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The Twisted Friendship of Crime Writer Ann Rule and Serial Killer Ted Bundy

 
  Thursday, May 26, 2016  
 
  True crime author Ann Rule first met Ted Bundy when they worked at a suicide prevention hotline in the 1970s. As this article details, their friendship was sincere, and Rule's affection for the serial killer endured right up to his 1989 execution ... (Read more)    
 
 
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In Cold Blood, Half a Century On

 
  Thursday, May 26, 2016  
 
  More than five decades after the publication of In Cold Blood, residents of Holcomb, Kansas, reflect back on Truman Capote and the murders with which the town will forever be identified ... (Read more)    
 
 
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Seven Unsolved Murder Mysteries to Keep You Up At Night

 
  Thursday, May 26, 2016  
 
 
Satisfying as it may be when a killer is captured, cases in which the criminal gets away with it have a strange appeal all their own. Along with the Zodiac Killer and Jack the Ripper, here are stories of some other unknown murderers from around the world ... (Read more)
 
 
 
 
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The Amateur Detectives Tackling Murders and Kidnaps

 
  Thursday, May 26, 2016  
 
 
An increasing number of websites serve as forums for citizens who want to help solve difficult criminal cases. Is this the cutting edge of law enforcement, or are such efforts just a hindrance for actual police investigators? This article examines both sides of this question ... (Read more)
 
 
 
 
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Abraham Lincoln, True Crime Writer

 
  Wednesday, May 25, 2016  
 
  Abraham Lincoln: president, lawyer, inventor, and—true crime writer? You'll want to read Abe's fictionalized account of a case in which he represented the accused murderer ... (Read more)    
 
 
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The Girl in the Title: More Than a Marketing Trend

 
  Wednesday, May 25, 2016  
 
  Gillian Flynn's 2012 novel Gone Girl began a serious publishing trend, one that was continued by Paula Hawkins's The Girl on the Train. In this interview, a pair of crime novelists discuss why this potent new genre found such a large audience ... (Read more)    
 
 
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When Arthur Conan Doyle Tried Solving a Real Mystery

 
  Wednesday, May 25, 2016  
 
  Only a brilliant mind could have created Sherlock Holmes and contrived such off-kilter yet logical mysteries; perhaps it was inevitable, then, that Arthur Conan Doyle tried his hand at solving a mystery on his own. Read this true story here ... (Read more)    
 
 
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The Real-Life Inspiration of Edgar Allan Poe’s First Detective Story

 
  Wednesday, May 25, 2016  
 
  Meet Eugène Vidocq, the 19th-century French criminologist who inspired Edgar Allan Poe to create Dupin, literature's first modern detective ... (Read more)    
 
 
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Sherlock Holmes's London

 
  Wednesday, May 25, 2016  
 
  Was the world's most famous detective almost named Sherringford Holmes? Does 221B Baker Street even exist? And what did Arthur Conan Doyle think of Oscar Wilde? This extensive article profiles Doyle, recounts how he created Sherlock Holmes, and explores contemporary London in a search for the places popularized in the novels and stories ... (Read more)    
 
 
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Inside the Dangerous Mind of Gone Girl's Gillian Flynn

 
  Wednesday, May 25, 2016  
 
  Dark and vicious, the sensationally popular bestseller Gone Girl is the creation of Gillian Flynn, who—we are pleased to say—seems pretty normal. Read a profile of the author here ... (Read more)    
 
 
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Very Cool Cases: Scandinavian Crime Novels are Exceptionally Hot Properties

 
  Tuesday, May 24, 2016  
 
  Ever since the 2005 publication of Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Played with Fire, a disproportionately high number of crime fiction authors have emerged from Scandinavia. Here is a profile of some of the most noted writers, as well as some thoughts on this publishing phenomenon ... (Read more)    
 
 
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The Case of the First Mystery Novelist

