Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Joseph Banis, Jeffrey Mundt and the murder of James Carroll

It’s a case of he-said-he-said in which Joseph Banis and Jeffrey Mundt each accuse the other of killing drug dealer James Carroll in 2009, by stabbing him repeatedly and then shooting him after a night of meth-fueled group sex at the couple’s home.

The story of Larry King, the 15-year-old who was murdered for being flamboyant, gay and femine

15-year-old Lawrence “Larry” King asked his fellow classmate, on a dare, to be his Valentine. That classmate was Brandon McInerney and a couple days later, McInerney shot King in a computer lab at school. King died. The story is rife with high-school self-consciousness and the pushing the edges of gender and behavior — it was the subject of HBO’s documentary “Valentine Road.”

Slideshow: Gay divorce court

And the secret to a happy marriage happily remains a secret.

The unsolved case of The Doodler

In the 1970s, a serial killer targeted San Francisco’s gay men. Nicknamed the Doodler because he sketched portraits of his victims to strike up conversation, this forgotten murderer was never caught, largely because those in the gay community refused to talk.

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