Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Guy shot in the head spits out the bullet while talking to police

Police in Chesterfield, Virginia, are still trying to piece together what happened at the trailer home of an unnamed man, who reportedly got into a fight on the evening of May 18, 2014 with his brother. Neighbors reported hearing a shot. Police reported multiple shots fired. The younger man, 23, who was shot twice in the head, tried to tell them, but was too busy coughing up one of the bullets.

12 alarming cases of vigilante justice

Real people who took the law into their own hands.

Self-Defense — or not?

Ten notable cases that focus on the often-blurry line between murder and self-defense.

Another shooting has Floridians asking if Stand Your Ground makes any sense

A young hoodie-wearing man was shot and killed by a gun-wielding vigilante — who thought he might be catching a robber — in Florida last week. The shooter claims he acted in self-defense even though he shot the man in the back.

Would-be Robbers Beaten Black and Blue by Intended Victims

Gerald Allen and Johnny Calderon probably thought they had found the perfect marks in the two University of Virginia students they allegedly planned to rob, but found out only too late just how wrong they were.

Woman Charged With Murder for Allegedly Stabbing Boyfriend With Shoe

An alleged bout of shoe mania over the weekend led to the death of a college professor and the arrest of his girlfriend. Anna Trujillo, 44, faces a murder charge after police say she stabbed her boyfriend, Alf Stefan Andersson, 59, to death with a stiletto heel.

Former Porn Star Pleads Not Guilty to Murder

Ex-porn star Jennifer Marchant, 23, has pleaded not guilty to the February 6, 2013, stabbing death of her boyfriend Ralph Stone, 24, father of her daughter, 2. Until last year Marchant worked as an adult film actress under the stage name Scarlett Rouge. Marchant is claiming that she acted in self-defense.

Attacked Homeowner Beats Burglar to a Pulp

Last week we brought you the story of a terrified burglar who, held at gunpoint by an angry homeowner, called 911 on himself. Today we bring you the story of a would-be robber, who got the smack down of his life when he broke into the home of a personal trainer, who specializes in boxing and kickboxing.

Florida Man ‘Stands His Ground’ Against Loud Music

Michael Dunn, 45, of Brevard County Florida, allegedly shot up an SUV that was blaring loud music at a gas station, killing a teen.

Man Who Killed Father in Self-Defense Shares Story With Online Audience

A man who in 2009 shot his drunk father dead to protect his mother answered questions about his case in a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything.) Justin James Evans, 20 at the time, shot his father in the stomach at their Spartanburg, S.C., home. The father, Kenneth Evans, 45, died later at the hospital. Evans told police that his father was holding a knife to his mother’s throat at the time of the shooting. He was never charged.

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