Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Ministers from hell: part two

Cult-like rituals inside the church, a nun murdering another nun for ministering to the prostitutes, a preacher beating his wife to death with a chair leg. The tip of the iceberg in the stories of violent clergy members.

Today in Crime History: Serial killer Andrew Urdiales kills another victim

On March 11, 1995, Andrew Urdiales picked up Denise Maney, a prostitute. After having her get undressed, he tied her hands behind her back, then raped her before shooting her in the head.

The Chris Coleman family massacre

Chris Coleman, the head of security for Joyce Meyer Ministries calls his police officer neighbor, worried after not being able to reach his wife. When police enter the house, they find a grisly scene. Coleman claimed had been receiving threatening messages at work that warned him his family would die if Meyer didn’t stop preaching. But an investigation quickly unraveled Coleman’s story.

Prosecutor: Wife set disabled husband on fire, let him burn

An Australian woman is currently on trial for the brutal murder of her handicapped husband. Prosecutors allege that the couple was having serious problems, and that one morning she doused him with gasoline and set him on fire as he lay helpless in his bed — problems solved.

Slideshow: Shocking murder confessions

Killers who would have gotten away with it, but felt compelled to tell.

The trial of Oscar Pistorius

Star athlete Oscar Pistorius is now on trial for shooting his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, and it seems others close to the Olympian and his case are surrounded by death and mayhem as well.

The Lindbergh kidnapping

Famous American aviator Charles Lindbergh, his wife and young son lived a peaceful life in New Jersey until March 1, 1932 when their world collapsed. The Lindbergh Baby, as he became known, was kidnapped from the couple’s home. His disappearance and murder became a media sensation and brought to the Lindberghs the attention they’d sought to avoid by moving into a secluded mansion.

Today in Crime History: Marie Hilley Dies

Marie Hilley, who killed her husband with poison and attempted to do away with her daughter in the same way, was so well-behaved in prison that officials gave her a three-day furlough. After walking out of prison, she spent four days crawling around in cold, muddy woods until she was found on February 26, 1987, and brought to a hospital where she died.

Video: Woman confesses on TV to killing ‘Antichrist’ mother

While a WLVT Channel 8 news team with reporter Hilary Magacs was at the scene covering the murder of a 61-year-old Knoxville, Tennessee woman Tuesday, the victim’s daughter, Katie Nichols, waved and approached. With cameras still rolling, she confessed to stabbing her mother to death, and revealed her disturbing motive: Satanic spells, a satanic cult, and her mother was the Antichrist.

Slideshow: Outrageous taser use and abuse

As new indictments are filed against two Mounties in Robert Dziekanski’s 2007 tasing death captured on video at Vancouver airport, we take a look at some other high profile use and abuse of the stun gun.

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