Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

A Connecticut nightmare, the Petit family murders

Over nearly seven hours on the morning of July 23, 2007, Dr. William Petit, his wife, Jennifer Hawke-Petit and their two daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11, were bound, assaulted and terrorized. Beaten beyond recognition, Dr. Petit escaped, prompting neighbors to call 911. Moments later, the house, along with Jennifer and the girls, was set ablaze by their attackers.

The murder of Lori Hacking

Lori Hacking was reported missing on July 19, 2004. According to her husband, Mark, she woke at 5:30 a.m. and drove from her home in Salt Lake City to a local park where she liked to jog. Mark said he was expecting Lori, who was five weeks pregnant, to wake him on her return, but the 27-year-old never came back and never showed up for work.

Sex offender who raped puppy found ‘not sexually dangerous’

Terry Wayne Davis, a registered sex offender in Alton, Illinois, is facing charges regarding three sexual encounters with a female Rottweiler puppy so disturbing, that the animal had to be euthanized as a result. As sad as that is, it is not being considered in the current case.

Philly mosque’s Imam and Amir allegedly try to sever parishioner’s hand

Two leaders of a mosque in southwest Philadelphia of are accused of attempting to cut off the right hand of a man they allege was caught stealing from them. The man managed to keep his hand, but will no doubt think again before attending prayer at that mosque.

Top ten least famous serial killers

You’ve heard of Bundy, Dahmer and Gacy, but are you familiar with these serial killers? Deceased serial killer Maury Travis recently made headlines when the current resident of the home in which he is believed to have tortured and killed as many as 20 women, realized she was living in a serial killer’s home and wanted out of her lease. Once the home’s history came out, her landlord graciously complied.

Karla Faye Tucker: Texas’ controversial murderess

On June 14, 1983, Tucker, hacked two people to death with a pick axe in a drug-fueled frenzy. Alleged comments by Tucker that the act of killing had given her multiple orgasms generated public outrage. Even so, after she claimed to have changed and found God, many rushed to her aid in attempts to reverse her death sentence.

The Carrollton school bus inferno

On Saturday, May 14, 1988, at 10:00 p.m. a Radcliff First Assembly of God youth group was on a bus heading home to Radcliff, Kentucky, from an amusement park outing. Most of the 67 on the bus were minors. After a fiery collision with a drunk driver, 27 of the passengers were dead.

Alex ‘Shondor’ Burns and Danny Green: Cleveland’s killer celebrities

The colorful stories of two Cleveland crime bosses, Alex “Shondor” Birns and Irishman Danny Greene. Both men vied for power over the Cleveland rackets, especially the numbers. Danny Greene made his big score with the Teamsters union, and then the trash collectors union. Both were in competition with the Mafia and helped bring about its demise.

Ten handsome portraits of Old West gunslingers

Today’s criminals just don’t seem to have that same sepia-hued aura of elegance as these notorious outlaws and lawmen.

Chase ends when suspect runs into police academy

Meet Roger Wayne Beasley Jr., 30, not the first person to flee from one cop only to run into building full of cops, nor probably the last, but that’s okay. It never gets old.

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