Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

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.

Recent Homicide Puts D.B. Cooper Case in Headlines Again

In a story that may well have conspiracy theorists buzzing for decades, the suspicious death of a man who is believed to have packed infamous hijacker D.B. Cooper’s parachutes, has been ruled a homicide. Further investigation will reveal, it is hoped, whether this is a strange coincidence, or not.

Today in Crime History: Colton Harris-Moore’s Career as an Outlaw Begins

On April 29, 2008, Barefoot Bandit Harris-Moore, escaped the halfway house where he was finishing a sentence for burglary and went on the run. He eluded police for years a suspect in nearly 100 crimes including stealing boats, cars and planes in 17 different jurisdictions.

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.

The Blood Oath Murder of Sherry Harlan

In January, 2010, Sherry Harlan was stabbed to death in her apartment. Eric Christensen, the ex-boyfriend accused of killing her, claimed the two were Wiccans and and that Sherry had broken a blood oath, requiring Eric to kill her.

Daughter Accused of Imprisoning Parents; Son Roughs up Mom, 90

In our latest installment of How Not to Treat Your Parents, we bring you the story of an unidentified Redmond, Washington, woman who was allegedly imprisoning and bilking her elderly demented parents. Also the case of a Minnesota man was arrested for slapping around his mother and roughing up her dog to get her house.

VIDEO: Man Pulled Over for Traffic Stop Schools Cop on the Law

Does Washington State allow police to use unmarked cars for traffic stops? There is disagreement. A man recently pulled over by a cop in an unmarked car lets the officer know exactly who is in violation of the law — the judge agreed and threw out the ticket.

Man Blows His Brains Out During Gun Safety Class — On Purpose

Bellevue, Washington, man Brian J. Parry, 50, seems to have taken advantage of a local gun safety class, intended to introduce people to the safe use of handguns, and used the opportunity to kill himself.

Man ‘Hog Tied’ Stepchild, 4, Shot at her With Pellet Gun

A Linwood, Washington, grandmother took her granddaughter, 4, to the hospital on January 13, 2013, after she noticed that the girl’s body was covered with red marks. Hospital workers quickly determined that the girl was not suffering from chicken pocks, as the grandmother had thought, but was the victim of child abuse, allegedly at the hands of her stepfather, Stetson Tedder.

Today in Crime History: Westley Allan Dodd is Hanged

On January 5, 1993, child rapist and killer Dodd became the first inmate legally executed by hanging in the U.S. since 1965. His last words were, "I was once asked by somebody, I don’t remember who, if there was any way sex offenders could be stopped. I said, ‘No.’ I was wrong."