Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Today in Crime History: ‘Speed Freak Killer’ gets 78 years

On Monday, December 10, 2001, Serial killer Loren Herzog was sentenced to 78 years in prison, which at the time no one imagined would mean that he would be released on September 18, 2010. This miscarriage of justice soon turned to the public’s favor when Herzog’s partner killer Wesley Shermantine announced he was ready to tell police where the bodies were buried.

Modern cannibalism: Six killers with a taste for human flesh

Cannibalism is widely viewed as the ultimate taboo, but those who have committed it seem perversely proud of their acts. Read about six modern cannibals who weren’t ashamed.

Slideshow: Killers as kids

At one point, everyone was an adorable bundle of joy. What went wrong for these serial killers?

Genetic violence: Robert and Stephen Spahalski

In November 2006 a jury convicted Robert Bruce Spahalski of murder, just as his identical twin brother had been convicted of murder 34 years earlier. The bizarre story of an upstate New York serial killer and his homicidal identical twin.

The Snowtown Murders

November 2000 saw the beginning of the trial for the largest serial killing case in Australian history. The victims, who were found dismembered in barrels of acid, were being killed for their “crimes,” alleged pedophiles, drug abusers, homosexuals, or for simple obesity. Evidence showed that they had been extensively tortured with everyday tools such as pincers, pliers and clamps, combined with genital electrocution.

Today in Crime History: Danny Ranes is implicated in the murder of Linda Fearnow

From Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Ranes family produced two brothers who become serial killers at different times and under different circumstances, neither one knowing about the other. On October 18, 1972, a young man named Koster, a former partner in crime with Danny Ranes, made a plea deal, and led police the body of Linda Fearnow, implicating Ranes in the murder.

Forensics & Investigation: The art of forensic psychology

A man stabs his wife to death while sleepwalking; a girl claims she was held captive inside a box for seven years; a mother stones her children to death on God’s command. These are only some examples of the types of cases into which a forensic psychologist may be brought, for anything from assessment to testimony to treatment.

Letters from a Serial Killer: A Writer’s Correspondence with the Columbus Stocking Strangler

Writer Denise Noe shares her correspondence with Columbus Stocking Strangler Carlton Michael Gary. The death row inmate has very neat, if unusual, handwriting, and a unique way with sentence structure.

Buono and Bianchi, the Hillside Stranglers

On September 21, 2002, Angelo Buono was found dead in prison. Buono and his psychopathic cousin, Kenneth Bianchi, turned torture into an unspeakable art form as they experimented on their young victims.

Green River Killer Gary Ridgway Wants to Take a Walk to Locate Additional Victims

Green River Killer Gary Ridgway, the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, has given a Seattle journalist several interviews in which he claims there are up to 36 more victims that have not been identified.