College student fakes kidnapping to avoid telling parents about failing grades

Per the Huffington Post: a guy named Aftab Aslam faked his kidnapping and went missing for a week because he was flunking a college English class and didn’t want his parents to know:

Aslam camped for about a week in an undeveloped area in Forsyth County, but the weather turned cold and rainy and he went home.

As one of the commenters pointed out, “I hate to think what he’s going to do to avoid telling his folks about his jail sentence…”

From another comenter:

“According to other (slightly more enlightening!) reports it was the 2nd time he’d failed this class and it seems he was concerned about continued financial support.
He sent a text to his parents pretending to be the ‘kidnappers’ telling them not to contact the police. Oddly enough his parents on hearing their child had been abducted did contact the police (parents being a bit strange about things like that!) as a result the local police, the FBI and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation all started looking for him (Law Enforcement being equally strange about things like that!) after 8 days when it got a bit damp and cold he went home and told everyone he had been drugged and held hostage.
If he were my son jail would be the safest place for him till I’d calmed down! I think he may want to reconsider his college classes, I suspect he would excel at drama!”

I flunked college math like four times and I never faked my own kidnapping. Not once.

Back in like 2004, a Northeastern University (Boston) college student vanished for a month and everyone was looking for him. He didn’t fake his own kidnapping, he just dropped off the face of the earth. If I recall right, his parents found him because they were tracking his debit card and noticed someone kept making withdrawals at the same ATM. It turned out he wasn’t going to graduate that year after all and was ashamed to tell them.

340 years ago today…

Thomas Cornell was hanged in colonial Rhode Island for the murder of his elderly mother, Rebecca. It was a rather bizarre homicide case and Thomas was probably innocent. In fact, it’s debatable whether or not it was a murder at all. Thomas was convicted, essentially, because he was an unfilial son.

But Rebecca’s firey death was certainly very strange. One thing I remember from the book I read about it was that she was wearing a dress with cotton and wool parts, and the woolen parts burned but the cotton parts were left relatively intact. This makes no sense; cotton is highly flammable, much more so than wool. Shrug. Anyhoo, Thomas’s execution was commemorated by me on Executed Today two years ago.

(The family were the ancestors of the person who founded Cornell University, which, incidentally, rejected me for admission back in 2003. Which is just as well, because I found a very nice college to go to, and I had a friend who went to Cornell and hated every second of it. Up yours, Cornell!)