Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

‘Underwear bomber’ failed because of dirty underwear

Until last week, some may not have remembered Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, failed bomber, convicted for trying in mid-flight to detonate a bomb that al-Qaida had planted in his shorts. All that has changed. He will now be forever remembered by all as the underwear bomber foiled by his own dirty underwear.

Slideshow: Tragic magic, spells gone wrong

From a little white magic, to voodoo shape shifters, to bloody satanic sex; when magic, mayhem and the law collide.

Mark Twitchell: Canada’s ‘Dexter’ wannabe

Canadian man Johnny Altinger mysteriously disappeared on October 10, 2008, after he told friends he was going to meet a woman he had met on the Internet. The case would go from that of a missing-person to a murder, leading police to a self-proclaimed, budding serial killer, modeled on the TV character Dexter.

Randy Kraft: The freeway killer

Michael Sean O’Fallon, a 17-year-old Colorado native, hoped to “see the world” after high school. He hitchhiked to British Columbia in June 1980 and made it back to Oregon before his luck ran out. His naked corpse was found along I-5, 10 miles from Salem, on July 17, 1980. O’Fallon was hog-tied with shoelaces, a cord knotted around his scrotum. Despite near-fatal levels of alcohol and Valium in his blood, death had been caused by strangulation.

The Chowchilla school bus kidnappers

On July 15, 1976, three reckless young men, all black sheep from affluent California families, thought they had committed the "perfect crime" when they carjacked and a school bus full of children, and held all 26 children and the driver, Ed Ray, for a $5 million ransom.

Photo: Prison visitor had 23 things stashed in his butt

Prison guards were surprised by the impressive array of items found in the “anus” of one AndrĂ© Silva de Jesus, 35, who was visiting an unidentified prison inmate. Reports indicate that a doctor’s note, saying that the suspect had a pacemaker and couldn’t be x-rayed, piqued guards’ suspicions. Though it’s also a good bet he was walking funny.

Criminal who taunted police on Facebook caught next day

July 23, 2014, Anne Arundel County police profile wanted criminal Roger Ray Ireland on social media. Later that day, Ireland himself chimes in on Facebook to taunt police, saying that they will never catch him. July 24, following up leads received from social media, detectives locate and arrest Ireland — priceless.

Slideshow: The weirdest wills ever

Some left their considerable fortune to their pets, others asked to be contacted after death, and one man requested burial in a Pringles can. A look in photos at some of the strangest last wishes on record.

Our favorite congressional sex scandals

The scandal-ridden political careers of Mark Foley and Larry Craig.

Megan Meier’s Myspace suicide was a mistake

Megan Meier, a blossoming 13-year old from a Missouri suburb, committed suicide after a jealous neighbor’s mother allegedly masqueraded as a courting teenage boy and feuded with her on MySpace.

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