Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Elliot Rodger’s rampage

How did Elliot Rodger come to the point where he armed himself and started shooting innocent people on May 23rd? What went so horribly wrong in his relatively charmed life?

What makes serial killers tick?

“It was an urge. … A strong urge, and the longer I let it go the stronger it got, to where I was taking risks to go out and kill people — risks that normally, according to my little rules of operation, I wouldn’t take because they could lead to arrest.” — Edmund Kemper

Charles Manson granted parole — not

It was a psych, and a good one, that went viral after it was posted on the satire website Empire News on Wednesday. Kudos to writer Aaron Smith for fooling so many with the well-written piece. The truth is that Manson follower Bruce Davis, now 71, serving life for murder, was granted parole at his 28th [...]

Roman Polanski: Auteur of his own misfortune

In 1977 Polanski was lionized for films dwelling on the erotic and grotesque, but the next year when a photo shoot with a girl, 13, crossed the line, he found himself facing jail. On February 1, 1978, just before sentencing, Polanski fled, becoming an international fugitive and ensuring that the case would dog him forever.

Drug-sharing suburban teens face murder when one dies of overdose

Five Minnesota teens face murder charges after a 17-year-old girl died from an overdose from the experimental drug 25i-NBOMe in January.

Today in Crime History: Martin Appel pulls off deadly ‘D-Day’ heist

On June 6, 1986, the 42nd anniversary of the historic D-Day invasion of Normandy during World War II, Martin Appel executed a bloody massacre at the First National Bank in Bath, Penn. A WWII buff, Appel considered himself to be a genius master of war, and called his car ‘the USS Lexington.’

Sheriff’s memo to deputies: No sex on the job, no lying on the record

Some may find it surprising that a sheriff would feel the need to remind his deputies that having sex while on duty and that lying on the record are both firing offenses, but the following memo indicates that at least one sheriff thinks that’s exactly what’s needed. Glad we’re all on the same page now.

Man allegedly stashed drugs in this navel

It’s official, we can now add navels to the list of places that people hide their drugs. In Eastern North Carolina the belly button is so popular as a stash that in some circles it is reportedly called the “Percocet pouch,” and in jail someone’s got to search every one of ‘em.

Kevin Neal: Messages from the Dead

Kevin Neal called 911 to report his children missing. Neal said he was inside cleaning when he suddenly no longer heard the children playing outside. Forensic experts were able to use insect activity to eventually catch a sexual predator — and they started by looking at Kevin Neal.

Born to run: Inside the mind of the barefoot burglar

An in-depth look at Colton Harris-Moore’s troubled childhood and the motivations behind his outrageous crime spree.

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