Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

LISTEN: A Columbine Teacher’s 911 Call

This 911 call was placed by teacher Patti Nielson during the April 20, 1999, shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado. During the call, shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold enter the library where Nielson, three teachers and 52 students were taking cover.

The Ogden Hi-Fi Shop Massacre

Inspired by “Magnum Force,” two US Air Force airmen turned what could have been a simple robbery into a massacre and an experiment in torture by drain cleaner. But was the second man’s conviction an example of racial bias?

Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty for James Holmes in 2014 Trial

James Holmes killed 12 people and injured another 58 during his shooting rampage at a screening of “The Dark Knight.” Now Holmes faces death himself at the hands of the state.

Today in Crime History: Freeman Family Buried; Killer Confesses

On March 6, 1995, Dennis, Brenda and Erik Freeman were buried in Allentown, Pa. That same day, David Freeman told police in a recorded interview how he, his brother Bryan and cousin Ben killed their family. Brothers Bryan and David had embraced the skinhead movement and Nazi ideals in a rebellion against their family’s strict Jehovah’s Witness beliefs.

UPDATE: Adam Lanza, Not Ryan Lanza, Identified as Deceased Suspect in Newtown School Shooting

It was initially reported that the name of the suspect in this morning’s Newtown, Conn., school shooting was Ryan Lanza. Now it has been reported that the shooter’s name is Adam Lanza, not Ryan Lanza, and that the two are brothers. CBS reports that Adam, 20, was dead at the scene, and Ryan, 24, has been taken into custody for questioning.

At Least 26, Mostly Children, Dead in Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

The nation is reeling once again as news of yet another incident of mass murder has broken. Authorities in Connecticut say at least 27 people, 18 of them young children, are dead after a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook elementary school in the Fairfield County suburb of Newtown.

Today in Crime History: Police Discover John List’s Murdered Family

On December 7, 1971, following up on a tip from a concerned neighbor, police entered the New Jersey mansion of John List. Inside, they found the bodies of his mother, wife and three children. List had planned the killings so carefully that they went unnoticed for almost a month, and List himself was able to escape justice for nearly 18 years.

British Family Massacred in France, Likely Target of a Professional Hit

French investigators have confirmed that one or more professional hitmen were likely behind a quadruple-murder that took place last week in a forest near the French Alps. The main target was fifty-year-old Saad Al-Hilli, his wife Ikbal Al-Hilli, and mother-in-law. All three were British citizens who were originally from Iraq.

VIDEO: 12 Dead, Over 50 Wounded in Colorado Cinema Shooting

A witness present during the deadly shooting that took place last night during the premiere of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ at an Aurora, CO cinema has posted a video taken right after a gunman shot 14 people dead and injured 50.

Reader Photo of the Day: Kansas City Massacre

Today’s reader photo comes to us from Todd in Kansas City. On the morning of June 17, 1933, the Union Station Railroad Depot in Kansas City, Mo., was the scene of a shootout that took the lives of five men.

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