Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Why did people steal this weird stuff?

Some of the craziest stuff people steal

Selfie-obsessed soldier betrays Russia by posting locations on Instagram

One Russian soldier’s Instagrammed selfies may be all the evidence the world needs to see to know that Russia is supporting rebels in Ukraine

Angel Maturino Resendiz, the Railroad Killer

His story is unique in that every time he committed a crime in the U.S., he would be deported to Mexico, and released to reenter the U.S., and kill again. He is suspected in as many as 30 murders, all committed near railroad tracks. The total number of his victims may never be known.

Martha Beck & Raymond Fernandez: The Lonely Hearts Killers

The Lonely Hearts Murders seductively entwined voodoo magic, kinky sex and personal ads, making it one of the most sensational cases of the 1940s. It was also the inspiration for several films. Lonely Hearts Killers Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez were convicted of three murders, but suspected in as many as 20.

Drunk woman denied parachute attacks flight crew with prosthetic leg

It was, no doubt, a sight to behold on the July 30, 2014, Thomson Airways flight from Tunisia to Edinburgh, when a woman, who was reportedly “off her face on drink,” approached a flight attendant and demanded “cigarette’s and a parachute.” The attendant’s response was predictable, but the melĂ©e that ensued was not.

Woman bitten by lion plans to sue zoo

A Michigan woman has announced plans to sue a local zoo, after she and her daughter were, for reasons that are in dispute, in the restricted area just outside the lion’s cage. When confronted with the presence of the majestic beast, the woman was drawn to pet it, and had her finger tip ripped off. She claims that the zoo failed to protect her.

Slideshow: Girls interrupted

After being subjected to gang rape and other brutalities, Sarah Kruzan killed the pimp who’d controlled her since she was eleven years old. Sixteen at the time of the murder, Kruzan was sentenced to life without parole. Public outcry and a new juvenile offender law enabled her release in 2013. Read about her and other teenage girls sentenced to extremely lengthy prison sentences.

Today in crime history: adolescent serial killer Harvey Robinson apprehended

On July 31, 1993, Harvey Miguel Robinson showed up at an emergency room to be treated for a bullet wound. Hours prior, he’d been shot by a police officer staking him out. Only 18, Robinson, who killed three women, became one of the nation’s youngest convicted serial killers.

Charles Whitman, the Texas bell tower sniper

Ex-Marine Charles Joseph Whitman, a student at the University of Texas at Austin, went on a shooting spree that began around midnight on August 1, 1966, with the murders of his mother and his wife. The next day he went to campus and dispensed death to 16, leaving 31 others wounded before turning a weapon on himself.

Anthony John Hardy, the Camden Ripper

A December 29, 2000, the BBC reported that an unidentified woman found bisected at the waist in London’s Thames River bearing two distinct characteristics that police hoped would help identify her: a tattoo and a twisted lateral incisor tooth. She was soon identified as Zoe Parker, the first victim of the Camden Ripper.

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