Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

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.

Today in Crime History: The Body of Andrew Urdiales’ Eighth Victim is Found in Wolf Lake

On August 2, 1996, the nude body of serial killer Andrew Urdiales’ eight known murder victim, prostitute Lynn Huber, was found floating in Wolf Lake, Cook County, Illinois. As with most of his victims, Urdiales had left no clothing or identification near the murder scene.

Prosecutors: Man Murdered Wife Who Refused him One Last Night of Passion

Kurtis Worley of Addison, Illinois, is under arrest and is currently being held on $3 million bond after prosecutors filed charges that he killed his wife on Friday, when she refused to have sex with him one last time after announcing her plans to divorce.

Richard Speck, Born to Raise Hell

The day after Richard Speck raped, stabbed and killed eight student nurses in a Chicago student house, reporter Joe Cummings went up to the second floor and walked down the hall. He saw the bodies of the nurses inside the bedroom, their skin a sickly ochre. A little further down the hall, he saw another bedroom with three more bodies and said. “Oh my God.” That made seven upstairs and one downstairs. Eight in total.

Identifying Chicago’s Unclaimed Dead

The Office of the Medical Examiner maintains a list of all unidentified remains found in Chicago. Each entry for a John or Jane Doe lists a description of the person and their belongings and the location and date they were found. A few have pictures.

Fetishes Unhinged: Obscene Phone Calls, Peacocks and Poop

Today we proudly present our first edition of Fetishes Unhinged, which we warn, given the nature of crime, may become a regular feature. Meet David Beckmann and Thomas Mettham, peacock and poop fetishists respectively.