Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Everyone should know the story of Jesse James Hollywood

The twisted tale of a young, charismatic and disturbed deale. Jesse James Hollywood incited his crew to kill a kid and fled the country. He lead law enforcement on a four-year manhunt.

The Centennial Olympic Park Bombing

On July 27, 1996, Eric Rudolph, a handsome, mysterious, and very dangerous serial bomber, detonated a 40-pound pipe bomb, the largest in U.S. history, at the Atlanta Summer Games, killing two and injuring 111.

Cop who claimed erection cream caused positive cocaine test, reinstated

A Miami Beach cop was reinstated, despite having been fired for testing positive for cocaine. The detective argued that he got a sex-enhancement cream as a gift and used it not knowing that it contained cocaine. The city argued that he should have made it his business to know what he was slathering on his privates.

Slideshow: The abduction of Elizabeth Smart

Snatched on June 5, 2002, at age 15, by a man who said God told him to make her his second wife, Smart was threatened, bound and raped daily for the nine months that she was missing. Her story is remarkable not only because she was found alive after so long, but because she ultimately would testifiy against her captors.

The Disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa

On July 30, 1975, Jimmy Hoffa waited outside the Machus Red Fox Restaurant in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. He made a call from a nearby pay phone. He was last seen leaving in a maroon 1975 Mercury Marquis Brougham. The mystery of what happened to Jimmy Hoffa is an enduring one that may remain unsolved.

James Huberty and the McDonald’s Massacre

After telling his wife that he was going "hunting humans," James Huberty went to a McDonald’s in San Ysidro, Ca. armed with three guns. He shot and killed 21 people and wounded 19 others before a SWAT team sniper killed him. Huberty’s wife said it was McDonald’s use of MSG, that provoked his rampage.

Slideshow: Ten absurd police blotters

Suspicious coins, happy birthday bags, and a cat named “Help.” When cops aren’t tracking down murderers or stopping thieves in their tracks, they’re dealing with things like this.

L.A. sheriff: ‘Please don’t call us’ when Facebook goes down

When the power goes out, you call the power company, but who do you call when Facebook goes out? Not the police, it turns out.

Slain woman’s ‘letter from the grave’ helps convict husband

Fearing for her safety, Wisconsin woman Julie Jensen gave her neighbor a hand-written letter. Should anything happen to her, Julie wrote, her husband Mark would be to blame. Sure enough, Julie died an early death in 1998, poisoned with antifreeze then suffocated. The letter she wrote would play a central role in convicting her husband in her murder.

Ted Bundy

Sentenced to death — twice — on July 30, 1979, for the murders of Margaret Bowman and Lisa Levy, this handsome, educated law student was actually one of history’s most terrifying psychopathic killers, who stalked and murdered dozens of young women.

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