Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

14 of the biggest scams of all time

Infamous cons, both historic and modern, from all over the world.

Florida man plants fake bomb in kitchen because wife ‘pissed him off’

On November 7, 2013, the sheriff’s department in River County Florida got a 911 call from a woman saying that her husband had left a grey pipe on the kitchen counter. The pipe had a wire coming out of it and a note nearby written in red that said: “This is (an) explosive. (It’s) a bomb.”

Clifford Irving’s hoax

Clifford Michael Irving was an only child born to Jay and Dorothy Irving of New York on November 5, 1930. Little is known about his formative years, but later he became an investigative writer and reporter, best known for having successfully fobbed off his fake autobiography of Howard Hughes on publishers McGraw Hill, and almost getting away with it.

Slideshow: Most Infamous Hoaxes

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

Student Cited for Allegedly Writing Own Rape Threat On University ‘Crushes’ Page

Like many places of higher learning, the University of Wyoming in Laramie has a student-organized ‘Crushes’ page on Facebook, where students too shy to approach their crush can post their feelings anonymously. Everyone loves a secret admirer and the page was a big hit, until an alleged false rape threat came along and ruined it.

Is That a Finger in Your Chili or Are You Just a Big Liar?

The woman who made headlines for lying about finding a finger in her Wendy’s chili is back in the news, this time caught in a different lie.

Man Killed in Bigfoot Prank Gone Awry

Police think alcohol may have been a factor in the death of a would-be prankster, who donned his ghillie suit on the highway one night hoping to be mistaken for the legendary hidden-creature Bigfoot, and was struck by passing motorists.

Alleged Nebraska Hate Crime Ruled a Hoax

Police have completed their investigation and are calling the reported July 21, 2012, hate-based attack on Lincoln, Neb., woman Charlie K. Rogers, 33, a staged incident.

Scientists Want to Prove Existence of Bigfoot, Ask for Hair Sample

Hair samples are being sought for a study to prove the existence of the legendary creature called Bigfoot, also known as a the Sasquatch, or the Yeti. According to the London A.P., Oxford University and Lausanne Museum of Zoology researchers reached out this week to museums, scientists and Sasquatch aficionados, asking for a hair sample [...]

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