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).

By , ITworld |  Internet, Facebook, slideshow

Colton Harris-Moore: Dillinger 2.0

Can you resist his face?

Colton Harris-Moore, a teenager in Washington State, is in the midst of a firmly old-school crime spree: burglaries, stolen cars, stolen planes, etc. If there's anything notable about it, it's both the quantity of his crimes (he's been linked to more than 50) and the devil-may-care attitude (at least one of those planes he flew, he crashed and then walked away from).

So where's the social networking angle? Like the gangster-idols of the '30s, Harris-Moore has a fan club -- but this one is forming for the most part online. He's got a Facebook fan group with hundreds of members, thrilling to his exploits. Would an earlier era have seen Facebook groups with names like "1 MILLION STRONG TO KEEP BABY FACE NELSON FREE"?

Harris-Moore's verve is probably best enjoyed from a distance: he's known to have shot and wounded at least one sheriff's deputy.

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