Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The story of Valerie Plame the spy

Sometimes called “Plamegate,” the infamous exposure of covert operative Valerie Plame.

Sentencing set for EPA official who didn’t work, claimed he was a spy for CIA

John Beale, a senior policy adviser for the EPA, got out of work for 10 years by telling his boss that he was a spy for the CIA. Well, he wasn’t a spy for the CIA and now he’s in a lot of hot water.

Scotland Yard announces weird British spy death ‘probably an accident’

Scotland Yard has reconfirmed that MI6 spy Gareth Williams died by misadventure. This perplexing case began with the discovery of his body, decomposing in a padlocked gym bag in his bathtub. Since then authorities have been trying to determine if he was murdered or the victim of his own fetishist pursuits. Read the case from the beginning.

Robert Philip Hanssen: The Spy Who Stayed Out in the Cold

Born on April 18, 1944, Bob Hanssen was a respected FBI agent, family man and staunch Catholic conservative. He was also leading a secret double life spying for the Russians, hanging around strip clubs and surfing Internet porn sites. Long seen as the greatest security breach in U.S. history, his crimes formed the basis for the movie Breach.

Reilly, Ace of Spies

Sidney Reilly was undoubtedly the world’s most extraordinary British spy and believed to be the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s famous fictional secret agent James Bond. Like his literary counterpart, Reilly was a debonair playboy who lived extravagantly, spoke a multitude of languages, and was as charismatic as he was brilliant.

Turkey: Israeli Bird Cleared of Spying Allegations and Released

Authorities in Turkey have officially cleared a bird that they had detained amidst allegations that the little guy was spying for Israel. Strangely, this is not the first time they have examined a bird that they suspected of spying for the Israelis. As far as is known, no bats or large flying insects have yet been detained as spies.

Five Weird Spy Deaths That Are Stranger Than Fiction

Found stuffed in a gym bag, wearing a radiation suit, shot with an umbrella gun. A review of some of the strangest deaths involving spies.

The Story of Mata Hari

The story of legendary exotic dancer Mata Hari, aka Margaretha Zelle, accused of being a double agent for the French and Germans during World War I, she was tried and executed before her true allegiance could be learned. The reputation she earned as a great seductress, however, lives on.

Today in Crime History: Rosenbergs Sentenced to Death

On April 5, 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death. The married couple were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage for passing information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union.

Gareth Williams: The Dead Spy in The Sports Bag

Was MI6 spy Gareth Williams the target of a professional hit, or an introverted computer geek seeking fetishist gratification inside a gym bag dying by misadventure? His family believes that there is still much to be revealed in this perplexing case.

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