Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Would-be Robbers Beaten Black and Blue by Intended Victims

Gerald Allen and Johnny Calderon probably thought they had found the perfect marks in the two University of Virginia students they allegedly planned to rob, but found out only too late just how wrong they were.

Rapper’s Lyrics about Murder get him Arrested

Rapper Antwain Steward — known commercially as Twain Gotti — was arrested and charged earlier this month with a pair of 2007 murders in Newport News, VA. The case had grown cold but when investigators discovered lyrics in a Twain Gotti rap song called “Ride Out” referring to a murder, the case grew legs.  According to [...]

VIDEO: Death by Electric Chair Explained

For those of you who have wondered how the more modern electric chair works and how it is used to execute prisoners. While watching this video bear in mind that though lethal injection has been the default method of execution in Virginia since 1994, inmates may still opt for execution via the electric chair — and some do.

Today in Crime History: Multi-State Serial Stabber Kills Third Victim

On July, 26, 2010, Serial Stabber Elias Abuelazam fatally stabbed Darwin Marshall, 43, who was walking alone around 1:25 a.m. The army veteran and father of two died shortly after being found. Abuelazam has been linked to as many as 20 attacks.

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.

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