 
  Tuesday, May 24, 2016  
 
  Published in 1865, The Notting Hill Mystery is quite possibly the first detective novel. The identity of the author, however, is also a longstanding mystery. Re-opening the case, Paul Collins here sifts the evidence and comes to his own conclusions about this forgotten pioneer of one of the most popular genres of fiction ... (Read more)    
 
 
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Edgar Allan Poe Tried and Failed to Crack the Mysterious Murder Case of Mary Rogers

 
  Tuesday, May 24, 2016  
 
  Having invented the detective genre with his 1841 tale "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," Edgar Allan Poe applied his deductive skills to the unsolved murder of a young woman. The true story has more than enough twists and turns to have fascinated the master of the macabre. Read about it here ... (Read more)    
 
 
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In Cold Blood Turns 50: Capote’s Spellbinding True Crime Novel Gave Us The Jinx, Serial, and Making a Murderer

 
  Tuesday, May 24, 2016  
 
  Here three authors discuss the enduring appeal of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, as well as the true crime industry that followed in its wake ... (Read more)    
 
 
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Queen of Crime: How Agatha Christie Created the Modern Murder Mystery

 
  Monday, May 23, 2016  
 
  Agatha Christie didn't invent the mystery novel, but she most certainly perfected it. Here is a profile of the fascinating lady behind Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple ... (Read more)    
 
 
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The (Still) Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe

 
  Monday, May 23, 2016  
 
  Could it have been rabies? With the exception of JFK, few deaths have occasioned as much speculation and scrutiny as that of Edgar Allan Poe. Take a look at this fascinating list, which includes no less than nine theories ... (Read more)    
 
 
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The Man Arthur Conan Doyle Called “America's Sherlock Holmes”

 
  Monday, May 23, 2016  
 
  A meticulous detective and a master of disguise, William J. Burns was hailed as "America's Sherlock Holmes." The victim of a political scandal, Burns spent his last years writing fictionalized accounts of his true adventures. Read more about this remarkable lawman here ... (Read more)  
 
 
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Ten Famous Works of Fiction Based On Real Crimes

 
  Sunday, May 22, 2016  
 
  If these ten classic novels continue to resonate with readers, it may be because they are believable—and each was at least partly based on a real crime. Have a look at this surprising list ... (Read more)    
 
 
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The Original True Crime Murder Mystery That Gripped America

 
  Sunday, May 22, 2016  
 
  A decade before Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, Meyer Levin wrote Compulsion, one of the earliest true crime novels. Based on the infamous Leopold and Loeb case, the book raised the standard for how authors wrote about crime and perpetrators. Read about the book and its fascinating back story here ... (Read more)    
 
 
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15 "Trials of the Century" and the Media Frenzies That Accompanied Them

 
  Friday, May 20, 2016  
 
  Leopold and Loeb. The Scopes "Monkey Trial." O.J. Simpson. If crime has a certain lurid appeal, courtroom cases often prove even more riveting. Take a look at these 15 landmark cases ... (Read more)    
 
 
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The Bizarre Way True Crime TV Is Shaping Jury Selection

 
  Friday, May 20, 2016  
 
 
Given that the current wave of true crime TV shows and podcasts essentially turn viewers into juries, maybe it's not surprising that actual jurors are finding most cases to be more complicated and far less glamorous than expected. Here's a look at this unexpected consequence of putting true crime on television ... (Read more)
 
 
 
 
 
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Leopold and Loeb's Criminal Minds

 
  Friday, May 20, 2016  
 
  In the 1924 murder trial of Leopold and Loeb, guilt was never in question. As this comprehensive article reveals, however, the cause was variously chalked up to mental illness, the philosophy of Nietzsche, or the decadence of the Roaring 20s ... (Read more)    
 
 
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A History Lesson For the Kids: Why the O.J. Simpson Trial was Such a Big Deal

