Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Cathleen Crowell Webb, Gary Dotson and the Rape That Never Was

A teen girl, fearing pregnancy after having sex with her boyfriend, fabricates a rape. She describes her fictional assailant to a police sketch artist, and when police show her the photo of someone who looks similar, she sends him to prison for a decade. DNA evidence would finally free Gary Dotson, but his life would never be the same.

Today in Crime History: The West Memphis Three Case Begins

On the afternoon of 6 May 1993, West Memphis was rocked by the news of the discovery of the mutilated bodies of three eight-year-old boys. The crimes were pinned–wrongfully–on three local teens, who were alleged to have killed the boys in a Satanic ritual. After 18 years in prison, the teens, now in their 30s, were freed.

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