Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Roman Polanski: Auteur of his own misfortune

In 1977 Polanski was lionized for films dwelling on the erotic and grotesque, but the next year when a photo shoot with a girl, 13, crossed the line, he found himself facing jail. On February 1, 1978, just before sentencing, Polanski fled, becoming an international fugitive and ensuring that the case would dog him forever.

Man made phone video while raping 2-year-old

An Arkansas man used a cell phone to record himself raping a two-year-old baby and is now in jail.

Today in Crime History: The Birth of Ottis Elwood Toole

Born on March 5, 1947, Toole was an arsonist, serial killer and corpse mutilator, among other things, He teamed up with a kindred spirit, serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, in 1976. Though he would live the rest of his days in Lucas’ shadow, Toole may in fact have been the more depraved of the pair.

More indictments in Steubenville rape case

The school superintendent, two coaches and a elementary school principal are charged with failure to report child abuse or neglect.

Ex-Teacher Released After 30 Day Sentence for Raping Girl

A former high school teacher in Montana has been released after serving just 30 days in prison for raping a 14-year-old student who has since committed suicide.

30-Day Rape Sentence for Montana Teacher Will Be Extended

The Montana teacher sentenced to 30 days in prison for the rape of the one of his underage students will face a new, longer sentence.

The Torture Murders of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom

A Tennessee couple is brutally tortured and murdered in a Knoxville home. The case stirs up public outrage based on a perceived lack of media coverage.

VIDEO: Serial Killer Leonard Lake, ‘What I Want’ in a Woman

Ever wonder what a psychopathic, sadistic serial killer wants in a woman? Well, here you go, a candid statement from Leonard Lake.

Accused Rapist Had Sex With Victim ‘To Save Her Life’

Utah man Rodger William Kelly is accused of first-degree felony rape in what he says was actually a valiant life-saving rescue attempt. Authorities have not confirmed whether or not his actions saved the victim; his arrest this week suggests otherwise.

Today in Crime History: The Hideous Murder of Tanya Flowerday

Flowerday’s murder initially drew little media attention and soon her case went cold. Then, months later, interest skyrocketed when a local television show said that her murder might have committed to facilitate the production of a snuff film.

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