Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The gruesome history of the guillotine

Contrary to myth, Dr. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin did not invent the decapitation instrument that bears his name. Decapitation machines were used long before he was born.

Brazilian soccer player’s severed head left on front porch

The popular soccer player’s wife discovered her husband’s head in a backpack on the front porch of their home.

Police: Man Who Decapitated Roommate ‘Got A Little Carried Away’

Florida man Scott Tobiassen and Gerard Longo had a volatile friendship. They met in January 2011. By June Longo snapped Tobiassen’s sunglasses in two, and Tobiassen was arrested for punching him. The next week Longo filed for a restraining order. Why they ever became roommates is unknown, but we do know that it ended tragically.

Brazil: Soccer Ref Decapitated After Stabbing Player

It’s a well-known fact that sports fans in Brazil take their soccer very seriously, but when a referee expelled Josenir Abreu from a game over the weekend of June 30, 2013, and stabbed him to death, even fans knew something was wrong — so they stormed the field, and ripped the ref to pieces.

Teens Arrested for Decapitating Man, Using Head as Ball

Two Russian teens have reportedly been arrested for murdering a man in Moscow and playing “football” with his head. Police are still searching for three other teens believed to have taken part in the disturbing act. Ria Novosti quoted tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda’s suggestion that the murder was committed in a drunken rage by the unidentified [...]

VIDEO: Eyewitness recounts gruesome 2008 bus decapitation

An eyewitness account of Vincent Li’s July 30, 2008, attack on fellow-Greyhound-bus passenger Tim McLean and the aftermath of the murder, in which Li decapitated and cannibalized the body.

Couple Files Lawsuit in Alleged Childbirth Decapitation Horror

St. Louis woman Arteisha Betts went into labor 28 weeks into her high-risk pregnancy. According to a lawsuit filed by Betts and her husband, a doctor refused to perform a cesarean section. What resulted, the complaint states, was a traumatizing and horrific delivery that resulted in the decapitation death of the unborn infant.

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