Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

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.

Today in Crime History: A Vampire Killer Strikes in Pennsylvania

Lisa Manderach was three weeks short of her thirtieth birthday when she went to the Your Kidz & Mine, children’s clothing store in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, on September 10, 1995. She took her nineteen-month-old daughter, Devon. That was the last time anyone saw either of them alive. A look at this and other stories of blood lust.

Lawrence Bittaker & Roy Norris

Lawrence Bittaker along with prison-buddy psychopath Roy Norris, constructed a van they called Murder Mack used collect pretty teenage girls to rape, torture and kill. In isolated mountain areas, they went to work on their young victims with vice-grip pliers, urging them to scream into a tape recorder before snuffing out their voices forever.

Love, Death and the Sunset Strip Killers

Carol Bundy and Doug Clark entered into a bizarre relationship bent on satisfying their warped sexual fantasies of torture, murder and necrophilia, in this highly unusual case of a couple who committed gruesome serial killings together. On August 13, 1980, Carol Bundy was arraigned for the murder of John Murray, and ordered held without bail.

Chilling Final Photos of Murder Victims Taken by Their Killers

Many serial killers take photos of their victims–both dead and alive–to keep a record of their work, to refer to later for self-pleasure, and sometimes to taunt police. Here are a few images taken by serial killers of their victims while they were still alive. Most know they’re doomed, others are still unaware of what’s to come. Warning: Photos are not pleasant.

More Haunted Crime Scenes

A scary collection of classic murder cases in which the ghosts of the victims continue to dwell in the places they were killed.

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