Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Today in Crime History: Multi-State Serial Stabber Kills Third Victim

On July, 26, 2010, Serial Stabber Elias Abuelazam fatally stabbed Darwin Marshall, 43, who was walking alone around 1:25 a.m. The army veteran and father of two died shortly after being found. Abuelazam has been linked to as many as 20 attacks.

Dumb Criminal Tries to Pay Court Fees with Stolen Card

A Michigan man is being hailed as one of the world’s dumbest criminals after allegedly trying to pay for a set of fingerprints with a stolen credit card.

John Norman Collins, the Co-Ed Killer

On July 10, 1967, Mary Fleszar was reported missing from her apartment near Eastern Michigan University. On August 7, her badly decomposed body was found near the foundation of a farmhouse two miles north of Ypsilanti. Though he was never convicted of her murder, Flezsar’s tragic and gruesome death is widely thought to be the work of Michigan serial killer John Norman Collins.

Watch: Wife Hires ‘Hitman’ to Kill Husband

Julia Charlene Merfeld, 20, of Muskegon, Michigan, thought she was talking to a hitman about killing her husband, Jake, 27, but was really talking to an undercover cop, who was recording the whole conversation, including her motive: Murder is easier than divorce.

Today in Crime History: Serial Stabber Elias Abuelazam Kills Second Victim

On June 21, 2010, Abuelazam killed Emmanuel Muhammad in Flint, Mich. This was the second fatal stabbing in his bloody spree, which spanned at least three states and lasted from May 24 until his arrest on August 11 at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as he tried to flee to Israel.

Detroit-Area Golfer Hits Partner With Club, Stabs Arm With Broken Shaft

The game of golf is supposed to be a relaxing, Zen-like synergy of brain and body, but every now and then players with chakras out of alignment seem to erupt into homicidal rages. Glenn Lott, of the Detroit area, is no exception.

John Norman Collins: The Co-Ed Killer

On June 8, 1969, the body of the sixth victim of "the Ypsilanti coed slayer," Alison Kalom, was found by three young boys. She had been stabbed multiple times, her throat was cut and she had been shot in the head. Her torn clothes were scattered around her, her pantyhose were slashed at the crotch, and one of her shoes was missing.

Police Release Sketch of the Suspect in Jessica Heeringa Abduction

More details have emerged in the case of missing Michigan mom Jessica Heeringa, who is believed to have been abducted from her job at a North Shores Exxon station on Friday April 26, 2013, possibly by someone she knew.

Update: Missing Mother Jessica Heeringa

Jessica Heeringa, 25, was scheduled to close the Exxon station in North Shores, Michigan, where she was working alone late on Friday, April 26, 2013. She never closed, and has not been seen since. There were no security cameras at the gas station, so police are relying on the public for tips.

We Have Sex Offender Registries, is it Time for Animal Abuser Registries?

A pair of bills collectively referred to as Logan’s Law recently introduced to the Michigan House of Representatives would create animal abuser registries similar to existing sex offender registries.