Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

The Oklahoma City cathouse murders

Cathouse star Brooke Phillips was brutally killed with five others. She may not have been the target, but who was and why?

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.

Charles Whitman, the Texas bell tower sniper

Ex-Marine Charles Joseph Whitman, a student at the University of Texas at Austin, went on a shooting spree that began around midnight on August 1, 1966, with the murders of his mother and his wife. The next day he went to campus and dispensed death to 16, leaving 31 others wounded before turning a weapon on himself.

Today in Crime History: The Villisca axe murders

In the wee hours of June 10, 1912, eight people –six of them children — were murdered with an axe in the town of Villisca, Iowa. That crime remains a mystery. A century later the town would be once again rocked by a mass murder.

Today in Crime History: Martin Appel pulls off deadly ‘D-Day’ heist

On June 6, 1986, the 42nd anniversary of the historic D-Day invasion of Normandy during World War II, Martin Appel executed a bloody massacre at the First National Bank in Bath, Penn. A WWII buff, Appel considered himself to be a genius master of war, and called his car ‘the USS Lexington.’

Today in Crime History: Killer cult leader Jeffrey Don Lundgren is born

Cult leader and self-proclaimed prophet Jeffrey Don Lundgren was born on May 3, 1950. After a life of religious confusion, Lundgren became the leader of a fanatically loyal sect. His followers were prepared to do anything for him. It all began to unravel when Lundgren demanded the sacrifice of an entire family, the Averys, some of his most ardent followers.

Slideshow: Trail of the Capital Beltway sniper

A look back at the shooting spree that began on October 2, 2002, claimed 13 victims and terrorized the D.C. area.

Today in Crime History: The Virginia Tech Massacre

On April 16, 2007, between 9:30 and 10 a.m., Cho Seung-Hui opened fire in a dorm and then a classroom at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, killing at least 30 people in the deadliest shooting rampage by a single gunman in U.S. history.

Mass and spree murders of 2012

Chardon school shooter T.J. Lane, ¬†who pleaded guilty to avoid death and then told victims’ families in court, “The hand that pulled the trigger that killed your sons now masturbates to the memory,” is appealing his life sentence without possibility of parole, after a failed appeal attempt. A look back the other mass murders and spree shootings of 2012.

So why are school shooters always white guys?

With few exceptions, the school massacres we suffer in America are perpetrated by white boys in suburban areas. We try to understand why.

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