Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The CeCe McDonald story: was she fighting back or committing murder?

In June, 2011, transgender woman CeCe McDonald and her friends were walking past a bar, when a group of patrons smoking outside shouted anti-gay slurs at them. A fight ensued, which left a man dead and CeCe with a deep gash on her cheek. CeCe was charged with his murder and, if found guilty at trial, faced 40 years in men’s prison. She took plea deal and continues to receive outpourings of support from the LGBT community.

Juan Corona, a homophobic serial killer’s story

Were the trials that convicted Juan Corona twice for the murders of 25 California farm workers actually a rush to judgment? Many bits of important evidence didn’t connect Corona to the murders, and very little evidence actually implicated him. Though Corona’s defense attorney did a good job implicating Corona’s openly gay half-brother Natividad, the jury didn’t buy it.

Andrew Cunanan: “After me, disaster”

On April 26, 1997, Andrew Cunanan flew to Minneapolis "to finish some business." The next day his notorious killing spree, which would claim the lives of five people including famous designer Gianni Versace, began.

Joseph Banis, Jeffrey Mundt and the murder of James Carroll

It’s a case of he-said-he-said in which Joseph Banis and Jeffrey Mundt each accuse the other of killing drug dealer James Carroll in 2009, by stabbing him repeatedly and then shooting him after a night of meth-fueled group sex at the couple’s home.

The Kray twins: London’s own Mafia

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.

Today in Crime History: Jeffrey Dahmer is born

Jeff Dahmer was born in Milwaukee on May 21, 1960, to Lionel and Joyce Dahmer. He was a normal and happy, though somewhat sickly, child. At the age of four, he showed a strange fascination with the bones of small animals.

Kaushal Niroula and the Gay Grifters

These hustlers allegedly followed their charismatic, would-be prince, Kaushal Niroula, to affinity scams, blackmail and ultimately to the murder of Clifford Lambert, who was reported missing by a friend on December 7, 2008.

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.”

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