Spur of the moment crimes can occur for various reasons, including those that seem hardly worth acting on. Sometimes criminal activities are also born from a completely bizarre belief to justify actions.
Here are ten of the strangest reasons people thought it was a good idea to commit a crime.
Joshua Davies: It’s the Most Important Meal of the Day
While bets can be fun and games, when it’s taken too seriously and leads to death, the fun goes out the window. In early 2010, Joshua Davis killed his 15-year-old ex-girlfriend, Rebecca Aylward, in Bridgend, Wales. His motive? A schoolyard dare that would win him a fried breakfast.
The 15-year-old Davies murdered Aylward by hitting her on the head with a large rock. He had also planned two alternative methods of poisoning her with Ribena or drowning her in a river. Davies’ trial started on June 2011, and on July 27th, 2011, the jury found him guilty of murder. The court sentenced Davies to a minimum of 14 years in prison.
During the trial, the friend who had dared him said he received a text message two days before the murder. Davies wrote, “Don’t say anything, but you may just owe me a breakfast.” The friend told the jury he thought it was only a joke and that Davies was “messing about.” It wasn’t until 2018 that Davies finally confessed to his crimes in the hopes of a bid for early release.
Katie Jade Gates: Tomatoes for Dinner? Please Pass the Assault.
In Callahan, Florida, on September 12th, 2019, Katie Jade Gate threw a fit at dinner because she wanted “her fair share of tomatoes.” Her family tried to reprimand her, but she became enraged. The 19-year-old threw a pack of cigarettes, hitting her 73-year-old great-grandmother, Carolyn Schaeder, in the eye. She also grabbed a knife and chased her grandfather, Edward Schaedel, around the house, saying she would stab him in the face.
Police arrested and charged Gates with two felonies: aggravated battery on a person over 65 and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. By September 24th, 2019, she left jail after posting an $18,000 bond. However, the judge restrained her from contacting her grandfather and great-grandmother as she waited for trial.
Kevon Watkins: Killed Over WiFi Password
While not having a strong WiFi connection to play video games can be frustrating, it’s usually not something to kill over. For Georgia teen Kevon Lamar Watkins, it was. In February 2018, 16-year-old Watkins killed his 20-year-old sister, Alexus Breanna Watkins, in a deadly chokehold. Kevon and his mother were arguing because he changed the home WiFi password to play video games without interruptions. As the argument escalated, Alexus stepped in to protect her mother. Kevon and Alexus wrestled onto the floor, and he placed his sister in a chokehold. His mother called 911. By the time police showed up, at least 10 minutes later, Kevon still had a hold of his sister. Deputies tried to save her with CPR, but she was pronounced dead later that night at a local hospital.
Watkins was charged with felony murder and aggravated assault by strangulation. In February 2018, Watkins received a life sentence for the murder. He cried at the result of his sentence and said he was sorry.
Anatoly Yuryevich Moskvin: The World’s Creepiest DIY Dolls
If science or black magic finds a way to bring people back to life, historian Anatoly Yuryevich Moskvin was ready to revive the children’s bodies he stole. On November 2nd, 2011, the police arrested 45-year-old Moskvin for having twenty-six bodies of girls in his apartment and garage. Moskvin was exhuming the bodies and using mummification techniques before concealing them in dry places around cemeteries. Once dried up, he would bring the bodies home and dress them up to look like dolls. He gave them female clothes, stockings, knee-length boots, and applied make-up and lipstick. He also put music boxes in their rib cages. Moskvin’s parents, who lived in the apartment with him, saw the mummified bodies but thought they were large dolls.
When asked about his motive, Moskvin said he felt sorry for the girls and wanted to give them functional bodies when he discovered a way to bring them back to life. By “beautifying” them, he would make them comfortable and happy once they revived. Moskvin would search for obituaries of recently deceased children and select ones that “spoke” to him. He would sleep on the child’s grave and said he only dug up graves when he got permission.
In May 2012, the courts determined Moskvin had paranoid schizophrenia and sentenced him to a psychiatric hospital. In November 2020, a medical commission recommended releasing Moskvin due to the successful treatment of his schizophrenia. Still, the judge extended his sentence for an extra six months.
Glenna Brook Pinkerton: False Report On Dead Baby
While women are known to fake pregnancies for various reasons, including wanting a significant other to stay with them, someone rarely fakes a birth and death of a baby. However, 32-year-old Glenna Brook Pinkerton from Nashville, Tennessee, did just this for attention.
In March 2020, Pinkerton claimed her ex-boyfriend, Antonio Allen, shot her 1-year-old daughter in the head. Pinkerton told authorities she buried her daughter in March 2018 at Two Rivers Park. She led forensic investigators and cadaver dogs on a wild goose chase as they searched the area for the body with no success. The problem is, she never gave birth to a child. Her brother also confirmed he was “unaware” his sister was ever pregnant. Pinkerton later admitted she created the story. When authorities asked her why, she said, “Attention, I guess.” Police arrested and charged Pinkerton for filing a false report.