Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Girl in the photograph: The Tara Calico disappearance

University of New Mexico sophomore Tara Calico disappeared riding her bike almost 26 years ago; her unsolved case still inspires rumors. Months after she vanished, a photo discovered in a Florida parking lot gave Tara’s family new hope of finding the popular and active young woman. But is that really her in the picture?

Update: Shoe salesman who tried to eat girlfriend’s toes is sentenced

Daniel Anaya, 28, of New Mexico, was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for assaulting his ex-girlfriend in April 2013. This was the third such attack by the former shoe salesman on the woman, who had taken out a restraining order against him after the second incident. This time, he attacked with his teeth, but brought a cigar cutter to do the job right.

Domestic dispute about space aliens gets totally weird

A New Mexico couple started their morning arguing about space aliens, which isn’t so odd considering the conspiracy theory surrounding Roswell, New Mexico, but by the time she had donned lingerie and was performing a sex act on a gun, it became bizarre enough to have been a scene taken from a neo-avantgarde film by Fellini.

Police: Beware of soul cleansing scam

Police in Santa Fe, New Mexico are warning people to be aware of women offering soul cleansings to ward off evil spirits. It’s already happened to at least one man whose soul may or may not have been cleansed, but his wallet and bank account certainly were.

New trend? Inmate’s request to stay in prison after sentence was granted

You’d think, given the number of people trying to break out of prison, avoid convictions that could lead to prison, and in general express their unhappiness about being in prison, that prison is a pretty lousy place to be. One New Mexico inmate, however, who was about to be released, asked to stay.

New Mexico man runs stop sign, subjected to 14-hour anal cavity search by police

A New Mexico man is suing police after he was subjected to a series of futile searches for drugs. Where was the search conducted? Inside his body. For 14 hours.

Stalker Tries to Sever Ex’s Toe for Third Time

A Santa Fe, New Mexico, man was arrested after seeking emergency medical treatment from being stabbed with a metal fork by his ex. Hospital personnel summoned police, who were able to determine that Daniel Anaya, 27, sustained the injury during an attack on his ex-girlfriend, in which he allegedly tried to cut off her toe, again.

Relatives Stand Behind Boy Accused of Killing Family

The relatives of a 15-year-old New Mexico boy accused of killing his father, mother and three siblings have vowed to stand behind him as his case progresses. According to Bernalillo County officials, Nehemiah Griego used a semi-automatic assault-type rifle to kill his father–a pastor at a local church–as well as his mother and three siblings, ages 9, 5, and 2, on January 19.

Police: Boy, 15, Killed Pastor Dad, Mom and Three Siblings

As the city of Albuqurque reels from the murder of the Griego family, police are searching for answers. According to Bernalillo County officials, 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego used a semi-automatic assault-type rifle to kill his father–a pastor at a local church–as well as his mother and three siblings, ages 9, 5, and 2, on Saturday night.

Dead Man Found in Albuquerque Hotel May Have Been Cannibalized

Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, arrested Jaime Lynn Vigil, 21, after responding to a call early on November 27, 2012, about a disturbance at the Imperial Inn. They arrived to find Vigil, who witnesses had reported wandering through the hotel complex, covered blood. On further investigation they found a room in disarray, with the door open and an unidentified dead man in it.

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