Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Today in Crime History: Sniper Mark Essex’s rampage comes to an end

Young Black Panther and Muslim-convert Essex went on a hate-fueled murderous shooting rampage in New Orleans on December 31, 1972, and again at a Howard Johnson Hotel on January 7, 1973, killing nine and injuring 13. Gunned down by police, he would become an inspiration to D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammed 30 years later.

Teens Arrested for Throwing Lemons at Mosque

When life hands you lemons, don’t use them to interfere with civil rights. Hopefully that’s the lesson learned by four teenage boys in Hayward, Calif., arrested on suspicion of tossing lemons and oranges at mosque during prayer time. The teens, aged 13 to 16, were arrested on suspicion of defacing property “interfering with the civil rights of those attending the mosque.” According to authorities, the charge levied against the the teens is considered a hate crime.

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