Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Inside the sad life of abused heiress Anne Scripps Douglas

Wealthy newspaper heiress Anne Scripps married handsome gold-digger Scott Douglas and all too soon became a battered wife, the victim of his alcohol-fueled rages, terrified of the man she once loved. Sadly for Anne, she was not nearly terrified enough.

The twisted tale of Peter Braunstein

Journalist, writer and playwright Braunstein, off his meds and dressed like a firefighter on Halloween 2005, set the hallway outside his victim’s apartment on fire, and then subdued her with chloroform when she opened the door. After sexually assaulting her, the unhinged genius robbed her and left, leading police on a multi-state manhunt.

John Jamelske, slavemaster

11 years ago, Jamelske, who had been abducting women off the street, drugging them, and keeping them as sex slaves in his dungeon for years, was arrested. Though police were never convinced by the reports of slavery and torture his other slaves made, they did believed his most recent victim’s story and investigated. What they found shocked them.

The Kitty Genovese murder and the bystander effect

On June 11, 1964, the defense and prosecution summed up the case of William Moseley in the murder of Kitty Genovese, trying to get the 11-man, one-woman jury to accept Moseley’s plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Moseley had repeatedly attacked Genovese, even as she cried out for help to her neighbors, as if he knew they would never respond.

Slideshow: Serial killer Rodney Alcala’s photos, subjects or victims?

The following photographs were found in convicted serial killer Rodney Alcala’s storage unit. The unsolved mystery surrounding the identities of the people in these photos persists, and police have long feared, could lead to more victims. Do you recognize any of these people?

Base jumpers arrested for parachuting off WTC (video)

Four New Yorkers turned themselves in yesterday for a BASE-jumping stunt off the new World Trade Center on September 30th of last year. They sneaked through a hole in a fence and then climbed up the stairs to the top of the 1776 foot tall tower. They said they encountered no security at all. James [...]

Today in Crime History: Remains of Genesee River Strangler’s third victim found

On March 24, 1988, hunters found the remains of what was initially thought to be a serial killer’s first victim, but which turned out to be his third. There would be 11 more before he was done. Disturbingly, the killer, Arthur Shawcross, already had a prison record and an early parole despite two convictions for child murder.

John Gotti, the last Mafia icon

On March 18, 1980, Frank Gotti, John Gotti’s 12-year-old son, was killed in a tragic car accident by a man, who was abducted, presumed murdered, later that year. Gotti, the last of the Hollywood-style Mafia icons, was New York’s most powerful mob boss in recent history, and for years, the “Teflon Don” seemed above the law.

Joel Rifkin

A jury in 1994 found Rifkin guilty of killing nine women, though he is suspected in as many as 17 murders. During the trial, Rifkin’s lawyer described him as, “a paranoid schizophrenic who lived in the twilight zone, overwhelmed by violent, irresistible compulsions that took control of his life.” The jury disagreed, instead finding him responsible for his actions. He is serving a 203-year sentence for his crimes.

Today in Crime History: Robert Garrow is born

Robert Garrow was born on March 4, 1936. Abused as a child, he grew up raping the family’s livestock and masturbating with the milking machine. He served time in prison, first for theft, then rape. After his release he was accused of sexually assaulting two little girls, and when he failed to appear in court, this budding serial killer became a fugitive from justice.

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