Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Today in Crime History: Neil Entwistle’s Wife and Child Found Dead

On January 22, 2006, the bodies of Rachel Entwistle and 9-month-old Lillian were found in their Hopkinton, Mass., home. Father and husband Neil Entwistle was charged with the crimes, convicted, and sentenced to life without parole. He was initially jailed at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center–a bit of irony considering Rachel’s maiden name was Souza. See the case in photos.

Today in Crime History: Aileen Wuornos confesses

On January 16, 1991, Aileen Wuornos went to police and confessed to killing seven men. After describing what she had done with the men, she said that she had confessed because, “I want to get right with God.”

Today in Crime History: Ted Bundy Leaves His Famous Bite Mark

On January 15, 1878, Ted Bundy broke into a sorority house and killed two girls who were sleeping inside. Before leaving, he wiped the room clean, but one crucial piece of evidence was left behind: a bite mark on the buttock of one of the victims. This bite mark would become a central piece of evidence in Bundy’s trial and conviction.

Today in Crime History: Jean-Claude Romand Kills Family

On January 9, 1993, Jean-Claude Romand, weighed down by his own deception, murdered his wife, children, parents, and dog. Romand had lied about finishing medical school, being a humanitarian doctor, and having cancer.

Today in Crime History: Highway Killer Larry Eyler Sentenced to Prison

On December 28, 1990, serial killer Larry Eyler was sentenced to 60 years in prison for murder. He’d later be sentenced to death, but the state would never get to carry out their grim task; Larry died in prison of AIDS.

Today in Crime History: Killer couple Fred & Rose West claim another victim

Around 10 p.m. on December 27, 1974, college student Lucy Partington was on her way to catch a bus home after visiting a friend. She had the misfortune to meet up with Fred and Rose West, who abducted her. She was tortured for approximately a week and then murdered, dismembered and buried in Fred’s construction projects.

Today in Crime History: Serial Killer Richard Trenton Chase Commits Suicide

On December 26, 1980, a jail guard found serial killer Richard Trenton Chase dead in his cell. After a childhood of killing cats, the schizophrenic Chase grew up to become “The Vampire of Sacramento,” killing six people in California’s capital.

Today in Crime History: Zodiac Kills Two Teens on a Date

On December 20, 1968, the Zodiac killer claimed his first confirmed victims, David Arthur Faraday, 17, and Betty Lou Jensen, 16, who were shot dead while out on a date in Benicia, Calif. Though Zodiac claimed responsibility for 37 murders in his taunting letters to police, Faraday and Jensen are two of only seven victims authorities agree are the Zodiac’s work.

Today in Crime History: Serial killer passes a polygraph

On December 18, 1990, suspected serial killer Larry Eyler took a lie detector test and passed. He also pleaded not guilty to murder, but eventually ended up confessing to killing 21 people. He died of AIDS while in prison.

Today in Crime History: The Lufthansa heist hits the papers

On December 12, 1978, the New York Times reported that $3.0 million in cash, and jewelry worth about $2.0 million were stolen from John F. Kennedy international airport. After that report, the grand total was revised to $5.0 million in cash and $850,000 in jewelry and the heist was declared the largest cash robbery in history.

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