Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

TIL: The first woman ever executed in the USA was pregnant

In 1778, Bathsheba Spooner earned the dubious distinction of becoming the first woman executed in the newly independent country called the United States of America. Before she was to be hanged, Bathsheba begged to be allowed to live long enough to deliver her baby. However, a panel of evaluators determined that she was not pregnant.

Mass police: Stop pooping off the bridges

According to a post on the Uxbridge Police Department’s Facebook page, police have gotten several complaints from the P&W Railroad about people tagging-up on the overpasses with spray paint, and “tagging up” on the trains by pooping off the overpasses. A representative for the railway says, “It’s disgusting. It’s not just gross,” and it’s happened before.

Adorable puppy destroys car by driving it into pond

It’s not unheard of for a dog to accidentally set a car in motion and wreak a little havoc in the process, but even police were surprised at this. Also, only the shear joy of a puppy could have caused so much damage.

Police seek Boston Tickler, victims are understandably ‘freaked’

It turns out that the mysterious Tickler, who for the last two-to-three years many Boston College students thought was a myth, is real and on the prowl. Police report four incidents in AprilĀ of a man entering student off-campus housing, often left unlocked, and tickling his victims’ feet while they sleep, or — even more disturbing — just watching them.

Police officer reports reckless ‘driver’

Posted on May 26, 2014, to the Norwood, Massachusetts, police Facebook page. The officer here let this lady driver go without a warning.

Massachusetts DOT: ‘Use ya blinkah’

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has high hopes for the electronic message posted this morning on roadways urging commuters to signal lane changes. In a move that some drivers have hailed as “Wicked Clevah!” the DOT apparently translated the English-language message, Changing lanes? Use your blinker into English for Boston.

Parakeet sucked into Shop-Vac

Okay, so no one got arrested and no one was killed, but we often bring you stories of weird accidents involving animals, and sometimes of horrific animal abuse. This report qualifies as a near-lethal, weird accident, and an good example of something never, ever to do to your bird.

Video: Baby dragged 100 feet by truck is unhurt

Ivianah Figueroa, only four months old, of Lawrence, Massachusetts, is miraculously alive and unhurt after accidentally hitching a ride in her stroller Wednesday from a passing truck.

Amy Bishop, deadly professor

Anything but academic, a tenure dispute in Alabama became a blood bath when professor Amy Bishop opened fire at a faculty meeting on February 12, 2010. After the murders, further investigation into the 1986 "accidental" shooting death of her brother Seth, led to Bishop’s being indicted for murder in Massachusetts for that crime.

Woman arrested for stiffing cabbie of $1000 cab ride

Denise Rebelato, 31, arrived at JFK Wednesday from her native Brazil, and decided to take a taxi cab to her home in Framingham, Massachusetts, nearly 200 miles away. She hailed the cab of Adnan Chaudhury, and reportedly worked out a fare of $980 with him for the four-hour ride. When they got to her destination, she stiffed him.

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