Crimes & Criminals

Was It the Crime Novels? Prison Books Bring Plot Twist to Cheshire Killings

NY Times, Dateline: NEW HAVEN — As the trial approaches for one of the men charged in the triple-homicide home invasion in Cheshire, CT in 2007, all the motions, requests for evidence, and demands that one would expect in a complex capital case have flown back and forth between the defense and prosecutors.

But one stood out, tantalizingly. The defense said it would request that the names of books that one of the accused men, Steven Hayes, checked out of a prison library before the killings not be admitted as evidence. The books, the defense indicated in one motion, included plots that were “criminally malevolent in the extreme.”

Mr. Hayes’s lawyers suggested that prison librarians might have given him what amounted to a literary blueprint for the crime, one that already has what some see as a literary predecessor of sorts: it has been compared with the 1959 Kansas killings described in Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood.”

The defense lawyers’ suggestion that prison library books could have shaped the crime — or that knowing Mr. Hayes read them could turn jurors against him — has created a strange kind of guessing game about the literary interests of Mr. Hayes, 46, a career thief and drug abuser whose education topped out at a high school equivalency degree.

How thieves target rare books

How thieves target rare books
A book thief who served a four-year jail sentence should have turned over a new leaf. Instead, he has been sent back to prison after targeting one of Britain's most distinguished libraries. The case highlights a little known, but widespread crime.

"It kills history... damaging books in such a way that you can't see the provenance," he says.

Employee stabbed by burglar at FL library

Employee stabbed by burglar at library
An Orange County librarian is recovering after she was stabbed Monday morning.

It happened around 8:30 a.m. at the South Creek Branch Library on Deerfield Boulevard.

The victim told Orange County Sheriff's deputies she'd just arrived at work when she was approached by a burglar.

ALA President Caught Plagiarizing and Faking Signature

ALA President Camile Alire has been caught plagiarizing and possibly using a fake signature by me, SafeLibraries. Before the usual crowd piles on, you have to see the evidence for yourselves:

ALA Double Standard on Accuracy in Texas State Board of Education Proposal on School Book Content; ALA President Plagiarizes to Promote Matter Outside ALA Purview

More than 1,300 kids' books stolen from library

More than 1,300 children's picture books worth nearly $23,000 have vanished from the Kitsap Regional Library's Port Orchard branch - and now police are investigating.

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Botched copper theft causes Freon leak at Concord library

Botched copper theft causes Freon leak at Concord library
Oh sure, you think you have it bad because people keep stealing your DVDs. Anyone tried to steal your PIPES? A would-be copper thief trying to cut pipes from the Concord library caused a release of a cooling agent that prompted the building's closure over the weekend, authorities said.

Jury Finds Librarians’ Hit-and-Run Driver Guilty of Vehicular Homicide

A Denver jury yesterday found Sandra Jacobson guilty of drunk driving and vehicular homicide in the deaths of Connecticut librarians Kathleen Krasniewicz, 54, and Kate McClelland, 71, on the morning of January 27, 2009.

Both were on their way to the Denver airport, returning from the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting, when Jacobson’s white pick-up truck swerved into their lane at 10:30 a.m., striking the purple and white taxi minivan and throwing both Krasniewicz and McClelland (left) from the vehicle. The two were not wearing seatbelts.

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There's No Good Reasons to Steal Books from Library

There's no good reasons to steal books from library

I have never figured out why people find it necessary to steal books from a library. We are a public library, open to anyone who wants to walk through the door. We let you borrow any book and all we ask for is one thing, a valid library card.

Teen accused of stealing CDs, Bible from library

Teen accused of stealing CDs, Bible from library
A 17-year-old boy ran away from a librarian Saturday afternoon at the Bethlehem Public Library after she stopped him for allegedly stealing some CDs -- but, police said, he left behind a backpack, a diary and photo identification.

Drew University student is accused of stealing, trying to sell historical documents

Drew University student is accused of stealing, trying to sell historical documents
As an 18-year-old freshman at Drew University, William J. Scott was hired to work at the school’s archives center. He was entrusted with a key to the climate-controlled rooms housing centuries-old letters signed by presidents, generals and the founders of the Methodist faith.

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