Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Prosecutor: Wife set disabled husband on fire, let him burn

An Australian woman is currently on trial for the brutal murder of her handicapped husband. Prosecutors allege that the couple was having serious problems, and that one morning she doused him with gasoline and set him on fire as he lay helpless in his bed — problems solved.

Alleged arsonist was asked not to masturbate in open windows

Florida man Kenneth Haskins, 58, allegedly has developed a habit of pleasuring himself where he can be seen in public. Recently, he reportedly got a request from the management company of the apartment building where he has lived for the last ten years asking that he refrain from masturbating in open windows and doors for all to see.

Boy thought to have died in fire was actually drowned, say police

What at first appeared to have been a tragic accident is a case of murder, according to authorities in Colorado Springs.

Oklahoma man ‘going ballistic’ in apartment blames gay demon sex

Jeremy Jarnell Anderson, 22, is in jail after police received a call about a “person going ballistic.” Specifically, the caller described a man with a bloody face, kicking a heavy door off its hinges, dousing himself with salt and soap and breaking stuff. The man, however, blames a homosexual demon for his outburst.

Slideshow: Fire Starters

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

The ‘Cathouse’ Murders

Cathouse star Brooke Phillips was brutally killed with five others. She may not have been the target, but who was and why?

Recovering From Burns, Arsonist’s Wife Charged With Stealing From Fellow Patients

A woman who narrowly survived a fire set by her husband is now accused of stealing items at the nursing home where she is recovering. The fire killed her three young sons and unborn baby and left her severely and permanently injured.

Man Set on Fire Christmas Day

Police are searching for answers in the arson attack on a Miami, Fla., man December 25, 2012. Darrell Brackett, 44, who was reportedly filling a gas can Christmas night when he was attacked and set on fire, remains in critical condition with third-degree burns to 75% of his body.

Unsolved Murder Spotlight: Esmeralda Herrera

In early March, 2011, 30-year-old Esmeralda Herrera was found dead in her San Antonio home. Her second story apartment was on fire, and fire investigators called the blaze suspicious. Authorities told relatives, who called the deceased woman Emmy, MySanAntionio.com that she’d been tied up. An affidavit stated that Herrera was dead before the fire started; ligature marks were found on her neck and wrists.

VIDEO: Man Sets Tattoo Parlor, Self on Fire

This video recorded by security cameras at Skin Deep Tattoo in Sydney, Australia, shows a man entering the parlor, pouring accelerant all over the floor and lighting a match. The parlor goes up in flames, and so do the man’s pants.

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