Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

Julian Assange, former hacker, programmer and founder of, has proven to be at least as controversial as his site. While defending WikiLeaks from embarrassed governments, Assange found himself in the fight of his life battling allegations of sex crimes in Sweden; the case is far from over.

Update: More Details Emerge in Waycross Case as 911 Call Released

In response to a growing controversy surrounding the officer-involved shooting of Waycross, Georgia, man Jack Lamar Roberson last Friday, authorities have released the 911 call from his fiancée Alicia Herron. The call transcript indicated that Herron was not only scared for him, but of a police response to her call.

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.

The Non-Electric Chair of Death

Billed by manufacturers as a humane tool for immobilizing inmates, detainees or patients, who are a danger to themselves and others, the reality of the restraining chair may be, simply put, that it is a great way to hold someone still so you can abuse, torture, or simply ignore them. A look at some controversial cases of improper use, misuse and abuse of what is being called the ‘Devil’s Chair.’

Perjury Trial of Officer in Taser-Related Robert Dziekanski Death Begins

The first of four trials to be held in connection with the taser-related death of would-be immigrant Robert Dziekanski began in Vancouver, Canada, on June 10, 2013. Constable Bill Bentley is one of four officers charged with perjuring themselves during an inquiry into the October 2007 death.

Darlie Routier: Heartless Killer or Victim of an Overly-Aggressive Prosecutor?

On June 6, 1996, police near Rowlett, Texas, received an emergency call from a hysterical mother, who screamed, "They just stabbed me and my children… My babies are dying!" Strangely, investigators found more evidence pointing to dead children’s mother than to an unknown assailant.

The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

Shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968, U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was shot and killed by Sirhan Sirhan — a nobody. Was someone pulling the strings? Still one of the most controversial murders of our time.

The CSI Syndrome

Jurors’ preconceptions can be as decisive to the outcome of a trial as the evidence presented. An examination of the CSI Syndrome, the theory that criminal procedural dramas like C.S.I. have affected not only the behavior of criminals, but that of the jurors who determine their innocence or guilt.

Randy Weaver: Siege at Ruby Ridge

Ruby Ridge was the site of a deadly 1992 standoff in Idaho between federal agents the Weaver family and friend Kevin Harris, which lasted from August 21 to August 31. The Weavers ultimately surrendered, but not before Weaver’s wife, Vicki, and son, Sammy, 14, were killed along with two federal marshals.

B.C. Coroner Rules Dziekanski Taser Death a Homicide

A coroner in British Columbia has ruled the 2007 taser death of would-be Polish immigrant to Canada Robert Dziekanski, 40, at the hands of four R.C.M.P. officers in the Vancouver Airport to have been a homicide. These findings are in keeping with those of the Canadian government’s official inquiry into Dziekanski’s death.