Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

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.

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.

Today in Crime History: Robert ‘Bob’ Berdella Dies of Heart Attack

On October 8, 1992, Bob Berdella died in prison. Active for four years, the Kansas City Butcher had raped, tortured and murdered six men, but only served only four years behind bars. Some think he was poisoned, but for lack of any evidence, cause of death is listed as natural causes.

Today in Crime History: Highway Killer Larry Eyler Arrested

On September 30, 1983, Eyler was arrested and incriminating evidence seized. In December, however, his lawyer had it all suppressed, leaving this serial killer of men and boys free to keep on killing.

Disturbing First Hand Account of An Encounter with Serial Killer Randy Kraft

Randy Kraft was a serial killer active from 1972 to 1983. He is believed to have killed anywhere from 13-67 males, though he was convicted of 16 murders. Many of his victims were former U.S. Marines, like the author of this chilling account, Jay Roberts, who only recently realized that one of the nicest guys he ever met was Randy Kraft.

John Laubach: Death of a Chelsea Businessman

A lower Manhattan businessman with a zest for life is found dead in his apartment — bound, gagged and robbed. He’d had two interesting habits, one more risky than the other: walking around with his pet cockatoo, and meeting younger men who carried an aura of danger.

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