Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

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.

Multi-millionaire arrested for allegedly peeing on candy display

Eccentric multi-millionaire Robert Durst was arrested again, this time for allegedly exposing himself and peeing all over the candy and cash register at a drugstore. His motive is unclear, but then again, his motives tend that way. In 2001 Durst, a fugitive, was caught trying to steal a sandwich and a band aid. He had $500 in his pocket.

Owner of fatal ferry turns up dead after being on the run

The body of a South Korean billionaire turns up following an accident on one of his ferries that killed 300 people.

Stephen Griffiths: The crossbow cannibal

He was a criminology student living in a red-light district. Then, Stephen Griffiths killed three prostitutes and proudly declared himself England’s “Crossbow Cannibal.”

Jeremy Strohmeyer and the murder of little Sherrice Iverson

Eighteen-year-old Jeremy Strohmeyer wasn’t planning to molest and kill a little girl when he headed to a casino for a night of gambling–it just happened.

Fire at the KISS nightclub

The Kiss Nightclub, a popular venue in the college town of Santa Maria in southern Brazil, was filled with a boisterous, happy crowd in the wee hours of Sunday morning on January 27, 2013. About 1,200-1,300 people packed the club. A fire, believed to have been started by sparks from a pyrotechnic display, tore through the club, killing more than 200 people.

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 [...]

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