Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

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.

Today in Crime History: A Crucial Break in the Case of Missing Atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair

On October 2, 1995, the nude body of an unidentified white male was found in some woods near the East Fork Trinity River. That John Doe later turned out to be Danny Fry, an ex-con who had gone missing shortly after the O’Hairs, and the first solid link between the killer and the missing atheists.

Slideshow: Yates Family Album

Photos of the troubled Andrea Yates and her family eleven years after she killed her five children by drowning them one by one in the bathtub.

Today in Crime History: The Zodiac Claims his Fifth and Sixth Victims

On September 27, 1969, the Zodiac claimed his fifth and sixth confirmed victims: Bryan Calvin Hartnell, 20, and Cecelia Ann Shepard, 22. Hartnell survived, but Shepard succumbed to the 15 savage stab wounds inflicted by her killer. Now over 40 years later, the case is still unsolved.

Today in Crime History: Death of Zahra Baker

Though her stepmother later said 10-year-old Zahra died on September 24, 2010, she didn’t report her missing until October 9. Read the tragic story of a young girl whose fight with cancer was an inspiration to those around her, and whose gruesome murder garnered international attention.

The Brutal Murder of Genore Guillory

Good neighbor Guillory was brutally murdered by the white trash family that she often helped.

Sex in the Suburbs: The Death of Ashley Burg

Troubled teen Ashley Burg was found dead of an overdose in an overgrown lot. The investigation revealed that she hadn’t been alone and raised the question of why she was dumped and allowed to die.

Today in Crime History: Vincent and Margaret Sherry are Murdered in Biloxi

On September 14, 1987, Biloxi judge Vincent Sherry and his politician wife, Margaret, were found murdered gangland style. The investigation took over ten years to unfold and revealed an intricate web connecting organized crime with elected officials that reached all the way to City Hall.

Slideshow: Casino Mogul Murder Case

The case of the murder of Ted Binion had it all: Sex, money, drugs and an illicit affair. Not surprisingly, the trial had it all too, including an error that led an appeals court to reverse the convictions of the casino mogul’s ex-girlfriend and her secret lover. A look at the case in photos.

Former Cop and Wife Killer Drew Peterson

This former cop was convicted this year of killing his first wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004, and is suspected in the 2007 disappearance of his second wife, Stacy. Read about the case from the beginning.

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