Weird Criminal Law Stories #424: Wife Crashes Her own Funeral

AUSTRALIA: Headline: “Wife crashes her own funeral – husband horrified that she was alive!” What a story. Early in 2016, Mrs. Noela Rukundo sat in a car outside of her home in Melbourne, watching as the last few mourners filed out. They were leaving a funeral. As a matter of fact it was her funeral. Finally, she saw the man for whom she had been waiting. She stepped out of her car and her husband put his hands on his head in horror. Why? It was just five days earlier that he had ordered a team of hit men to kill Rukundo, his wife of ten years. The hit met told her husband that they had killed her but they never carried out the crime. The hit men had taken the money but said that they did not kill women. Her husband wailed, “I am sorry for everything.” Too late, Rukundo had called the police and her husband, Balenga Kalala, ultimately pleaded guilty and was sentenced to nine years in prison for incitement to murder. What a story…


CALIFORNIA: Wedding Crasher….? Denise Gunderson, 50, was arrested for posing as a guest at several San Diego weddings and helping herself to the bags of guests, brides and bridal parties. She pleaded guilty to grand theft and identity theft and was sentenced to seven years in prison.


CHINA: The headline read – Knock it off! We learn that shops in Hong Kong are being discouraged from selling knock-off paper versions of clothes to burn as part of a Chinese tradition. Authorities at the Gucci Corporation learned of the shops selling paper versions of their clothes to burn as offering to the deceased and demanded shop owners stop selling the counterfeit clothes.



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