Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Garbage man dumps trash in driveway over unpaid bill

An angry garbage collector in Red Wing, Minnesota, decided to essentially return a customer’s garbage over an unpaid bill. Though the employee of Paul’s Industrial Garage (P.I.G.) no doubt made his point when he dumped “almost two tons of wet, putrescible waste,” the delinquent customer’s neighbors were not at all amused — neither was the town [...]

The CeCe McDonald story: was she fighting back or committing murder?

In June, 2011, transgender woman CeCe McDonald and her friends were walking past a bar, when a group of patrons smoking outside shouted anti-gay slurs at them. A fight ensued, which left a man dead and CeCe with a deep gash on her cheek. CeCe was charged with his murder and, if found guilty at trial, faced 40 years in men’s prison. She took plea deal and continues to receive outpourings of support from the LGBT community.

Good Samaritan bends burning car door with bare hands to free motorist

Of the rescue, police are saying “He did an extraordinary deed, bending a locked car door in half of a burning car to extricate a trapped person. I feel this man deserves any and all commendation for his extraordinary life-saving measure that kept another from burning alive.”

Carl Panzram: Too evil to live — part I

Panzram, one of America’s most ferocious, unrepentant serial killers, has long been considered the essence of evil. He hated all people regardless of sex or race, and he raped and killed what he hated, relentlessly, until the end.

Drug-sharing suburban teens face murder when one dies of overdose

Five Minnesota teens face murder charges after a 17-year-old girl died from an overdose from the experimental drug 25i-NBOMe in January.

Senior prank: The vagina letters

Every year seniors pull a prank, risking disciplinary action and even arrest. This latest one involved mailing a notice of “Mandatory Vagina Inspection” on official school letterhead to all the parents. Administrators, who characterize the prank as: in extremely poor taste, don’t yet know who is behind the letter, but police are investigating.

Listen: 911 Calls of the Weepy-Voiced Killer

Lesser-known serial killer Paul Michael Stephani, aka the Weepy-Voiced Killer, was known for his signature calls to 911 after each attack. He would beg the operator in a high-pitched weepy voice for someone to send the victim help, or for someone to stop him from killing again. Then he would hang up, never identifying himself.

Minnesota Man Loses License for Driving too Slow

This week the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s decision to revoke Gary Constans’ driver’s license blaming his ignoring “the rules of the road.” Constans is fighting the decision, blaming “communism.”

Today in Crime History: Katie Poirier is Abducted by Donald Blom

On May 26, 1999, Katie Poirier was reported missing from the convenience store where she worked. Once the surveillance video was reviewed, police were able to put clues together to help discover that the abductor was Donald Blom.

Police: Man Cut Wires to Ease Pressure on His Brain

Hastings Minnesota man Raymond Norbert Bischoff, 65, is accused of cutting the wires to the Internet and the telephone outside a local business on three occasions because, apparently, the electricity was hurting his brain.

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