Keep in mind that for pre-1995 information, you may have to use the print New York Times Index and the Reader's Guide Full Text or Reader's Guide Retrospective for older articles. Also, JSTOR is a database that indexes older journal literature.
Use as keywords the criminal's real name as well as nickname.
Here is a Web site that might be useful:
Here are two print encyclopedias in the reference room of the library. See the librarian for more help.
California Codes can be keyword searched from the official State of California site. http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes.xhtml
To browse or to keyword search California Codes, use Westlaw. Below the search box, in the Browse box, choose California. Search box is on the right.
US Codes can be browsed or searched by citation from the Cornell Law site: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/