Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

A Connecticut nightmare, the Petit family murders

Over nearly seven hours on the morning of July 23, 2007, Dr. William Petit, his wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit and their two daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11, were bound, assaulted and terrorized. Beaten beyond recognition, Dr. Petit escaped, prompting neighbors to call 911. Moments later, the house, along with Jennifer and the girls, was set ablaze by their attackers.

The Cheshire, Connecticut family horror

Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky carried out a deeply disturbing home invasion that turned into the torture and murder of nearly an entire family.

Police: Substitute teacher caught flat on his back masturbating in hallway

A substitute teacher in Stamford, Connecticut, is on suicide watch after getting arrested February 26, 2014, for masturbating in a high-school corridor, while “watching” the children.

Missing, now found: Michelle Garvey

Police have announced that the remains of a slain girl found in Texas over 30 years ago belong to missing teen Michelle Garvey, who vanished from New London, Conn., on June 1, 1982. Authorities assumed that Garvey ran away to North Carolina or New Jersey. All prior assumptions have likely been discarded as the investigation continues.

Wanted: Maniac banana lover

Police in Newington, Connecticut, are searching for a criminal mastermind, who managed to smash a convenience store door with his car and escape unscathed after stealing and eating a single banana.

Photo: Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter as a toddler

Among the many documents and photos Connecticut police recently released in connection with the December 2012 school shooting in Newtown is a photo of the shooter, Adam Lanza, then 20. In it he is just a toddler, and sits surrounded by guns and ammunition, wearing a camouflage hat. He is teething on a pistol.

Sandy Hook School Shooting documents available online

As promised, police in Connecticut have released thousands of pages of documents related to the investigation into the December 14, 2012, Sandy Hook School Shooting by Adam Lanza that claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults.

The story of ‘Woodchipper Murderer’ Richard Crafts

When cops arrived at the home of Richard Crafts wanting to search the place, the man suspected of killing his wife and shredding her body in a woodchipper called out, “I’m tired. I’ll take care of it in the morning.”

Listen: 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting

Nearly one year later, the legal battle between the town and the state Freedom of Information Commission is over. Last month a judge ruled to release the 911 calls related to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Now the town has dropped its appeal, and the tapes are public, including seven made from inside the school during the shooting.

Feds: Late for a hearing, defendant threatened to blow up courthouse

There has to be a better way to postpone a hearing if you’re the defendant and you’re late. Sure, there are bound to be consequences, like a pissed off judge, being held in contempt, but fessing up to running late has got to be better than threatening to blow up the courthouse.

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