8 People Arrested While Dressed as Superheroes


Be warned, superhero wannabes: Squeezing into a pair of tights and grabbing the nearest cape before going out to fight for justice will more likely get you incarcerated than applauded these days. Plus, as a few of the bolder entries on this list found out the hard way, suiting up certainly won’t get you off the hook for breaking and entering, drug possession, or driving while intoxicated.

1. Spider-Man Scales The Sears Tower

Donning a custom-made Spider-Man costume and packing an assortment of suction cups and rock-climbing equipment, Dan Goodwin set out to ascend the 110-story Chicago skyscraper (now known as the Willis Tower) on May 25, 1981. Seven hours later, he succeeded … only to be immediately booked for trespassing, and interrogated by the city’s Fire Commissioner. 

2. Batman Arrested For Obstructing A Crime Scene

Mark Williams thought he’d help a local police investigation by imitating the dark knight himself last October. Instead, the 31-year-old Michigan resident found himself incarcerated for hindering a police investigation. Adding insult to injury, his costume was confiscated in the process.

3. Batman Arrested For Stealing Power Tools

Inhibiting law enforcement is bad enough, but some Batman fans have even been taken downtown for petty theft. Case in point: one Stan Worby of Bradford, England. Worby had previously made headlines for dragging a wanted criminal into his local police station. Just over a month later, he was accused of burgling $1200 worth of power tools from a nearby garage and arrested accordingly. After he pled not guilty, he was released on bail.

4. Captain America And The Badly-Placed Burrito

At a costume party at a bar in Melbourne, Florida, Dr. Raymond Adamcik arrived clad in a Captain America muscle suit … complete with a burrito wedged below the belt. After he made a series of lewd suggestions pertaining thereto, the police were called to intervene. That he was caught trying to dispose of a joint at the time didn’t help his case. 

5. Banana Boy’s Slippery Situation

Actor Chris Phelps and company found themselves in trouble with the law when a choreographed street fight they’d been filming that starred Phelps’ cowardly “Banana Boy” character and a masked bandit looked a little too real for local authorities.

6. Super-Heroin

Not even the Man of Steel has a clean track record. A suspicious character sporting a Superman costume and waving at passing traffic in Wasilla, Alaska was questioned by a state trooper who discovered “an undisclosed amount of heroin” on his person. 

7. Phoenix Jones Lands In The Big House

By day, he’s Benjamin Fodor. By night, he’s Phoenix Jones, a masked crime-fighter roaming the streets of Seattle. And in 2011, his decision to use pepper spray to break up a street fight landed him in the slammer for assault, as the following clip explains.

After spending seven hours behind bars, Jones made bail and his case was eventually dropped. “I’m just like everybody else,” Fodor says. “The only difference is I decided to stop crime in my neighborhood.”

8. Scottish Batman Slapped With DUI With Drunk Superman Riding Shotgun

Anstruther is ordinarily a quiet little town in the Scottish lowlands. But on August 15, 2006, police arrested a driver and his passenger—adorned in Batman and Superman gear, respectively—after both failed a mandatory breathalyzer test. In the words of an anonymous spokesman, “This is a real fall from grace for two superheroes. I am sure [drunk] driving is not allowed in Gotham City.” 

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Meghan Markle Is Related to H.H. Holmes, America’s First Serial Killer, According to New Documentary
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Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons // Nigel Parry, USA Network

Between staging paparazzi photos and writing open letters to Prince Harry advising him to call off his wedding, Meghan Markle’s family has been keeping the media pretty busy lately. But it turns out that her bloodline's talent for grabbing headlines dates back much further than the announcement that Markle and Prince Harry were getting hitched—and for much more sinister reasons. According to Meet the Markles, a new television documentary produced for England’s Channel Four, the former Suits star has a distant relation to H.H. Holmes, America’s first serial killer.

The claim comes from Holmes’s great-great-grandson, American lawyer Jeff Mudgett, who recently discovered that he and Markle are eighth cousins. If that connection is correct, then it would mean that Markle, too, is related to Holmes.

While finding out that you’re related—however distantly—to a man believed to have murdered 27 people isn’t something you’d probably want to share with Queen Elizabeth II when asking her to pass the Yorkshire pudding at Christmas dinner, what makes the story even more interesting is that Mudgett believes that his great-great-grandpa was also Jack the Ripper!

Mudgett came to this conclusion based on Holmes’s personal diaries, which he inherited. In 2017, American Ripper—an eight-part History Channel series—investigated Mudgett’s belief that Holmes and Jack were indeed one and the same.

When asked about his connection to Markle, and their shared connection to Holmes—and, possibly, Jack the Ripper—Mudgett replied:

“We did a study with the FBI and CIA and Scotland Yard regarding handwriting analysis. It turns out [H. H. Holmes] was Jack the Ripper. This means Meghan is related to Jack the Ripper. I don’t think the Queen knows. I am not proud he is my ancestor. Meghan won’t be either.”

Shortly thereafter he clarified his comments via his personal Facebook page:

In the 130 years since Jack the Ripper terrorized London’s Whitechapel neighborhood, hundreds of names have been put forth as possible suspects, but authorities have never been able to definitively conclude who committed the infamous murders. So if Alice's Adventures in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll could have done it, why not the distant relative of the royal family's newest member?

[h/t: ID CrimeFeed]

A New D.B. Cooper Suspect Has Emerged

The identity of skyjacker D.B. Cooper—a well-mannered passenger on Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 305 who parachuted out of the skyjacked plane heading to Seattle in November 1971 with $200,000 in cash—has long intrigued both law enforcement and amateur sleuths. One theory posited that Cooper may have even been a woman in disguise.

In July 2017, the FBI officially closed the case. This week, they might take another look at their archival material. An 84-year-old pet sitter from DeLand, Florida named Carl Laurin has made a public proclamation that a deceased friend of his, Walter R. Reca, once admitted he was the country’s most notorious airborne thief.

The announcement is tied to the publication of Laurin’s book, D.B. Cooper & Me: A Criminal, a Spy, and a Best Friend. And while some may discount the admission as an attempt to sell books, the book's publisher—Principia Media—claims it vetted Laurin’s claims via a third-party investigator.

According to Laurin, he and Reca met while both were skydivers in the 1950s and kept in touch over the years. Reca was a military paratrooper and received an Honorable Discharge from the Air Force in 1965. Laurin suspected his friend immediately following the skyjacking since he had previously broken the law, including an attempted robbery at a Bob’s Big Boy restaurant as well as several banks. But Reca didn’t admit guilt until shortly before his death in 2014, when he handed over audiotapes of his confession and made Laurin promise not to reveal them until after he had passed away.

Principia Media publisher/CEO Vern Jones says he expects skeptics to challenge the book’s claims, but says that the evidence provided by Laurin was “overwhelming.” The FBI has yet to comment on any of the specifics of Laurin’s story, but an agency spokesperson told The Washington Post that “plausible theories” have yet to convey “necessary proof of culpability.” Nonetheless, someone at the Bureau probably has a weekend of reading ahead of them.

[h/t MSN]


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