It doesn’t take a genius to be a criminal. In fact, some of the dumbest people in the world turn to a life of crime to survive. This list is full of dumb criminals who were probably going to get caught at some point, but their lack of spelling skills expedited their fate as inmates. Not every criminal on this list is as dumb as the guy who tried to rob two banks with the same misspelled note and ended up empty-handed. Some of them just became careless, and stopped using their spellcheck when they committed crimes. We obviously don’t condone anything illegal, but if you’re going to turn into the next enemy of the state, do yourself a favor and learn something from these dumb criminals who were caught because of spelling errors.
Take note, future robbers, kidnappers, and con men: criminals caught by spelling mistakes are the least cool guys in prison. Remember, Robert Durst notwithstanding, Hollywood only makes movies about vigilante bank robbers who go down in a blaze of glory, not criminals caught because of spelling errors. You probably won’t even show up on Cops, but everyone on the Internet will laugh at you.If you have no plans to turn to a life of crime, this list is still full of healthy reminders that you should always double check your work, and don’t get too cocky for an editor. If you do, there’s a good chance you’ll end up in word jail. Check out these stupid crimes related to spelling, and then go buy a dictionary.
Robert Durst Misspells Beverly, Does a Lot of Other Dumb Stuff
Thanks to HBO's The Jinx, Robert Durst will forever be known as the criminal who solved his own case by forgetting to take off his mic. But he was already a suspect WAAAAAY before that gaffe. Durst was already heavily suspected in multiple murders thanks to his eccentric way of spelling the word "Beverly."That may be bad, but it has nothing compared to this idiot.
Murder Plot Unraveled Thanks to a Spelling Error
On Christmas 2013, a 55-year-old British woman tried to poison her husband and make it look like a suicide attempt. Unfortunately her plan went belly up when she handed over her husband's "suicide note," which not only featured a massive misspelling of the word "dignity" but was also missing a signature. Oh well, you know what they say about plans.
Murderer Misspells Name When Forging Documents
Despite leaving no evidence and hiding the body so securely that it was never found, Rajvinder Singh, the murderer of Pushpa Verma, signed "Puspha Verma" on a power of attorney paper. This tipped off police to the possibility that things might not be on the up and up with Mr. Singh.
Grammar Helps Solve Yorkshire Girl's Murder
When Jenny Nicholl disappeared from Yorkshire in 2005, linguistic analysts were able to determine that texts were sent from her phone by her murder after she was killed. Their evidence showed that Nicholl routinely spelled out "I am" and "myself" in text messages, but after she disappeared the texts changed to "im" and "meself," which were common features of her murderer's text speak.