Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

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.

Murder on the Moors

David Smith had witnessed a murder. He told police how his sister in law, Myra Hindley, had invited him in the night before to watch while her boyfriend, Ian Brady, was openly murdering a man in the living room. After the murder the couple laughed about the look on the victim’s face, and chit-chatted over tea with Smith about other murders they had committed.

Interview With a Private Eye, Part II: Green River Revelations

Was Gary Ridgway responsible for all the Green River murders, or was there more than one killer? Did dozens of victims go unrecorded? Private investigator Denise Scaffidi is back to talk about what she learned while working on the Green River Killer case.

Andrei Chikatilo: The Devil’s Trail

On February 15, 1994, convicted serial killer Chikatilo, aka the Rostov Ripper, his appeal denied, was taken to a special soundproof room and executed with a gunshot to the back of the head.

The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run

On February 7, 1936, most of the remains of Florence Polillo were found behind a vacant house. Days earlier police had found most of the rest of her. Her head was never found. Despite the involvement of famed lawman Eliot Ness the case known also as the Cleveland Torso Murderer, remains unsolved.

Today in Crime History: Aileen Wuornos confesses

On January 16, 1991, Aileen Wuornos went to police and confessed to killing seven men. After describing what she had done with the men, she said that she had confessed because, “I want to get right with God.”

Today in Crime History: Ted Bundy Leaves His Famous Bite Mark

On January 15, 1878, Ted Bundy broke into a sorority house and killed two girls who were sleeping inside. Before leaving, he wiped the room clean, but one crucial piece of evidence was left behind: a bite mark on the buttock of one of the victims. This bite mark would become a central piece of evidence in Bundy’s trial and conviction.

Today in Crime History: Dr. Harold Shipman is found hanged in his cell

Britain’s worst serial killer, he was born on January 14, 1946, and found hanged in his cell on January 13, 2004. He was adored by his many elderly patients, while he in return had only contempt for them and couldn’t seem to kill them fast enough. It is believed that he murdered more than 250 of them.

Today in Crime History: Young girl survives a serial killer’s attack

In the wee hours of December 31, 1999, serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells entered a Texas bedroom where Katy Harris, 13, and Krystal Surles, 10, were sleeping. Krystal watched as Tommy fatally slit Katy’s throat, and then went after her. She played dead until he was gone, and later helped to apprehend him.

Today in Crime History: Highway Killer Larry Eyler Sentenced to Prison

On December 28, 1990, serial killer Larry Eyler was sentenced to 60 years in prison for murder. He’d later be sentenced to death, but the state would never get to carry out their grim task; Larry died in prison of AIDS.

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