Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Man Asks Police About Outstanding Warrants, Gets Himself Arrested

It seems that on July 21, 2013, Jay Matthew Riley, 21, of Woodbridge, Virginia, decided out of the blue to go down to his friendly neighborhood police station to find out if police had any outstanding warrants on him for child porn.

Animal Rescuers Charged With Animal Cruelty

Here’s one you don’t see every day: A guest at a hotel called animal control on two animal rescue workers, who left their charges, four puppies, crated in their hot van.

Today in Crime History: Serial Stabber Elias Abuelazam Kills Second Victim

On June 21, 2010, Abuelazam killed Emmanuel Muhammad in Flint, Mich. This was the second fatal stabbing in his bloody spree, which spanned at least three states and lasted from May 24 until his arrest on August 11 at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as he tried to flee to Israel.

Air Force Sexual Assault Monitor Arrested for —You Guessed it — Sexual Assault. Oops.

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, 41, Chief of the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response branch at the Pentagon for a whopping three months, seems to have been intoxicated enough on Sunday to perhaps have forgotten the Air Force’s stated zero-tolerance policy regarding sexual assault.

Unsolved Child Murder: Erica Heather Smith

Ashburn, Virginia, teen Erica Smith was only 14 on July 29, 2002, when she told her younger brother Billie, 10, that she was going out to meet a friend. That was around lunch time. Erica never got to the friend’s house and she never came home.

Mugshot of the Day

Virginia, James Denham Watson, 31, was arrested on March 23, 2013, after a very mature disagreement with his roommate — not really. Our story begins with Watson passed out on the couch early after an evening of drinking to excess, which turnes out to be a big mistake if you are male and have a male roommate, even if you’re 31.

The Martinsville Seven

In what has historically been likened to a lynching, from February 2-February 5, 1951, Virginia executed seven black men, the Martinsville Seven, in the largest reported mass execution for rape " the rape of a white woman " a crime for which no white man had ever been executed in that state.

Piper Rountree’s Revenge

A lawyer with a history of emotional problems and mental instability Piper Rountree took revenge on her ex-husband after a nasty divorce and custody battle. Even though the murder was premeditated, careless planning doomed her defense. On January 28, 2005, Rountree attended a pretrial hearing in which prosecutors presented the evidence that would bury her.

Virginia Killer Scheduled to Die by Electrocution Tonight

Tonight, a convicted killer is set to become the first person executed in the U.S. this year. Robert Gleason Jr., 42, has actively prevented any attempts to stop his execution. While serving time in prison for murder, he strangled two inmates and threatened to continue killing unless given the death penalty.

Charlottesville Police Seek Erik McFadden for Questioning in Missing Teen Case

Developments in the case of missing transgender teen DaShad “Sage” Smith have led police to ask the public for help locating a another Charlottesville man, this one for questioning. The man, Erik Tyquan McFadden, 21, had plans to meet the missing teen on the night she disappeared.