Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Inmates escaped to get supplies, get drunk, then returned to prison

At least four inmates from the minimum-security center of Darwin, Australia’s Berrimah Prison have escaped and returned, probably more than once. According to jailers, the inmates were met on the outside by “partners,” who loaded them up with prison necessaries. The group got drunk, smoked a couple of joints, and the prisoners snuck back in unnoticed. [...]

What happens when celebrities are sentenced to rehab?

Celebs can often get alcohol and drug charges reduced to court-ordered rehab, but does it get them clean and sober?

Billionaire lived with wife’s rotting corpse for weeks in London mansion

The corpse of Eva Rausing, a troubled billionaire heiress who was found dead in a $109 million house in the posh Chelsea neighborhood of London, may have been left rotting in her bedroom for up to four weeks while her husband continued to live there.

LISTEN: The Jonestown massacre death tape

On November 18, 1978, over 900 members of the People’s Temple Agricultural Project committed suicide by ingesting Kool-Aid poisoned with cyanide. Before the mass suicide, cult leader Jim Jones addressed his followers. This recording, known as FBI File No. Q042, captures Jones’s speech and the final moments of hundreds of people who took their own lives and the lives of their children at the Jonestown settlement in Guyana.

Sante and Kenneth Kimes: Mother/son lives of crime

Sante was a grifter and a hooker when she met her third husband, millionaire Kenneth Kimes. With her son and lover Kenneth Jr., she graduated to a whole new level of crime — murder.

The life and death of ‘Alfalfa’

Carl Switzer, the star of the ‘Our Gang’ comedy series, was killed by a friend. Was it murder or justifiable homicide?

‘Underwear bomber’ failed because of dirty underwear

Until last week, some may not have remembered Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, failed bomber, convicted for trying in mid-flight to detonate a bomb that al-Qaida had planted in his shorts. All that has changed. He will now be forever remembered by all as the underwear bomber foiled by his own dirty underwear.

Slideshow: Tragic magic, spells gone wrong

From a little white magic, to voodoo shape shifters, to bloody satanic sex; when magic, mayhem and the law collide.

Mark Twitchell: Canada’s ‘Dexter’ wannabe

Canadian man Johnny Altinger mysteriously disappeared on October 10, 2008, after he told friends he was going to meet a woman he had met on the Internet. The case would go from that of a missing-person to a murder, leading police to a self-proclaimed, budding serial killer, modeled on the TV character Dexter.

Randy Kraft: The freeway killer

Michael Sean O’Fallon, a 17-year-old Colorado native, hoped to “see the world” after high school. He hitchhiked to British Columbia in June 1980 and made it back to Oregon before his luck ran out. His naked corpse was found along I-5, 10 miles from Salem, on July 17, 1980. O’Fallon was hog-tied with shoelaces, a cord knotted around his scrotum. Despite near-fatal levels of alcohol and Valium in his blood, death had been caused by strangulation.

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