 
  Friday, May 20, 2016  
 
  Strange to say, but many Millennials have no firsthand memories of the O.J. Simpson saga. Here's a crash course on what might be considered the first viral news story ... (Read more)    
 
 
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Nine Things You May Not Know About Lizzie Borden

 
  Thursday, May 19, 2016  
 
  Lizzie Borden's life and alleged crimes are now the stuff of legend. Here are some interesting facts that help to flesh out the lady accused of one of the 19th century's most shocking killings ... (Read more)    
 
 
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Where Are They Now? 10 Key Players in the O.J. Simpson Trial

 
  Thursday, May 19, 2016  
 
  More than 20 years after the notorious O.J. Simpson trial, catch up on where these ten key players are now ... (Read more)
 
 
 
 
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Crimes of the Century

 
  Thursday, May 19, 2016  
 
  From the Lindbergh kidnapping to the theft of the Mona Lisa, and from the Unabomber's twisted vendetta to the Manson family's deadly spree, here is a broad survey of “crimes of the century” ... (Read more)    
 
 
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Evelyn Nesbit, the Benevolent Vampire, and the Crime of the Century

 
  Wednesday, May 18, 2016  
 
 
Early 20th-century supermodel Evelyn Nesbit was raped by eminent architect Stanford White, setting in motion a chain of events that would end with White murdered while Nesbit's affluent husband walked away scot-free. This article recounts the original "trial of the century" ... (Read more)
 
 
 
 
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Revisiting the First Trial of the Century, 215 Years Later

 
  Wednesday, May 18, 2016  
 
  Five years before their 1804 pistol duel, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr were the legal "dream team" called upon to defend a man charged with killing his girlfriend. Revisit this influential case here ... (Read more)    
 
 
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The Scopes Trial Redefined Science Journalism and Shaped It to What It Is Today

 
  Tuesday, May 17, 2016  
 
  The so-called Scopes Monkey Trial has become something of a myth, thanks to the play and Inherit the Wind and its many film adaptations. As this article reveals, town leaders persuaded John Scopes to break the law that opposed the teaching of evolution, setting up one of the most notorious and momentous courtroom cases of modern times ... (Read more)
 
 
 
 
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Murder by Poison: The Rise and Fall of Arsenic

 
  Friday, May 13, 2016  
 
 
Prior to the 20th century, arsenic poisoning was hard to detect and practically impossible to cure. Here is a look back at a (fortunately) vanished era in Britain, when poisoning was routinely featured in newspaper headlines and courtroom trial  ... (Read more)  
 
 
 
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5 Real-Life Cases Where DNA Profiling Changed Everything

 
  Friday, May 13, 2016  
 
  Now a standard part of criminal investigations, DNA profiling has only been universally accepted for the past few decades. Here are five cases in which it has either condemned or exonerated suspects beyond any shadow of a doubt ... (Read more)
 
 
 
 
 
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Late-1940s Chicago CSI, in Photos

 
  Friday, May 13, 2016  
 
  Detectives scooping up blood with a spoon? As these vintage photos reveal, crime-solving in the old days could be a bit primitive, although it was sometimes quite ingenious ... (Read more)  
 
 
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The Grisly, Fascinating History of Crime Photography

 
  Thursday, May 12, 2016  
 
 
A 2015 photography exhibit suggests that crime scene images aren't just tools for detectives, they're also historical documents—and even art ... (Read more)
 
 
 
 
 
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July Marks the 25th Anniversary of the First Use of DNA Evidence to Convict a Killer

 
  Thursday, May 12, 2016  
 
  It's difficult to imagine a criminal case not relying on DNA evidence, but the process was not always considered valid. This article commemorates the 1988 murder trial that first allowed such evidence, and in doing so, revolutionized law enforcement ... (Read more)    
 
 
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Arsenic: A Brief History of Agatha Christie’s Favourite Murder Weapon

