Military veteran Joshua Price, 26, was arrested after police in a Chicago suburb found child pornography and 1,700 photos of dismembered women on his computer, but at a court hearing, Price explained that his photographs were a necessary escape from war-related trauma.
In fact, Price told prosecutors that were it not for the distracting photos, his stress disorder would surely have caused him to kill his wife and two daughters.
Prosecutors accepted that Price’s crime was a “cry for help,” but the judge, less impressed, quadrupled Price’s bail, to $1 million.
The initial explanation by Melvin Jackson, 48, upon his arrest for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in Kansas City, Mo., was to deny that he would ever do such a thing.
Rather, he said, “I thought the lady was dead.”
The initial explanation by Thomas O’Neil, 47, upon his arrest in Wausau, Wis., for criminal damage to property — breaking into a neighbor’s garage and defecating on the floor — was to claim that he thought he was in his own garage.
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