Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Letter carrier maces co-workers, triggers hazmat response

Anyone who feels a pet of theirs was ever unfairly maced by a mail carrier will be pleased to hear that on October 6, 2013, a Portland, Oregon, postman managed to pepper spray his co-workers — by accident of course.

Moviegoer Pees on Boy’s Head, Triggers Gun Scare, Chaos Ensues

Well, it was a wild Friday night at the Regal Cinemas in Tigard, Oregon, last weekend when reportedly at about 6 p.m. an audience was watching the end of the movie Prisoners, when an elderly man, who had apparently started his weekend way too early, stood up and urinated on the boy sitting in front of him.

LISTEN: Girl Calls 911 to Report ‘Massive Frickin’ Spider

A girl in Oregon called 911 on the night of August 16, 2013, to report a large spider on the back of her couch and ask for someone to come over and kill it. She said it was like a tarantula, about the size of a baseball and that she was panicking.

Missing Boy Kyron Horman

On June 4, 2010, the last known photo of Kyron Horman was taken by his stepmother, who accompanied him to the science fair at his elementary school that morning. Before leaving at 8:45 a.m., she said she watched him walk towards his classroom. He was never seen again.

Man’s Best Friend in the News: Two Heroes, Two Victims

An Oregon man executes his dog for pooping in the house, a California woman finds a headless, disemboweled dog in her car, and two very special dogs are hailed as heroes in this canine crime-news roundup.

Joel Patrick Courtney and the Murder of Brooke Wilberger

On May 24, 2004, Brooke Wilberger, a beautiful blonde, blue-eyed freshman at Brigham Young University, was washing lampposts in the apartment complex where she worked. One moment she was there, the next moment, she was gone. She left behind her flip flops, a pail of sudsy water, and no witnesses to her disappearance.

Portland’s TriMet Barber Strikes Again — But This Time He’s Not Cutting Hair

Newly released Jared Walter, 26, the infamous TriMet Barber of Portland, Oregon, convicted in 2010 of riding around on Portland’s TriMet bus system, and cutting the hair of unsuspecting female passengers, has launched a new public-transit-based string of assaults. Though he still likes hair, this time the assaults involve bodily fluids.

Confused Lady Driver Winds Up in Bike Lane on Bridge

There are some roads that are simply confusing. The infamous “mixing bowl” on Interstate 95 in Virginia is one. Confusion leads to driver error, which can lead to accidents, or just really weird mistakes. This driver’s unimpaired confusion just led to a mistake, which, strangely enough, she is not the first driver to make.

Age Progression Photo of Missing Boy Kyron Horman Displayed on Fleet of Trucks

A fleet of trucks that drive across Oregon and Washington will now bear an age progression image of Kyron Horman, who went missing from his elementary school at age 7.

Smoking Woman Falls, Gets Stuck Between Two Buildings

In a case reminiscent of the texting and smoking Alaskan woman’s fall from a cliff last September, an unidentified Portland, Ore., woman was discovered early on January 16, 2012, stuck between two buildings when her screams for help alerted one of the residents.