Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Man Accused of Stabbing Wife 47 Times Released, Her Death Possible Suicide

Valentino Ianetti of Stanhope, New Jersey, who has spent three years in prison for the stabbing death of his wife Pamela in 2009, was released after prosecutors dropped the charges against him.

Amy Locane-Bovenizer and the Fatal Car Crash

Driving home from dinner with friends on June 27, 2010, Fred Seeman and his wife Helene were hit by actress-turned-homemaker Amy Locane-Bovenizer, of Melrose Place fame, in a deadly DUI crash. Helene died, but Fred lived to see Locane-Bovenizer get the equivalent of a judicial slap on the wrist because of her personal circumstances.

Former Mortician who Stripped Bodies for Parts Hired by Cemetery

Former New Jersey funeral director Steven Finley, convicted of desecrating corpses to sell the parts on the medical transplant market and barred from ever being a mortician again, was discovered working at a cemetery to the shock of the community and the families of his victims.

Manager of Famous Jersey Diner Allegedly Ordered Hit on Wife’s Uncle

It was like a scene in a noir movie. Seated at a table at TGI Fridays, one of the managers of the nearby Tick Tock diner on Route 3 in northern New Jersey was speaking quietly to another man about allegedly wanting to have the owner killed.

Kai ‘The Hatchet-Wielding Hitchhiker’ Charged With Murder

Fans of Caleb Lawrence “Kai” McGillvary, the self-proclaimed “home-free” hitchhiker that became an Internet sensation after saving two people in Fresno, California, with his handy hatchet, from a giant racist are having trouble believing that the same heroic young man is now being charged in a New Jersey murder.

Three Senior Citizens Arrested in Prostitution Sting

So what do people in senior living homes do with their time anyway? Bingo? Ice cream socials? Perhaps a hand or two of pinochle? Well at least three people at the Vicente Tibbs Senior Citizen Center in Edgewood, New Jersey, spent at least some of their time smoking crack and marketing the local prostitutes.

Schoolgirls Made 20-Minute Video Listing Classmates They’d Like to Kill

From our friends at the Daily Dot: Two seventh-grade New Jersey girls have been pulled out of school and are allegedly facing charges after posting a 20-minute YouTube video said to include a list of over a dozen classmates they wanted to kill, and descriptions of how they would do it.

Charles Cullen: Healthcare Serial Killer

A male nurse, Charles Cullen relieved the tension caused by domestic failure, depression, alcohol abuse and chronic debt by killing his patients. He confessed to murdering 35 patients, but the number may be closer to 40.

Head Linked to Convicted Serial Killer Case, Victim Identified

Nearly 25 years later, the severed head of a woman found on March 5, 1989, on a golf course in Hopewell, New Jersey, has finally been identified. Known until now as only Jane Doe, authorities confirmed on March 27, 2013, that the head belonged to Heidi Balch, prostitute and first victim of Joel Rifkin.

A Poll Asks: Should New Jersey Reinstate the Death Penalty for Animal Abusers?

As the case against dog trainer Michael Rosenberg develops, a poll on asks whether or not New Jersey should reinstate the death penalty as punishment for animal abusers only. New Jersey outlawed the death penalty in 2007. Now, almost 80 who voted in the impromptu poll voted in favor of death for animal abusers.