Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

How A Grasshopper in a Radiator Convicted a Man of Murder

The fascinating story of how bugs in the radiator of a rental car driven secretly across the country led to the conviction of a man for murdering five members of his family.

The DNA Revolution

Before DNA testing, the solving of crimes allowed much room for error — error that could mean conviction of the innocent and freedom for the guilty. Read about how DNA revolutionized criminal justice forever.

Forensic Sculptor Frank Bender and the Hunt for Hans Vorhauer

The son of a Nazi SS officer, he deals meth and operates as a contract killer. Forensic sculptor Frank Bender takes expert aim & brings him in.

Forensics & Investigation: Dr. Bill Bass and the Body Farm

The Anthropology Research Facility, a decay research facility, was founded by Dr. Bill Bass to better understand the process of decay.

Serology: It’s in the Blood

It might not be as action-packed as Dexter, but forensic blood analysis is nonetheless a fascinating, and ever-evolving science.

What Makes Serial Killers Tick?

“It was an urge. … A strong urge, and the longer I let it go the stronger it got, to where I was taking risks to go out and kill people — risks that normally, according to my little rules of operation, I wouldn’t take because they could lead to arrest.” — Edmund Kemper

Police Seek Help in Identifying Murder Victim

Do you recognize this woman? Police in Sumter County, Florida, are hoping this composite sketch will help identify a murder victim whose remains were discovered in Wildwood near State Road 44 and Interstate 75 on April 22. Police say she was shot to death two to four weeks prior to being found.

The Life and Career of FBI Profiler Robert Ressler

Renowned FBI agent and author Robert Ressler died Monday at age 76. During his career, Ressler made significant strides in understanding the mind of the serial killer, a term he coined. Ressler worked on the investigations of several notorious predators like Jeffrey Dahmer and Richard Chase. After retirement from the FBI, Ressler continued to write and give lectures on psychological profiling.

Jason Massey: From Victim to Victimizer

On April 3, 2001 the tale of Jason Massey came to an abrupt end at the executioner’s hand. As a young man, Massey idolized Charles Manson, became obsessed with torture and murder, and strove to become a “murder machine.”

Sheriff: Man Who Burned to Death May Have Spontaneously Combusted

Police in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, are investigating the death of Danny Vanzandt, 66, who died strangely on February 18, 2013, in his home — not because he may have been murdered, investigators ruled out homicide, but because he might have spontaneously combusted.