Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Man Charged With Setting Child on Fire, Filming it

A Saxonburg, Pa., man was arrested after an alleged sadistic attack on a child, 7, in which the boy was doused with an accelerant and filmed after the man’s son allegedly to set the victim’s shirt on fire.

Dad Accused of Leaving Child in Hot Car to Gamble

‘Tis the season, unfortunately, for leaving children inside hot cars. A Philadelphia dad was arrested for allegedly leaving his toddler son in a parked vehicle while he went to gamble at Parx casino in Bensalem.

Missing College Student Headed Home Never Got There

Matthew Royer a University of Rhode Island student left his on-campus apartment on Thursday evening around 6:30 p.m., May 16, 2013, and headed home in his car to Skippack Township Pennsylvania. He never made it. Police have been able to follow his trail, but it goes cold about 35 miles from his home.

Unsolved Murder Spotlight: The East Caln Township Jane Doe

On July 11, 1995, the remains of a female victim were discovered in East Caln Township in Chester County Pennsylvania. The victim is believed to have been 17 to 25 years of age at the time of death. Authorities believe that the estimated date of death is 3-7 days prior to discovery. Cause of death was homicidal violence.

VIDEO: Philly Police Reach out to Public for Help in Assault Case

Philadelphia Police are seeking to identify two individuals recorded by surveillance camera in connection with an aggravated assault with a handgun that occurred on April 22, 2013, around 6:45 p.m. near the corner of the 3300 block of North 16th street.

Dog Drives Car, Hits Pedestrian

Police in Pennsylvania received a call about a dog, whose name has not been released, that was left unattended in a car and managed to get the vehicle into drive. They are not saying if this was an attempt on the dog’s part to take the car out for a joyride.

Prosecutor: Groundhog Purposely Deceived the Public

The week of March 18, 2013, Butler County, Ohio prosecutor, Mike Gmoser filed a lighthearted, though very real, criminal complaint against the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil for predicting an early spring, when we are obviously still very much in the throes of winter.

Today in Crime History: Police Free Gary Heidnik’s Sex Slaves

On March 25, 1987, police entered the dingy Philadelphia basement where Gary Heidnik had kept and tortured women he’d kidnapped off the street. Two women, chained to a pipe, were asleep under a dirty blanket. When police woke them, they screamed in terror until they were reassured that help had finally arrived.

A Message of Death: Wife Helps to Kill Husband by Text

Prosecutors were sure that Morgan Mengel was just as guilty as her lover, Stephen Shappell, for the murder of her husband. Shappell had already been convicted, but in Mengel’s case the judge declared a mistrial. Prosecutors, however, found evidence so damaging to Mengel’s defense that she could only plead guilty to all charges.

Swissvale Police Release School Bus Stop Brawl Video

Police in Pennsylvania are still seeking to identify and arrest some of the people in two recent school bus stop brawls in Swissvale that involved both students and parents. The fact that were so many people involved, 60-70, has police calling the incidents riots.