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At-Risk Survivors have misadventures that stop short of the ultimate sacrifice. Nevertheless we salute the spirit of their colossal blunders with an Honorable Mention. Better luck next time!

Amateur Murderer
2000 At-Risk Survivor
Confirmed True by Darwin

(17 June 2000, Florida) Another one from the Stupid Criminal file. A man murdered a female acquaintance and dumped her burned body in a remote location in Southwest Florida. Seven weeks after the crime, he remembered her jewelry and returned to the body to recover his loot. But the charred skeleton had been found and identified only the day before. When deputies stopped the suspicious vehicle on the lonesome road, the driver attempted to accelerate to freedom. Instead he crashed into the sheriff's portable command post, making the manhunt that much simpler. A classic example of the culprit returning to the scene of the crime is enhanced by this piquant twist: if the murderer is sentenced to Florida's death penalty, he may one day qualify for a Darwin Award instead of just an At-Risk Survivor.

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Submitted by: Waddy Thompson

Reference: The News-Press of Southwest Florida

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