Facebook's most wanted

Social networking has a dark and hilarious side of ill-conceived criminality. Here are some of Facebook's dimmest crooks (and smartest detectives).

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Rodney Bradford: The man just wanted some pancakes

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Several of the incidents described in this slideshow boil down to this: Someone said something stupid on Facebook, and it got them in trouble. But let's end on a high note. Sometimes people say stupid things on Facebook and it keeps them out of trouble.

Last October 17 was just another Saturday for Rodney Bradford: he was hanging out in his father's apartment in Harlem, putting out a plea for pancakes on his Facebook profile. (The New York Times says this was "written in indecipherable street slang, but somehow I have difficulty imagining how "street" a sentence involving pancakes could be.) At that exact moment in Brooklyn, a man who would later be identified as Bradford was holding up two men. Bradford's pancake-themed posting, which, once some Facebook records had been subpoenaed, was confirmed as coming from an IP address in Harlem, was an element in the alibi that set him free.

Of course true geeks reading this will scoff that such an excuse could be deemed airtight; after all, he could have just had someone in Harlem log in to Facebook under his username and post. But, as Bradford's defense attorney noted, "This implies a level of criminal genius that you would not expect from a young boy like this; he is not Dr. Evil."

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