Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

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.

Today in Crime History: Highway Killer Larry Eyler Arrested

On September 30, 1983, Eyler was arrested and incriminating evidence seized. In December, however, his lawyer had it all suppressed, leaving this serial killer of men and boys free to keep on killing.

Today in Crime History: The Tylenol Murders Begin

September 29, 1982, marked the beginning of the mysterious Tylenol Murders that claimed the life of Mary Kellerman, 12, and six others. Tylenol in the Chicago area was laced with lethal amounts of cyanide. The case was never solved.

Alton Coleman & Debra Brown

Coleman went on a six-state killing spree in 1984, killing seven people with his partner Debra Denise Brown. By the time of his execution in 2002, he was the only condemned person to have death sentences in three states: Illinois, Ohio (twice) and Indiana.

Massachusettes Man Smashes Windshield with his Butt

The man in the car thought that the drugged out naked man running in circles in the road was funny, that is until the man launched himself “ass first” at the victim’s car. That’s when it went from funny to scary.

Today in Crime History: Tammy Zywicki Disappears

Tammy disappeared on August 23, 1992, after dropping her brother off in Evanston, Illinois. She was on her way to Grinnell College in Iowa, but never got there. Her body was found a week later along a Missouri stretch of highway. Though there were suspects, there were never any arrests. The FBI’s investigation remains unsolved.

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