Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Florida’s bare naked hamburglars still at large

They are being called “bare naked beef bandits,” “dumb, dumber and dumbest” and the naked “knuckleheads,” after being caught on surveillance camera making off with the beef, as if there wasn’t already enough “beef” between the three of them.

Road rage driver hit by his own truck

It’s no joke when innocent people are hurt in road-rage incidents, so it’s nice to know that now and again, karma does comes back and bite the angry, road-raging motorist on the butt.

Slideshow: Schoolteachers in the slammer

Teachers’ entanglements with the law.

The lethal history of the gas chamber

It is difficult to find a way to deliberately put a human being to death that modern Americans can agree is “humane.” Perhaps for this reason, methods of execution have repeatedly been invented that were touted as humane only to later be criticized as inhumane. Here, we investigate the rise and fall of the gas chamber’s popularity as a method of shipping the condemned off to the afterlife.

Ginger twins arrested for prostitution

A pair of ginger twin sisters were picked up for prostitution in a North Carolina hotel recently, along with their alleged pimp, who did not possess red hair.

The case of the seven-year sex slave

After getting into a car while hitchhiking, Colleen Stan became a sex slave for seven years in the household of a married man, who kept her locked in a box for much of that time.

TIL: The first woman ever executed in the USA was pregnant

In 1778, Bathsheba Spooner earned the dubious distinction of becoming the first woman executed in the newly independent country called the United States of America. Before she was to be hanged, Bathsheba begged to be allowed to live long enough to deliver her baby. However, a panel of evaluators determined that she was not pregnant.

A Connecticut nightmare, the Petit family murders

Over nearly seven hours on the morning of July 23, 2007, Dr. William Petit, his wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit and their two daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11, were bound, assaulted and terrorized. Beaten beyond recognition, Dr. Petit escaped, prompting neighbors to call 911. Moments later, the house, along with Jennifer and the girls, was set ablaze by their attackers.

The murder of Lori Hacking

Lori Hacking was reported missing on July 19, 2004. According to her husband, Mark, she woke at 5:30 a.m. and drove from her home in Salt Lake City to a local park where she liked to jog. Mark said he was expecting Lori, who was five weeks pregnant, to wake him on her return, but the 27-year-old never came back and never showed up for work.

Sex offender who raped puppy found ‘not sexually dangerous’

Terry Wayne Davis, a registered sex offender in Alton, Illinois, is facing charges regarding three sexual encounters with a female Rottweiler puppy so disturbing, that the animal had to be euthanized as a result. As sad as that is, it is not being considered in the current case.

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