Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Queen Katherine Howard: In her defense

Of Henry VIII’s famous six wives, there is no doubt who possesses the worst reputation: fifth wife Katherine Howard. Anne Boleyn may be seen as the “Temptress” but is known as innocent of the adultery and incest charges trumped up to separate Henry from Anne and Anne’s head from the rest of her. As author [...]

UK man walks home drunk, finds this mysterious note in the morning

A guy who partied too hardy and walked home found this note on Herfordshire police stationery in his home the next day. It begins “We found you staggering in the road,” and is mysteriously signed, “Love from Cagney and Lacey.” He probably had no memory of the courtesy ride home he got from police.

Today in Crime History: Dr. Harold Shipman is found hanged in his cell

Britain’s worst serial killer, he was born on January 14, 1946, and found hanged in his cell on January 13, 2004. He was adored by his many elderly patients, while he in return had only contempt for them and couldn’t seem to kill them fast enough. It is believed that he murdered more than 250 of them.

Couple’s dog blew up the house

English couple Kerry Leech and Mathew Heckler were out enjoying the day when they started getting texts that their house had exploded. According the firefighters, the couple’s youngest pet, Zeus, a six-month-old whippet cross, caused the explosion. Since they didn’t catch him in the act, it’s fair to say they will have to keep an eye on him.

Naked driver was masturbating while texting

Back in August police in Chester, England, arrested Neal Marshall, 49, after a truck driver reported him driving his Ford Escort naked down the M56 while masturbating. His lawyer says he was texting and got “carried away.”

Mother beat baby nearly to death, then took selfie with him

The mother who beat her baby to within an inch of his life and took a selfie with him, has been found guilty of murder.

English police create “festive” Advent calendar with missing suspects’ photos

Happy holidays from an English police department that has created a digital Advent calendar revealing a new wanted person’s mugshot each day leading up to Christmas

Naked racist peeing guy jumped out of hotel closet with fire extinguisher in his butt

An man in England was sentenced in Westminster Magistrates’ Court earlier this week for a Halloween stunt at a budget hotel in London, that no doubt left some of the Hotel’s more sensitive guests and staff in need of therapy. The headline pretty much says it all, but the play-by-play is priceless.

The Kray twins: Brothers in arms

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.

Video: No charges for woman who smacked baby bump with hammer

When Sean Hanlon, the now-ex husband of a very pregnant Heather Thorpe, showed police this video of her hitting her unborn child with a claw hammer, police in Birmingham, England, decided that no crime had been committed and declined to press charges — or even investigate.

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