Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Mississippi madness: The story of Emmett Till

Emmett Till, a Chicago teenager who went to visit relatives in Mississippi and wound up lynched for whistling at a married white woman. His case would become a rallying symbol for thousands of Americans hungry for justice.

Garbage man dumps trash in driveway over unpaid bill

An angry garbage collector in Red Wing, Minnesota, decided to essentially return a customer’s garbage over an unpaid bill. Though the employee of Paul’s Industrial Garage (P.I.G.) no doubt made his point when he dumped “almost two tons of wet, putrescible waste,” the delinquent customer’s neighbors were not at all amused — neither was the town [...]

Slideshow: Weirdest weapons

If your weapon is stupid, strange and/or just plain weird, but it gets the job done, maybe it isn’t so stupid after all.

Drunk guy takes semi for joyride through cemetery

Police in Missouri, have arrested a Kirksville man who allegedly went on a drunken rampage trough a cemetery in a stolen semi. Not only did he rack up and impressive list of charges in a relatively short time, but he got himself saddled with a $25,000 cash-only bail requirement.

Housekeeper / drag queen named “Ms. Puppy” is sentenced for 2 Denver murders

A man fled to California after murdering two friends. He changed his story to cover up his past except for one thing: He kept the same drag queen name, “Ms. Puppy.” Well, that was enough for one witness to identify the killer and call the cops.

Drug cartel enforcer “The Mouse” caught, charged with 400 murders

Spanish police have arrested Colombia’s most-wanted drug cartel heavy, Hernán Alonso Villa. Villa is linked to 400 murders.

The murder of radio legend Steven B. Williams

Williams wanted great financial advice and Harvey Morrow wanted a mark to fleece. Unfortunately for Williams, the money ran out before his faith in Morrow and it cost him his life.

The CeCe McDonald story: was she fighting back or committing murder?

In June, 2011, transgender woman CeCe McDonald and her friends were walking past a bar, when a group of patrons smoking outside shouted anti-gay slurs at them. A fight ensued, which left a man dead and CeCe with a deep gash on her cheek. CeCe was charged with his murder and, if found guilty at trial, faced 40 years in men’s prison. She took plea deal and continues to receive outpourings of support from the LGBT community.

Gary Gilmore, the killer who demanded to die

An excellent example of an intelligent and talented man driven into criminal behavior by horrible parents. When he was sentenced to death for murder, the Supreme Court had already halted executions in the US. His insistence on being executed opened the door for the reinstatement of the death penalty.

Mysterious mummified woman identified, questions remain

Investigators finally know her name, but they still don’t know when, how she died. The circumstances surrounding her death are so strange, that it’s hard to believe the case is not being investigated more aggressively as a possible homicide.

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