Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Murder trial of track star Oscar Pistorius off to a tearful, tense start

Pretoria, South Africa. Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, 27, pleaded not guilty March 3, 2014, to the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and multiple gun-related charges. If convicted of all charges, Pistorius would receive a life sentence for murder (with a minimum of 25 years), 15 years for a firearms charge and five years [...]

Photo: Banned toileting behaviour at Sochi Oylmpics

Let’s face it, when trying to get large numbers of people from different ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds to follow one set of rules, you simply cannot have enough signage. Toilet signage tweeted by snowboarder Sebastian Toutant from the Sochi Olympics would seem to prove this point, but what does it say?

Slideshow: Competitive High

Even the most dedicated athletes sometimes get caught using some performance-inhibiting substances.

Double Amputee’s Murder Trial Witness List Revealed

Prosecutors filed court documents hoping to call 107 witnesses for the trial of Oscar Pistorius next year. Among the witnesses are his ex-girlfriend and a cage fighter.

Claudine Longet & Spider Sabich

Beloved Olympic skiing star Spider Sabich was shot and killed by his French girlfriend, singer Claudine Longet. Longet was arrested and charged with murder, but, as has been the case with many attractive female offenders, the jury acquitted her in this controversial case.

Did Pistorius Really Mistake his Girlfriend for an Intruder?

Investigators aren’t talking about what went down when South African Olympic great Oscar Pistorius shot his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day. But at least one report says that Pistorius shot Reeva Steenkamp from behind a closed bathroom door. Could Pistorius have mistaken his girlfriend for an intruder in a country with one of the highest homicide rates in the world?

Slideshow: Dog Mauling Murder Trial

Diane Whipple, a talented athlete who’d come within seconds of qualifying for the U.S. 1996 Olympics team in track and field was mauled to death by Bane, a 120-pound Presa Canario. He was put to death immediately following the deadly attack. The dog’s caretakers, married lawyers Robert Noel and Marjorie Knoller, were charged in connection with the incident.

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