Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Today in Crime History: Killer granny Dorothea Puente is arrested

On November 11, 1988, police finally found the source of the stench that had hovered for so long over Puente’s boarding house: The bodies of seven of her missing boarders buried in the yard. The sweet-faced, grandmotherly lady with “sewer problems” had been getting away with murder for years.

Slideshow: Lynn Turner

A look back at the parade of witnesses in the trial of black widow Lynn Turner. Her weapon of choice? Antifreeze.

Today in Crime History: ‘Black Widow’ Killers Strike in Los Angeles

On June 22, 2005, homeless man Kenneth McDavid was fatally run over by a car in an alley. What looked like a hit and run turned out to be the work of Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt, two elderly women who took out life insurance policies on two homeless men, then killed them.

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