Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Slideshow: Home invasion

Often brutal and needlessly violent, a look at some high-profile home invasions that shocked the public and the communities in which they occurred.

A Connecticut nightmare, the Petit family murders

Over nearly seven hours on the morning of July 23, 2007, Dr. William Petit, his wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit and their two daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11, were bound, assaulted and terrorized. Beaten beyond recognition, Dr. Petit escaped, prompting neighbors to call 911. Moments later, the house, along with Jennifer and the girls, was set ablaze by their attackers.

The Cheshire, Connecticut family horror

Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky carried out a deeply disturbing home invasion that turned into the torture and murder of nearly an entire family.

Joseph Kallinger: The enigmatic cobbler

In 1975 Joseph Kalinger, a middle-aged shoe maker, and his son, 13, began a six-week multi-state spree of murder, robbery and rape. In home-invasion style attacks the two torturedand sexually abused four families, and slit a woman’s throat. Once in custody, Kalinger insist that he was crazy.

Pennsylvania Family Feud Ends in Bloodshed and Death

A 20-year-long family feud was effectively ended Friday in Ashville, Pennsylvania, when an estranged daughter and her husband killed her mother and brother in a violent home invasion that culminated in their own deaths at the hands of her estranged father. Police don’t think he even recognized her.

Michigan Police Searching for Silver-Spandex-Wearing Bandit

Police in Michigan are reaching out to the public for information about a suspect in connection with a series of home invasions, burglaries and larcenies in automobiles in Macomb County. They say the guy is committing these crimes while wearing a silver bodysuit. Thankfully, he does not seem to be carrying a mirrored disco ball or a ray gun.

Today in Crime History: Byrd and Melanie Billings Murdered in Mansion

On July 9, 2009, Byrd Billings and his wife Melanie were shot to death in their Pensacola-area home by a group of robbers dressed like ninjas.

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