Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Drug-sharing suburban teens face murder when one dies of overdose

Five Minnesota teens face murder charges after a 17-year-old girl died from an overdose from the experimental drug 25i-NBOMe in January.

Dennis Nilsen: A horrifying Englishman

At work on February 9, 1983, Dennis Nilsen told a co-worker, “If I’m not in tomorrow, I’ll either be ill, dead, or in jail.” They both laughed. Returning home that day Nilsen found police waiting for him at his flat. They had found human remains in the sewer pipes that could only have come from his unit. A search of Nilsen’s closet uncovered several bags of male remains in various stages of decomposition.

Joseph Banis, Jeffrey Mundt and the murder of James Carroll

It’s a case of he-said-he-said in which Joseph Banis and Jeffrey Mundt each accuse the other of killing drug dealer James Carroll in 2009, by stabbing him repeatedly and then shooting him after a night of meth-fueled group sex at the couple’s home.

Cannibalism and the strange case of Nathaniel Bar-Jonah

Nathaniel Bar-Jonah was suspected in the disappearance of young Zachary Ramsay, but there was insufficient evidence to convict him. However, Bar-Jonah was sentenced to 130 years for child molestation and sexual assault. He died in prison in 2008.

Slideshow: Prisoners’ dilemma

Imprisonment may stop the criminal from threatening society, but it doesn’t stop the criminal. A look at some crimes that occurred behind the barbed-wire fences of the Big House.

Deborah Flores-Narvaez: Death of a Vegas showgirl

The talented and educated Debbie rekindled her on-again-off-again relationship with Vegas dancer Jason “Blu” Griffiths, who was convicted of her murder yesterday. Though there were warning signs, nobody guessed at the violence that lurked just below the surface. The case began on December 13, 2010, when police began to search for the missing dancer.

Slideshow: Motherhood cut short

When a pregnant woman is murdered, her unborn child dies along with her. Read about famous slayings of expecting mothers.

Carnival of death: The barbaric history of lynching in America

An examination of this brutal form of mob justice, in which angry citizens assume the role of judge, jury and executioner.

Ricky Davis and Dena Riley: Real snuff movies

On May 15, 2006, fishermen discovered the nude, raped and badly beaten body of Marsha Spicer. A woman came forward linking Spicer to Davis, who had asked her to become a serial killer with him, strangling women during three-way sex and videotaping it for fun. She turned him down, but someone else, it seemed, had not.

Today in Crime History: First man sentenced to death by electrocution

William Kemmler, having been convicted of drunkenly killing his girlfriend with an ax, was sentenced on May 13, 1889, to become the first person to die in the electric chair. After attempts to thwart the execution on the basis of it being “cruel and unusual punishment” were defeated, Kemmler was executed under what the New York Times called “revolting circumstances.”

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