Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Ginger twins arrested for online prostitution

A pair of ginger twin sisters were picked up for prostitution in a North Carolina hotel recently, along with their alleged pimp, who did not possess red hair.

The case of the seven-year sex slave

After getting into a car while hitchhiking, Colleen Stan became a sex slave for seven years in the household of a married man, who kept her locked in a box for much of that time.

TIL: The first woman ever executed in the USA was pregnant

In 1778, Bathsheba Spooner earned the dubious distinction of becoming the first woman executed in the newly independent country called the United States of America. Before she was to be hanged, Bathsheba begged to be allowed to live long enough to deliver her baby. However, a panel of evaluators determined that she was not pregnant.

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.

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