Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Man who threw spider at cop gets two-to-five years in prison

Last year a teen called 911 about a spider. This year, a Kansas woman nearly burned down her house, and a Washington State man did burn down his, each trying to kill a pesky arachnid. Turns out that police and judges react viscerally to spiders too, as a Pennsylvania man, who threw one at an officer, learned this week.

Inmate who hid stash in butt, then mouth, later beat man for farting

Terrence Lewis, 32, may have turned himself in on various outstanding warrants, but he wasn’t going to make jail easy. On entry, he was caught with contraband in his butt, which isn’t unusual, so guards check each prisoner carefully. When caught, however, most people: A) deny, B) confess, or sometimes do both. Lewis, it seems, chose option C).

Slideshow: Pretty but deadly

Pretty girls in ugly situations.

A visit to the twisted world of alleged cannibal Matej Curko

The offer was mutually advantageous, Kanibm claimed. If you wanted to end your life, you only had to come to a place in the woods of Slovakia where he would be happy to kill you if you agreed. He would do it in such a way that you would die quickly and painlessly, since he offered to drug you first before stabbing you in the heart.

Cosplay victim left bloody in street, says Comic-Con attendee

A victim of sexual assault turned up bloody and unconscious on a street outside Comic-Con, according to a frantic message posted on Tumblr.

The not-so secret history of Courtney Love

Singer, actress and plastic-surgery success story, Love, has had her share of legal troubles too, and has responded to them with more than her share of bizarre courtroom antics.

Arnold Rothstein, dark genius of the mob

Arnold Rothstein was a boss in New York’s Jewish mob. A bootlegger and racketeer, he is best known for fixing professional sporting events, specifically the 1919 World Series.

Jaime Henson, arrested after 100-foot chase and a cloud of dust

According to the arresting officer “”No force was used to detain Henson and no injuries were sustained by myself or Henson.” Though there are no visible injuries, the condition of the suspect’s face in his mugshot would seem to tell a different story. Perhaps the chase would be better described as a 100-foot chase, ending in a cloud of dust, crust and road grime

Slideshow: The fetish files

People who let their freaky side out in public and got arrested for it.

Inmates escaped to get supplies, get drunk, then returned to prison

At least four inmates from the minimum-security center of Darwin, Australia’s Berrimah Prison have escaped and returned, probably more than once. According to jailers, the inmates were met on the outside by “partners,” who loaded them up with prison necessaries. The group got drunk, smoked a couple of joints, and the prisoners snuck back in unnoticed. [...]

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