Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Slideshow: Snatched by a stranger

High-profile cases of child abductions that captivated the nation and instilled fear in the hearts of parents everywhere.

From missing to murdered

When a child is missing–and later found murdered–authorities often don’t have to look far from the home to find a suspect.

Jaycee Dugard, the Backyard Prisoner

Jaycee Dugard, 11, was taken by Phillip Garrido on June 10, 1991. She was found quite by accident more than 19 years later by Garrido’s parole officer on August 26, 2009, alive, with two daughters sired by Garrido, who had kept her in the backyard as his sex slave.

Friends in need: Good people who stood up to crime

A look at what good can come of regular folks standing up to crime.

Today in Crime History: The murder of Dru Sjodin

Around 5 p.m. on November 22, 2003, twenty-two-year-old University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin left the mall where she worked and headed out to the parking lot where her red, two-door 1994 Oldsmobile Cutlass was parked. She was on the cell phone with her boyfriend when she suddenly said, “no, no, no, OK, OK, OK … Oh my God!” The line went dead.

How does age progression technology stand up to real life?

In each of these three remarkable cases, a missing child was found alive years after disappearing. Compare the age progression images created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children with photographs of these missing kids as adults today.

Hannah Anderson Talks about Jim DiMaggio’s Weird Crush on Her

Kidnapping victim Hannah Anderson spoke with the Today show about her ordeal and what can only be described as one horrific day.

Slideshow: Jessica Lunsford Murder Trial

Jessica Lunsford was seen alive on February 24, 2005. Her abductor, John Couey, kept her over the weekend at his home where he raped and assaulted her repeatedly before thoughtlessly ending her life.

Evidence Files: Most Famous Ransom Notes

For parents faced with the nightmare of a child snatched by a stranger, a ransom note left in the empty bassinet can serve as a beacon of hope. Here are five famous ransom notes from the cases that captivated America.

Today in Crime History: The Hideous Murder of Tanya Flowerday

Flowerday’s murder initially drew little media attention and soon her case went cold. Then, months later, interest skyrocketed when a local television show said that her murder might have committed to facilitate the production of a snuff film.

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