Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The McMartin Daycare case: A 20th century witch hunt

In the 1980s and 1990s, the parents of young children throughout the United States were caught up in a hysteria over sex abuse and satanic rituals at daycare facilities. Central to this moral panic was the McMartin preschool in California, whose staff were charged with multiple crimes against children. It was one of the longest and most expensive trials in American history, and resulted in all charges being dropped.

Mark Berndt: Teacher Accused of Playing Sex Games with Kids

A Los Angeles elementary school teacher accused of playing weird sex games with kids might have gone undiscovered if it weren’t for an old-fashioned habit: in the age of digital photos, Mark Berndt allegedly brought 35-mm film photos of bound and gagged kids to a drugstore to be developed.

Adopted Son Matt Alleges Sexual Abuse by Jerry Sandusky

In a Friday afternoon jaw-dropping cliffhanger, Matt Sandusky, 33, the adopted son of Jerry Sandusky, alleged that he was molested by the former Penn State assistant football coach — and the sequestered jury is unaware of this new development in the case.

Sandusky Trial: Victim No. 1 Testifies

Sobbing victim, now 18, recalls sexual abuse by Sandusky for the jury.

Former Priest Convicted in Murder for Hire Plot

A former Roman Catholic priest was convicted today of attempting to hire a hit man to kill a teenage boy who accused him of sexual assault.