Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Spotlight: The women on Alabama’s death row

In an ongoing feature, Crime Library will shed a light on the women spending the rest of their lives on death row in prisons across America. The state of Alabama houses a total of 197 death row inmates, the vast majority of them men. These are the stories of the four women, all of whom are awaiting execution at the Julia Tutwiler maximum security prison in Wetumpka, Ala.

Amy Bishop, deadly professor

Anything but academic, a tenure dispute in Alabama became a blood bath when professor Amy Bishop opened fire at a faculty meeting on February 12, 2010. After the murders, further investigation into the 1986 "accidental" shooting death of her brother Seth, led to Bishop’s being indicted for murder in Massachusetts for that crime.

Today in Crime History: Birmingham church bomber convicted of murder

On November 19, 1963, Robert ‘Dynamite Bob’ Chambliss was convicted of the murder of Carol Denise McNair in connection with the 16th street Baptist Church Bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, on September 15 of that year. The attack claimed the lives of four little girls. The Klan member would spend the rest of his life in prison, never giving up his accomplices.

Alabama Rep Re-Introduces Bill to Castrate Sex Offenders

Alabama Rep. Steve Hurst (R-Munford) has re-introduced a bill that would legalize the castration of sex offenders over the age of 21, convicted of molesting children under 12, and make the sex offender pay for the procedure.

Mugshot Makeover

In today’s Mugshot Makeover we present Latonya Powell of Tuscaloosa County Alabama, who went from weird on August 29, 2012, to wow on December 5, 2012.

Teen Stabbing Suspect to Use Insanity Defense

We’ve been following the case of Autumn Wood, an 18-year-old from Alabama who allegedly stabbed a younger girl at a party last month. Recently denied youthful offender status, Autumn has now reportedly pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

Teen Stabbing Suspect Denied Youthful Offender Status Once Again

Earlier this month, 18-year-old murder suspect Autumn Wood was denied youthful offender status. After a Lauderdale County, Ala., judge denied that request, Autumn’s attorneys objected to that ruling, claiming that the denial violated the young woman’s constitutional rights.

Mugshot of the Day

Today we present Leslie Chesten, 52, arrested in Madison County, Alabama, on November 9, 2012.

Woman Arrested Over Remark About School Shooting

An Alabama woman has been hit with a felony charge of making a terrorist threat after a comment she allegedly made at an elementary school.

Report: Roommates All Over Are Still Trying to Kill Each Other

A Michigan woman in accused of poisoning her roommate for being "mean, " an Alabama man stabbed and gutted his roommate, and a California pastor skewered his roommates genitals with a sword.

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