Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Scary Mass. mother who burnt off son’s nipples and penis gets 30 years

In a crime reminiscent of the torture of Sylvia Likens, the mother of a male teen has been convicted of torturing him over the course of several weeks in 2013. Child services was notified of the abuse by a young relative of the family, who spent a weekend. Though permanently disfigured, unlike Likens, this victim survived.

Update: Would-Be Child Rapist and Cannibal Sentenced to 26 Years

Geoffrey Portway was sentenced to 26 years in prison Tuesday. His crime? Planning to abduct, rape, torture, kill and eat a child as part of a bizarre fetish fantasy. Police tracked him through his screen name “Fat Longpig.”

Today in Crime History: Philip Markoff kills himself

On August 15, 2010, one year after he was to have been married, accused Craigslist Killer Markoff was found dead of an apparent suicide in his cell.

Man Brags About Being Wanted Criminal to Undercover Cop

In our latest edition of How to Get Arrested — Fast we present a Massachusetts man who was so jazzed about being a wanted criminal that he just couldn’t keep it to himself.

Lizzie Borden

Over a century ago, a well-known rhyme says that, "Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one" — but maybe it wasn’t Lizzie at all. The classic murder tale that may be the most enduring mystery America has ever produced.

Woman Accused of Attacking Daughter with Hedge Clipper

A Massachussets woman is facing a slew of serious charges after allegedly attacking her daughter with a pair of electric hedge clippers.

The First Woman Ever Executed in the USA was Pregnant

In 1778, Bathsheba Spooner earned the dubious distinction of becoming the first woman executed in the newly independent country called the United States of America. Before she was to be hanged, Bathsheba begged to be allowed to live long enough to deliver her baby. However, a panel of evaluators determined that she was not pregnant.

Unsolved Murder Spotlight: Deanna Cremin

On the morning of March 30, 1995, two children that 17-year-old Deanna Cremin often babysat found her body behind a senior housing complex at 125 Jacques Street — one block away from her home. She was nearly naked and lying face up. An autopsy revealed she’d been strangled. To this day, no charges have ever filed in this case.

BREAKING: Bombing at the Boston Marathon

Two explosions rocked the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon around 2:50 p.m, leaving three people dead and as many as 130 injured.

Chemist Who Confessed to Intentionally Faking Lab Results Is Arrested

Anne Dookhan, the Massachusetts chemist who lied about her education and confessed to falsifying drug test results repeatedly over the course of her nine year career in evidence handling, was arrested Friday at her home.

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