 
  Thursday, May 12, 2016  
 
  Arsenic—Agatha Christie's favorite murder weapon—was also used to help ladies keep their fine figures and prevent unsightly blemishes. Here is a history of the imperfectly understood poison  ... (Read more)
 
 
 
 
 
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The Real CSI: Death Detective Dysfunction

 
  Thursday, May 12, 2016  
 
  The elite forensic pathologists that we see on TV—on the CSI series, for example—have little basis in reality, a study finds. Nationwide, unqualified coroners without sufficient funding or equipment may have the final say on the cause of a person's death. Here's an analysis of this troubling phenomenon ... (Read more)    
 
 
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The Murder Mystery Solved by DNA from the Back of a Postage Stamp

 
  Thursday, May 12, 2016  
 
 
To track down the killer of an adolescent girl, Italian police investigators exhibited a tenacity and scientific acumen that would make Sherlock Holmes proud. Read this fascinating true story here ... (Read more)
 
 
 
 
 
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Solving Crimes with Pollen, One Grain of Evidence at a Time

 
  Thursday, May 12, 2016  
 
  When police in Christchurch, New Zealand, were unable to solve a murder, they turned to Dallas Mildenhall. Examining pollen from the crime scene, the palynologist gave investigators the lead they needed to connect the crime to a local gang. Read about this little-known branch of forensics here ... (Read more)    
 
 
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The Forensic Mind of the Original Dr. Death

 
  Wednesday, May 11, 2016  
 
 
At his 1898 trial, the "French Ripper" Joseph Vacher insisted that he was not guilty by reason of insanity. Pioneering criminologist Alexandre Lacassagne, however, persuaded the jury otherwise. This article profiles these two fascinating individuals ... (Read more)
 
 
 
 
 
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Speaking Up for Marilyn in the 60-year-old Sam Sheppard Murder Case: Brent Larkin

 
  Wednesday, May 11, 2016  
 
  Decades before the O.J. Simpson trial, physician Sam Sheppard's 1954 trial for the murder of his wife created a media frenzy and polarized public opinion. Here's a recap of this open-and-shut case that nonetheless remains unsolved ... (Read more)
 
 
 
 
 
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The Grisly History of Forensics–By Crime Writer Val McDermid

 
  Wednesday, May 11, 2016  
 
  Blood, bones, and maggots: unpleasant as it may seem, forensic experts have been solving crimes for centuries by studying such things. Here crime writer Val McDermid profiles some historic cases that were solved by brilliant deduction and careful analysis of forensic data ... (Read more)    
 
 
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Forensic Science: How Its Use Revolutionized the Way We Detect Crime

 
  Wednesday, May 11, 2016  
 
  From the logic of Sun Tzu to a 2013 "conviction by cat hair," the science of forensics has come a long way. Mistakes can still be made, however, and this article notes cases in which the lab results were simply wrong ... (Read more)    
 
 
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Forensics Gone Wrong: When DNA Snares the Innocent

 
  Tuesday, May 10, 2016  
 
  DNA evidence is infallible, right? Not necessarily. Take a look at this unsettling overview of cases in which science has come up short in the quest for justice ... (Read more)    
 
 
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What’s Left of the Mob

 
  Friday, May 6, 2016  
 
  This article surveys the five major Mafia families, providing a short history and a list of important personnel. Want to be the underboss of the Bonanno family? Ominously enough, the position is currently vacant ... (Read more)    
 
 
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25 Biggest Robberies, Raids, and Heists Ever

 
  Friday, May 6, 2016  
 
 
These days, robberies are often perpetrated by computer hackers and identity thieves. Here's a look back at a simpler and more brutal time, when stealing required weapons, masks, and sheer hubris ... (Read More)
 
 
 
 
 
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7 Fascinating Things You Didn't Know About the Real Dog Day Afternoon

 
  Friday, May 6, 2016  
 
 
The real-life tale behind the classic film Dog Day Afternoon is much, much stranger than fiction. Take a look at the sordid and often humorous adventures of John Wojtowicz ... (Read more)
 
 
 
 
 
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Alcatraz Island is a Renowned Prison—But a Horticultural Gem?

