Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Child of privilege and corrupt cop, this drug kingpin ends up in a closed-parachutte free fall.

From journalist and former CourtTV.com reporter Lisa Sweetingham comes a thrilling journey through the groundbreaking undercover investigations that led to the toppling of a billion-dollar Ecstasy trafficking network. Enjoy and excerpt from her book.

The face-painted fans of the rap act Insane Clown Posse have been linked to several violent crimes. Are they taking the group's gory lyrics too seriously?

He grimaced as he looked down at the body of his pregnant daughter in the trunk of his car. Rebecca's neck was chafed raw from the rope her killers had used to strangle her, and a stream of blood had dripped from her nose onto the mat under her head. He slammed the trunk shut.

The green-and-white Ford LTD was new, and it was the spiffiest car Ervil had ever owned. Not only had his daughter's blood soiled his precious car, it was also an indication of sloppy work by the murderers whom he'd contracted.

Kind black benefactor is killed by white trash family that she helped.

Madame St. Clair, known as Queenie, ran the Harlem numbers business and an extortion gang known as The Forty Thieves. She was so tough that the white mobsters left her and her turf alone.

The logo for Death Row Records is a blindfolded black man strapped into an electric chair at the moment of execution. Death Row is the label that made rappers such as Snoop Dog, Dr. Dre, and Tupac Shakur famous, and its logo is emblematic of the violent posturing adopted by many gangsta rap artistsnot just Death Row artistsin their quest to sell their music.

A rapper's public face is frequently a gangbanger's scar face, whether he has a genuine gang affiliation or not. But as rap's popularity grew in the 1990s, the violent posturing turned real. Tales of beatings and public humiliations surfaced. Rappers slandered one another with increasing viciousness and frequency. An East Coast-West Coast feud developed, pitting Death Row Records, which is based in southern California, against New York's Bad Boy Entertainment. The feud eventually escalated from a battle of words to a bloody war. Its two most prominent casualties were the rival rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G.

Who killed Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G and were they really the intended victims? Get the scoop on the suspects, motive and theories.

The twisted tale of how a group of middle-class friends in Southern California fell under the spell of a charismatic and disturbed leader with the improbable name of a wild west outlaw. The young men's actions would lead to the murder of a child, Nick Markowitz, leave a community reeling from grief and shock, and spawn a four-year international manhunt.

The real story behind the infamous 1978 robbery featured in the movie Goodfellas and the recent A&E film The Big Heist.

Two wealthy men born of privilege cook up a swashbuckling scheme to take over an oil-rich African country.

The organization that carried out Mob assassinations

Masterminds of Philadelphia's Poison Ring run a Black Widow training camp preying on Italian immigrants.

The violent Jewish gangsters of Prohibition Era Detroit

Nazi leaders systematically plundered Europe's great art treasures, some of which are lost forever.

Anthony Bruno, author of Seven, the novel of the runaway hit movie with Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman and Gwyneth Paltrow, climbs inside the powerful and far reaching Japanese and Korean criminal enterprise known as the Yakuza. While their tentacles reach into every aspect of crime, they are particularly known for enslaving young Chinese and Philippine girls into a life of prostitution.

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