Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Confessions of an Internet suicide chat room ghoul

Former nurse William Francis Melchert-Dinkel had a habit of visit chat rooms for depressed people. When a person began to talk of suicide, Melchert-Dinkel would encourage them to do it while he watched via webcam.

Seattle police release two unseen photos of Kurt Cobain suicide scene

Police in Seattle discovered four rolls of undeveloped film in the Kurt Cobain file that they recently printed. What did they find? They say the photos show the scene of the suicide, Cobain’s body, and his heroin kit more clearly than previous Polaroid photos. They released two photos showing the cigar box holding heroin paraphernalia. [...]

Body of suicide victim hung for eight years in his apartment

The body of a suicidal OCD sufferer was found hanging in his pristine apartment eight years later, and in perfect condition too.

Slideshow: Megan Meier Internet suicide

A look in photos at the tangled web of Internet deception that culminated in the suicide of young Megan Meier.

Alabama Teen Prankster Commits Suicide After Threatened with Sex Offender Registry

A fifteen-year-old probably didn’t expect his life to be ruined for streaking a football game. But when a principal threatened legal consequences and registration as a sex offender, he couldn’t handle it and took his own life.

Suicidal Michigan Man Drills own Skull

Police in Indiana announced the arrest of Michigan man Earl Morgan III of LaPeer, who was admitted to a central Indiana hospital in serious condition after two failed suicide attempts; one with a drill.

UPDATE: Former Pastor Convicted of Murder Found Dead in his Cell

Michigan man John White, who murdered Rebekah Gay, 24, on Halloween 2012 as part of a morbid fantasy to have sex with her corpse was found dead in his cell on Wednesday.

Spurned Lover Attacked Woman in University Class with Axe, Killed Self

A case of unrequited love in India ended in a bloody campus assault and suicide when a male student entered a classroom armed with an axe, a knife, poison and a pistol, singled out the female student, who he felt had snubbed him, attacked her with the axe and then slit his own throat.

Website Tracks Suicides at Tampa Bay’s Skyway Bridge

If anyone’s feeling like going down a long, sad internet rabbit hole this aternoon, we’ve got just the thing for you. Since 1998, a website has tracked the number of suicides and attempted suicides that have taken place at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, a 431-foot tall span that connects St. Petersburg and Terra Ceia.

LISTEN: The Jonestown Death Tape

On November 18, 1978, over 900 members of the People’s Temple Agricultural Project committed suicide by ingesting Kool-Aid poisoned with cyanide. Before the mass suicide, cult leader Jim Jones addressed his followers. This recording, known as FBI File No. Q042, captures Jones’s speech and the final moments of hundreds of people who took their own lives and the lives of their children at the Jonestown settlement in Guyana.

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