Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Brooklyn Man Injured in Bizarre Toilet Explosion

A man in New York is suing after being seriously injured when he flushed the toilet in his apartment to check the water pressure. His was one of four toilets to have exploded at the time.

Watch: Armed Robber Foiled by Machete-Wielding Clerk

So much for having a gun. An armed robber attempted to hold up a Long Island, NY, deli on September 25, 2013. He is shown by the surveillance video entering the business wearing a gray anorak and brandishing his semiautomatic at the clerk. What could possibly go wrong?

Leona Helmsley, ‘The Queen of Mean’

The ruthless queen of New York real estate, didn’t want her reputation as one of the meanest women in America to survive her, but that was precisely what happened.

Mob Epic: The Lucchese Crime Family

Learn why members of the Lucchese crime family have inspired some of the most notable mob characters on film and TV, including “Goodfellas” and “The Sopranos.”

The Disappearance of Mary Rogers

On July 25, 1841, Mary Rogers, the well-known “beautiful cigar girl” of a Manhattan tobacconist’s frequented by authors and newspapermen, disappeared, sparking an unprecedented media frenzy. Though her murdered body was found three days later, this famous case was never solved. The enduring mystery inspired a short story by frequent customer Edgar Allan Poe, who knew her.

Today in Crime History: Wrong Man Apprehended in Charlie Chop-off Case

On August 21, 1973, police followed up on a tip that a suspect matching the description of pedophile child killer Charlie Chop-off had been spotted. By the time it became clear that this was the wrong man, an angry mob gathered outside the police station. The unfortunate suspect had to leave the station dressed as a policeman for his own safety.

Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez, Lonely Hearts Killers

On August 14, 1948, Fernandez married Myrtle Young, while a jealous Beck posed as his sister. Young was penniless and dead within days, the marriage never consummated. This is the story of a desperately lonely overweight Beck, who fell for Fernandez, a man who robbed and murdered women that he met through the personals.

FBI Continues Israel Keyes Investigation, Releases More Information

In their continuing efforts to solve the riddle of dead serial killer Israel Keyes, investigators for the FBI never stopped investigating the clues he gave them regarding more victims. Now they have posted a great number of the investigation’s details online, hoping that it will jog someone’s memory.

Man Tries to Sell Baby for $100 on Craigslist—Twice

From our friends at the Daily Dot: The gift of life is so precious that it’s impossible to put a price on, but that didn’t stop one New York City man from trying. He decided a 2-month-old baby was worth at least $100 on Craigslist. The worst part: The baby wasn’t even his.

Today in Crime History: The Son of Sam Killer Makes his Debut

On the morning of July 29, 1976, David Berkowitz, aka the Son of Sam, took his first victim, Donna Lauria. Police thought it was a mob hit gone wrong or a lone psycho, but it was a serial killer, who, driven by demons, would terrorize the city of New York until he was stopped.