Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

So a guy and a tiger walk into a bar … really, in Illinois

A guy took a leashed tiger into a busy bar on a Sunday evening and ordered a beer. When the bartender asked what the tiger would be drinking, the man replied, Anything he wants. At least that’s how the old joke goes. Police aren’t laughing either.

MacDonald’s patron given only one napkin with meal sues

An angry California man is suing MacDonald’s after he got gypped on his fair share of napkins. When he asked the server to remedy the situation, he claims to have been treated with prejudice, and is suing the restaurant chain to the tune of $1.5 million for causing him “undue mental anguish.”

The crazy places inmates hide stuff on and in their persons

It’s not just what prisoners choose to hide and and where, in some cases it’s also the sheer volume of objects jailers find during body-cavity searches that is truly stunning, anything from guns to grenades, to yes, even MP3 players and headphones.

These are the most deadly mobsters ever

Greedy, well-armed and guided by a ruthless sense of loyalty to mob values, these are among the deadliest mafiosi in the history of Cosa Nostra in America.

Today in Crime History: French banker Edouard Stern is found dead

On February 28, 2005, a hooded, harnessed and latex-clad Stern was found shot in the head four times, having insulted the wrong person and received the ultimate punishment. The salacious details of his murder spread quickly as speculation regarding the killer’s identity ran wild.

Friends in need: Good people who stood up to crime

A look at what good can come of regular folks standing up to crime.

Bryan and David Freeman: The Allentown Massacres

The Freeman boys had always been a handful, drinking beer from the age of six, and becoming druggie, racist skinheads in their teen years. No one, however, in the small community ever imagined the cold-blooded slaughter they would visit on their family on February 27, 1995.

Another gun ‘safety’ demonstration ends with gunshot to the head

Yesterday we brought you the story of a man in Michigan, who shot himself fatally in the head while showing off his safe unloaded guns. And yesterday, another gun aficionado, this one in St. Petersburg, Florida, was showing his friends and family how safe his hand gun was. His demo ended just as quickly, and in much the same way.

Police seek Irish girl in fish-slapping prank

No it’s not Monty Python’s Norwegian fish slapping dance, and the suspect is Irish, not Norwegian. In any case, a young couple is wanted after an ill-conceived prank is which they grabbed a large fish at the market and used it to haul off and smack a 53-year-old fish lady in the face, while recording the event for posterity.

Google maps labels Brooklyn street “drug section”

The New York web siteĀ Gothamist foundĀ that there’s an area of Brooklyn that Google thinks might be a little druggy. And so 8th Street in Bensonhurst is labeled “drug section” on the Google map. Obviously, it’s a mistake. The site contacted Google and the problem is being fixed — or already fixed. However the street view [...]