Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Icicle assaults man in upstate New York

When a young man knocked on Ken Birdsill’s door in Windsor, New York, on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 19, 2014, he claimed he was looking for a cousin who lived on the same street. He asked to use the phone, but Birdsill turned him away. The man left but came back a few minutes later with a friend. As the first man threatened Birdsill with a knife and demanded drugs and cash, his buddy knocked Birdsill over the head with . . . yes, an icicle.


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Tripping burglar balances crab on bike, stuffs credit cards in muffin

A couple returned to their apartment to find it trashed, but in a weird way. Credit cards had been stuffed into a chocolate muffin and a frozen crab was left balancing on a bike. Police believe it was a neighbor on a bad trip, who broke in thinking he was Jack Bauer from the TV series 24.

World’s tiniest water lily stolen

Kew Gardens, the Royal Botanical Garden near London, reports that one of their extremely rare and valuable miniature water lilies has been stolen. The lily, the tiniest in the world, would likely be extinct had the garden’s horticulturalists not coaxed 50 seeds back to life by simulating the exact conditions it requires. Lily Nypaea Thremarum [...]

Man kills stepfather with fatal ‘atomic wedgie’

It’s an old holiday story. Families get together. They drink. They fight. It’s all good fun until somebody dies from an atomic wedgie. In late 2013, a few days before Christmas in McCloud, Oklahoma, former marine Brad Davis, 33, and stepfather Denver St. Clair, 58, were drinking happily until St. Clair said something insulting about [...]

Wanted: Maniac banana lover

Police in Newington, Connecticut, are searching for a criminal mastermind, who managed to smash a convenience store door with his car and escape unscathed after stealing and eating a single banana.

Florida man attacks girlfriend with banana

It’s a new year and Florida is quickly establishing itself once again as the global headquarters for bizarre and unexpected crimes. As if there was ever any doubt, a domestic assault involving a banana kicks off another year of absurdity for the Sunshine State.

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Strange and disturbing, yet oddly compelling, these are the seven weirdest crimes of the year.

Elusive bandits broke in, smoked, and dye hair red

Whoever these unknown perpetrators are, police say there is no evidence that they are adolescent girls who simply found an empty house to hang-out in for Thanksgiving. There is also no evidence that the perpetrators were braiding each other’s hair at the time, and talking about boys.

Six bizarre cases of people who killed their lovers during sex

“Chris, harder,” Joanne Kitchen cried out while having sex with her live-in boyfriend. But Kitchen’s boyfriend’s name wasn’t Chris — it was Gary. When Gary heard his lover utter another man’s name, he flew into a rage and killed her. Read about this and five other cases of murder in the heat of passion.

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