Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Today in Crime History: The Freeway Killer Takes his 17th and 18th Victims

On April 10, 1980, William Bonin abducted and killed Steven Wood, 16, of Bellflower, California, and Lawrence Eugene Sharp, 18, of Long Beach; they were found sexually assaulted, strangled and dumped liked the others. A prosecutor once said of Bonin and his crimes, "He was impassioned about what he did. He loved it."

Spotlight: Killer Teen Couples

On March 25, 2004, a jury found Sharon Patterson and Larketa Collier guilty of brutally slaughtering Collier’s grandmother. An apparent case of love turned to murder. Two tales of gay teen couples, who killed their grandparents for interfering with their love.

Teacher Arrested for Infecting 50 Men with HIV

An elementary school teacher in Taiwan was arrested after authorities alleged that he held male homosexual orgies, promising attendees drugs like ketamine — that’s not why they arrested him though.

Convicted Serial Killer Catherine Wood’s Illegal Personal Ad

Convicted team serial killer Catherine Wood was in the news recently after she posted an illegal online dating profile in the hope of meeting someone new. As an inmate in Florida, Wood may have pen pals, but is prohibited from soliciting for pen pals. Her last great love cost five people their lives.

Do Murderers Deserve to Have Sex Behind Bars? A Look at the Evolution of Conjugal Visits

Eight states allow prison inmates conjugal visits, and only two of those states allow them for homosexual inmates. Should prisoners–including convicted killers–be allowed to have sex with their spouses while incarcerated?

Is a Killer Targeting Gay Men in New York?

Three gay men have been murdered in New York City in recent weeks. Authorities believe the victims may have met their killers online, and City Councilman Daniel Dromm is urging those in the gay community to “exercise extreme caution while dating.”

Transgender Inmates in American Prisons: Is the Michelle Kosilek Case a Precedent for Gender Reassignment Surgery?

Slowly, but surely, the government has been implementing laws and lifting bans so the LGBT community are seen as equals in society, but what happens when a transgender inmate wants a gender-reassignment surgery while behind bars?

Suspect Sketches Released in Murder of Gay Rights Activist

On October 20, 2012, gay rights activist Lou Rispoli was beaten to death by three men in Sunnyside, Queens. Rispoli, 62, clung to life in the hospital for four days until family members made the difficult decision to take him off life support. Rispoli’s murder remains unsolved, but police hope that newly released sketches of two male suspects will bring them closer to making arrests.

Two Men Accused of Sex with Boy Were HIV Positive — and Lied About It

Broward County men Darrell Aaron Evans, 40, and Huy Kien Trin, 32, met an underage boy, 16, on the all-male Grindr, a social network geared towards gay, bisexual, and bi-curious men and, after a few explicit texts, arranged to meet on December 12, 2012. When it came up all three said they were HIV negative; the teen was, Evans and Trin were not.

The Transgender Prisoner and the Eighth Amendment: Should the State Fund an Inmate’s Gender Reassignment Surgery?

A domestic crime that got little notice at the time has led to a landmark case involving the constitutional rights of transgendered convicts. In 1990, Robert Kosilek killed his wife, but in 2012 prisoner Michelle Kosilek’s fight for gender-reassignment surgery made headlines.