Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Missing woman’s YouTube videos are the only clues to her disappearance

From our friends at The Daily Dot: Videos Teleka Patrick posted last month now offer a look into her life before she went missing.

Three devious ne’er-do-wells pull off Christmas cookie caper

It is not unusual for people on a holiday tour to stuff a few extra cookies into their pockets while sipping complementary hot cider or cocoa. It is unusual, however, for (adult) tour-goers to premeditatedly distract an establishment’s owner so as to clean out the goody tray. But this crime may be even darker than that.

Today in Crime History: Danny Ranes is implicated in the murder of Linda Fearnow

From Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Ranes family produced two brothers who become serial killers at different times and under different circumstances, neither one knowing about the other. On October 18, 1972, a young man named Koster, a former partner in crime with Danny Ranes, made a plea deal, and led police the body of Linda Fearnow, implicating Ranes in the murder.

Michigan Police Searching for Silver-Spandex-Wearing Bandit

Police in Michigan are reaching out to the public for information about a suspect in connection with a series of home invasions, burglaries and larcenies in automobiles in Macomb County. They say the guy is committing these crimes while wearing a silver bodysuit. Thankfully, he does not seem to be carrying a mirrored disco ball or a ray gun.

Today in Crime History: Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa Disappears

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.

Today in Crime History: Multi-State Serial Stabber Kills Third Victim

On July, 26, 2010, Serial Stabber Elias Abuelazam fatally stabbed Darwin Marshall, 43, who was walking alone around 1:25 a.m. The army veteran and father of two died shortly after being found. Abuelazam has been linked to as many as 20 attacks.

Dumb Criminal Tries to Pay Court Fees with Stolen Card

A Michigan man is being hailed as one of the world’s dumbest criminals after allegedly trying to pay for a set of fingerprints with a stolen credit card.

Watch: Wife Hires ‘Hitman’ to Kill Husband

Julia Charlene Merfeld, 20, of Muskegon, Michigan, thought she was talking to a hitman about killing her husband, Jake, 27, but was really talking to an undercover cop, who was recording the whole conversation, including her motive: Murder is easier than divorce.

Today in Crime History: Serial Stabber Elias Abuelazam Kills Second Victim

On June 21, 2010, Abuelazam killed Emmanuel Muhammad in Flint, Mich. This was the second fatal stabbing in his bloody spree, which spanned at least three states and lasted from May 24 until his arrest on August 11 at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as he tried to flee to Israel.

Detroit-Area Golfer Hits Partner With Club, Stabs Arm With Broken Shaft

The game of golf is supposed to be a relaxing, Zen-like synergy of brain and body, but every now and then players with chakras out of alignment seem to erupt into homicidal rages. Glenn Lott, of the Detroit area, is no exception.

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