Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Today in Crime History: Pipefitter amputates own penis, blames woman

On December 5, 1997, Alan Hall, a 48-year-old pipefitter and Vietnam War veteran, was found by a passerby lying drenched in blood on the lawn in front of his trailer. After he was rushed to the hospital, it was discovered that his entire penis had been removed. Read about this and other “Crimes Below the Belt.”

PHOTOS: New Iranian Finger Cutting Machine

The Iranian government has released photos of its all-new finger guillotine, or have they? Some argue that the photographs are merely a scare tactic. This newfangled implement of the Iranian justice system will supposedly be used to carry out sentences of finger amputation in accordance with Iran’s interpretation of Sharia law.

Hoarder Pinned For Days in His Home May Lose a Foot

City officials were aware, but say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure and "We wouldn’t want to take something valuable that is important to them. "

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