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In October 1980 James Hoskins took over a local news station armed with multiple weapons after taking a newscaster hostage. While he was there he used the opportunity to record a message about his motivations, although they appeared inconsistent. He claimed that he was making a stand about violence against the poor by police, inviting the police to come in and gun him down. However, over the course of the ‘interview’ Hoskins revealed that he had actually shot and killed his girlfriend earlier in the day, and would rather be gunned down by police than face a prison sentence.

In the end none of the hostages were harmed, and before police got an opportunity to arrest him Hoskins sat himself down in the studio on the newscasters chair, put a gun to his head and fired a single shot, killing himself. 

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Issei Sagawa was a japanese cannibal who murdered Renée Hartevelt, a dutch student, in Paris, France on the 11th of June 1981. Sagawa was found to be legally insane by french authorities and was ordered to be held indefinitely in a psychiatric institution. However, he was soon extradited to Japan, his home country, where the authorities determined that he was in fact sane, and as a result he was able to leave the psychiatric institution and walk free, after having only spend 5 years incarcerated for a crime that included human mutilation, cannibalism and necrophilia.

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