Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Today in Crime History: Jeffrey Dahmer is born

Jeff Dahmer was born in Milwaukee on May 21, 1960, to Lionel and Joyce Dahmer. He was a normal and happy, though somewhat sickly, child. At the age of four, he showed a strange fascination with the bones of small animals.

Happy belated birthday, Charlie Manson

Blame it on an iPhone lost in an airplane toilet (true story), but we at Crime Library are sorry to report we missed the November 12 birthday of one of our most infamous subjects. Charles Manson celebrated his 79th birthday behind bars in the protective housing unit of the Corcoran State Prison. Hopefully, he’s not mad at us.

Prescription to Die: Stories of Celebrity Addiction

Had he lived, Michael Jackson would have been 55 today. Unfortunately the King of Pop died on June 25, 2009, from abuse of prescription drugs; a form of addiction to which celebrities, used to getting their way, are particularly susceptible. The legal question of doctors’ responsibility towards such patients remains unanswered.

Man Sentenced in Teen’s Birthday Party Burning Death

At his 18th birthday party, Stephen Simpson suffered a horrible fate. The awkward young man, who had Asperger’s Syndrome and difficulties with learning and speech, invited guests to celebrate his big day at his flat in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England. What he’d hoped would be a fun time with friends became a night of taunting, harassment and deadly injury for Stephen.

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