Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Slideshow: Serial killer sketches

Compare the police sketches of notorious serial killers with their actual mugshots.

Slideshow: No body, no murder? Not so fast.

The body of a murder victim often provides important information about the killer, not to mention confirmation that a murder has actually occurred. Though authorities face great challenges in bringing a killer to justice without the victim’s body, such cases are not hopeless.

Forensics & Investigation: The art of forensic psychology

A man stabs his wife to death while sleepwalking; a girl claims she was held captive inside a box for seven years; a mother stones her children to death on God’s command. These are only some examples of the types of cases into which a forensic psychologist may be brought, for anything from assessment to testimony to treatment.

Your Daily Creepout: Ted Bundy’s Bite Mark

Prolific serial killer Ted Bundy’s undoing was a bite mark he left on the buttocks of one of his victims, Lisa Levy. Levy and her sorority sister Martha Bowman had been strangled and beaten to death, but their killer did not leave much evidence in the Chi Omega sorority house, except for the bite mark, which later matched impressions taken of Bundy’s teeth and became a central piece of evidence at his trial.

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.

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.

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