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323854.  Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:01 am Reply with quote

Q: British housewife Julie Amiri was arrested 53 times between 1985 and 1993, but never once convicted. Can anyone tell me why?

Housewife Julie Amiri (born 1952) is arguably the single greatest nuisance the British police force has ever encountered.

She was arrested a whopping 53 times between 1985 and 1993, but never once convicted.

Arrested for shoplifting in Oxford Street (1993), she told the court that she only stole to get arrested. The reason? The act of being arrested by members of the police force made her orgasm.

As absurd as this may sound, she has convinced doctors that her condition is genuine, and as a result has never done time.

Source: Brewers Rogues, page 14

323883.  Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:35 am Reply with quote

She seems to be on Facebook, too. Book 'er, Bunto.

323884.  Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:37 am Reply with quote

Can anyone tell me why?

Is it because every time she was arrested, she got off?

Thank you, I'm in town all week.

323887.  Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:44 am Reply with quote

It seems to be corroborated:

Shoplifter Julie Amiri told Chichester Crown Court that she could only achieve orgasm by being chased through the streets by police cars or store detectives and being locked in a cell. "It turns me on. I love the uniforms, the chase and the flashing blue lights." A psychiatrist specialising in shoplifting confirmed that Amiri suffered from a disorder which compelled her to steal to gain attention. Amiri, a 35-year-old divorcee, said she had her first orgasm in the back of a police car when she was 28, and found it hard not to think of the association.

Sussex Eve. Argus, 9 June 1993.

323892.  Thu Apr 24, 2008 10:52 am Reply with quote

Flash wrote:
Can anyone tell me why?

Is it because every time she was arrested, she got off?

Thank you, I'm in town all week.

Or .... "But every time she was arrested she got off - why?"

323913.  Thu Apr 24, 2008 11:17 am Reply with quote

Yes, I think so:

Julie Amiri was arrested 53 times. How come she always got off?

324319.  Fri Apr 25, 2008 5:40 am Reply with quote

Shoplifting -- more than just a criminal problem.
By Patricia Reaney
591 words
20 October 1993
Reuters News
(c) 1993 Reuters Limited
LONDON, Oct 20 (Reuter) - Some people do it for greed, others to fulfil an economic need. Some simply can't help themselves and a few even describe getting a sexual thrill.

"Shoplifting is the only crime where large numbers of people who are not normally in trouble with the law commit offences for no apparent reason," said Harry Kauffer, founder of the charity Crisis Counselling for Alleged Shoplifters.

Julie Amiri, a 35-year-old mother, defended her shoplifting spree in a court appearance in July saying it was it was the only way she could achieve sexual orgasm.

"I had my first orgasm in the back of a police car. After that I was around the shops every day," she said.

Amiri was found guilty and fined but her psychiatrist supported her defence. "It's rare, but Amiri is not the only person," said Dr Neil Brener.

"A sexual thrill from shoplifting certainly does occur in some patients. Some describe a sense of excitement and in extreme versions it actually leads to orgasm."

Brener, who conducts counselling clinics for shoplifters at Charing Cross Hospital in London, treats people who suffer from pathological shoplifting.

"These are people who shoplift because of psychological problems which can range from major mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or short-term problems such as bereavement or depressive illness."

His patients range from teenagers to 80-year-olds and come from every social strata. He has treated doctors, policemen, teachers, nurses and even lawyers.

Although shoplifting is often perceived as a woman's crime, Brener said statistics show that slightly more men shoplift than women.

"It's a massive problem," he added. "There is a very strong compulsive nature to it."

Government figures show that 41,600 people were found guilty of shoplifting in 1990-91 and 64,000 were cautioned.

British shops lose billions of pounds (dollars) a year because of it. Much of the loss is attributed to professional thieves, juveniles who steal for a laugh or people who are supporting an addiction to alcohol or drugs.

But Kauffer said up to a third of the crimes are committed by people with psychological problems. Crisis Counselling for Alleged Shoplifters, which he founded 11 years ago, deals with up to 3,000 cases a year and operates a 24-hour helpline with 18 counsellors.

"These people are desperate," he said, adding that 50 suicides or attempted suicides a year are related to shoplifting.

"It's impossible to envisage the depths of despair plumbed by some of the accused...the chasm of misery," he added.

One 68-year-old woman threatened suicide after she was arrested for stealing a meat pie. A vegetarian and well-paid lawyer, she could have easily have afforded to pay for it.

But Kauffer discovered that she was nursing a sick husband, had recently lost a daughter and her son was going through marital problems.

He describes many of his cases as "casualties of the recession" -- people who were high flyers and have lost their jobs or whose marriages have crumbled or are suffering from depression, anxiety and eating disorders.

"By its nature, mental illness is bizarre," said Brener.

"Many of the people who shoplift actually hate the thought of being caught. Some have very poor self-worth. They think they are bad, wicked people."

He advises anyone who suffers from an urge to shoplift to realise that they are not alone and to seek professional legal and medical advice.

324679.  Fri Apr 25, 2008 11:47 am Reply with quote

Police in the Congo are trying to deal with an outbreak of penis theft. It's amazing what you can read on the General Banter forum sometimes...

324847.  Fri Apr 25, 2008 3:34 pm Reply with quote

It's all rather odd, since this alleged penis theft does not in fact involve men becoming detached from their penises.

Is "mass hysteria" an acceptable terminology these days - because if so, that seems to me to be what this is. No one has cut off, stolen, kidnapped or shrunk the membra virilia (I think) of the men in question. But I suppose that if you tell a guy that his equipment no longer works, well to a certain extent there's a self fulfilling prophecy going on.

325183.  Sat Apr 26, 2008 4:38 am Reply with quote

There've been big features on penis theft in Fortean Times in years gone by.


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