NYPD’s Computers Are Certain That This 82-Year-Old Woman Is a Dangerous Criminal
(GIZMODO) Rose Martin has been questioned by police some 50 times in eight years, stemming from her involvement in crimes ranging from robbery to murder. Of course, she’s not actually involved, but the NYPD’s computers continue to think otherwise.
For nearly a decade, police have regularly visited Martin’s home in Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband, Walter. She never has any information on the criminals in question, but police continue to be dispatched to her address nonetheless.
Prompted by an investigation by the NY Daily News, the New York Police Department traced the problem to a test of their computer system in 2002 in which the Martins’ residence in Brooklyn was used as a test address (they couldn’t say why). NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne promised that the address had been eradicated from the database and that the law-abiding Martins would be left alone.
But just when you thought the case was closed, the NY Daily News offers a compelling twist. The home’s previous owner, who sold it to the Martins in 1997 (five years before the alleged test), moved for the very same reason. Back then, too, cops were continually visiting the home, reportedly in response to several bogus reports from a “still-unknown tormentor.” Sometimes a house is just destined to be a hide-out. [NY Daily News]