Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Police Seek Help in Identifying Murder Victim

Do you recognize this woman? Police in Sumter County, Florida, are hoping this composite sketch will help identify a murder victim whose remains were discovered in Wildwood near State Road 44 and Interstate 75 on April 22. Police say she was shot to death two to four weeks prior to being found.

Police Solve 41-Year-Old Case While Trying to Identify Gacy Victims

Steven Soden was 16 when he disappeared while on a camping trip with his orphanage in April 1972. He and another boy, 12-year-old Donald Caldwell, were never seen again after the trip. This week, Soden’s family was relieved to learn that the young man’s death was not at the hands of notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

LISTEN: The JonBenét Ramsey 911 Call

This is the call placed by frantic mom Patsy Ramsey on December 26, 1996, when she discovered her six-year-old daughter JonBenét missing. A ransom note, warning Patsy not to contact police, was found in the kitchen. Hours after the call, JonBenét was discovered dead in the basement. The case remains unsolved.

Felix Vail: The Missing Suspected Serial Murderer

Felix Vail was a controlling, violent man, whose wives and girlfriends had a habit of dying or disappearing. After allegedly doing away with three women, Felix himself has gone missing, and authorities don’t know whether the suspected serial murderer is dead or alive.

Police Seek Public’s Help in Unsolved Hannah Truelove Murder

Investigators working on the case of Hannah Truelove, a 16-year-old Gainesville, Ga., high school student murdered last summer, are seeking the public’s help in tracking down her killer. Hall County Sheriff’s Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks said investigators are looking for a light silver late 1990′s to early 2000′s four-door passenger car with “substantial front end damage” that may have been seen near the Lake Lanier Club Apartments on August 23, the evening before Truelove’s body was found.

Today in Crime History: JonBenet Ramsey Found Dead

The day after Christmas, 1996, little pageant queen JonBenet Ramsey was found dead in the basement of her Boulder home. The slaying of JonBenet became a highly talked-about, and still unsolved, murder mystery.

Missing Since August 2, 2006: Brandi Ellen Wells

Brandi Ellen Wells was last seen on August 2, 2006, as she prepared to go out to a club. On arrival she was out of money and nearly out of gas. Though she asked several patrons for assistance, Brandi left the club alone around midnight. Her car and personal items were found days later, but she was never seen again. The mystery of her disappearance is still unsolved.

Reader Photo of the Day: The Murder of Tammy Haas

Today’s reader photo comes to you from Sharon in Yankton, South Dakota. On the morning of September 18, 1992, the body of murdered high school senior Tammy Haas was found dumped in a ravine. Her killer is still at large.

Police Release Photo of Unidentified Murder Victim’s Tattoo Hoping to Identify Her

Investigators are hoping that releasing a photo of the tattoo found on a murdered woman will help identify her. The unidentified woman’s body was found June 16, 2012, at Westfield Falls in Middletown, Conn., at around 1 p.m. by hikers, who had followed a trail of what looked like blood.

Is the Zodiac Killer Alive and Well in California?

A new book by a former California Highway Patrol officer puts forth the theory that the infamous Zodiac serial killer, responsible for five unsolved murders in 1968 and 1969 San Francisco, is an old man, 91, who is currently living in Solano County. In addition to the murders, the Zodiac was known for taunting police [...]