Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Financial planner on trial for bludgeoning client to death with briefcase

The trial of David Jeffs is underway in London and the case has us fascinated. Jeffs allegedly stole $343,000 from gay socialite Roberto Troyan (pictured), then squandered it on fancy cars, cocaine and strippers. According to prosecutors, Troyan confronted Jeffs but before he could contact authorities, Jeffs beat him death with a briefcase.

Slideshow: No body, no murder? Not so fast.

The body of a murder victim often provides important information about the killer, not to mention confirmation that a murder has actually occurred. Though authorities face great challenges in bringing a killer to justice without the victim’s body, such cases are not hopeless.

VIDEO: Victim impact statements at the trial of Jeffrey Dahmer

At the 1992 trial of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, the family members of some of the 17 men and boys Dahmer murdered spoke about the suffering they’ve gone through following the brutal loss of their loved ones. Dahmer was beaten to death in prison two years after being sentenced to 15 life terms.

Slideshow: Extreme defendant makeovers

A look at some famous defendants who underwent drastic makeovers at the request of their lawyers, just in time for their trials.

Slideshow: Dr. Kermit Gosnell and the Philadelphia abortion mill

Dr. Kermit Gosnell was sentenced to three life terms in prison after being found guilty of murdering three of four newborns he was charged with killing. He was also found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of an adult patient. A look in photos at what inspectors found when they entered his Philadelphia abortion mill for the first time in 17 years.

Forensics & Investigation: The art of forensic psychology

A man stabs his wife to death while sleepwalking; a girl claims she was held captive inside a box for seven years; a mother stones her children to death on God’s command. These are only some examples of the types of cases into which a forensic psychologist may be brought, for anything from assessment to testimony to treatment.

‘Country Boy’ Killer Legebokoff Murder Trial Postponed

The trial of “Country Boy” killer Cody Legebokoff, was set to begin today in British Columbia, but has been postponed. Legebokoff was charged in 2010 with murdering missing teen Loren Leslie, 15, and legally blind, who may have met him online. He is now also charged with the murders of three sex workers who disappeared during the same time frame.

Photos: Hiccup Girl Trial Begins

The murder trial of Jennifer Mee, known as ‘The Hiccup Girl’ for a medical condition that made her famous seven years ago, is underway in Florida.

James ‘Whitey’ Bulger Case in Jury’s Hands

The latest from the Boston courtroom where James ‘Whitey’ Bulger is being tried for an alleged life of crime.

Whitey Bulger Will Not Testify

Today’s news from the Boston federal courtroom where alleged mob boss Whitey Bulger is standing trial for 19 murders is that the honcho won’t take the stand. Of course he had an opinion to share, as well.

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