further crimes, which were highly publicized by the press. The killing spree terrorized New Yorkers and achieved worldwide notoriety. On the evening of August 10, 1977, Berkowitz was taken into custody by New York City police homicide detectives in front of his Yonkers apartment building, and he was subsequently indicted for eight shooting incidents. He confessed to all of them, and claimed to have been obeying the orders of a demon, manifested in the form of a dog, “Harvey”, who belonged to his neighbor “Sam.” Despite his explanation, Berkowitz was found mentally competent to stand trial. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was incarcerated in state prison. In the course of further police investigations, Berkowitz was also implicated in many unsolved arsons in the city. Intense coverage of the case by the media lent a kind of celebrity status to Berkowitz, and some observers noted that he seemed to enjoy it. In response, the New York State legislature enacted new legal statutes, known popularly as “Son of Sam laws,” designed to keep criminals from profiting financially from the publicity created by their crimes. Despite various amendments and legal challenges, the statutes have remained law in New York, and similar laws have been enacted in several other states. Berkowitz has been imprisoned since his arrest and is serving six consecutive life sentences. During the mid-1990s, he amended his confession to claim that he had been a member of a violent Satanic cult that orchestrated the incidents as ritual murder. He remains the only person ever charged with the shootings. Although some law enforcement authorities have questioned whether Berkowitz’s claims are credible, a new investigation of the murders begun in 1996 was suspended indefinitely after inconclusive findings. Thank you for helping me reach 50.000 subscribers. This is your small gift from me https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B84… Subscribe to our new channel – Crime Vault – https://www.youtube.com/crimevaultcha… (Weird cases, serial killers you never heard of and much more) Subscribe to our new channel – Crime Vault – https://www.youtube.com/crimevaultcha… (Weird cases, serial killers you never heard of and much more)
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Sensational new evidence is unearthed in a book to be published next week
A number of sensational new clues have been unearthed in the case of missing Manic Street Preachersrock star Richey Edwards.
They have come to light in a new book to be published next week.
Russian serial killer Alexander Pichushkin, nicknamed “The Chessboard Killer,” was caught in Moscow and convicted in 2007 of killing 48 people. Following his arrest the police discovered a chessboard with dates on all but two of the squares, apparently connected to the murders he committed. Due to the gruesomeness and number of murders, Russians considered reinstating the death penalty.
The story of the notorious 60s-era US serial killer offers lots of mileage for an investigation that spills small-town secrets and spares no grisly details
Editor’s note: TPRPP member, Ezra Buckley has an essay in this journal along with many other writers.
Announcement for Night Forest Journal issue 1
Attention radicals, anarchists, poetic-freaks, lovers of freaky poetry, savage kids, eco-nerds, feral folk, witches, individualists, nihilists, primitivists, zenarchy weirdos, rebels with tribal tendencies and the anti-political!
Night Forest Journal issue 1 is a collection of poems, stories, essays and images, for your psychic-wanderings.
Thank you to all of you who have sent in your creativity, whether that is as poetry, essays, art or short stories. We are very happy to announce that the first Night Forest Journal is complete and ready for you to read.
We the editors wanted this project to be a space of raw unapologetic desire.
What it has become is far more beautiful than we imagined it would ever be.
This space was intended also to be a confused place, caught between beauty, joy, fury and sadness.
For reasons we did not expect, we are sad not to be sharing this space with a friend. Tyler Dixon’s pieces are particularly beautiful to us, for reasons that are plain and not confusing.
The confusion we are voicing is that of being caught between the renunciation of pessimists and abjectionists, and the optimism of revolutionary’s and salvationists. Rather than either of these narratives, our authenticity is drawn towards an absurd desire for life, that is not blind to the death that is Leviathan.
We apologise for this to no one. We are not seeking to prove anything to anyone. We are aligned with no ideology or flag.
This journal is the sound of feral animals, screaming into the night.