We live in a strange world, friends. Exhibit A is this story from the Associated Press about the Pond, a top-secret U.S. spy group founded during World War II. You really need to take a few minutes and read this -- some of their exploits are just mind-blowing, like something you'd see on "Mission: Impossible." One of the things that caught my attention was their use of Marcel Petiot, the French serial killer:
The Secret Intelligence Branch, as he referred to the Pond, began receiving reports from Petiot during the war. He was a physician in Paris who regularly treated refugees, businessmen and Gestapo agents, but he also had a predilection for killing mostly wealthy Jews and burning their bodies in a basement furnace in his soundproofed house. He was convicted of 26 murders and guillotined in 1946.
Nevertheless, Grombach considered him a valuable informer because of his contacts.
(AP Photo, File)