Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

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.

The Jodi Arias Trial

When the trial opened on January 2, 2013, prosecutors portrayed Travis Alexander as a "good man." They asserted Jodi Arias seduced him, stalked him when he broke off the relationship, and finally murdered him in a jealous fit when she discovered he was dating other women. Prosecutor Juan Martinez stated, "This is not a case of whodunit. The whodunit sits in court today."

Killing for God: The Ervil LeBaron Story

Fundamentalist Mormon cultmaster and religious psychopath Ervil LeBaron used his 13 wives, children and colleagues to murder and intimidate more than 25 people he saw as his opponents. Lebaron was even connected to the death of his daughter Rebecca, 17, who, pregnant with her second child, had hoped to leave the cult.

Gunn-Britt Ashfield: Mother gives a brutal beating

IN 1993, 6-year-old John Ashfield was beaten to death. His mother, Gunn-Britt Ashfield instructed her other children, who witnessed the horrific abuse, to tell anyone who asked that John was attacked by a gang of teenage boys.

The murder of Jessie Davis

On June 15, 2007, Jessie Davis’ mother reported her daughter missing after finding the home in disarray and Davis’ s 2 year old alone and sobbing, “Mommy’s in rug.” Davis was nine months into her second pregnancy at the time.

The mysterious Robert Durst

A look at the murder trial of the rich, powerful, eccentric and arrogant millionaire cross-dresser Robert Durst. A fugitive for a time, he was only caught because he tried to steal a sandwich instead of paying for it.

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