Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

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.

Today in Crime History: Marion Ketter, 4, Disappears From Playground in Duisburg, Germany

On Saturday July 3, 1976, sweet little blond Marion Ketter, 4, went missing. By the next day, police had Joachim Kroll in custody after someone at #11 Friesenstrasse told a police officer that Kroll had warned that the toilet was plugged with “guts.” It turned out that the likable, but not very intelligent, Kroll, affectionately called "Uncle" by the neighborhood children, had a propensity for rape and murder, and a taste for human flesh that went back more than twenty years.

Patrick W. Kearney and The Trash Bag Murders

In El Paso, Texas, 35 years ago, Kearney with his partner Hill, entered the Riverside County sheriff’s office and confessed to a string of 21 murders. Pointing to a "Wanted" poster with their pictures on it he said, "We’re them."

John Norman Collins: The Co-Ed Killer

On June 8, 1969, the body of the sixth victim of "the Ypsilanti coed slayer," Alison Kalom, was found by three young boys. She had been stabbed multiple times, her throat was cut and she had been shot in the head. Her torn clothes were scattered around her, her pantyhose were slashed at the crotch, and one of her shoes was missing.

Joel Patrick Courtney and the Murder of Brooke Wilberger

On May 24, 2004, Brooke Wilberger, a beautiful blonde, blue-eyed freshman at Brigham Young University, was washing lampposts in the apartment complex where she worked. One moment she was there, the next moment, she was gone. She left behind her flip flops, a pail of sudsy water, and no witnesses to her disappearance.

The I‑5 Strangler: So I Killed a few Women; ‘What’s the Big Deal?’

On May 10, 1991, serial killer Rodger Reece Kibbe, aka the I-5 Strangler, was sentenced to 25 years to life after pleading guilty to killing six women. On the way to his cell, he admitted to an officer that he had killed a few women, adding, "What’s the big deal? "

Today in Crime History: Serial Killer Kendall Francois is Arrested

Arrested September 1, 1998, this troubled young serial killer lured eight women to his home, murdered them and kept their bodies in the walls.

Today in Crime History: Riverside Prostitute Killer Claims Sixth Victim

On June 28, 1989, police found the body of missing prostitute Kimberly Lyttle, 28, yest another victim of the serial killer also known as the Lake Elsinore Killer. The trail of bodies would eventually lead to Bill Suff, a county stock clerk with a 1974 conviction for beating his two-month-old daughter to death, a penchant for impersonating police officers, and a love of chili cook-offs. Believed to have killed from 12-22 prostitutes, he is thought to have cooked the breast of one of his victims in a prize-winning batch of chili.

Convicted Serial Killer Rodney Alcala Headed to New York to Face Murder Charges

California serial killer Alcala is on his way to New York to face charges of murdering two women in the 1970s. The former Dating Show contestant has already been convicted of four murders in California, and may have killed as many as 130 people. Read the whole story.

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