Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The Chicago Rippers

The Ripper Crew was a gang of four Satan-worshiping team killers led by Robin Gecht, who attacked women, mutilated and cannibalized the body parts they severed, even going so far as to perform sex acts on them in their repeated attempts to contact the Dark One.

Chicagoan armed with submachine gun claims tax-exemption at deli

All kinds of people get all kinds of crazy at tax time, and Chicago man Nahshon Shelton is no exception. Shelton was happily paying for his $1.79 two-liter bottle of Pepsi Saturday, when the pesky issue of .22 cents in sales tax came up. Shelton did not have the .22 cents, but he did have a big scary gun.

Today in Crime History: Serial killer Andrew Urdiales kills another victim

On March 11, 1995, Andrew Urdiales picked up Denise Maney, a prostitute. After having her get undressed, he tied her hands behind her back, then raped her before shooting her in the head.

The Chris Coleman family massacre

Chris Coleman, the head of security for Joyce Meyer Ministries calls his police officer neighbor, worried after not being able to reach his wife. When police enter the house, they find a grisly scene. Coleman claimed had been receiving threatening messages at work that warned him his family would die if Meyer didn’t stop preaching. But an investigation quickly unraveled Coleman’s story.

So a guy and a tiger walk into a bar … really, in Illinois

A guy took a leashed tiger into a busy bar on a Sunday evening and ordered a beer. When the bartender asked what the tiger would be drinking, the man replied, Anything he wants. At least that’s how the old joke goes. Police aren’t laughing either.

Today in History: The St. Valentine’s day massacre

It was on Valentine’s day 1929 in a frigid Chicago that seven men were lined up against a garage brick wall and sprayed with 90 bullets. It was Al Capone’s final piece in the puzzle for domination of Chicago.

Watch: Would-be burglar outwitted by door

A would-be burglar attempting to rob a bar in the Chicago’s Wicker Park area was thwarted by of all things the unlocked interior door. It seems he made a critical error: He kept trying to pull open the door — which was marked push. This could explain why most burglars break and enter, rather than just …entering.

Man thought to have been Gacy victim found — alive in Montana

The family of Robert Hutton got some good news just in time for Christmas. The son and brother they thought might have been a victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy, has turned up alive and living in Montana.

Today in crime history: John Wayne Gacy confesses

On December 22 in 1978, Gacy finally confessed to police that he killed at least 30 people and buried most of the remains of the victims beneath the crawl space of his home.

Police in Chicago search for woman who may have dumped gator at O’Hare

Authorities in Chicago may have a lead on the person who ditched a live, immature alligator at O’Hare airport on November 1. The person in this surveillance still was seen riding a train to the airport with a live, immature alligator under her arm.