Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Charles Cullen: The nurse of death

A male nurse, Charles Cullen, relieved the tension caused by domestic failure, depression, alcohol abuse and chronic debt by killing his patients. He confessed to murdering 35 patients, but the number may be closer to 40.

Robert Hansen: The Human Hunter

Not all serial killers are willing to expose their kills, but Robert Hansen, known for hunting down his victims in the wild like animals, told police where he had dumped several of his victims. On April 24, 1984, investigators discovered the remains of Sue Luna and Malai Larson, sealing the case against him.

Jack the Ripper

The latest of many theories as to the identity of historic serial killer Jack the Ripper implicates Lizzie Williams, the wife of physician and Ripper suspect Sir John Williams, in the infamous Whitechapel murders of 1888. This case has captured the public’s imagination ever since Jack disappeared after brutally slaughtering five English prostitutes, all the while taunting investigators from Scotland Yard.

Jason Massey: From victim to victimizer

On April 3, 2001 the tale of Jason Massey came to an abrupt end by the executioner’s hand. As a young man, Massey idolized Charles Manson, became obsessed with torture and murder, and strove to become a “murder machine.”

Dennis Nilsen: A horrifying Englishman

At work on February 9, 1983, Dennis Nilsen told a co-worker, “If I’m not in tomorrow, I’ll either be ill, dead, or in jail.” They both laughed. Returning home that day Nilsen found police waiting for him at his flat. They had found human remains in the sewer pipes that could only have come from his unit. A search of Nilsen’s closet uncovered several bags of male remains in various stages of decomposition.

Bill Suff: The riverside prostitute killer

On February 8, 1990, farmers working at an orchard discovered the nude body of Carol Lynn Miller, 35, a known prostitute and drug addict. Miller had gone missing one month earlier and became one of 19 victims of the Riverside Prostitute Killer, AKA the Lake Elsinore Killer: mild-mannered county government employee Bill Suff.

Today in Crime History: Megan Waterman disapears

Megan Waterman disappeared just after memorial day 2010. Her body was found in December, along with three other sets of remains, off a desolate stretch of road near Long Island’s Gilgo Beach. Though her pimp has been convicted for involvement in prostitution, Megan’s suspected killer, the elusive Long Island Ripper, is still at large.

Today in Crime History: Jeffrey Dahmer is born

Jeff Dahmer was born in Milwaukee on May 21, 1960, to Lionel and Joyce Dahmer. He was a normal and happy, though somewhat sickly, child. At the age of four, he showed a strange fascination with the bones of small animals.

The mobile torture chamber of serial killer Robert Ben Rhoades

Serial killer Robert Ben Rhoades kidnapped and tortured his victims inside a chamber set up inside his big rig truck.

Today in Crime History: Nannie Doss pleads guilty

On May 17, 1955, serial killer Nannie Doss pleaded guilty to the murder of her husband. She’d also confessed to killing three other husbands, her mother, sister, grandson and mother-in-law.

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