Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Rich teen suffering from ‘affluenza’ gets probation for crash that killed 4

We can now add a new outrageous defense to our law books: “Affluenza,” the state or condition in which a child of wealth and privilege is raised with no consequences for bad behavior. In plain English: A spoiled rich brat can’t be held fully responsible for his actions — let’s start by blaming his parents.

Accused of Sex Crime against 7-Year-Old, Boy, 15, Attempts to Murder Victim

A shocking story is emerging from the Hudson Valley region of New York State. Police say a 15-year-old boy attempted to murder a 7-year-old girl who accused him of a sex crime.

VIDEO: Juvenile Murderers Talk About Their Killings

In this undated video, young men serving time for murder at California Correctional Youth Authority discuss the acts that landed them behind bars. They talk frankly about their lives before committing murder — the peer pressure, drugs, or sheer apathy that led them to kill. Victims’ family members also speak in this candid look at juvenile killers.

Mom Charged After Son Drowns Dog

After noticing her dog Sophie missing from the yard, homeowner Patricia Martin reviewed the footage on her surveillance camera only to see neighbor Desiree Gillard’s son making off with the tiny Papillon.

Judge Finds Boy,12, Responsible for Killing Neo-Nazi Dad

A California boy was only 10 years old when he fatally shot his father, a regional leader of the white supremacist National Socialist Movement. Now 12, the boy, who’s not being identified due to his age, has been found responsible for second-degree murder.

Sentenced to Life Without Parole at 17 for Killing Abusive Pimp, Sara Kruzan May See Freedom

At age 11, Sara Kruzan met a man who bought her gifts and took her out. He became a much-needed father figure until two years later, when he raped her and began selling her for sex. After five years of sexual abuse, Sara shot her pimp. She was sentenced to life without parole at the age of 17, in what many see as an abuse of justice. Now, Sara may finally have a shot at freedom.

VIDEO: Suspect in Botched Fast Food Robbery Turned in by Mom

A trio of youthful suspects were caught on surveillance video Sunday attempting to rob a Kansas City Church’s Chicken restaurant. The robbery didn’t work out–an employee snatched a handgun from one of the suspects and all three ran out of the store. After police released the video, asking the public for help in locating the would-be robbers, one woman recognized her own son.

Teen Accused of Killing Adoptive Parents to Stand Trial

A 16-year-old boy accused of murdering his adoptive parents in a fit of rage will face a murder trial, a judge in Alameda County, Calif., has ruled. According to investigators, Moses Kamin’s motive may have been an unwillingness to deal with the consequences of being suspended from school for smoking marijuana.

What to Do With a 13-Year-Old Killer?

Are killers born or are they made from circumstances that force them to crime? It’s a question that has vexed psychiatrists and criminologists for centuries. Now comes the case of Cristian Fernandez, the 13-year-old accused of murder in Jacksonville, Florida, whose depraved upbringing raises the issue again in a shocking case with national implications.

Rapper Juvenile, 37, Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

Rapper Juvenile, known for his gleaming grill and the 1999 hit single “Back That Azz Up” was arrested early this morning at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. According to Miami Beach Police spokesperson Detective Vivian Hernandez, Juvenile (born Terius Gray) was charged with disorderly conduct after a large fight broke out outside the LIV nightclub, which is part of Fontainebleau.

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