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Police: Fascination prompted man to steal rare copy of ‘Mein Kampf’ 

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Police: Fascination prompted man to steal rare copy of ‘Mein Kampf’ 

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. —  An Illinois man who stole a 90-year-old copy of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” from a museum said he was “fascinated by it,” police said.

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Robert Charles LeCompte, 30, of Collinsville, was charged Friday with one count each of burglary and theft, both felonies, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

Surveillance footage revealed a man later identified as LeCompte walking out of the Collinsville Historical Museum on Feb. 21 with a special edition of Hitler’s book that was printed in Munich in 1927 and presented to Nazi leaders, police said. The book is estimated to be worth at least $3,000 and possibly up to $10,000, the Post-Dispatch reported.

Museum officials did not notice the book was missing until April 4, the Post-Dispatch reported. Police released surveillance photos Wednesday of a suspect later identified as LeCompte.

Tips were called in to police as soon as the photos were put on the department’s Facebook page, Assistant Police Chief Rich Wittenauer said.

On Thursday, a few hours before he was arrested, LeCompte dropped the book off at the museum. “He knew we were looking for him,” Wittenauer said. 

LeCompte admitted stealing the book, police said.

“He would only say that he was just ‘fascinated by it,’” Wittenauer told the Post-Dispatch. “He wouldn’t talk about it after that.”

The book had been given to the museum by the family of the late Irving Dilliard, a Collinsville resident who obtained it while an Army officer in Europe during World War II. Dilliard, who died in 2002, was a retired editor of the Post-Dispatch editorial page. He also was a past president of the Illinois State Historical Society.

Museum officials declined comment, the Post-Dispatch reported.

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Man lives with Dead Corpse for 3 days. Turned up the AC and sold her laptop and sent a pic to his buddy. And was getting high the entire time.

A man in New Jersey is believed to have lived with a corpse for three days while he used drugs, police said. Officers found Mathew Schmarr, 35, passed out in a residence with a 52-year-old deceased woman on March 21, according to NJ.com. Officers responded after the mother of his child said she received a suspicious text from him.

Investigators determined that the woman had been dead for approximately three days. On March 18, Schmarr’s child was at the residence, according to police. It is that day that the woman is believed to have died, according to authorities. Once Schmarr realized the woman was dead, he allegedly turned up the air conditioner, researched death and decomposition on his phone, showed a friend the corpse and sold the dead woman’s laptop computer, according to the NJ.com report. Schmarr also is accused of staging a suicide, by arranging pill bottles next to the woman’s body.

Schmarr was charged with failure to report a death and child neglect. Schmarr is being held at the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Institute on outstanding warrants, according to official records.

 

 

By Joy Johnston, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Tom Brady will not visit the White House for the annual tradition for Super Bowl winners to meet with the president.

“I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today,” Brady said in a statement released by ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “Thank you to the president for hosting this honorary celebration and for supporting our team for as long as I can remember. In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today’s ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters.”

Most of the team will get together at the White House to celebrate its Super Bowl win with President Donald Trump. Trump has repeatedly spoken and tweeted about his fandom of the Patriots and his friendship with Brady and Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a known Trump supporter.

Several members of the team will not attend the ceremony because of the man whose hand they would be shaking. Chris Long, Alan Branch, LeGarrette Blount, Martellus Bennett, Dont’a Hightower and Devin McCourty said they are not making the trip to Washington, D.C. “We’ll have a lot of fun at the ring ceremony,” McCourty told WFXT. “We had a lot of fun at the afterparty. We had a lot of fun on the plane coming back. The ring ceremony is really the thing where the last time the team gets together… where you get to enjoy everyone on that team. So I don’t, me personally, I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything.” Brady also did not participate two years ago when the team met with then-President Barack Obama at the White House to celebrate its Super Bowl 49 win. Brady did not cite politics as a reason.

 

 

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

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