Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

How Investigators Know What Evidence is Real and What’s Not

In 1991 a man claimed to have found a diary that revealed the identity of a serial killer. Experts said it was consistent with a killer’s mindset and the location of the attacks. It was signed May 3, 1989, Jack the Ripper, but it was a hoax. A look at how investigators determine what’s real and what isn’t.

Evidence Files: Marc DeFeo’s Bloody Bed

On November 13, 1974, six members of the DeFeo family were shot to death in their Amityville, N.Y., home. The family’s 23-year-old son, Ronald “Butch” DeFeo, was tried and convicted of killing his father, mother, two younger sisters and two younger brothers as they slept in their beds.

Mother of Missing Child Ayla Reynolds to Release Details of Police Investigation

In an effort to force the hand of investigators, who have not made any arrests in the 2011 disappearance of 20-month-old Ayla Reynolds, her mother, Trista Reynolds, announced that she will start divulging unreleased details about evidence in her daughter’s disappearance starting this month.

Fifteen Things Found in Ted Bundy’s Stolen Car

An FBI inventory from a February 13, 1978, search of one of the cars Ted Bundy had stolen. The items listed are the typical stuff you’d find in a messy car: snack wrappers, cigarettes and the like. Bundy abandoned this Ford Station wagon and stole a Volkswagen Beetle, in which he was arrested two days later.

Forensics & Investigation: Bite Marks as Evidence to Convict

A look at bite-mark evidence in criminal investigation. A unique forensic tool first used in the court room during the latter half of the last century; bite-mark analysis is what convicted Ted Bundy.

Do You Recognize This Hat? Police Hope Winter Headwear Will Help Find Shooting Suspect

Police in Grand Prairie, Tex., are hoping photos of a warm winter hat will help them find a suspect who they say shot a man in cold blood.

Kira Trevino Murder: When There’s No Body, Blood Will Do

Having a body is normally step one in prosecuting a murder case, but authorities in St. Paul believe they have enough evidence–including “copious amounts” of blood–to charge Jeffrey Trevino in the death of his wife Kira, 30, although her remains have not been located.

Is Convicted Parent Killer Sarah Johnson Innocent?

Sarah Johnson was 18 years old when she was sentenced to two life terms for the murder of her parents in their Bellevue, Idaho, home. Diane and Alan Johnson were found dead from gunshot wounds on Sept. 2, 2003; Diane still in bed, and Alan on the floor, his hair wet from the shower. Now, a team of attorneys say she is innocent, and that DNA evidence found at the scene could prove it.

Display of Evidence in Yeardley Love Murder Completed

On Wednesday, media and interested citizens were let in to a Charlottesville courtroom to view some of the damning evidence that led to the conviction of George Huguely in the brutal killing of his ex-girlfried, University of Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Love.

Unseen evidence to be displayed in Yeardley Love murder trial

A Charlottesville judge has announced that previously unseen evidence, including convicted murderer George Huguely’s videotaped statement to police, will be made available to the public. A look in photos at the murder of UVa lacrosse player Yeardley Love.

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