Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Renowned crime photographer Arthur Fellig: Murder was his business

Arguably the most famous crime photographer, Arthur Fellig made his bones photographing criminals and crime scenes of the 1930s and 1940s. He competed with press and police to be the first person at a crime scene. He was so good at it; they called him “Weegee “(from Ouija board) for his preternatural ability to regularly beat even police.

Today in Crime History: The Montreal Massacre

On December 6, 1989, Marc Lépine walked into the École Polytechnique at the University of Montreal carrying a Ruger Mini-14 semi-automatic rifle. He entered a classroom and told all the men to leave. Claiming he was “fighting feminism,” he opened fire. In all, Lépine killed 14 women, and injured 10 more women and four men before turning the gun on himself.

Today in Crime History: Pipefitter amputates own penis, blames woman

On December 5, 1997, Alan Hall, a 48-year-old pipefitter and Vietnam War veteran, was found by a passerby lying drenched in blood on the lawn in front of his trailer. After he was rushed to the hospital, it was discovered that his entire penis had been removed. Read about this and other “Crimes Below the Belt.”

Today in Crime History: The Maneater of Colorado is born

Alfred Packer was born on November 21, 1842 (though some say it was in January) and was still a young man when the Civil War broke out. Epilepsy got him out of the military, so Packer became a prospector. During an expedition, Packer’s party got lost and he was later accused of eating his companions.

Today in Crime History: Peter and Joan Porco attacked with axe

On the early morning of November 15, 2004, Peter and Joan Porco were attacked in their home with a fire axe. Peter was killed and Joan was left severely disfigured. Their son, Christopher Porco, was convicted of the crimes. At his trial, the prosecution argued that Porco killed his father over money problems, while the defense argued a lack of evidence. Joan, who lost an eye in the attack, maintained her son’s innocence throughout his trial.

Slideshow: Women executed in America

Though it’s unusual for a woman to be sentenced to death and even more unusual for execution to be carried out on a woman, it does happen. Fifteen women who have been sentenced to death and executed in the United States, from 1955 to 2010.

Today in Crime History: Reality star, three others dead in ‘Cathouse’ Murders

On November 9, 2009, Oklahoma City’s emergency services responded to a report of a house on fire. After the blaze was extinguished, police found the bodies of three women, two of them pregnant, and a man inside the house. One of the pregnant women was Brooke Phillips, a prostitute who was featured on Cathouse, an HBO show about Nevada’s famous brothel, the Moonlite Bunny Ranch.

Today in Crime History: Serial killer Carroll Edward Cole is arrested

Carroll Edward Cole had a history of arrests for public drunkenness and other petty crimes. After an arrest on November 8, 1978 — while he was already on probation — Cole was let go yet again, to continue his murder spree for another two years.

Today in Crime History: Hong Kong police find corpse in Milkshake Murder

On November 6, 2003, police in Hong Kong entered a storage room where they found just what they’d expected — the decomposing corpse of Robert Kissel wrapped tightly in a rug. Wife Nancy Kissel was accused of disabling her husband with a drugged milkshake before bludgeoning him to death and hiding his body.

Today in Crime History: The downing of Flight 629

On November 1, 1955, United Flight 629 exploded in the air outside Denver, killing 39 people. Intensive investigation determined that the plane was sabotaged.

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