Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Unsolved Murder Spotlight: The Racine County Jane Doe

Not much is known about the young woman whose body was discovered on the edge of a cornfield in rural Racine, Wisconsin. She had been murdered just hours before a man walking his dog discovered her just after 6 a.m. on July 21,1999. Cause of death was determined to be multiple injuries; she showed signs of torture.

Girl in the Photograph: The Tara Calico Disappearance

University of New Mexico sophomore Tara Calico disappeared riding her bike almost 25 years ago; her unsolved case still inspires rumors. Months after she vanished, a photo discovered in a Florida parking lot gave Tara’s family new hope of finding the popular and active young woman. But is that really her in the picture?

Unsolved Murder Spotlight: La Mesa Street Killings

On the evening of June 24th, 2005, gunshots rang out on La Mesa street in Yuma, Arizona. When police arrived, they found 35-year-old Luis Rios in the backyard, struggling to stay alive after suffering multiple gunshots. He died later at the hospital. Inside the house, police found five more victims, four of them children.

Unsolved Murder Spotlight: The Slidell Jane Doe

On June 19, 1986, the decomposed remains of a female victim were discovered in Lake Pontchartrain in Slidell, Louisiana. The victim is believed to have been 20-30 years of age at the time of death. She is believed to have been in the water, held down by a 22-pound weight tied to her neck, for 36 hours prior to discovery. Cause of death was determined to be homicide.

Unsolved Murder Spotlight: Shondra May

On February 4, 1986, 17-year-old Shondra May disappeared. Her ’85 Isuzu was found less than 100 yards away from her home in Scott County, Miss. A path of three footprints in the snow led out of the vehicle and then abruptly stopped. Three weeks later, on February 26, Shondra’s body was found, naked, bound with tape, and wrapped in garbage bags, floating in Baker Creek outside Bolton. It was her 18th birthday.

Unsolved Murder Spotlight: La Mesa Street Killings

On the evening of June 24th, 2005, gunshots rang out on La Mesa street in Yuma, Arizona. When police arrived, they found 35-year-old Luis Rios in the backyard, struggling to stay alive after suffering multiple gunshots. He died later at the hospital. Inside the house, police found five more victims, four of them children.

Unsolved Murder Spotlight: Diana Shawcroft and Jennifer Lueth

On the evening May 24, 1996, Diana and Jennifer went to a nearby mini-mart. According to a cashier, they bought cigarettes and soda around 7 p.m., then hung around outside the store until a man in a blue truck pulled up. They then got into the truck and were never seen again.

Unsolved Murder Spotlight: Dalton Mesarchik

On March 27, 2003, fishermen found the body of 7-year-old Dalton Mesarchik in the Vermillion River, two and a half miles south of his hometown, Streator, Ill. He’d been bludgeoned to death with a hammer. Dalton vanished the evening before, while waiting for a church van in front of his house. Nine years later, Dalton’s murder remains unsolved.

Crimestoppers Video Details Unsolved Murder of Mollie Olgin

The Portland, Tex., police are seeking the public’s help in solving the murder of Mollie Olgin and the attempted murder of her girlfriend, Mary Kristene Chapa. Olgin and Chapa were both shot in the head while at Violet Andrews park in Portland. A new video released by Tri-County Crime Stoppers contains previously unreleased information about the crime.

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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