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Summer's Surprising Hit Podcast: My Favorite Murder

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 07.21.2016 | Entertainment
Shira Hirschman Weiss

I'll stop whispering now. There is a new podcast, hosted by comedians Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff, and it's all about true crime. It is unabashedly for the folks who would rather stay home Saturday nights and watch 48 Hours.

The Joy of Killing: Good, Evil, And Everything Justifiable In Between

Catherine Goldberg | Posted 07.01.2016 | Books
Catherine Goldberg

View post on imgur.comThe paperback edition of The Joy of Killing was released recently, but I wouldn't recommend taking Harry Maclean's first stab at...

No Beast So Fierce: The Book That Got a Man Released from Prison

The Lineup | Posted 06.01.2016 | Crime
The Lineup

Credit: Photo taken from Education of a Felon: A Memoir via St. Martin's Press By: Orrin Grey You may know him as Mr. Blue from Quentin Tarantino's ...

Who was the Boston Strangler?

The Lineup | Posted 05.25.2016 | Crime
The Lineup

Albert DeSalvo. Credit: Murderpedia By: Orrin Grey It is one of the most famous cases of serial murder in American history. Yet the criminal investi...

The Unsolved DeFoor Family Murder of 1879

The Lineup | Posted 05.03.2016 | Crime
The Lineup

Credit: Wikimedia Commons By: Orrin Grey At 6 o'clock in the morning on July 26, 1879, Martin Walker passed his grandparents' homestead outside Atla...

Review: Dancing on Her Grave: The Murder of a Las Vegas Showgirl by Diana Montané and Carolina Sarassa

Paola K Amaras | Posted 04.12.2016 | Books
Paola K Amaras

Linda Langton, my agent, sent me this book, knowing full well I'd be hooked by a well-written, nail-biting, true-crime story. It's scheduled to becom...

JonBenét Ramsey Murder Case Will Be Re-Examined In True Crime Series

The Huffington Post | Stephanie Marcus | Posted 04.08.2016 | Entertainment

The '90s are so in right now, and that goes for the murder cases that dominated the headlines of the decade, as well. According to The Hollywood Repor...

True Crime May Be Trendy, But Sword and Scale Isn't Going Anywhere - Part 1

Andrew Reilly | Posted 04.05.2016 | Entertainment
Andrew Reilly

True crime. It's a cultural fascination, an obsession. Like a trainwreck, it's difficult to look away. There's something about delving into the deepest darkest recesses of human nature that we find compelling.

Empathy for the "Devil:" Exchanging Introspection for Outrospection

Lysa Heslov | Posted 03.22.2016 | Impact
Lysa Heslov

It's hard to believe, but we are already almost three months into a new year. Did you make any resolutions for 2016? If so, you're not alone: each tim...

The Unsolved Killing of Margaret Martin

The Lineup | Posted 03.21.2016 | Crime
The Lineup

Credit: Wikimedia Commons By: Elisabeth Tilstra It was 1938 in Kingston, Pennsylvania, and Margaret Martin was 19 years old. She had just graduated ...

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 basket...

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 investi...

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 ab...

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 05.23.2016 | Entertainment

Since its premiere last month, Netflix's "Making a Murderer" has become the most talked-about true crime investigation on the Internet, with people co...

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 a Murdere...

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 it...

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

Associated Press | David Lohr | Posted 09.09.2015 | Crime

ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. (AP) — Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Harper Lee politely knocked on truck driver Robert Louis Burns' door in rural Alabama on...

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 06.24.2016 | 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 05.15.2016 | 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...