Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

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.”

Suicide victim mistaken for scary prop, dumped in landfill

An ex-Spring-Hill-Florida man, who hanged himself several weeks ago, seems to have become mummified in such a way that a cleaning crew mistook his corpse for a life-size dummy and dumped him in the landfill. Thanks to vigilant landfill workers, the mistake was rectified and police alerted to investigate.

Slideshow: Celebrities’ kids arrested

On July 13, 2014, Kevin McEnroe, 27, son of tennis-pro John McEnroe and actress Tatum O’Neal, joined his mother on the list of celeb kids who’ve had trouble with the law. McEnroe was arrested for allegedly buying cocaine in Manhattan and illegal drug possession. A look in photos at other celebrity kids who got themselves arrested.

Phil Spector: The mad genius of rock ‘n’ roll

May 29, 2009, Phil Spector was sentenced for the murder of fading starlet Lana Clarkson, who had been found In the home of the famous record producer in 2003 slumped over a chair with a single gunshot wound to her mouth.

Jessica Lunsford: Death of a 9-year-old

Jessica Lunsford was abducted from her home by repeat sex offender John Couey when she was nine. After her notably horrific murder, her father pursued legislation for stricter sex offender monitoring, resulting in the Jessica Lunsford Act. Jessica would be 17 today.

Graham Young, the St. Albans Poisoner

Graham Young, aka the Teacup Poisoner, had a pathological fascination with poison and a detachment from the human race characteristic of the sociopath. These disturbing personality traits enabled him to easily poison family, friends, co workers, even his bosses. His little “experiments” killed four people, and sickened a hundred or more.

Slideshow: Fire starters

Some people are fascinated with fire, others believe it will destroy the evidence of their crimes, still others use fire as a simple and direct way to express rage. A look in photos at some notable cases of attacks with fire, many of them fatal.

Teens try to rob car with deputy inside

If there’s a Number 1 Rule to burgling cars, it has to be: First check that Officer Friendly isn’t inside it. Three Florida teens learned this valuable lesson around 6 p.m. Tuesday, after allegedly trying to enter a car with undercover detectives calmly sitting inside the car, watching them.

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