Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Jessica Lunsford: Death of a 9-year-old

Jessica Lunsford was abducted from her home by repeat sex offender John Couey when she was nine. After her notably horrific murder, her father pursued legislation for stricter sex offender monitoring, resulting in the Jessica Lunsford Act. Jessica would be 17 today.

Jerry Sandusky’s adoptive son to break his silence

As Sandusky’s adoptive son Matthew prepares to break his silence in a TV interview with Oprah Winfrey this Thursday, Sandusky himself fights to have his conviction overturned and his $5,000-per-month pension reinstated. A look back in pictures at the case of the assistant football coach and the child sex abuse scandal that brought him to ruin.

The bizarre case of Duane Hurley and Daniel Kovarbasich

Friday, January 22, 2010, started out like any other typical winter’s day in North Ridgeville, Ohio, until Duane Hurley was found bludgeoned to death in his home, and young Danny became the prime suspect. Danny’s confession confirmed what police already suspected, but would come as a shock to all those who knew them both.

Slideshow: Teachers’ pets

A look at some educators who got too involved with their students.

Anyone she wanted: The sex scandal surrounding Debra Lafave

On March 21, 2006, a judge in the second jurisdiction in which Lafave was facing charges denied her plea agreement. That prosecutor later dropped the charges, a victory for Lafave, who had already avoided jail time in the other jurisdiction. An examination of the case of the teacher who was too pretty for prison.

Today in Crime History: Joseph Edward Duncan is Born

Serial killer and pedophile Joseph Duncan was born on February 25, 1963 in Tacoma, Washington, where he was also raised. His first run-in with the law occurred in 1978 when he was 15-years-old. In that incident he raped a nine-year-old boy at gunpoint, and the following year he was arrested driving a stolen car.

Russell Obremski: A killer’s luck

In early February, 1969, Russell Obremski went on an alcohol-fueled murder spree that left two women dead, one a pregnant mother of five. Sentenced to 20 years for the murder, Obremski was out in five months. It would be only a few months later that Obremski would inevitably break down and have a beer, with horrible consequences.

Mary Kay Letourneau arrested in Seattle

Branded a child-rapist in 1998 for sex with her student, former teacher Mary Kay Letourneau made headlines again in 2005 by marrying him. Since then they have lived in relative anonymity. Sunday Letourneau was arrested in Seattle for failure to appear and for driving with a suspended license. A look back now at the romance that was a crime.

Robber tips off police to pedophile

Two seemingly unrelated events intersected in the city of JaƩn, Spain, when a robber gave police the sex tapes of a man who had reported a robbery nine days earlier. The content, showing the man engaged in sex act with children, was disturbing enough that the robber felt morally obliged to turn the man in.

Inside the Elm Guest House: How the British elite’s pedophilia sex abuse den operated for years

The Elm Guest House pedophilia scandal may have taken place 30 years ago. But much to the surprise of the perpetrators, the case is being prosecuted fully. Britain’s pedophiles who abused children in a house in West London, ranging from prominent members of society to member of parliament, are being routed out from their hiding places and prosecuted.

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