Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

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.

Serial Killer Art, Therapy With a Profit Motive

Whether created out of boredom, greed, or for purposes of therapy, violent offenders find a ready market for their drawings, paintings, poetry and songs.

Martha Beck & Raymond Fernandez: The Lonely Hearts Killers

The Lonely Hearts Murders, which seductively entwined voodoo magic, kinky sex and personal ads, became one of the most sensational cases of the 1940s, and the inspiration for several Hollywood movies. Lonely Hearts Killers Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez were convicted of three murders, but suspected in as many as 20.

Thirteen Popular Misconceptions About Serial Killers

Are serial killers strange loners or do they hide in plain site? Are they crazy evil geniuses who can’t stop killing, or are these popular impressions incorrect? Test your knowledge; a look at some common misconceptions about these killers.

VIDEO: Serial Killer Tommy Lynn Sells ‘I Am Hate’

This death-row interview with the serial killer who called himself “Coast to Coast” for the geographic reach of his 30-year rampage, provides the viewer with a good look into the dark abyss that is the mind of a true serial killer; it is not for the faint-hearted.

Richard Speck, Born to Raise Hell

The day after Richard Speck raped, stabbed and killed eight student nurses in a Chicago student house, reporter Joe Cummings went up to the second floor and walked down the hall. He saw the bodies of the nurses inside the bedroom, their skin a sickly ochre. A little further down the hall, he saw another bedroom with three more bodies and said. “Oh my God.” That made seven upstairs and one downstairs. Eight in total.