Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Today in Crime History: French banker Edouard Stern is found dead

On February 28, 2005, a hooded, harnessed and latex-clad Stern was found shot in the head four times, having insulted the wrong person and received the ultimate punishment. The salacious details of his murder spread quickly as speculation regarding the killer’s identity ran wild.

Al Saud bin Abdulaziz, A Saudi Prince and a Murderer

When Saudi prince Al Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Nasir al Saud’s male companion was found dead in their posh London hotel suite, Al Saud claimed his friend’s death was an accident. Evidence instead pointed to a Master-Slave affair characterized by extreme violence.

Doctor investigated for 50 shades of creepy unprofessionalism with patient

The Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine is considering revoking the medical license of Dr. David Simon, investigated by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office for allegations that he tortured a female patient, 38, forcing her to strip, walk on all fours, submit to being handcuffed, blindfolded and whipped in his office — after hours — as part of a monthly therapy session for her depression.

Scotland Yard announces weird British spy death ‘probably an accident’

Scotland Yard has reconfirmed that MI6 spy Gareth Williams died by misadventure. This perplexing case began with the discovery of his body, decomposing in a padlocked gym bag in his bathtub. Since then authorities have been trying to determine if he was murdered or the victim of his own fetishist pursuits. Read the case from the beginning.

John E. Robinson: Slavemaster, Manipulator, Murderer

Robinson, the first Internet serial killer used BDSM chat rooms to lure lonely, unsuspecting women to their deaths, and continued to cash their government or alimony checks. His brutal treatment of his sometimes willing victims stands in stark contrast to his benign, fleshy appearance. Despite it all however, on October 11, 2000, at his murder trial, his wife told the court said that she still loved him.

Glenn Marcus, the S&M Svengali

When ‘Jodi’ went to meet a man she knew from an Internet chat room and became his slave, she never guessed that extricating herself from the relationship would take her all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, in one of the most dramatic, salacious and weird cases ever brought before it.

Meth-Fueled ‘BDSM’ Tryst Ends in Trip to ER, Arrest

A Phoenix, Ariz., man who dropped his bleeding, injured wife off at the emergency room on July 21, 2013, was arrested after police found an array of bloody bondage equipment in their bedroom. The wife, who admitted to having smoked a little meth that day, said she was assaulted by a demon.

Vicki Morgan: The Life & Death of Alfred Bloomingdale’s Mistress

Her short life as a professional mistress was one of luxury paid by wealthy, Reagan confident, Alfred Bloomingdale. The department store heir and credit card magnate paid her handsomely for years to engage in all manner of BDSM sexcapades with groups of prostitutes. After Bloomingdale’s death, things went downhill, culminating in her brutal bludgeoning death a year later, on July 7, 1983.

Sharon Lopatka’s Internet-Assisted Suicide

Sharon Lopatka wanted to be strangled to death, so she met a man online who was willing to do it. Sharon told her husband she was going to visit friends, and left her Maryland home for North Carolina where her new friend Bobby Glass would end her life. On October 25,1996, police found Sharon’s body near Bobby’s home. The ligature marks on her neck suggested her violent death was what she’d asked for.

Trio Suspected in Brittany Killgore BDSM Murder to Stand Trial, Judge Rules

After a week of preliminary hearings during which the court heard investigators describe how 22-year-old Marine wife Brittany Killgore was brutally raped and strangled, a judge in Vista, Ca., has ruled that the man and two woman accused of her murder will stand trial.

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