Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Today in Crime History: Roland Kuster’s body is found

On May 9, 1997, popular Hollywood photographer Roland Kuster is found dead in his Los Angeles studio. Broken glass littered the floor, a bloody shoeprint told detectives that Kuster’s death wasn’t an accident.

Slideshow: The Samantha Runnion murder case

Samantha Runnion, a 5-year-old southern California girl, was snatched July 15, 2002, by a stranger outside her home while she played with a friend. Samantha was dragged kicking and screaming, as her mother had taught her to do under the circumstances, but her heroic efforts did little to deter her abductor.

Kaushal Niroula and the Gay Grifters

These hustlers allegedly followed their charismatic, would-be prince, Kaushal Niroula, to affinity scams, blackmail and ultimately to the murder of Clifford Lambert, who was reported missing by a friend on December 7, 2008.

Baby reported in Wal-Mart trash can turns out to be just a burrito

A baby spotted in a California trash can turned out to be just a giant burrito that, apparently, someone didn’t want. The mix-up is an apparent hazard of making baby-sized burritos and then throwing them away.

The definitive Edmund Kemper

A deeply troubled but intelligent teenager, Edmund Kemper killed his grandparents, then six female hitchhikers, then his mother and her friend. He turned himself in on April 23, 1973, and is now spending the rest of his days in a California prison. Find all the information on Kemper that Crime Library has to offer here, all in once place.

Police: Serial killers wore GPS trackers during murders

In a case disturbing for those who hope that tracking sex offenders will stop sex-offender recidivism, two registered California sex offenders, who each attended regular visits with police, and wore GPS ankle trackers, are suspects in at least 5 murders, and police believe there are more victims.

Slideshow: Serial killer Rodney Alcala’s photos, subjects or victims?

The following photographs were found in convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala’s storage unit. The unsolved mystery surrounding the identities of the people in these photos persists, and police have long feared, could lead to more victims. Do you recognize any of these people?

Today in Crime History: Sandra Cantu is abducted

When Sandra Cantu, 8, vanished on March 27, 2009, people feared that something bad had happened to her. They were right. Sandra had been kidnapped, drugged and allegedly raped before being murdered by the pastor’s daughter who taught at her Sunday school.

Cary Stayner and the Yosemite murders

On March 18, 1999, police found the bodies of the first victims of the Yosemite Killer. Shockingly, this serial killer turned out to be the brother of Steven Stayner, who had been abducted into sexual slavery as a child and escaped, turning in his captor seven years later.

Father arrested for biting off infant son’s nose

A teen father in California is behind bars for suspected child cruelty and aggravated mayhem after police say he bit off his one-month-old child’s nose, among other things.

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