Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Today in Crime History: Shanda Sharer’s killers are charged

On March 15, 1992, four teenage girls were charged with the brutal, sadistic murder of Sharer, 12, in a bizarre case of sexual obsession and domination.

The mysterious case of the decapitated dildos

In November police in Indian River County Florida responded to a call from Lakenya Bristol, who had just moved out of her girlfriend’s house after a domestic dispute. She showed the officer her personal collection of sex toys, three dildos with the “heads” cut off, and fingered her ex as the culprit. The case remains unsolved.

The story of Larry King, the 15-year-old who was murdered for being flamboyant, gay and femine

15-year-old Lawrence “Larry” King asked his fellow classmate, on a dare, to be his Valentine. That classmate was Brandon McInerney and a couple days later, McInerney shot King in a computer lab at school. King died. The story is rife with high-school self-consciousness and the pushing the edges of gender and behavior — it was the subject of HBO’s documentary “Valentine Road.”

Slideshow: Hate By State

A geographic breakdown of crimes fueled by one of man’s most basic emotions: Hatred.

Slideshow: Honor crime

Honor killings and attacks — a domestic crime that stems from the ancient notion that only blood can cleanse a family’s honor.

Randy Kraft, the Freeway Killer

Serial killer Randy Kraft, a prosperous data processing consultant by day, preyed on teenage boys by night, leaving them dead and mutilated. Convicted of 16 murders, the true count may be closer to 67. On November 29, 1989, he was sentenced to die in San Quentin’s gas chamber.

The Kray twins: Brothers in arms

The most notorious gangsters of London’s East End, Ronnie and Reggie Kray, former boxers known for their violent tendencies, enjoyed mingling with celebrities in their nightclub. Ronnie, a paranoid schizophrenic, was openly bisexual and was allegedly involved in a sexual relationship with a member of the UK’s conservative party.

Gary Ray Bowles: The Florida gay bar murders

On November 18, 1994, Walter Hinton became the first victim of Gary Ray Bowles, a serial killer who cruised Florida gay bars seeking sugar daddies to exploit, rob and murder.

Daniel Conahan Jr.: Addicted to murder

On November 1, 1999, Daniel Conahan was executed for a series of murder-mutilations of gay men on Florida’s Gulf Coast called the Hog Trail Murders.

Today in Crime History: Farmer Finds Remains of Another Highway Killer Victim

On October 15, 1983, a farmer’s plow turned up skeletal remains of an unidentified murder victim in Jasper County, Indiana, southwest of Rensseler. The bones were notched by knife wounds, indicating death by stabbing. The third victim of the Highway Killer found that month. A few days later mushroom gatherers would stumble across his private graveyard.

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