Crime Library

Crime Library was a website documenting major crimes, criminals, trials, forensics, and criminal profiling from books. It was founded in 1998 and was most recently owned by truTV, a cable TV network that is part of Time Warner's Turner Broadcasting System. In August 2014, Crime Library was no longer being updated. In February 2015 the site was taken offline.

Crime Library
Type of site
Online database, Law enforcement
Available inEnglish
Created byMarilyn J. Bardsley
Launched1998; 24 years ago (1998)
Current statusInactive


Crime Library contained an extensive collection of crime related articles, which were separated into categories: Serial Killers, Notorious Murders, Criminal Mind, Terrorists & Spies and Gangsters & Outlaws. Each category was then broken down into further subcategories. For example, within Serial Killers were the subcategories Most Notorious, Sexual Predators, Truly Weird & Shocking, Unsolved Cases, Partners in Crime and Killers from History. Crime Library also featured photo galleries. These may have had anywhere from 10 to upwards of 100 slides. Some photo galleries were focused on a specific case, while others were lists of crimes linked by a theme (e.g., "Baby for Sale," cases where a person was arrested for allegedly attempting to sell his or her child), or collections of unusual booking photos.

High-profile crimes in the United States were prominent on Crime Library, but the site also contained information about historically notorious characters from various countries, including United Kingdom, Australia and France.

All articles on Crime Library were written exclusively for Crime Library by dozens of commissioned writers, many of them true-crime authors, including Chuck Hustmyre,[1] Katherine Ramsland,[2] Gary C. King[3] and Anthony Bruno.[4]

Crime Library maintained social media features where readers could interact and discuss criminal cases, including a Facebook page, a Twitter account and message boards.


Crime Library was founded by Marilyn J. Bardsley[5] in January 1998. Court TV, later truTV, purchased Crime Library in 2001, the same year The Smoking Gun was acquired by Court TV.[6] Originally "The Crime Library," the name of the site was shortened to Crime Library in 2003 to accompany a redesign that changed the site's color scheme and layout.

Crime Library was managed by editor-in-chief Andy Brooks and managing editors Nastacia Leshchinskaya and Cora Van Olson.

As of August 2014, Crime Library was no longer providing updates on their website. As of 2015, the site is no longer accessible, but its content can be read at the Wayback archive[7] of the site.


  1. ^ "Crime writer teaches new fiction writing leisure class".
  2. ^ Michael J. Connor (3 November 2014). "The academic legacy of Rulloff, Ithaca's famed 19th Century killer". The Ithaca Voice.
  3. ^ "Dayton Leroy Rogers, Serial Killer With Bizarre Foot Fetish, Could Escape Execution". The Huffington Post.
  4. ^ "'Side-Stepping A Wiretap' – A Tale of the Telling of James 'Whitey' Bulger!".
  5. ^ "Behind Crime Library, personal pain and true horror". The Daily Dot.
  6. ^ Greenman, Catherine. "TECHNOLOGY BRIEFING: E-COMMERCE; COURTTV BUYS 2 WEB SITES". The New York Times. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  7. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2020-07-30.

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