Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Drunk woman tries to steal car with officers inside

It’s not clear whether it was theft, drunkenness, or an overdeveloped sense of self-entitlement, but  a drunk Pittsburgh woman leaving a nightclub around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, reportedly got into an occupied unmarked police car, and tried to drive off with it. Ria Buford, 32, did not get very far, luckily. According to the two plainclothes [...]

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.

Philly mosque’s Imam and Amir allegedly try to sever parishioner’s hand

Two leaders of a mosque in southwest Philadelphia of are accused of attempting to cut off the right hand of a man they allege was caught stealing from them. The man managed to keep his hand, but will no doubt think again before attending prayer at that mosque.

Robbers hold up gas station, then sell gas for hours

Instead of leaving the crime scene as quickly as possible, as robbers typically do once they’re done robbing you at gunpoint, these three suspects locked the injured clerk in the bathroom, and proceeded to serve the station’s customers for the next two hours.

Police: Woman sold heroin from her bed in ICU

The unnamed woman was in the intensive care unit at the Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg City, Pennsylvania, when staff noticed that, for a woman in her condition, she was getting an awful lot of visitors, and none of them stayed very long — just in and out all day. One didn’t even know her last name.

X-ray: Guy with a chainsaw blade embedded in his neck

What’s that mothers are always telling you to avoid? Swimming right after a meal, running with scissors, and climbing a tree with a running chainsaw? Maybe not quite, but any mother who thought of that last one, would definitely tell you not to do it.

Bryan and David Freeman: The Allentown Massacres

The Freeman boys had always been a handful, drinking beer from the age of six, and becoming druggie, racist skinheads in their teen years. No one, however, in the small community ever imagined the cold-blooded slaughter they would visit on their family on February 27, 1995.

Couple spared jail time for obnoxious responses to juror questionnaire

A Pennsylvania couple breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday when a judge dropped contempt charges against them for the outrageous answers they gave on a juror questionnaire. The judge called the answers the most “intentionally disrespectful” jury questionnaire he had ever seen, but we have it here, so you can decide for yourself.

Today in Crime History: The disappearance of Danielle Imbo and Richard Petrone

On February 19, 2005, these two former lovers met for a date on busy South Street in Philadelphia. They left in his pickup in a good mood around 11:45 p.m. and disappeared without a trace. Tonight FBI will erect a digital billboard on South St. to try to jog people’s memories about that night nine long years ago.

Accused Craigslist killer Miranda Barbour claims to be serial killer

In jail house interview on February 14, accused murderer Miranda Barbour, 19, confessed to killing a man she met on Craigslist in her car, but she also confessed to more than 22 other murders, a confession that police are taking very seriously.

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