LMDE is presently following Wheezy and will be going back to following Debian testing officially when Debian releases Wheezy as stable. You CAN set LMDE to follow Wheezy when it goes stable, but the software updater for Cinnamon will be following 'testing.' See http://sourceforge.net/projects/cinnamondebian/files/
for .deb file to install on testing. This project is supposed to maintain for Wheezy.
Since you had problems with the LM 13 Cinnamon image, have you tried using LM Xfce or one of the other desktops to install Linux Mint 13, then install Cinnamon from the repositories? Or can you tell where your crash is occurring in the installation?
LMDE Mate 64-bit, LM17.3 Cinnamon 64-bit
Debian Mate 64-bit, Xubuntu xenial 64-bit, Ubuntu-Mate 14.04 64-bit, Antergos Xfce 64-bit, PCLinuxOS Mate 64-bit