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Thirty Years Ago, the Night Stalker Was Captured By An Angry Mob

His name was Richard Ramirez, but at the time of his August 1985 capture, most knew him only as the “Night Stalker,” the rapist and murderer who’d been terrorizing California for two years. When a fingerprint outed his identity, his photograph was widely circulated—and his days of killing became perilously numbered. » 8/31/15 3:30pm 9 minutes ago

Find 25 Minutes to Watch This Short About a Young Boy and His Powers

Umkhungo (The Gift) is really, really good. It’s a self-contained story about Themba, a young boy whose powers have branded him cursed. When his parents die, he ends up with a street thug named Mthunzi. The two eventually come to an understanding, just as Themba’s uncles and the authorities close in. » 8/31/15 3:00pm 39 minutes ago

The Flash TV Series Just Cast Zoom, So Now I'm Completely Confused 

Actor Tony Todd has been cast as the Flash’s archenemy Zoom in the second season of the CW’s hit TV series. Now, if you’re thinking to yourself, “Hey, I thought the Reverse-Flash was the Flash’s archenemy,” well, you’re right. Because Zoom is the Reverse-Flash. Who was played in season one by Tom Cavanaugh. Who is… » 8/31/15 2:31pm Today 2:31pm

Past and future look exactly the same in this post-apocalyptic western

In the post-apocalyptic future depicted in this short film there are no smartphones, computers, or octopus-shaped robots trying to destroy what’s left of humanity. Here, people live like they used to in the Wild West. They ride horses, wear funny hats, and are well aware that their life is worth less than the bullet… » 8/31/15 2:16pm Today 2:16pm

The Strain Introduces the Show’s Biggest Badass and Then Instantly Takes Him Away 

First of all, let me apologize for the lack of last week’s recap. I had to travel very early on Monday morning to NYC for io9/Gawker shenanigans, and was unable to watch last week’s episode, which is a shame, because it was definitely the highlight of the season. Rather than ignore it, I figure I’d give recaps of both… » 8/31/15 1:40pm Today 1:40pm

The Most Ill-Advised Continuations of Classic Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Shows

The X-Files, Heroes and Twin Peaks are all coming back to our screens soon, with at least some of the original castmembers returning. Sounds great—except that this sort of thing doesn’t always work out. Here are the most ignominious examples of classic TV shows that were reanimated...but they came back wrong. » 8/31/15 1:22pm Today 1:22pm

Hannibal Bids a Gorgeously Gory Farewell That Offers Few Surprises, But Plenty of Satisfaction

The dreaded moment has arrived: Hannibal as we know it is no more. At its heart, the show’s always been about the complex (to put it mildly) relationship between Will and Hannibal; necessarily, the finale digs deep into TV’s most fraught twosome ... along with serving up buckets of stomach-roiling gore. » 8/31/15 1:20pm Today 1:20pm

Ashley Madison Code Shows More Women, and More Bots

After searching through the Ashley Madison database and private email last week, I reported that there might be roughly 12,000 real women active on Ashley Madison. Now, after looking at the company’s source code, it’s clear that I arrived at that low number based in part on a misunderstanding of the evidence. Equally… » 8/31/15 1:05pm Today 1:05pm

The 30 Most Disturbing Beanie Babies Ever Made

Collecting Beanie Babies was once the craze to end all collector’s crazes. Somehow, the company Ty turned cheap, tiny, plush animal dolls into a billion dollar industry where people were practically killing each other to get all the new releases. But as Ty ramped up production to meet demand, some Beanie Babies were… » 8/31/15 11:25am Today 11:25am

The New Mecha-Batman Now Has A Mecha-Joker To Fight

Batman’s been through a few changes in DC’s comics recently. First off, he’s no longer Bruce Wayne, but Jim Gordon. Secondly, he’s now a giant, Jim-Gordon-piloted Mech Suit. That’s all well and good for Batman fighting normal criminals, but now he needs some villains to go robot-toe-to-robot-toe with. Behold, ROBO… » 8/31/15 11:20am Today 11:20am