Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Celebrities who killed

37 celebrities, who at one point in their lives, whether intentionally or not, took the life of another person. Some of the names on this list might surprise you.

Today in Crime History: Andrew Urdiales gets away again

On April 1, 1997, police responded to a noise complaint at a hotel room where serial killer Andrew Urdiales was with a prostitute. When the prostitute told the officer that Urdiales was “kind of kinky” and wanted to take her to Chicago’s Wolf Lake, handcuff her and have sex with her, the officer said, “Geez…don’t do that. We’re finding girls up there dead.”

The torture and death of Sylvia Marie Likens

On October 26, 1965, Indianapolis police answered a call saying that a girl had died. The call came from a pay telephone in front of a Shell station in a poor section of the city. When the cops got to the dingy clapboard home, they found the emaciated dead body of 16-year-old Sylvia Marie Likens, who had suffered a degree of abuse so tremendous, a prosecutor later called her killing “the most terrible crime ever committed in the state of Indiana.”

Today in Crime History: Ed Gein’s house of horrors burns down

On March 20, 1958, the dilapidated farmhouse in which Gein had slaughtered his victims and adorned himself with the body parts of the dead, burned to the ground destroying most of his belongings. The inspiration for Hollywood’s greatest serial killers, Gein and his crimes are truly the stuff of nightmares.

Today in Crime History: Krystal Dawn Steadman is murdered

On March 19, 2000, Krystal Steadman, 9, never came home from school. Her body was found the next day. To the horror of her community, she had been abducted, beaten, tortured and raped, all for the sexual satisfaction of one disturbed man, who seemingly escaped justice by committing suicide in prison.

Today in Crime History: Jesse Pomeroy kills Katie Curran

On March 18, 1974, three weeks after being let out on parole, 14-year-old Jesse Pomeroy was opening his mother’s store when little Katie Curran walked in looking for a notebook to buy. With the promise of more notebooks downstairs, Jesse took her to a cellar where he brutalized and killed her.

Slideshow: Legendary frauds & fakes

It seems that for every sucker born, there’s a grifter and a scam born too; from con artists like Elmyr de Hory and Frank Abagnale, Jr. to ingenious and not-so-ingenious hoaxes like the Lochness Monster and the Man in the Moon.

Today in Crime History: The Wesson family massacre

On March 12, 2004, after years of abuse, incest and brainwashing, the grotesque family empire of Marcus Wesson came to a tragic end. As police surrounded the house where the Wesson family lived, shots rang out. In the end, the bodies of nine Wesson children–each shot through the eye–were found in a room furnished with antique coffins.

The Mitchell family’s murders

Two brothers–Artie and Jim Mitchell–had created a booming porn business in 1970s LA. But success came with problems, and on February 27, 1991, Jim shot Artie after an argument. A computer simulation video, breakthrough technology at the time, helped sway the jury to convict Jim.

Today in Crime History: Marie Hilley Dies

Marie Hilley, who killed her husband with poison and attempted to do away with her daughter in the same way, was so well-behaved in prison that officials gave her a three-day furlough. After walking out of prison, she spent four days crawling around in cold, muddy woods until she was found on February 26, 1987, and brought to a hospital where she died.