Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Watch: Fake robbery prank goes wrong

Some pranksters in Sydney, Australia, decided that it would be fun to see who would step in and help a person being mugged at the ATM machine. The group posted the results as Reckless Youth on Youtube.com, saying their results were mixed. True, but at the end of the video, the would be mugger gets piled on by several would-be heroes and popped in the face.

Python swallowed woman’s pet, chain and all, whole

A woman, who decided to protect the native Australian wildlife by chaining her Chihuahua-Maltese mix in its doghouse overnight, returned in the morning to find a carpet python with a dog-sized tummy bump and a chain dangling from its mouth. Ironically, the chain that held the dog for the snake, held the snake for animal control.

Prosecutor: Wife set disabled husband on fire, let him burn

An Australian woman is currently on trial for the brutal murder of her handicapped husband. Prosecutors allege that the couple was having serious problems, and that one morning she doused him with gasoline and set him on fire as he lay helpless in his bed — problems solved.

Australian authorities launch search for massive mango

Last week the three-quarter-ton, gold-flecked Bendigo Rock at the National Rock Garden in Canberra, Australia, was stolen. This week, the gigantic Big Mango in Bowen, some 1,300 miles away, has also been stolen. Whether this is mere coincidence or part of a larger, more sinister trend is not immediately apparent.

Police in Australia search for massive missing rock

It seems that thieves will steal anything — even a big, heavy display rock that is nailed down. Police in Australia are on the lookout for a stolen rock, flecked with gold that was part of a display in the National Rock Garden in Canberra. The rock would have taken a crane to lift, a truck to move, and is only worth about $200.

Chainsaw-wielding guy with flower pot on head robs convenience store

A 19-year-old Australian man is in custody after allegedly robbing a convenience store on February 10, 2014, with a flower pot on his head, while threatening employees with a running chainsaw, and mooning them.

Police use olive oil to rescue naked man from clothes washer

It was all fun and games this weekend in Australia, when a naked man, 20, decided to surprise his wife by hiding in the clothes washer and got stuck. She was no doubt very surprised, but even so, police advise against ever getting inside household appliances. Also there are now 1001 uses for olive oil.

Turns out there are legal consequences for riding an emu to work

From our friends at The Daily Dot: An Australian man who filmed himself riding an emu in hopes of landing a viral video may face animal cruelty charges. “What most overseas people get confused about Australia is they think we ride kangaroos to work but in actual fact we ride emus,” McMillan said in the video.

The Snowtown Murders

November 2000 saw the beginning of the trial for the largest serial killing case in Australian history. The victims, who were found dismembered in barrels of acid, were being killed for their “crimes,” alleged pedophiles, drug abusers, homosexuals, or for simple obesity. Evidence showed that they had been extensively tortured with everyday tools such as pincers, pliers and clamps, combined with genital electrocution.

Video: Two drunk guys tase each other for fun

A taser is not a toy, and we at Crime Library in no way condone tasing for fun, no matter how good-natured — so never to try anything this incredibly stupid at home. That said, this video of two drunk Australian men laughing as they shock each other repeatedly may be indicative of a new trend: recreational tasing.

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