Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

911 caller terrorized by 22-pound cat

A man called 911 when he and his girlfriend’s cat went berzerk and attacked their baby and then held the family hostage in a bedroom. The cat, a 22-pounder named Lux, apparently had a “history of violence,” according to the caller. The caller begins, “my cat attacked our 7-month old child, and I kicked the [...]

Listen: Man calls 911 for wife’s stuck zipper

An Oregon man was so angry that the zipper was stuck on his wife’s nice jacket that he called 911 to get help removing it without cutting it off. When the stunned operator asked if the wife was not breathing he responded, “She’s alright she just can’t get her @$**&#!* jacket off, and I pissed about it!”

Wisconsin man called 911 on sex partner for ‘snoring like a train’

In the wee hours of November 10, 2013, around 4:30 a.m., a reportedly very drunk Benjamin Duddles, 41, called the police emergency line to have “a female removed from his bed,” saying that he was not even sure “how she got into his apt,” but that she was “snoring like a train and he wants her out,” according to the dispatcher’s notes.

Swedish couple’s Ikea disaster triggers police response

Police in Strömstad, Sweden, were called to an apartment this week around 1 a.m after neighbors reported hearing loud banging and the cries of a child or possibly a baby. What police might have feared was a domestic disturbance, turned out to be a a domestic improvement project gone horribly wrong.

Update: More Details Emerge in Waycross Case as 911 Call Released

In response to a growing controversy surrounding the officer-involved shooting of Waycross, Georgia, man Jack Lamar Roberson last Friday, authorities have released the 911 call from his fiancée Alicia Herron. The call transcript indicated that Herron was not only scared for him, but of a police response to her call.

Family Calls 911 for Ambulance, Police Responders Kill the ‘Patient’

A 911 call and subsequent police shooting is getting national attention and stirring controversy after a man in Waycross, Georgia, was shot down by police following a 911 call from his family. The family claims to have called 911 requesting an ambulance to take her the diabetic man to the hospital, but police tell another story.

Listen: 911 Calls of the Weepy-Voiced Killer

Lesser-known serial killer Paul Michael Stephani, aka the Weepy-Voiced Killer, was known for his signature calls to 911 after each attack. He would beg the operator in a high-pitched weepy voice for someone to send the victim help, or for someone to stop him from killing again. Then he would hang up, never identifying himself.

LISTEN: Girl Calls 911 to Report ‘Massive Frickin’ Spider

A girl in Oregon called 911 on the night of August 16, 2013, to report a large spider on the back of her couch and ask for someone to come over and kill it. She said it was like a tarantula, about the size of a baseball and that she was panicking.

LISTEN: Antoinette Tuff’s Amazing Call to 911 During Georgia School Shooting

Most 911 calls are frantic with dispatchers barely able to understand the nearly hysterical callers, who must repeat the same information over and over while waiting for police. This was not the case with Antoinette Tuff, who was being held at gunpoint by a school shooter. Her calm and empathy that day probably saved lives.

LISTEN: Brave Boy Calls 911 After Mother, Grandmother Murdered

On September 11, 2007, Tracy Burke and her mother, Karen Comer, were murdered in their Kentucky home. The next morning, her terrified but composed 9-year-old son called 911, and in a heartbreaking recording that can be heard below, explained what happened. The boy was unhurt, as were his infant sister and 4-year-old brother. The following [...]