Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Woman nearly burns down house killing spider

It it okay to go nuclear on an unwanted spider? Fire department officials in Hutchinson, Kansas,┬ásay: it’s not okay. Reno County woman Ginny Griffith is facing aggravated arson charges after five units responded to a 1:36 a.m. call Friday about a fire in a her duplex unit. When they got there, they realized that Griffith [...]

Video: Dukes-of-Hazzard-style crash caught on camera

Thanks to motorist Jacob Meyer we have video footage of an out-of-control Jeep hitting the back of an empty truck parked on the shoulder of I-70 in Riley County Kansas. The truck was hauling a ramp-style trailer that launched the Jeep into the air, but unlike a TV car stunt, the landing was not so good.

Slideshow: Dennis Rader, the BTK killer

It stands for bind, torture, kill, and for three decades, BTK terrorized all of Wichita. He cut the phone lines, broke into homes and waited for his victims. He made sure their deaths did not come quickly. Then the murders stopped. The trail went cold until March 2004 when the BTK killer came back.

Couple spends $25,000 to find reason SWAT raided their home.

A Kansas couple decided to hire an attorney to get to the bottom of why police raided their home in April of 2012. They found shoddy police work and a cover-up that they never would have known without the money to hire the attorney.

Proposed Kansas bill allowing spanking that leave marks, bruises is ‘dead’

Current Kansas law allows parents to spank their children, but not to leave marks. Rep. Gail Finney, Dem., proposes that ten strikes with an open hand should be okay, even if it leaves marks or bruises, because it would restore parental rights and improve discipline. The relevant committee head has refused to schedule a hearing.

Three in custody for robbing dying woman at drive-through New Year’s Eve

With the help of tips from outraged residents of East Harry, Kansas, police have three men in custody for robbing a medically ill woman as she lay stricken in her car New Year’s Eve at a Taco Bell drive-through.

Peeping Tom chased through Kohl’s by angry topless woman

Monday a young woman trying a bras in the women’s fitting room at a Khol’s department store in Kansas noticed a man filming her. Once spotted, the man left the fitting room, but the victim’s anger was already sparked. Her privacy violated, the woman’s first instinct was not cover herself, but to give chase.

In Cold Blood: The Clutter family killings

On November 15, 1959, convicts invaded the Clutter home looking for money. When they found none, they slaughtered the family. The brutal murders were the inspiration for Truman Capote’s classic In Cold Blood.

Let’s Go Back in Time to When BTK Was Just a Regular Guy

The Wayback Machine is a great tool for taking trips down Internet memory lane. Just take a look at Crime Library’s snazzy getup circa 1999. For aficionados of the unsettling, it can also be a way to go back to a time when a notorious murderer was an everyday guy, blending in with the community and keeping his bloody hobby under wraps.

Today in Crime History: Vicki Wegerle is Murdered by the BTK Serial Killer

On September 16, 1986, BTK claimed his ninth known victim, Vicki Wegerle. Police, however, suspected her husband, Bill Wegerle, who failed two polygraph tests during the investigation. Wegerle was never arrested, living instead under a cloud of suspicion for nearly 20 years, until BTK resurfaced and Dennis Rader was arrested for the murders.

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