Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

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.

What Does a Botched Electric Chair Execution Look Like?

It’s not pretty, that’s for sure. In 1999 convicted murderer Allen Lee Davis became the first and last inmate to be executed in Florida’s brand new electric chair, intended to replace the notoriously malfunctioning “Old Sparky.” Warning: This post contains disturbing photographs.

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.

Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty for Neighbor Accused of Raping, Killing 6-Year-Old Girl

Little Rock, Ark., prosecutor Van Stone announced Monday that his office will be seeking the death penalty against Zachary Holly, 28, accused of the rape and murder of his 6-year-old neighbor, Jersey Bridgeman.