When a man near Khartoum was set upon by two men and consequently suffered a broken tooth, he insisted on a similar punishment for his attackers, once the matter was brought before an emergency court.
Under strict Islamic Law, the presiding judge ordered that a dentist remove one tooth from each culprit without the use of anaesthetic!
Source: The Canberra Times, Tuesday 5 June 1984
A young Chinese was captured by five armed men in Manila, forcedto sign a ransom note to his father, and then to take a sleeping tablet. The victim popped the pill in a hollow tooth, pretended to fall asleep, and when his captors relaxed their watch, he escaped!
Source: Sunday Times, Sunday 25 July 1948
A Newcastle mother was quizzical as to what had happened to her false teeth, which she had left on her dressing table to take a bath. Eventually, it came to light that her small son took them to the local pawn shop and sold them for a profit!
Source: The Richmond River Express and Casino Kyogle Advertiser, Tuesday 12 November 1929
A New York deputy sheriff was called to a tourist home with the aim of evicting a renter who was making too much noise brushing his teeth!
The accused left the premises once the proprietor refunded him the rent money…
Source: The Mail, Saturday 17 January 1953
A Detroit milkman was charged with biting the leg of a policeman while under the influence of alcohol. In his defense, the accused stated that he had a few drinks after he was bitten by a dog on the leg during his rounds. When he saw a policeman, the milkman complained about the dog and proceeded to demonstrate how he was attacked. He remarked that the policeman’s injury could not have been serious, as he wasn’t wearing his false teeth at the time of the incident!
The defendant was given a suspended sentence.
Source: The Mail, Saturday 9 September 1950
The burglar of a deli in Northern Bavaria was convicted after the police presented evidence of his teeth marks matching those of a partially bitten salami sausage!
The man was sentenced by a German court to four years of hard labor…
Source: News, Saturday 28 June 1952
Two young starving orphans were found a couple of days prior to Xmas by a charity member. When brought before the juvenile court, they reported that their mother had suddenly died a month prior. Sadly, they informed the judge, that the undertaker who had prepared the body for burial, extracted one of the woman’s teeth. The reason being that it was diamond set by the generosity of Bob Fitzsimmons, the actor and pugilist, in appreciation of her efforts as his leading lady in a touring company.
The good news is that the thief was eventually caught and the two children were placed in the care of an aunt.
Source: Evening News, Thurs 1 Feb 1906