The Terrible Rise (and Subsequent Spectacular Fall) of the Barker/Karpis Gang

They robbed banks, committed kidnappings, and killed cops. Their ranks included a Public Enemy #1 who taught Charles Manson how to play guitar. Though the legend that a matriarch led them into battle is largely untrue, the Barker/Karpis Gang lived up to the most fearsome aspects of its reputation. »8/19/15 11:37am8/19/15 11:37am

The Tragedy Of The Gangster, The Gullible Girl, And The "Camera Gun"

It was December 1946, and 19-year-old Pearl Lusk was approached by a good-looking man in the Times Square subway station. He was a detective, he told the gullible lass, and he needed her help solving a case. Could she snap a photograph of a suspected thief with this unusual, uh, camera? »6/11/15 1:30pm6/11/15 1:30pm