Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Today in Crime History: Halloween murder in Napa Valley

A Halloween attack in California’s wine country leaves two housemates dead and a killer on the loose. No one suspected that he was mingling with the mourning relatives, consoling them and attending candlelight memorials.

Haunted crime scenes: Mercer house

The eerie story of Savannah’s Mercer House where Jim Williams fatally shot his lover, Danny Hansford, and died himself, not far from the spot where he shot Hansford, after finally being acquitted nine years later. Some say Williams died of a heart attack, other say from AIDS-related pneumonia, and still others whisper that it was Danny’s ghost extracting his revenge.

Murder in the Peace Corps

On Election Day, 1976, a press notification went out two weeks late about the brutal murder of a beautiful young Peace Corps worker, Debroah Gardner. The story was buried. Deborah had named her killer with her dying breath, but, with little media attention and the power of the United States behind him, he never served a day in jail.

The Most Haunted Crime Scenes

Some say you can still hear the souls of the murdered creeping listlessly about these famous crime scenes, some even claim to have seen them.

Today in Crime History: Fire leads police to one of the bloodiest mass murders since Manson

On October 19, 1970, a fire at a wealthy California doctor’s home led authorities to one of the most gruesome mass murders since the Manson murders. Scared hippies pointed police towards hermit and environmental nut John Linley Frazier. His motive? To wreak vengeance on those who rape the environment and restore the natural beauty of the hillside where the doctor’s luxury home once stood.

Forensics & Investigation: The art of forensic psychology

A man stabs his wife to death while sleepwalking; a girl claims she was held captive inside a box for seven years; a mother stones her children to death on God’s command. These are only some examples of the types of cases into which a forensic psychologist may be brought, for anything from assessment to testimony to treatment.

Today in Crime History: Unicorn Killer Ira Einhorn is convicted

On October 17, 2002, a Philadelphia jury found former hippie guru Ira Einhorn, 62, guilty of killing his girlfriend Holly Maddux in 1977, and stuffing her remains into a trunk. According to his attorney, the presence of the mummified corpse in his apartment was, “just a piece of circumstantial evidence”.

Jarrod Davidson: Murderous family secret

When police arrived at the scene of Jarrod Davidson’s murder, they were already familiar with the family and the contentious divorce and custody battle Jarrod was having with his wife, Kelee. Detectives were sure she was involved, but didn’t realize that when Jarrod had left his wife, her whole family had taken offense.

Here Are the Most Famous Murders in Every US City

Crimelibrary takes a leisurely tour of the most famous murder in every city. What the most infamous murder that’s happened where you live?

Scotland Yard’s Baffling Case of the Playboy Killer

When the quiet, yet eccentric Charalambos Christodoulides was found tortured and killed, no one imagined that the case, which took Scotland Yard eight years to untangle, would lead to a wealthy Greek playboy con artist living in a luxury mansion in Florida.