Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

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.

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.

Woman nearly burns down house killing spider

It it okay to go nuclear on an unwanted spider? Fire department officials in Hutchinson, Kansas,┬ásay: it’s not okay. Reno County woman Ginny Griffith is facing aggravated arson charges after five units responded to a 1:36 a.m. call Friday about a fire in a her duplex unit. When they got there, they realized that Griffith [...]

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