Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

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.

The shotgun slaying of Bruce and Darlene Rouse

The American dream turned into a bloody nightmare for self-made millionaires Bruce and Darlene Rouse who were shot to death in their mansion while their three children slept. It would be 15 years before investigators’ hunches would pay off and bring the killer to justice.

Unchecked Aggression: The Story of Patrick Mackay

Patrick Mackay, a young London man who exhibited psychopathic tendencies at a very early age, was processed by the British health system frequently, but despite his violent behavior was always released where he grew into a predictable repeat killer, finally murdering a priest who had befriended him.

Britain’s Bizarre ‘Hair-in-Hand’ Murder Case

The brutal 2002 murder of Heather Barnett stymied British police for nearly a decade, until a morbid discovery in a 15th century Italian church gave them the break they needed.

What makes serial killers tick?

“It was an urge. … A strong urge, and the longer I let it go the stronger it got, to where I was taking risks to go out and kill people — risks that normally, according to my little rules of operation, I wouldn’t take because they could lead to arrest.” — Edmund Kemper

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