Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Brian Jones, death of a Rolling Stone

On July 2, 1969, the body of rolling stone Brian Jones was discovered in his swimming pool. Was it an accidental drowning by misadventure, or a case of cold-blooded murder? A deathbed confession and suspicious circumstances suggest murder.

The Oklahoma Girl Scout Murders

Three Girls Scouts are sexually assaulted and brutally murdered while camping in Oklahoma. An escaped inmate with a penchant for kidnapping, rape and women’s eyeglasses is charged with the crimes, but is acquitted when the physical evidence at the scene doesn’t match up.

Josh Rubin: A Brooklyn casualty

When Joshua Rubin disappeared on Halloween in 2011, the Brooklyn café owner’s friends and family mounted a frantic effort to find him, and the media joined in. Worried that he was lost and needed his medication, these concerned parties revealed his private medical information; open rumors about his financial problems and alleged involvement with drugs soon followed.

Vlado Taneski: A true crime writer who became a serial murderer

In a twist that’s stranger than fiction, respected Macedonian crime reporter Vlado Taneski was writing widely-read articles about a series of rapes and murders that he was committing himself.

Slideshow: Crimes of the Juggalos

Some hardcore fans of the horrorcore rap duo Insane Clown Posse have been linked to serious violent crimes. Are they taking the lyrics too literally?

Kill my parents: The story of Marlene Olive

Marlene Olive was an angry teenager who hated her depressed, eccentric mother. At 15, she met a boy who could make it all better.

Clara Schwartz: A deadly game

Renowned scientist Robert Schwartz was found face down in his home. He had been stabbed repeatedly and an X was carved into the back of his neck. Nearly two months later, his 20-year-old daughter Clara was arrested in his death. Clara, who was obsessed with the occult, had orchestrated his murder as part of a role-playing fantasy.

The murder of Nimzay Aponte

It was May 2005, and Nimzay, who had been stabbed during her lunch break, lay dying in the emergency room in a South Bronx hospital. With her last breath she named her killer to police, but all she knew was his screen name, “Mike did it.”

The ‘blood oath’ murder of Sherry Harlan

In January, 2010, Sherry Harlan was stabbed to death in her apartment. Eric Christensen, the ex-boyfriend accused of killing her, claimed the two were Wiccans and and that Sherry had broken a blood oath, requiring Eric to kill her.

Slideshow: Keeping the body

While most killers are eager to get rid of their victim’s body, there are some who prefer to hold on to it , to let it ferment.

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