Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Anthony John Hardy, the Camden Ripper

A December 29, 2000, the BBC reported that an unidentified woman found bisected at the waist in London’s Thames River bearing two distinct characteristics that police hoped would help identify her: a tattoo and a twisted lateral incisor tooth. She was soon identified as Zoe Parker, the first victim of the Camden Ripper.

The Kray twins: London’s own Mafia

The most notorious gangsters of London’s East End, Ronnie and Reggie Kray, former boxers known for their violent tendencies, enjoyed mingling with celebrities in their nightclub. Ronnie, a paranoid schizophrenic, was openly bisexual and was allegedly involved in a sexual relationship with a member of the UK’s conservative party.

The Murder of Lord Darnley

The handsome 6-foot-two, 19-year-old king was married to Europe’s most beautiful queen, Mary Queen of Scots, but he was a syphilitic, disgruntled libertine. His unsolved murder with a half a dozen suspects changed history and the future of England.

Hospital apologizes ‘unreservedly’ to man given accidental vasectomy

The actual quote, reportedly spoken by Dr. Peter Williams, Medical Director of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital is, “We have apologized unreservedly to the patient and we are offering him our full support.” The patient, however, may want a whole lot more than support.

Prison inmate breaks out to escape incessant rap music

Yes, rap music played constantly, not to torture prison inmates, but for their enjoyment. Add to that some quality mind-altering substances, and you have quite the non-stop party … but not for Robert Stevens.

Firehouse that burned to the ground had no alarms or sprinklers

We like the to think that the place the firefighters hangout with all the costly, life-saving equipment would be well protected against fire, but a recent blaze that leveled a firehouse and everything in it proves that isn’t always the case. Authorities admit “there is a fire safety message there for us.”

Firefighters blame building fire on bird with cigarette

It’s bad enough when you have careless kids smoking on rooftops and tossing lit cigarette butts hither and yon, but firefighters now apparently have to worry about careless birds doing basically the same thing.

Police seek help identifying mystery man found dead on beach

Police in Devon and Cornwall, England, have a true mystery on their hands, and are reaching out to the public in hopes of identifying the body of a man who was found on a beach completely naked, except for his socks and one shoe. Mysteriously, an old photo of a child found near the body is also believed to have belonged to the man.

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.

John George Haigh: The Acid Bath Murderer

On February 20, 1949, a missing persons report set off an investigation that would ultimately lead police to the Acid Bath Murderer, a serial killer who dissolved his victims in acid and poured them down the drain.

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