Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Today in Crime History: Shanda Sharer’s killers are charged

On March 15, 1992, four teenage girls were charged with the brutal, sadistic murder of Sharer, 12, in a bizarre case of sexual obsession and domination.

Washington couple sentenced for torturing teenage charge

Jordan Gunn’s mother thought that his brother would be a good influence on the young man. In 2012 she sent Jordan, now 13, to live with Navy man Brandon Gunn, 27, and his wife, Viviana Gunn, 34. That meant moving Jordan away from the rest of the family in Atlanta, to Silverdale, Washington. Brandon and [...]

Today in Crime History: Killer couple Fred & Rose West claim another victim

Around 10 p.m. on December 27, 1974, college student Lucy Partington was on her way to catch a bus home after visiting a friend. She had the misfortune to meet up with Fred and Rose West, who abducted her. She was tortured for approximately a week and then murdered, dismembered and buried in Fred’s construction projects.

A woman’s torturous ordeal at the hands of Jeffrey Maxwell

A deeply religious woman is kidnapped and held captive. For twelve days, she endured sexual torture and beatings so horrible, her captor said to her, “By the time I’m through, you won’t believe in God.”

Today in Crime History: Gary Heidnik captures first victim

On November 26, 1986, Josefina stormed out after a fight with her boyfriend. When she got into a stranger’s car, she could not have known that she would spend four horrifying months as a sex slave in the basement of Gary Heidnik, along with several other women.

Slideshow: Cruel & unusual punishment

Ten of the most brutal methods of execution and torture used throughout history.

Japanese horror story: The torture of Junko Furuta

Tokyo schoolgirl Junko Furuta was on her way home when a twisted teen gang abducted her and submitted her to 44 days of unimaginable torture.

Scary Mass. mother who burnt off son’s nipples and penis gets 30 years

In a crime reminiscent of the torture of Sylvia Likens, the mother of a male teen has been convicted of torturing him over the course of several weeks in 2013. Child services was notified of the abuse by a young relative of the family, who spent a weekend. Though permanently disfigured, unlike Likens, this victim survived.

VIDEO: The Torture Murders of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom

This short documentary film tells the horrific tale of how Knoxville couple Channon and Christopher were abducted, brutally tortured and finally murdered by three men and one woman.

The Mobile Torture Chamber of Serial Killer Robert Ben Rhoades

Serial killer Robert Ben Rhoades kidnapped and tortured his victims inside a chamber set up inside his big rig truck.