Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The Disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa

On July 30, 1975, Jimmy Hoffa waited outside the Machus Red Fox Restaurant in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. He made a call from a nearby pay phone. He was last seen leaving in a maroon 1975 Mercury Marquis Brougham. The mystery of what happened to Jimmy Hoffa is an enduring one that may remain unsolved.

Woman bitten by lion plans to sue zoo

A Michigan woman has announced plans to sue a local zoo, after she and her daughter were, for reasons that are in dispute, in the restricted area just outside the lion’s cage. When confronted with the presence of the majestic beast, the woman was drawn to pet it, and had her finger tip ripped off. She claims that the zoo failed to protect her.

‘Underwear bomber’ failed because of dirty underwear

Until last week, some may not have remembered Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, failed bomber, convicted for trying in mid-flight to detonate a bomb that al-Qaida had planted in his shorts. All that has changed. He will now be forever remembered by all as the underwear bomber foiled by his own dirty underwear.

Mysterious mummified woman identified, questions remain

Investigators finally know her name, but they still don’t know when, how she died. The circumstances surrounding her death are so strange, that it’s hard to believe the case is not being investigated more aggressively as a possible homicide.

Woman shoots herself in the face to ‘make a point’

Not really, she actually slammed the butt of a loaded shotgun on the ground during a family argument to “make a point.” The weapon discharged, shooting her in the face, which, arguably, amounts to the same thing. In any case, having made her point, she called 911.

John Norman Collins, the Co-Ed Killer

On July 10, 1967, Mary Fleszar was reported missing from her apartment near Eastern Michigan University. On August 7, her badly decomposed body was found near the foundation of a farmhouse two miles north of Ypsilanti. Though he was never convicted of her murder, Flezsar’s tragic and gruesome death is widely thought to be the work of Michigan serial killer John Norman Collins.

Police: Man from ‘Planet Zoltron’ may have been on mind altering drugs

A collar in Muskegon County Michigan seems to have turned up a visitor to our planet, either that or a man who was very high on something, according to police. The dash cam video is shown here.

John Eric Armstrong: The model sailor

Serial killer John Eric Armstrong was caught by Detroit police when on April 12, 1989, he returned to the dumping ground they had staked out. Armstrong broke down quickly during questioning and began a confession that lasted for days. By the 14th of April he had confessed to over 30 murders around the world.

Owner’s mummified body found in foreclosed Detroit-area home

It seems that the nice German lady who lived on Savannah Drive in Pontiac, Michigan, stopped paying her mortgage about three to six years ago. Weirdly, it’s been years since anybody’s even seen her — until yesterday. A contractor who came to do some work on the foreclosed home, found her mummified remains in the garage.

Drunken gun ‘safety’ demo ends fatally

A man offering his girlfriend a demonstration of safe gun use, accidentally used a loaded weapon and shot himself in the head during his brief, though informative, presentation.

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