Free Poker Decks for Inmates


Here is something weird, strange and quite interesting.  Poker cards to help solve cold-cases!

On July 24, 2007, Florida’s 93,000 state inmates started getting one of two decks that between them highlight 104 of the state’s most troubling unsolved murder and missing persons cases.  It is an effort to get inmates talking and gossiping about these cases, hoping it will lead to getting some of them solved.

These are of course inspired by the now famous most-wanted deck of Saddam Husien and other fugitives issued to U.S. troops shortly after the 2003 invasion of Iraq. 

For the state program, authorities printed 85,000 decks featuring the first 52 cases, and started handing them out Tuesday to inmates at Wakulla Correctional Institution in the Panhandle town of Crawfordville.  In a few weeks, 15,000 decks with 52 different cases will be distributed.

The King of Spades in one deck is Tiffany Sessions, a 20-year-old UoF sophomore who disappeared on Feb. 9, 1989. The Queen of Diamonds in that deck is 12-year-old Jennifer Odom, a girl whose body was found on Feb. 25, 1993, six days after she disappeared.

Sessions’ card features her smiling face. Odom’s card has a picture of a sweat shirt and her book bag because authorities didn’t want to give the state’s sex offenders pictures of children.

The state attorney general’s Crime Stoppers Fund is paying the $75,000 cost of the program — about $68,000 to produce the cards and $7,000 for rewards, an agency spokeswoman said. The Polk County deck was produced with help from the local Crime Stoppers program.

Odd News Shorts from Around the World

Here is some little tidbits of weird news from around the world:

– In Palermo, Italy a teacher who forced a pupil to write “I am a retard” 100 times was acquitted by an Italian court on Wednesday of abuse charges.

– In Ottawa, Canadan Canadians will install surveillance cameras around the National War Memorial in Ottawa after three youths urinated on the base of the monument late on the July 1 Canada Day holiday last year.

– In Seoul, Korea one of South Korea’s top banks has rolled out a new credit card for Protestant clergy that will give them breaks on Bible purchases and allow them to gather bonus points they can turn into donations for their churches.