The call turned out to be the key piece of evidence, clearly showing the murder had been premeditated. As a result, it took a jury only seven hours to find the three men guilty and sentence them to life in prison. When asked about it, a spokesman for the police said, "I've never seen a criminal call a recorded line." Must've been their first day in Florida.
A Kidnapped Girl Is Rescued By Lions
The men who kidnapped a 12-year-old girl in rural Ethiopia had a lot to worry about: vengeful parents, the police, their fate in the afterlife, etc. But what never figured into their list of problems was a pride of crime-fighting lions.
As the seven kidnappers were moving their victim, they unexpectedly bumped into the lions. Confronted with no longer being on top of the food chain, the very ungentlemanly criminals left the girl to fend for herself. But this isn't the story of how police found the licked-clean bones of a tiny lion meal.
For half an hour, the lions just kinda ... hung out with the kid, lounging about with seemingly no intention of devouring her face. When the rescue party finally arrived, the lions simply strolled off, figuring their job was done. A police sergeant Wondmu Wedaj said, it seemed as if the lions had left the child to them as a gift. And with only four of the seven kidnappers later found and arrested, uh, let's not speculate on what the lions got in return.
There were a few theories as to why the lions eschewed the traditional screaming-and-bleeding outcome. According to big game hunter Colonel Lemma Legesse (an obvious Disney villain), the lions were probably preparing to eat her, but were rudely interrupted by the rescue party. But we prefer the theory of a local wildlife expert, who opined that the girl's sobbing cries probably reminded the lions of a mewling cub. And truly, there is no more universal language than that of tired parents going, "I'm here, everything's fine, just shut up already."