Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Transsexual who killed attacker to be released from prison; will be subject of documentary

CeCe McDonald—the young, black transwoman convicted of killing attacker Dean Schmitz in Minneapolis in 2011—will get out of prison January 13. But her story isn’t going silent: Laverne Cox, the transsexual star of  Netflix women’s prison drama Orange is the New Black, and Jac Gares are working on a documentary about her. Gares had originally envisioned [...]

VIDEO: James Bulger — A Mother’s Story

In this documentary film, Denise Bulger relives the 1993 murder of her 2-year-old son James by two 1o-year-old boys, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables. The young boy was abducted at a shopping mall by Thompson and Venables, who walked around with him for a while, then tortured and beat him to death.

VIDEO: Juvenile Murderers Talk About Their Killings

In this undated video, young men serving time for murder at California Correctional Youth Authority discuss the acts that landed them behind bars. They talk frankly about their lives before committing murder — the peer pressure, drugs, or sheer apathy that led them to kill. Victims’ family members also speak in this candid look at juvenile killers.

VIDEO: The Trial of Jeffrey Dahmer

This documentary goes inside the 1992 trial of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who killed 17 men and boys. Dahmer’s usual modus operandi was to pick up victims at gay bars and take them home, where he would drug, rape, kill and dismember them. Dahmer was beaten to death in prison two years after being sentenced to 15 life terms.

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