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Book Review: Conspiracy Theory by Mike Enemigo

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.24.2015 | 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 01.12.2015 | 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 12.30.2014 | 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.

10 Signs You're Addicted To The Investigation Discovery Channel

The Huffington Post | Lauren Zupkus | Posted 02.19.2014 | TV

Call us sadistic weirdos, but we Investigation Discovery addicts just love being paralyzed with fear. The ID channel provides us with outrageous true ...

CSI's Most Awesome Tool, Now Available at a Museum Near You

Lauren Cahn | Posted 02.05.2014 | Arts
Lauren Cahn

So crimes involving art, yes, I understand. And solving crimes involving art? Sounds compelling, although not nearly as compelling as this: the notion of crime-SOLVING involving art.

Zoë Triska

9 True Crime Books That Will Absolutely Disturb You | Zoë Triska | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books

Lately, I have had a horrible time getting to sleep. Last night, the anxiety was so bad that I had to put on an Audrey Hepburn movie on Netflix to cal...

Juggling Faith and Forensics

Mark I. Pinsky | Posted 01.25.2014 | Books
Mark I. Pinsky

Despite my years of covering crime, cops and courts, I soon learned that literally solving a case was much more difficult than literarily solving one.

The Lost Girls of Gilgo: True-Crime Thriller Premieres In New York City

Jill Di Donato | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Jill Di Donato

When it comes to horror, we like it ripped from the headlines, or so suggests the rise in popularity of true-crime thrillers.

Book Tour Stop: Scene of the Crime

Mark I. Pinsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Mark I. Pinsky

Book tours are rarely the stuff of high drama, but when one stop includes the scene of an infamous crime you claim to have solved, the tension and the room temperature tend to rise.

The Truth Behind 10 Popular Crime Myths

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

Myth #6: Fingerprints can definitively match a person to a crime scene.

Picture Perfect Is Almost Perfect: A Conversation With Author Shanna Hogan

Janice Harper | Posted 11.11.2013 | Books
Janice Harper

But bored on a recent Saturday night I downloaded a copy of Shanna Hogan's new book on the infamous made-for-TV murder, Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story.

9 True Crime Stories You Won't Believe

Lee Gutkind | Posted 10.30.2013 | Books
Lee Gutkind

Some true crime writing gets a bad rap in the literary world. But these stories, when written well, can achieve what the best literature achieves, making us question our collective cultural morality and what it is that makes us human.

Murderabilia: Creepy Souvenirs of Death for Sale

Caitlin Rother | Posted 09.28.2013 | Crime
Caitlin Rother

Ours is a free capitalist country, where people can say, sell and buy almost anything they want on the Internet. And although many find these items despicable, there must be dark souls who enjoy living vicariously through serial killers and putting a piece of them on their nightstands.

'Final Cut': Former Child Actor Killed Girlfriend, Went On The Run

Posted 12.27.2012 | TV

Manuel Benitez went by the stage name Mark Everett when he was a successful child actor. He starred in several TV shows, commercials and movies, inclu...

'Stalked': Man Stabs Himself, Blames His Wife

Posted 12.20.2012 | TV

The harrowing true story of Katerina Brundt unfolded on "Stalked: Someone's Watching." Brundt was 23 when she met 42-year-old Frank Sheridan while he ...

'Stalked: Someone's Watching': Campaign Worker Stalks Congressman

Posted 12.20.2012 | TV

"Stalked: Someone’s Watching" took a look at former congressman Bob Krueger. When he was running for senate, a man named Tom Humphrey worked on his ...

'Final Cut': Designer Preyed On Aspiring Models

Posted 12.20.2012 | TV

One-time aspiring model Autumn Albin spoke out on "Final Cut." She was just 15 years old when up-and-coming designer Anand Jon promised her a modeling...

'Nightmare Next Door': Man Tries To Murder One Wife, Kills Other

Posted 12.19.2012 | TV

"Nightmare Next Door" told the twisted story of Ronald Harnois. He was married to two women at once -- technically, his second and third marriages -- ...

'Deadly Alibi': Teen Convinces Friend To Kill Molester

Posted 12.19.2012 | TV

"Deadly Alibi" told the sordid story of Danny Paquette’s murder. Paquette was shot to death by his teenage stepdaughter Melanie's best friend Eric W...

'Fatal Encounters': Shot Down By Police On His Wedding Day

Posted 12.17.2012 | TV

Sean Bell's life was tragically cut short on the morning of his own wedding. It was in 2006 and Bell was enjoying his bachelor party when he was kille...