 
  Thursday, May 5, 2016  
 
  It wasn't pretty back when it housed Al Capone and "Machine Gun Kelly," but now Alcatraz Island is practically a gardener's paradise. Looking at these photos, you could forget where you are ... (Read more)    
 
 
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Alcatraz 1962 Escapees Had Small Chance of Success

 
  Thursday, May 5, 2016  
 
  Although Alcatraz was allegedly escape-proof, three determined prisoners found their way to freedom on a raft in 1962. Or did they? Their fate remains unknown, but a team of Dutch scientists are using computer models of the bay's currents to determine the raft's likely route ... (Read more)    
 
 
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Vintage Mugshots of the Gangster Kings that Ruled 1920s America

 
  Thursday, May 5, 2016  
 
 
These vintage mug shots include images of iconic gangsters as Al Capone, "Machine Gun" Kelley, and Sam Giacana. Whatever their individual failings, these criminals were nothing if not impeccably dressed ... (Read more)
 
 
 
 
 
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Why Do We Admire Mobsters?

 
  Thursday, May 5, 2016  
 
  Blame it on The Godfather if you wish, but Americans' fascination with the Mafia predates the 1972 film by many decades. In addition to examining this phenomenon, this article also presents firsthand reminiscences by Meyer Lansky's grandson and a woman who met "Bugsy" Siegel when she was a child ... (Read more)    
 
 
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Who Killed Bugsy Siegel?

 
  Thursday, May 5, 2016  
 
  In 1947, "Bugsy" Siegel was found shot to death in Hollywood. Although the case remains unsolved, a few of the mobster's living associates have their own ideas about who the perpetrators might have been ... (Read more)    
 
 
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The Real Story and Lesson of the Abscam Sting in American Hustle

 
  Thursday, May 5, 2016  
 
 
Although the film American Hustle was loosely based on a true story, the truth was stranger and much more complicated than fiction. Read a mind-boggling account of it here ... (Read more)
 
 
 
 
 
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Eliot Ness and Al Capone: The Men, the Myths and the Bad Man in the Dark

 
  Wednesday, May 4, 2016  
 
 
Eliot Ness was the archetypal, tough-as-leather lawman, famed for bringing down Al Capone. Ness made significant contributions to law enforcement, but as this article reveals, much of his legend was fabricated by the book The Untouchables ... (Read more)
 
 
 
 
 
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Genovese, Costello and Anastasia: The Decline and Fall of The American Mafia

 
  Wednesday, May 4, 2016  
 
 
A 1957 superpower summit of mobsters in a sleepy upstate New York town was broken up by a highly successful police raid. As told here, the ensuing trials made the existence of the Mafia known to the general public ... (Read more)
 
 
 
 
 
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The Martyrdom of John Connolly

 
  Wednesday, May 4, 2016  
 
  He's sitting alone in a prison cell now, but John Connolly was once a trusted FBI agent, working undercover to bring down "Whitey" Bulger and the mob. Here is the saga of a lawman who instead turned to crime, ultimately standing trial for murder in a highly controversial case ... (Read more)    
 
 
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80 Years Later, Retracing the Real Life of Bonnie and Clyde

 
  Wednesday, May 4, 2016  
 
 
In the eight decades since their deaths, dangerous criminals Bonnie and Clyde have become folk heroes, an American equivalent of Robin Hood. This article recounts their true story, and features a spectacular array of both vintage and contemporary photos. If nothing else, check it out for the Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum, surely an uncommon premise for a permanent exhibition ... (Read more)
 
 
 
 
 
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Get Ready for Doc Mockery-Documentary Now!; is Now on Netflix

