Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

‘My Drunk Son Has Fallen on Me, and I Can’t Get Up!’

An 81-year-old Riverside, Illinois, mother could have really used some sort of medical alert bracelet or necklace on March 9, 2013, when her drunken son, Robert Golba, 55, fell on her during an argument, and passed out.

Man Allegedly Planned to Kill a Lawyer and Frame the Cat

Cat lovers around the globe are thankful to Illinois authorities, who may just have prevented the perfect murder, saved the life of a presumed-innocent feline and convicted a budding criminal mastermind in the process.

Today in Crime History: 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.

Baby Crystal’s Mother Sentenced for her Murder

Katie Stockton, 32, was sentenced in a Winnebago County courtroom on April 5, 2013, for the murder of Baby Crystal. The newborn remained unidentified for years after her mother left her on December 17, 2004, to suffocate and freeze to death in a wooded area along a road just 90 yards from the family home.

Woman Pleads Guilty to Leaving her Exposed Baby to Die

Sadly while investigating this death, police found two more sets of infant remains in the trunk of Stockton’s impounded vehicle, so this is probably not the last we have heard on Ms. Stockton.

Woman Told Cops her Child was in Stolen Car — She Lied

Chicago woman Jeanette Holt allegedly called 911 to report her vehicle stolen with her one-year-old son inside so that her case would immediate action. Police quickly found the empty car and figured out Holt’s alleged ruse. They were not amused.

Masked, Cuffed Illinois Priest’s 911 Call Goes Viral

A 911 call made on November 28, 2012, by Father Tom Donovan of Springfield, Ill., pastor of St. Aloysius Church, has gone viral. The gagged, masked priest called 911 from inside the church saying that he needed help getting out of a pair of handcuffs, "before this becomes a medical emergency."

Better Late Than Never: Man Sentenced for 1957 Murder

On the evening of December 3, 1957, Maria Ridulph, 7, was out playing in the fresh snow with friends near her home in Sycamore, Illinois. She was snatched off a street corner and and the subsequent search made national headlines until her body was found a few months later in a field 120 miles away. More than five decades later, justice finally came for the man convicted of her killing.

Today in Crime History: Police Find Karyn Slover’s Car

Around 10:00 p.m. on Friday, September 27, 1996, a police officer came across an abandoned black Pontiac Bonneville alongside westbound I-72 in central Illinois. The engine was still running, the driver’s side door was wide open and the headlights were on. A driver’s license found in the vehicle belonged to a twenty-three-year-old woman named Karyn Slover.