Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Cooking with Otis Toole: A cannibal’s recipe for BBQ sauce

Though less known than Bundy and Dahmer, serial killer Ottis Toole is no less terrifying. He’s known for confessing to the murder of Adam Walsh, and for acting as the corpse-mutilating, cannibalistic sidekick of Henry Lee Lucas. Seen here is Toole’s very own recipe for BBQ or “spegetti” sauce, just in time for the holiday.

Today in Crime History: The BTK confessions

After pleading guilty to ten murders on June 27, 2005, Wichita serial killer Dennis Rader gave a chilling account of his murders in court. Appearing unmoved by the cruelty of the acts he was describing, Rader systematically described how he killed the entire Otero family and six women. He described how he followed his victims — he called them ‘projects’ — around town before finally going in for the kill. Videos and a full transcript of the confession can be seen here.

Spotlight: The woman on Kentucky’s death row

In the state of Kentucky, there are 37 inmates on death row. The 36 men wait out their days at Kentucky State Penitentiary. The sole woman, Virginia Caudill, resides at the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women.

Heartbreaking video shows the effects of leaving a child in a hot car

Every summer, one particularly tragic type of story makes its way into headlines across the country: children left in hot cars. Some are rescued in time, while others unfortunately don’t make it.

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.

Spotlight: The women on Louisiana’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. These are the two women awaiting execution at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel.

Infographic: Leading causes of violent death in the U.S.

People kill and get killed every day, in a variety of ways. The Washington Post’s staff artist Todd Lindeman put together a chilling infographic that shows the methods in which people kill each other, and themselves.

Spotlight: The women on Alabama’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. The state of Alabama houses a total of 197 death row inmates, the vast majority of them men. These are the stories of the four women, all of whom are awaiting execution at the Julia Tutwiler maximum security prison in Wetumpka, Ala.

Evidence Files: The Son of Sam letter

In August 1977, David Berkowitz, known as the Son of Sam, was arrested and charged with a series of murders. Four months prior to his arrest, a police officer patrolling the area where a young couple had been shot dead found a letter addressed to NYPD Captain Joseph Borrelli. This is the letter in its entirety.

Five people who played Russian roulette and lost

A look at five cases involving Russian roulette, the deadly game of chance in which a player spins the partially loaded barrel of a revolver, then places the gun to his head and fires.

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