 
  Wednesday, May 4, 2016  
 
 
The widespread success of such documentary programs as Making a Murderer makes them ripe for parody; take a look at this inspired Netflix series by Portlandia's Fred Armisen that spoofs The Thin Blue Line and its many successors in the true crime genre ... (Read more
 
 
 
 
 
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Breaking the Bank: How a UFC Fighter Pulled Off the Biggest Bank Heist Ever

 
  Wednesday, May 4, 2016  
 
  Although he now sits in a Moroccan prison cell serving a 25-year sentence, "Lightning" Lee Murray was once a contender in the brutal world of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. This Sports Illustrated article charts Murray's interrupted career and his involvement in the 2006 Securitas robbery, which netted £53 million ... (Read more)    
 
 
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Unmasking D.B. Cooper

 
  Wednesday, May 4, 2016  
 
 
When hijacker D.B. Cooper parachuted out of a Boeing 727 in 1971, he had $200,000 in cash strapped to himself. The only unsolved hijacking in U.S. history, Cooper remains a mysterious and legendary figure. Now a private eye with an unexpected connection to Cooper claims to have finally solved the case ... (Read more)
 
 
 
 
 
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Black Mass Resurrects Boston’s Long Memories of Whitey Bulger

 
  Tuesday, May 3, 2016  
 
  The 2015 film Black Mass brought legendary gangster "Whitey" Bulger to even greater fame; this article delves into the felon's hold on the public's imagination ... (Read more)    
 
 
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The Great Train Robbers: Who Were They?

 
  Tuesday, May 3, 2016  
 
  They didn't look like criminals, but the small army of men profiled here perpetrated the 1963 Great Train Robbery, Britain's biggest-ever heist at the time ... (Read more)    
 
 
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To the Players in Abscam, the Real-Life American Hustle, the Bribes Now Seem Quaint

 
  Tuesday, May 3, 2016  
 
  In the late 1970s, the Abscam scandal destroyed more than a few political careers; in 2013, American Hustle parlayed the story into a hit comedy. In this article, some of the key players in the nearly-forgotten FBI sting reflect back on the case's twists and turns ... (Read more)  
 
 
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A Brief History of People Who Claimed To Know the Zodiac Killer's Identity

 
  Thursday, April 28, 2016  
 
  Perhaps no unsolved mass murder case since Jack the Ripper has invited so much speculation as that of the Zodiac Killer. Here are just a few of the 1200 people claiming to hold the key to this mystery ... (Read more)    
 
 
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Making a Murderer and True Crime in the Binge-Viewing Era

 
  Thursday, April 28, 2016  
 
  True crime has always been a fixture on TV, but a new wave of such programs asks viewers to consider the cultural and legal implications of these complex and ambiguous cases ... (Read more)    
 
 
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Do Letters Prove That a Member of the Royal Family was Jack the Ripper?

 
  Thursday, April 28, 2016  
 
  Could the Ripper have been a royal? Newly uncovered letters confirm that Queen Victoria's nephew suffered from a venereal disease, leading some experts to believe that it may have driven him to madness and even murder ... (Read more)  
 
 
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Lady Killers

 
  Thursday, April 28, 2016  
 
  Generally middle-class women in their 20s or 30s, female serial killers are often hard to detect. Take a look at the surprising and disturbing ways these women differ from their male counterparts ... (Read more)    
 
 
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Keith Morrison on His True-Crime Beat

 
  Thursday, April 28, 2016  
 
  Once an old-school journalist, Dateline correspondent Keith Morrison has become the "rock star" newsman of true crime. Thoughtful about his profession and sensitive to his interviewees, Morrison comments here on his unusual niche in the industry .. (Read more)    
 
 
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Trail of Guilt

 
  Thursday, April 28, 2016  
 
  In this extensive article, Dominick Dunne details how he reawakened interest in a cold case from decades ago, leading to the eventual conviction of Kennedy kin William Skakel ... (Read more)    
 
