Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Charles Manson: Speaking from inside

Despite being locked up for life, Charles Manson continues to seek — and get — the attention of the public.

Today in Crime History: Serial killer claims to be Mafia boss

While in prison, serial killer Gerard Schaefer tried hard to impress his ex-girlfriend, Sondra London. While proclaiming innocence, he also wrote pornographic murder fiction that mirrored his crimes and inflated the number of people he killed. On March 21, 1989, he wrote London a letter that read, “I am, factually, a captain of the Dixie Mafia…I have, factually, the power to have you killed. I have, in the past, used these powers.”

My Correspondence with Eric Rudolph

Crimelibrary writer Denise Noe writes prisoners and they write her back. This week we have letters written to Noe from Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph. We learn that his views haven’t changed much and that he doesn’t seem to have a lot of regrets either.

Charlie Manson sent us these Xmas cards writer Denise Noe has been getting holiday greetings from Charlie Manson for the last couple years. Would you like to see what a Charlie Manson Christmas card looks like? We thought so.

The Prison Letters from Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme

This installment of letters from prison is from Manson family member Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme while she was serving her sentence. Though she was a Manson follower, she is best known for attempting to assassinate President Gerald Ford. Fromme was released in 2009.

Receiving Poems from BTK

For the latest edition of our “Letters to Prison” series, Crime Library’s Denise Noe shows us the poems she received from Dennis Rader, the prisoner more commonly referred to by his strangling method: BTK, short for Bind, Torture, Kill.

What Can an Adopted Serial Killer Tell Us About the Link Between Adoption and Serial Killers?

In a correspondence with serial murderer-rapist Lawrence Bittaker, who was adopted, crime writer Denise Noe explores the statistical link between adoption and crime.

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