Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Gary Gilmore, the killer who demanded to die

An excellent example of an intelligent and talented man driven into criminal behavior by horrible parents. When he was sentenced to death for murder, the Supreme Court had already halted executions in the US. His insistence on being executed opened the door for the reinstatement of the death penalty.

Mysterious mummified woman identified, questions remain

Investigators finally know her name, but they still don’t know when, how she died. The circumstances surrounding her death are so strange, that it’s hard to believe the case is not being investigated more aggressively as a possible homicide.

Friendly bulletproof-vest test results in murder charges

Today we bring you the story of a man so thrilled with his new bullet-proof vest that asked his friend to shoot him in the chest. We’ll never know if the vest would’ve failed or not, because the friend shot high, missed the vest entirely, and killed the man.

Slideshow: Remembering the Aurora shooting victims

A look at the lives and personalities of the 12 victims who were killed during the July 20, 2012, massacre at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The case it’s based on

The series of movies and documentaries around the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre are loosely based on Ed Gein, who was also the prototype for Pyscho’s Norman Bates and The Silence of the Lambs‘ Buffalo Bill. Though Gein didn’t use a chainsaw in the murders, the terrifying weapons had been used in murders before.

Slideshow: Bad parenting

A look at some mommies who aren’t dear and fathers who really don’t know best.

First officer at 2008 bus decapitation never recovered, kills self

Ken Barker, 51, a retired Colonel of the RCMP had struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) ever since he arrived first at the scene of the gruesome July 30, 2008, decapitation of Tim McLean on a Greyhound Bus in Canada by Vincent Li. Despite 20 years of experience with violent crimes, this scene haunted Barker to the end.

Woman shoots herself in the face to ‘make a point’

Not really, she actually slammed the butt of a loaded shotgun on the ground during a family argument to “make a point.” The weapon discharged, shooting her in the face, which, arguably, amounts to the same thing. In any case, having made her point, she called 911.

Juan Corona, a homophobic serial killer’s story

Were the trials that convicted Juan Corona twice for the murders of 25 California farm workers actually a rush to judgment? Many bits of important evidence didn’t connect Corona to the murders, and very little evidence actually implicated him. Though Corona’s defense attorney did a good job implicating Corona’s openly gay half-brother Natividad, the jury didn’t buy it.

Alleged molester caught in the act by child’s dad

Meet Raymond Frolander, caught in the act of allegedly molesting his neighbor’s 11-year-old son. Frolander had the bad luck of getting caught by none-other-than the child’s father, who called 911 saying, “Send an ambulance. He is going to need one.” The dispatcher then asked if any weapons were used, to which the father replied, “my foot and my fist.”

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