 
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Mary Ann Cotton: England’s First Serial Killer

 
  Thursday, April 28, 2016  
 
  Widow, mother, nurse, and Britain's first serial killer: here is the strange tale of Victorian poisoner Mary Ann Cotton ... (Read more)    
 
 
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How True Crime Series are Exposing America's Criminal Justice System

 
  Thursday, April 28, 2016  
 
  Two recent television programs looked back at the O.J. Simpson trial, demonstrating yet again that not only are we intrigued by crime, but we are also fascinated by the flaws of the criminal justice system ... (Read more)    
 
 
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Making a Murderer: The Story Behind Netflix's Hit True-Crime Show

 
  Thursday, April 28, 2016  
 
  Here the makers of the Netflix hit Making a Murderer sit down for an in-depth interview on how and why they undertook such an ambitious—and harrowing—project ... (Read more)    
 
 
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Murder Houses: The Haunting Final Chapter in True-Crime Stories

 
  Thursday, April 28, 2016  
 
  What happens to houses where famous murders have occurred? Some are resold, some are too notorious to ever sell, and in one instance, another killing occurred at the same address. This article examines the dark side of the real estate industry ... (Read more)    
 
 
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What About Bob?

 
  Wednesday, April 27, 2016  
 
  As the HBO series The Jinx proves, truth is stranger—and these days, more popular—than fiction. Here's a look at the show's appalling yet strangely charismatic subject, Robert Durst ... (Read more)  
 
 
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Nearly 70 Years After Her Murder, Here Are the Things We Still Don’t Know about Black Dahlia

 
  Tuesday, April 26, 2016  
 
  The 1947 Black Dahlia case is as fascinating as ever. Here's a recap of the many unanswered questions about the gruesome death of aspiring actress Elizabeth Short ... (Read more)    
 
 
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The Jinx Director Andrew Jarecki Explains Why True Crime Pays

 
  Tuesday, April 26, 2016  
 
  Here the director of the true-crime documentary series The Jinx talks about what he's planning to do next—and it isn't investigating homicides ... (Read more)    
 
 
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The New True Crime

 
  Monday, April 25, 2016  
 
  From the tales of Edgar Allan Poe to In Cold Blood, and from Helter Skelter to the sensationally popular TV and podcast documentaries of today, the popularity of true crime can be attributed to our fear that justice will not be served unless we somehow participate. This article takes a look at the appeal of these undeniably compelling stories ... (Read more)
 
 
 
 
 
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Sleazy, Bloody and Surprisingly Smart: In Defense of True Crime

 
  Monday, April 25, 2016  
 
  If you're a bit embarrassed by your collection of true crime books, you needn't be. As this article suggests, it is a genre that has come of age, and such books may have important things to teach us ... (Read more)    
 
 
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Juan Rivera and the Dangers of Coercive Interrogation

 
  Monday, April 25, 2016  
 
  Not even a signed confession is proof of guilt, as demonstrated by this case of a man who was confessed after being subjected to coercive interrogation for four days. Having endured several trials and 20 years in prison, Juan Rivera is finally getting justice ... (Read more)  
 
 
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Dead Certainty

 
  Monday, April 25, 2016  
 
 
More than 60 years before Making a Murderer and Serial, Perry Mason creator Erle Stanley Gardner used his magazine column to take a fresh look at possible miscarriages of justice. This part-time lawyer found many glaring errors, and managed to free some innocent men. Here's an overview of some contemporary armchair detectives who strive to balance integrity and entertainment ... (Read more)
 
 
 
 
 
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The Grisly, All-American Appeal of Serial Killers

 
  Sunday, April 24, 2016  
 
 
Why are we so fascinated by serial killers? This article delves into the dark appeal of such murderers as Jeffrey Dahmer and the Son of Sam, while dispelling some of the myths and misconceptions that have developed around them ... (Read more)
 
 
 
 
 
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