Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

How the King of Western Swing lost his crown: The Spade Cooley story

On the night of April 2, 1961, wildly successful and drunk country music band leader Spade Cooley had his wife confess one of her many affairs to his private eye Billy Lewis. Lewis assured her that Cooley was a forgiving man, to which she replied, “I’ll love him until I die.” She was dead the next day.

Alice Mae Van Alstine still missing after 38 years

The unsolved mystery of a young mother of four, missing nearly 40 years and presumed dead. Police and family believe she met with foul play, possibly at the hands of her abusive ex-husband or the right wing group with which he was affiliated. It’s also possible, though unlikely, that the terrified woman just ran for her life.

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.

Slideshow: K-9 cops, man’s best friend

They’re dedicated and committed, sometimes to a fault. Ten tales of crime fighting and the K-9 officer.

Silk Road founder: If Bitcoin isn’t really ‘money’ then he couldn’t have ‘laundered money’

The US recently determined that the digital currency would not be viewed as money by the IRS, but instead as “property.” And so naturally imprisoned Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht’s lawyer claims his client can’t be guilty of laundering money and asks for charges to be dismissed.

The John Hinckley case

23 years ago John Hinckley shot President Ronald Reagan and three others, all to impress the actress he was stalking: Jodie Foster.

Half-naked woman falls into well during outdoor sex-capade

A couple in Spain, who decided to make sweet love in a park known for its teen drinking parties and covert liaisons, was rudely interrupted when the cover of the well shaft on which they were consummating their mutual admiration failed, causing the woman to plunge into the icy water below.

Police: Bomber who forgot to set clock forward blew self up

Some residents in the Long Lane and South Inner City area in the Irish city of Dublin had their Sunday night interrupted by the frightening blast of a car bomb around 11 p.m., followed by the strange sight of the bomber “dripping in blood” from the blast of his own bomb, get into a cab and leave the scene.

Today in Crime History: Andrew Urdiales gets away again

On April 1, 1997, police responded to a noise complaint at a hotel room where serial killer Andrew Urdiales was with a prostitute. When the prostitute told the officer that Urdiales was “kind of kinky” and wanted to take her to Chicago’s Wolf Lake, handcuff her and have sex with her, the officer said, “Geez…don’t do that. We’re finding girls up there dead.”

Girl stabs best friend 65 times, is arrested pretending to grieve at funeral

Upset about some nude selfless posted on Facebook, 16-year-old Erandy Elizabeth Gutierrez went over to her best friend’s house and stabbed her 65 times with a kitchen knife, according to Mexican authorities. She then attended the funeral to try to look innocent, but police arrested her right then and there.