Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Albert Fish, the cannibal who preferred kids

On May 28, 1928, Albert Fish inserted himself into the lives of the Budd family. Gentle-looking and grandfatherly, he cleverly set them at ease and lured their young daughter Gracie and at least five other children to their deaths. A child rapist, killer and cannibal, Fish was executed on January 16, 1936.

Slideshow: The Jessica Lunsford case

This charming Florida child was abducted from her home in February 2005 by drugged-out, repeat-sex-offender John Couey. A look back at the case in photos.

Rapist who burned boy alive to be tried as an adult for murder

Today a Texas judge ruled that Don Collins, 29, may be tried for murder as an adult in the case of Robbie Middleton, 8, who named Collins as the 13-year-old boy who in 1998 raped him, doused him in gas, set him on fire and left him for dead. It took Robbie 13 years to die.

Today in Crime History: Robert Garrow is born

Robert Garrow was born on March 4, 1936. Abused as a child, he grew up raping the family’s livestock and masturbating with the milking machine. He served time in prison, first for theft, then rape. After his release he was accused of sexually assaulting two little girls, and when he failed to appear in court, this budding serial killer became a fugitive from justice.

France: Trial Begins for Mother in Son’s Jail Rape by Stepfather

It’s pretty clear that parents can do some really callous, cruel and evil things to their children, and that the young age of a child will not always save them from the ones whose role it is to protect and raise them. This story, however, takes the cake. Not only in forcing us to ask how a mother cold do such a thing, but also how in the world could it have happened during a supervised jail visit?

David Spanbauer

On Labor Day, September 5, 1994, Spanbauer, a serial killer who had been in and out of prison for years, abducted Cora Jones, 12, as she rode her bike near her grandmother’s house. It would be five days before searchers would find her strangled body at the bottom of a steep ditch 75 miles away.

Today in Crime History: No Contact Order Separating Mary Kay Letourneau From Victim is Lifted

On Friday, August 6, 2004, a judge in Seattle lifted the no-contact order in the bizarre case of a married teacher, convicted of raping a young male student. She eventually had two children by him and married him. Was it a crime or was it a romance, and did they live happily ever after?

WATCH: Girl, 6, Victim of Severe Abuse, Discusses Torture and Murder

In shades eerily reminiscent of child killer Mary Bell we present Beth, 6, the victim of such severe physical and sexaul abuse as an infant, that she is unable to bond with another person or to feel love. She admits remorselessly and openly to physically torturing her baby brother and to wanting to kill him, to hoarding knives and other weapons, and to plotting to murder her entire family; to getting her only joy from hurting other people.

Today in Crime History: Marion Ketter, 4, Disappears From Playground in Duisburg, Germany

On Saturday July 3, 1976, sweet little blond Marion Ketter, 4, went missing. By the next day, police had Joachim Kroll in custody after someone at #11 Friesenstrasse told a police officer that Kroll had warned that the toilet was plugged with “guts.” It turned out that the likable, but not very intelligent, Kroll, affectionately called "Uncle" by the neighborhood children, had a propensity for rape and murder, and a taste for human flesh that went back more than twenty years.

Missouri Mom Allegedly Allowed Sex Offender Boyfriend to Rape Infant Daughter

A Missouri mom is behind bars, facing the most heinous of allegations: she’s accused of allowing, or even encouraging, her boyfriend to rape her 4-month-old daughter. The little girl, Ashlynn Peters, died last December after being allegedly raped and strangled.

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