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True Crime

Before 'Serial,' Two Women Set Out To Bring True Crime To Podcasts

The Huffington Post | Jillian Capewell | Posted 02.03.2016 | Arts

Maya (not her real name) opens the third episode of "Criminal" describing a guy she had a crush on as a student at NYU: tall, muscular, good at baske...

Is Our Obsession With True Crime Morally Irresponsible?

Molly Fosco | Posted 01.26.2016 | Entertainment
Molly Fosco

I don't know if we'll ever pinpoint all the reasons why true crime has become such a sensation, but as we inevitably continue to indulge ourselves, we must make sure we consider that real people experienced a significant loss in every single one of these stories.

The Serial Killer Next Door: Sam Smithers

The Lineup | Posted 01.22.2016 | Crime
The Lineup

Credit: Courtesy of the Author By Fred Rosen I first found out about serial killer Sam Smithers from a source in Tampa. She tipped me, and I inves...

The Mad Chopper: One Cut Was Not Enough

The Lineup | Posted 01.15.2016 | Crime
The Lineup

Credit: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office By Fred Rosen My daughter had just been born and I was looking for a case to write a true crime book a...

6 Books to Satisfy Your Making a Murderer Obsession

The Lineup | Posted 01.14.2016 | Crime
The Lineup

Credit: Netflix By Jessica Ferri If you're like the other million people who spent their holiday break glued to their television screens, binge-watc...

7 Crime Docs To Stream After You Finish ‘Making A Murderer'

The Huffington Post | Jillian Capewell | Posted 01.13.2016 | Entertainment

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Making an Accomplice: Why "Making a Murderer's" Brendan Dassey Deserves a Re-Trial--Even if His Uncle Doesn't

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.12.2016 | Crime
Michael Shammas

Like his uncle, Brendan may be guilty. Unlike his uncle, his conviction rests entirely on the coerced confession of a frightened, mentally-challenged boy badgered by grown men wielding badges and guns and uniforms and loud, firm voices.

What Gets Lost When A Real Murder Becomes An Entertainment Craze

The Huffington Post | Jillian Capewell | Posted 01.07.2016 | Entertainment

If you had a few days off and an Internet connection toward the end of 2015, I wouldn't be surprised if you spent your time watching "Making ...

9 Brilliant Books That Will Change How You See True Crime

Off The Shelf | Posted 10.06.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

The greatest examples of the genre provide not only the pleasures of a gripping, whodunit plot, but they are also an examination of complex psychology and civilization when the tranquility of everyday life has been shattered.


The Lineup | Posted 09.17.2015 | Weird News
The Lineup

Graffiti about the Bella case. Credit: Wikimedia Commons Her skull peered out from the hollow trunk of a tree, a limp patch of hair still stuck to i...

Murder Mystery: What Happened To Harper Lee's True-Crime Novel?

Associated Press | David Lohr | Posted 09.09.2015 | Crime

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On Ann Rule: A Personal Tribute to a True Crime Trailblazer

Christina Larmer | Posted 07.28.2015 | Crime
Christina Larmer

With the news that true crime writer Ann Rule has just passed away, I couldn't help reflecting on my own late conversion to the author and wishing that I had somehow discovered her earlier.

Get to Know the Horror House that Has Kolkata Enthralled

Van Winkle's | Posted 06.24.2015 | Weird News
Van Winkle's

It's tragic, but also weird enough to distract from the daily grind of true horror. Even more to the point, it's a true-crime tale largely without victims.

My Talk With Zoey Mendoza Zimmerman

Carlota Zimmerman | Posted 05.15.2015 | Women
Carlota Zimmerman

Having lunch at a Panera in New Jersey, Zoey Mendoza Zimmerman could be your fun neighbor; the one who organizes all the cool parties, and knows the best gossip. Talking about her life after the murders, she says, shaking her head, "I'm living a Lifetime Original Movie. How did this happen?

What Does 'The Jinx' Mean For The Future Of True Crime?

The Huffington Post | Lauren Duca | Posted 03.26.2015 | Entertainment

Middlebrow is a recap of the week in entertainment, celebrity and television news that provides a comprehensive look at the state of pop culture. From...

Maureen Ryan

10 Thoughts About 'The Jinx' | Maureen Ryan | Posted 03.24.2015 | Entertainment

“The Jinx,” the HBO true-crime series that ended March 15, engendered a wave of intense attention and discussion as it rolled through its six-epis...

Handgun Found Near Remains Thought to Belong to Missing Alaska Family

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 05.24.2015 | Crime
Alaska Dispatch News

Officials said Monday that remains discovered along a trail just outside Kenai on Saturday appear to belong to a family of four that went missing in May of last year. Police also found at the scene the remains of a dog that may be the family's, and a handgun.

Book Review: Conspiracy Theory by Mike Enemigo

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 04.26.2015 | Books
Christopher Zoukis

Conspiracy Theory is a gritty story of drugs, crime, and the underground rap music scene in Sacramento, California, written by someone who knows whereof he speaks. Mike Enemigo, a Folsom Prison lifer is the Impresario of The Cell Block, an up-and-coming publisher of crime, urban fiction, and non-fiction.

Why Serial Isn't Helping The True Crime Genre

M. William Phelps | Posted 03.14.2015 | Crime
M. William Phelps

Do me a favor. Stop kidding yourself while riding proudly aboard the Serial bandwagon. Don't think for one minute that there is a difference between Serial and serial -- because, in most cases, there is not.

9 True-Crime Books Every 'Serial' Fan Needs To Read

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 11.27.2014 | Books

It may be the season of Thanksgiving, but a dark Thursday is coming for fans of the wildly popular podcast "Serial": There will be no new installment ...

Behind The Scenes Look At Wildfires

Kurt Kamm | Posted 12.10.2014 | Crime
Kurt Kamm

While there are differences and similarities between many wildfire arsonists, perhaps the most consistent trend is the increase in acts of fire setting during the harshest weather conditions.

6 Dramatic Manhunts in American History That Will Make Your Hair Stand on End

Posted 06.09.2015 | Crime

If there’s one thing that’s true about America, it’s that we love a good chase -- so long as the really, really bad guy gets caught. Whether the...

The Perfect Stranger: A Talk With Wendy Corsi Staub

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 09.27.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

With the release of her 21st thriller, The Perfect Stranger, NY Times bestselling suspense novelist Wendy Corsi Staub will have published more than eighty novels in various genres.

Killer Legends Available on DVD and iTunes

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 09.07.2014 | Entertainment
Stephen D. Winick

Good news for folklore enthusiasts and legend trippers: Killer Legends, a smart, scary documentary I discussed when it was first aired back in February, is now available on DVD and iTunes.

Investigating the West Coast Mafia

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 07.19.2014 | Books
Andrea Chalupa

Despite Michael's Tahoe compound, and the beautiful Fredo scene on the lake, I never thought of California, where I grew up, as mafia country. The mafia still seemed a world away and more at home on the crowded streets of Little Italy and the Corleone olive orchards. Turns out the mafia was closer to home than I could have ever imagined.