Victims were persuaded to withdraw large amounts and place them inside black pillowcases or under mattresses. Evil spirits could then migrate from the person to the bills, they were told, according to court records.
When police officers make mistakes or are involved in a shooting, the details typically aren’t released for weeks. But Police Chief Hank Stawinski’s response was unusual and remarkable. He provided a full timeline of events — and an apology — in less than 24 hours when officers mistakenly raided the apartment of an innocent man.