Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The Chowchilla school bus kidnappers

On July 15, 1976, three reckless young men, all black sheep from affluent California families, thought they had committed the "perfect crime" when they carjacked and a school bus full of children, and held all 26 children and the driver, Ed Ray, for a $5 million ransom.

Juan Corona, a homophobic serial killer’s story

Were the trials that convicted Juan Corona twice for the murders of 25 California farm workers actually a rush to judgment? Many bits of important evidence didn’t connect Corona to the murders, and very little evidence actually implicated him. Though Corona’s defense attorney did a good job implicating Corona’s openly gay half-brother Natividad, the jury didn’t buy it.

Video: Would-be carjacker gets good-Samaritan beat down

It’s always good to see people in a community coming together and standing up for each other. In this case, citizens didn’t hold back punches or colorful metaphors when subduing the suspect. In fact, the stunned carjacker seems relieved when he is released into police custody.

The I‑5 Strangler: ‘So I Killed a few Women; What’s the Big Deal?’

On May 10, 1991, serial killer Rodger Reece Kibbe, aka the I-5 Strangler, was sentenced to 25 years to life after pleading guilty to killing six women. On the way to his cell, he admitted to an officer that he had killed a few women, adding, "What’s the big deal? "

Kill my parents: The story of Marlene Olive

Marlene Olive was an angry teenager who hated her depressed, eccentric mother. At 15, she met a boy who could make it all better.

Jeremy Meeks: Hunky Internet mugshot sensation

Meet alleged gangbanger Jeremy Meeks, 30, whose 15 minutes of fame have just begun. This northern California convicted felon with striking blue eyes and gorgeous caramel skin, was recently arrested for illegal weapons and ammo possession, carrying a loaded gun in public and alleged gang activity.

Richard Ramirez, the Night Stalker

On Friday June 7, 2013, Satanist Richard Ramirez, the serial killer who terrorized California in the 1980s, died of natural causes. In life he often expressed the desire to be with Satan in Hell; we’re pretty sure he made it there. Goodbye Richard. A look back at the rampage of the Night Stalker.

Man accidentally freed by confused jury, and murdered hours later

In a case of luck reversal eerily reminiscent of the classic TV show Twilight Zone, a man who was freed accidentally by a California jury yesterday, was killed just hours later.

Teacher pulls knife, forces students to take him to Jack in the Box

In the escalating weirdness that has become the teacher-student relationship, an allegedly drunk high school teacher in Los Angeles County had such a jones for food from Jack in the Box, that he allegedly abducted three of his students at knife point to take him there.

Elliot Rodger’s rampage

How did Elliot Rodger come to the point where he armed himself and started shooting innocent people on May 23rd? What went so horribly wrong in his relatively charmed life?

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