Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Boy fakes abduction to escape dentist appointment

Let’s face it, nobody likes going to the dentist. How many of us wouldn’t have done the same, or even faked our own death, to get out of a trip to the dentist’s chair.

Search for missing boy Chayson Basinio called off — because he never existed

In an era when people create all manner of fake online identities, a strange case has emerged out of France of a missing child that only ever existed on a Facebook page. French police have called off the search and charged the woman allegedly responsible for the disturbing hoax.

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.

Today in Crime History: Killer doctor Marcel Petiot jailed

Marcel Petiot was a physician, the mayor of his town, a hero of the French Resistance and an extremely prolific serial killer. Petiot – -and several who aided him — were apprehended on March 17, 1944.

Murder suspect released because court’s fax ran out of ink

The prime suspect in a murder case was released from prison to await trial because the court failed to respond to his faxed request for release in a timely fashion — they ran out of fax toner.

French jewel thief DNA betrayed by a kiss

The case reads almost like a plot taken from a film noire: A woman is tortured by two men for information. She breaks. They seem to share a moment of intimacy, one assailant kisses her. She uses his his kiss to exact her revenge. Only in Paris.

Charles Sobhraj: Crime Does Pay

Con man, jewel thief, drug dealer and serial murderer Sobraj did it all for a life of adventure and intrigue — and ultimately became a media celebrity.

French girl saves herself, films father’s sex abuse

A girl, 14, in Florensac, France, was reportedly being sexually abused by her father over the course of many months, with no help from the system in sight. But not unlike film heroine The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the smart kid eventually put a stop to the abuse by filming it with her web cam.

Body of suicide victim hung for eight years in his apartment

The body of a suicidal OCD sufferer was found hanging in his pristine apartment eight years later, and in perfect condition too.

France: Trial Begins for Mother in Son’s Jail Rape by Stepfather

It’s pretty clear that parents can do some really callous, cruel and evil things to their children, and that the young age of a child will not always save them from the ones whose role it is to protect and raise them. This story, however, takes the cake. Not only in forcing us to ask how a mother cold do such a thing, but also how in the world could it have happened during a supervised jail visit?

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