Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Criminal who taunted police on Facebook caught next day

July 23, 2014, Anne Arundel County police profile wanted criminal Roger Ray Ireland on social media. Later that day, Ireland himself chimes in on Facebook to taunt police, saying that they will never catch him. July 24, following up leads received from social media, detectives locate and arrest Ireland — priceless.

Slideshow: The weirdest wills ever

Some left their considerable fortune to their pets, others asked to be contacted after death, and one man requested burial in a Pringles can. A look in photos at some of the strangest last wishes on record.

Police sketches only a mother could love

When a suspect commits a crime and runs off, police sketch artists can use a witness’s description to develop a likeness of the offender. Sometimes, it doesn’t quite turn out right.

Guy tries to kill spider with blow torch, nearly burns down home

A man in Seattle, Washington, caused about $60,000 in damage to his home trying to kill a spider. In his defense, we don’t know what kind of spider it was, how big it was or how gross and hairy it was. In any case, fire crews are pretty sure he got it.

Cops confiscate ‘Mickey Mouse’ driver’s license

Police in Bellevue, Washington, responding to a July 3 call about some stolen road construction signs spotted on the patio of a neighborhood condo, found the missing signs, as well as 67 fake credit cards, 28 fake government IDs, seven phony Social Security cards, hundreds of forged checks and 39 fake IDs and drivers’ licenses, including this one.

Slideshow: Most infamous hoaxes

20 high-profile tricks and hoaxes pulled off for money, for attention and some just for fun.

Man abandoned on desert island by his ‘BFF’

Norwegian police, as well as the unnamed victim, are trying to figure out why one of the purportedly two best friends would take the other camping on a deserted island, and bail on him in the middle of the night.

Florida DUI suspect tells officer dog was driving

A new excuse: S’okay officer! Th’ dog was driving — not me. To bad he left the dog in a hot car.

Slideshow: Bad hair day

Some very hair-raising offenders.

Florida woman allegedly assaults young man for rejecting her advances

Meet the foxy Elizabeth Highley, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, is facing felony aggravated assault charges for allegedly attacking a male friend, 25, who reportedly rebuffed her alleged sexual advances. According to the victim, Highley grabbed a hunting knife and a walking cane, and began her rampage.

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