Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Mark Twitchell: Canada’s ‘Dexter’ wannabe

Canadian man Johnny Altinger mysteriously disappeared on October 10, 2008, after he told friends he was going to meet a woman he had met on the Internet. The case would go from that of a missing-person to a murder, leading police to a self-proclaimed, budding serial killer, modeled on the TV character Dexter.

First officer at 2008 bus decapitation never recovered, kills self

Ken Barker, 51, a retired Colonel of the RCMP had struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) ever since he arrived first at the scene of the gruesome July 30, 2008, decapitation of Tim McLean on a Greyhound Bus in Canada by Vincent Li. Despite 20 years of experience with violent crimes, this scene haunted Barker to the end.

Reported house explosion was just a messy front lawn

Well, maybe it could be called an explosion, but there were no explosives involved. It seems that a hoarder’s stuff “exploded” out of his house and onto the front lawn in such a way that a passerby thought the house had literally blown up.

Video: The Kinky Colonel’s confession

On February 7, 2010, Russell Williams, a high-ranking and medal studded member of the Canadian Forces, was ushered into a police interrogation room. Chiseled and confident, Williams was at first jovial, making small talk with the Detective Sargeant Jim Smyth. But it quickly becomes clear that Williams isn’t there to pal around with fellow men of service.

Ontario humane society seek person who shot cat 17 times

Animal rescuers in Ontario are seeking the public’s help in tracking down the perpetrator in what’s being called a “horrific animal cruelty” case. The Sarnia and District Humane Society received a male cat who’d suffered an unspeakable assault: the poor feline had been shot in the head with a shocking 17 pellets.

Today in Crime History: The Death of Tammy Homolka

On December 23, 1990, Karla and her husband Paul Bernardo, aka Canada’s "Ken and Barbie Sex Killers" took their first victim: Homolka’s young sister Tammy. Tammy’s virginity was to be Paul’s Christmas present from Karla, who no longer had her own to give. Doped with halothane, Tammy died of an overdose while they raped her.

Cody Legebokoff, Canada’s accused ‘Country Boy Killer’

A 21-year-old man who used the moniker 1CountryBoy online is accused of murdering four women in Canada.

Man jailed for failed stab-proof-vest test

Are you your best friend’s keeper? Well if he’s a moron, going around asking people to stab him in the chest, the answer, according to a court in Edmonton, Alberta, is a resounding, yes.

Rapist who wrote ‘I had fun’ in the victim’s blood is sentenced

Last week Christopher Green, pleaded guilty to the charges, and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. The attack, on a 24-year-old woman, occurred in May 2012. The victim had been drinking in her home with friends, and fell asleep only to wake to Green, and an attack so brutal that would leave her mind and body permanently scarred.

Today in Crime History: The body of Cpl. Marie-France Comeau is found

On November 25, 2009, the body of Cpl. Marie-France Comeau, 37, a military flight attendant stationed at CFB Trenton, was found by her boyfriend. Comeau’s killer, David Russell Williams, was a Colonel in the Canadian Forces and her base commander. Ironically, her killer would be the person charged with writing the condolence letter to her family.

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