Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Spotlight: The Women on Florida’s Death Row

In an ongoing feature, Crime Library will shed a light on the women spending the rest of their lives on death row in prisons across America. Currently, Florida’s death row houses 406 inmates, five of them female. These are the women of Florida’s death row.

Ohio Executes Man Who Killed Infant During Rape

The state of Ohio bid good riddance yesterday to Steven Smith, who was executed by lethal injection at the state prison in Lucasville. Smith was convicted of killing his live-in girlfriend’s daughter, 6-month-old Autumn Carter, while he was raping her.

Condemned Inmate Shouts ‘That’s Awesome!’ During Execution

Here at Crime Library, we’ve been collecting the final words of death row prisoners since the beginning. Many proclaim their innocence, some apologize to their victims, others pray and a few just wish for their favorite team to win the big game. Convicted killer Richard Cobb, however, surprised everyone with what he said when the lethal cocktail began coursing through his veins last Thursday.

Did You Know? Nike’s Slogan Was Inspired by a Notorious Killer’s Last Words

In January 1977, Gary Gilmore became the first person executed in America since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. His desire to die brought him significant attention and earned him a place in pop culture history.

Elder Craigslist Killer Richard Beasley Sentenced to Death

The courtroom saga of the teen boy and his deranged mentor who posted job ads and killed the respondents has drawn to a close. The boy, Brogan Rafferty, now 18, was sentenced to life without parole. The older man in the scheme, Richard Beasley, has been sentenced to death.

Man Convicted of Killing Baby Offers Unsettling Defense

The Ohio parole board is faced with a gruesome case: a man who sexually assaulted his girlfriend’s 6-month-old daughter so brutally that she died claims he didn’t intend to kill her but was too drunk to realize she was dying.

Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty for James Holmes in 2014 Trial

James Holmes killed 12 people and injured another 58 during his shooting rampage at a screening of “The Dark Knight.” Now Holmes faces death himself at the hands of the state.

Spokane Serial Killer Robert Yates Denied Petition

The Washington state Supreme Court has denied a petition filed by serial killer Robert Lee Yates, in which he claims his trial for two of the 13 or more murders he committed was unfair.

A Poll Asks: Should New Jersey Reinstate the Death Penalty for Animal Abusers?

As the case against dog trainer Michael Rosenberg develops, a poll on asks whether or not New Jersey should reinstate the death penalty as punishment for animal abusers only. New Jersey outlawed the death penalty in 2007. Now, almost 80 who voted in the impromptu poll voted in favor of death for animal abusers.

Virginia Killer Scheduled to Die by Electrocution Tonight

Tonight, a convicted killer is set to become the first person executed in the U.S. this year. Robert Gleason Jr., 42, has actively prevented any attempts to stop his execution. While serving time in prison for murder, he strangled two inmates and threatened to continue killing unless given the death penalty.

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