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This Brazilian Gang Leader Deserves An Award For Craziest Prison Escape Plan Ever

What could go wrong?

If there was some sort of strange awards ceremony for prison escapes, this Brazilian gang leader would have won the award for craziest plan ever.

In an attempt to free himself from Gericinó prison in Rio de Janeiro, Clauvino de Silva dressed up as his daughter when she came to visit him and tried to walk out the door in her place.

The disguise didn’t last long. Credit: Twitter

According to prison officials, the “nervousness” of de Silva gave it away and he was caught before he had a chance to escape.

His “nervousness” was a dead giveaway. Credit: Giphy

Apparently, de Silva’s plan was to dress up in this creepy mask, wig and outfit, and leave (!!) his 19-year-old daughter in jail as he left in her place. This has led police to look into her role as de Silva’s accomplice in the failed escape.

De Silva, who was part of one of Brazil’s most powerful criminal groups, has since been transferred to a unit of a maximum-security prison and will face disciplinary sanctions. 

His failed attempt might seem pretty ridiculous, but it’s not the first time a criminal has gone to crazy lengths to break out of prison.

They don’t always work. Credit: Giphy

In 2007, Pascal Payet escaped a maximum security prison in the South of France when his buddies landed a HELICOPTER on the roof and cut through metal doors to free him. 

Seeya. Credit: Giphy

In 2006, Richard Lee McNair escaped from a Louisiana penitentiary by hiding himself in an ‘escape pod’ buried under a pile of mailbags. The pallet of mailbags were shrink-wrapped and forklifted to a warehouse outside the prison where McNair cut himself out and escaped.

And how could we possibly forget El Chapo’s 2015 escape from a maximum-security prison in Mexico through a tunnel 1.5km in length!?

While these escapes sound like something out of a movie, all of the above have one thing in common: they were caught. Perhaps escaping prison isn’t as glamorous as the movies make it out to be.

You can hear more real-life prison breaks on the Escape podcast.

Amanda Knox Wants You To Fund Her Space-Themed Wedding But You'll Get Something In Return

This is out of this world.

Amanda Knox has left her traumatic past behind, and wants you to help her move light years into the future with a space-themed wedding. Yes, you read that correctly.

ICYMI – and you might be the only one – Knox spent four years in an Italian prison after she was convicted for the 2007 murder of her roommate and fellow exchange student Meredith Kercher. In 2011, after a very public trial and plenty of controversy, Knox was acquitted because of “stunning flaws” in the investigation. 

Amanda Knox, 2011. Credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Knox, who is now 32 years old, has gone on to become a best-selling author, activist and journalist. She’s also in the midst of planning her wedding to fiance Christopher Robinson, and wants your help.

The pair have created a crowdfunding page asking for funds from family and friends to help pay for their space-themed wedding, which will include a “time traveller’s headquarters,” “spacetime decor,” costumes, paradox props, black lights and fog machines. 

The Knox Robinson Registry website states that because the couple had to recently return to Italy for the Innocence Project’s wrongful convictions event, they had to spend all their wedding funds on “this challenging and important journey.” 

“Now we’re asking for help so that we can shower our friends and family with love and celebration!”

In exchange, those who donate will receive a signed, limited edition copy of The Cardio Tesseract, which is the couple’s “joint book of love poems.”

The poems are pretty intense, as well. Here’s a snippet from one called ‘She Wishes For Rapper Chains’: “Had I the dopest Cuban link chains,  iced out with diamonds and lemonade gold, not some hollowed-out dookie rope chains, I’m talking five solid kilos of gold, I would hang those chains around your neck.” 

The book of poems.
Credit: Knox Robinson Registry

This is blowing my mind all the way into the next galaxy.

Vogue Linking Beauty Trends To Murder Takes Glorifying Crime To A New Level

Yikes.

According to Vogue, true crime is sexy. Or at least the Manson Family murders are.

This week, the publication came under fire for a tone-deaf Instagram post that linked the 50th anniversary of the Manson Family murders to the revival of 60’s beauty trends. 

Oh dear. Credit: Giphy

“With this summer marking the 50th anniversary of the Manson family murders and the tragic death of Sharon Tate, the catalyst for the ‘60s revival is a secret to no one,” Vogue Beauty captioned a photo of singer Jorja Smith. “Tap the link in our bio to see how five It girls have modernised throwback looks.”

Followers were quick to poke fun and point out that modelling a beauty look off a woman who was murdered while eight months pregnant 50 years ago is in poor taste, to say the least. 

It’s a cringeworthy moment, and sadly, it’s not Vogue’s only blunder. Another Instagram picture posted just four days ago is captioned, “The ‘60s are back. Whether a referential ode to Sharon Tate, or simply capturing the spirit of her defining decade, tap the link in our bio for a round-up of ‘60s-inflected beauty looks have been everywhere of late.”

Following the backlash, Vogue were quick to delete the initial post and reword the article to reference Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as the reason for Sharon Tate being “thrust back into the collective conscious.” 

Screenshots live forever. Credit: @Diet_Prada Instagram Stories

To be fair, the tragic death of Sharon Tate has been thrust back into the collective conscious with Margot Robbie’s portrayal of her in Tarantino’s film, but does that mean we should be glorifying the murders, or worse, drawing inspiration from them for this summer’s hottest look? 

Sharon Tate might’ve been a public figure, but her death was tragic and impacted far more than winged eyeliner. A decade after her murder, Tate’s mother, Doris, organised a campaign that amended California criminal law in response to the “cult status” of killers and the possibility of them being granted parole. Doris once said, “If, in my work, I can help transform Sharon’s legacy from murder victim to a symbol of victims’ rights, I will have accomplished what I set out to do.”

Doris Tate. Credit: Paul Harris/Getty Images

After hearing this, perhaps it’s best we draw beauty inspo from fashion icons who weren’t brutally murdered.

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