Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

22 strange & suspicious celebrity deaths

The mystery surrounding the deaths of these celebrities lingers to this day.

The Lindbergh kidnapping

Famous American aviator Charles Lindbergh, his wife and young son lived a peaceful life in New Jersey until March 1, 1932 when their world collapsed. The Lindbergh Baby, as he became known, was kidnapped from the couple’s home. His disappearance and murder became a media sensation and brought to the Lindberghs the attention they’d sought to avoid by moving into a secluded mansion.

Today in Crime History: Anna Nicole Smith is found dead

On Feb. 8, 2007, Anna Nicole Smith died in a Florida hospital after collapsing at a hotel. As the personal and professional evolution of Anna Nicole Smith played out in the spotlight, so would the investigation into her death, leaving many questions still unanswered. A look at her life in photos.

Video: Dramatic surveillance footage of Paul Walker crash

An amateur videographer took some footage after the crash, (shown at left) but it does not compares to the surveillance footage of the actual impact, even though it was shot from behind a stand of trees. The following surveillance footage, which shows the extreme violence of the crash, would seem to confirm the theory that speed was a factor.

Slideshow: The mysterious death of Natalie Wood

The investigation into actress Natalie Wood’s 1981 drowning death was reopened In November 2011. Since then Los Angeles coroner’s office has officially removed the word "accidental" from Wood’s death certificate, and changed her cause of death to "drowning and other undetermined factors." See the case in photos.

Protecting yourself from the psychological terrorist

On July 18, 1989, starlet Rebecca Schaeffer, made popular by her role in the TV sitcom My Sister Sam, was shot to death by her stalker. Statistics show that one in 12 women is at some time the victim of a stalker. What makes these obsessive people tick and what can you do to protect yourself and your family?

Today in Crime History: The Death of Marilyn Monroe

On August 5, 1962, Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe, the original Candle in the Wind, died from an overdose of sleeping pills. Was it an accident, a suicide, or murder? The debate continues.

Brother of UK Soap Opera Star Sentenced for Chopping Up Sister

It did not take police long to suspect that Tony McCluskie, the brother of British soap opera star Gemma McCluskie, was involved with dismembering and beheading his sister. Friends’ and neighbors’ accounts of a troubled man with a history of domestic violence gave investigators most of the evidence they needed even before Emma’s mutilated remains were recovered.

Today in Crime History: The Black Dahlia’s Purse and Shoe Found

On January 25, 1947, police found a leather purse and one open-toed pump belonging to aspiring starlet Elizabeth Short, aka the Black Dahlia, a few miles from where her butchered body had been found ten days prior.

New Report: Natalie Woods’ Scratches and Bruises Premortem

A new report released by the Los Angeles coroner adds a new twist to the case of the mysterious death of actress Natalie Wood, who was found drowned in the waters off the coast of Southern California in 1981.

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