Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Ken McElroy, the rise and fall of a town bully

Rapist, child molester and consummate intimidator, Ken McElroy, terrorized his small Missouri community, to the point of getting away with murder. On July 10, 1981, 35 men surrounded McElroy outside the bar. Shots were fired, and the town bully was dead. Is vigilantism sometimes justified?

Carnival of death: The barbaric history of lynching in America

An examination of this brutal form of mob justice, in which angry citizens assume the role of judge, jury and executioner.

A New Female Serial Killer? Meet ‘Diana The Huntress’

The terrified people of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, who frankly see well more than their share of lethal violence, have a new dark heroine in their midst: A black-clad vigilante who calls her self “Diana, Huntress of Bus Drivers.” She publicly executed two bus drivers in recent days and is wanted by police. Her true identity is still a mystery.

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