Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Today in Crime History: The Jonestown Massacre

First came the reports out of Guyana were on November 18, 1978, that Congressman Leo Ryan and four members of his party were dead. Later, came the grisly discovery of the largest mass suicide of the 20th Century. The Reverend Jim Jones led his flock commit suicide in a way that forever changed our notion of what it means to “drink the Kool Aid.”

This is the face of a 20-year-old who has brazenly killed 79 people

Juan Pablo Vazquez is a Mexican drug cartel enforcer who seems to have almost no respect for human life. He was recently picked up by Mexican police carrying 22 bags of cocaine and some marijuana, but that’s really the least of his concerns. Mexican police think he’s responsible for 79 murders. He’s already admitted to [...]

The Most Haunted Crime Scenes

Some say you can still hear the souls of the murdered creeping listlessly about these famous crime scenes, some even claim to have seen them.

Today in Crime History: Fire leads police to one of the bloodiest mass murders since Manson

On October 19, 1970, a fire at a wealthy California doctor’s home led authorities to one of the most gruesome mass murders since the Manson murders. Scared hippies pointed police towards hermit and environmental nut John Linley Frazier. His motive? To wreak vengeance on those who rape the environment and restore the natural beauty of the hillside where the doctor’s luxury home once stood.

Marc Lépine’s Gendercide: The Montreal Massacre

No one made eye contact with the thin young man in the baseball cap as he entered the the University of Montreal classroom, offering a slight smile, as if to apologize for the interruption. Used to tardy students, the professors ignored him. Until, grinning, he ordered 10 female students to get up and move across the room. "I’m fighting feminism," he said. Feminists needed to be taught their place, he added, then lifted his rifle and began shooting.

Video: Aaron Alexis at the Washington Navy Yard

A video and timeline released by the FBI shows Aaron Alexis on the day he massacred 12 people at the Navy Yard

VIDEO: Tips on How to Survive a School Shooting

As strange as this may sound, it’s actually pretty good advice for adults and kids alike, and could probably be applied with relative success to any mass shooting or spree shooting scenario.

Daniel Remeta’s Road of Destruction

In 1985 mass murderer Remeta and his companions killed their way through the South, and then descended on Grainfield, Kan., like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, leaving death, pain and misery in their wake.

Trey Sesler: Mr. Anime, Mass Murderer

Trey Sesler was a big fan of Japanese animated films. Still living with his parents his life seemed to have stalled, but the young man won a modest amount of Internet fame for some reviews he posted on YouTube as “Mr. Anime.” Anime was not his only interest however; he had other things on his mind, namely murder.

Charles Whitman, the Texas Bell Tower Sniper

Ex-Marine Charles Joseph Whitman, a student at the University of Texas at Austin, went on a shooting spree that began around midnight on August 1, 1966, with the murders of his mother and his wife. The next day he went to campus and dispensed death to 16, leaving 31 others wounded before turning a weapon on himself.

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