Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The murder of radio legend Steven B. Williams

Williams wanted great financial advice and Harvey Morrow wanted a mark to fleece. Unfortunately for Williams, the money ran out before his faith in Morrow and it cost him his life.

Slideshow: Most infamous hoaxes

20 high-profile tricks and hoaxes pulled off for money, for attention and some just for fun.

Skywayman: The story of Frank Abagnale Jr.

On the 65th anniversary of his birth we examine the criminal career of astonishingly clever scam artist Frank Abagnale, who made a fortune writing bad checks. He also posed for months successfully as a Pan Am pilot, a pediatrician, a Harvard-trained lawyer and even a professor.

Craigslist Crimes and Misdemeanors

It really is possible to find anything on Craigslist, but you never know who’s reading your ads.

14 of the biggest scams of all time

Infamous cons, both historic and modern, from all over the world.

Police: Beware of soul cleansing scam

Police in Santa Fe, New Mexico are warning people to be aware of women offering soul cleansings to ward off evil spirits. It’s already happened to at least one man whose soul may or may not have been cleansed, but his wallet and bank account certainly were.

Slideshow: Cases for zombie awareness

In honor of May as Zombie Awareness Month we present the Zombie, both in the public record and on the police blotter, who has officially lurched to the forefront of public consciousness after 100 years of lurking in the darkness at its edges.

Kenneth Wayne McLeod

At the peak of his success, money manager Kenneth Wayne McLeod was living the high life off the savings of his many clients, who believed their money was safely invested and earning them interest. Though his Ponzi scheme was not remarkable, his victims were. They numbered in the hundreds, many were law enforcement employees.

A Fake Internet Girlfriend, a Catfish Scam, and a $50,000 Ransom

From our friends at The Daily Dot: “Somebody help me,” pleaded Kate Brianna Felton on Twitter shortly before a friend reported her missing to the U.S. Embassy in Moldova. Soon police were combing hotels and hostels in a European town looking for the teenage kidnapping victim. But they would never find her. Kate Brianna Felton did not exist.

Treva Throneberry: The Girl Who Refused to Grow Up

Throughout much of her twenties, Treva Throneberry pretended to be a teenager. She wore pigtails and attended prom, and convinced those who helped her that she’d been a victim of heinous abuse at the hands of Satanists.

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