Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Woman mistakes pepper spray for deodorant, injures two

Police in Würzburg, Germany are considering charges against a woman whose decision to freshen up in the washroom at a local nightclub wound up temporarily shutting down the club, and injuring two other women.

Cow massager ignites gas from 90 flatulent cows, blows barn roof

According to police in Germany, a January 27 barn fire in Rasdorf, Germany, was caused by a massive cow-fart explosion. It seems that the methane emitted by the gassy animals built up in the barn until “a static electric charge caused the gas to explode with flashes of flames.”

Students catch teacher watching porn in class

In a disturbing reversal of roles, some school kids in Germany seem to have caught their teacher playing on his laptop during class. Specifically, they said he was playing pornographic movies at the time.

Armin Meiwes, The Rotenburg Cannibal

It’s one of the most disturbing cases of our era. This is the story of Armin Meiwes, the German man who killed and ate a voluntary victim he found on the Internet.

Thief returns stolen wallet six years later with apology

A German retiree is grateful and pleasantly surprised by the pickpocket who stole his wallet in a supermarket in Walsrode, Germany, in March 2007, and recently returned it, intact, with extra money and an apology.

VIDEO: Would-Be Robber Weeps When Intended Victim Fights Back

A man intending to rob a gas station convenience store in Germany got the shock of his life when the intended victim not only defended himself, but fought back — hard. The upset and overwhelmed thief was very soon in desperate need of a hug. He then sits down and cries.

Noise Complaint: Guinea Pig Sex is Too Loud

A couple living next door to Germany’s Münster University has complained that the cage for the guinea pig experiment kept outside by the University’s biology department smells and the animals make too much noise — specifically guinea pigs sex noise.

The Case of the False Soprano

Her husband was missing, but the lovely opera singer Gruseck claimed he was just on a trip. Months of police investigation would ultimately turn up the missing millionaire, Gruseck’s shady past and a scam worthy of her operatic aspirations.

Today in Crime History: Marion Ketter, 4, Disappears From Playground in Duisburg, Germany

On Saturday July 3, 1976, sweet little blond Marion Ketter, 4, went missing. By the next day, police had Joachim Kroll in custody after someone at #11 Friesenstrasse told a police officer that Kroll had warned that the toilet was plugged with “guts.” It turned out that the likable, but not very intelligent, Kroll, affectionately called "Uncle" by the neighborhood children, had a propensity for rape and murder, and a taste for human flesh that went back more than twenty years.

German Scientist: Dark Patch on Violent Offenders’ Brains Makes Them Evil

Neurobiologist Dr. Gerhard Roth of Bremen, Germany, has found the root of all evil, well maybe not the root, but what he believes to be the cause of evil in humans. He calls it the "evil patch," a dark spot on the central lobe of the brains of the many violent offenders that he has examined over the years as part of German government studies.