Of Course The Origins Of The Term "Serial Killer" Are Gruesome

Unsurprisingly, the two men credited with coming up with the term "serial killer" worked, together and separately, on some of the FBI's most gruesome cases: John Douglas and Robert K. Ressler. Their careers were so extraordinary they influenced pop culture, and at least one Oscar-winning film. » 3/26/15 3:42pm Thursday 3:42pm

Bizarre "Werewolf" Vs. "Vampire" Murder Trial Is Currently Underway

A Southern California murder trial would be just another tragic tale of neighbor shoots neighbor, except the accused believes that he is a werewolf ... and he believed his victim was a vampire, according to the testimony of a forensic psychologist. » 2/27/15 3:40pm 2/27/15 3:40pm

Suitcase Stuffed With Human Remains Found On San Francisco Sidewalk

A "suspicious package" report yesterday afternoon led San Francisco police to a wheeled suitcase filled with dismembered human body parts in the city's South of Market neighborhood, just blocks from the headquarters of Twitter, Uber, and other high-tech companies. » 1/29/15 10:13am 1/29/15 10:13am

A Century Later, This Haunting London Murder Remains Unsolved

Who strangled five-year-old, curly-haired Willie Starchfield to death on a London train, and then stuffed his tiny body under one of the seats? This tragic, sensationalized murder happened 101 years ago this week, and it's never been solved. » 1/09/15 2:12pm 1/09/15 2:12pm

Parasitology Student Once Tried To Kill His Roommates With His Research

Roommate disputes can have some pretty gruesome consequences, but there is one case from 1970 in which one man was accused of using his research against his hated roomies. His weapon: Ascaris suum, the parasite that he was studying in school and which he allegedly used to make his roommates very ill. » 12/30/14 2:40pm 12/30/14 2:40pm

Rare Artifacts Have Surfaced from the Jack the Ripper Case

It's been over 125 years since Jack the Ripper prowled the streets of London, but here's something new: artifacts tied to the case are heading to the auction block. » 12/04/14 1:00pm 12/04/14 1:00pm

Meet the Amateur Sleuth Who's About to Unmask the Zodiac Killer

Tom Voigt knows absolutely everything about the Zodiac Killer, the real-life murderer featured in the movie Zodiac. Neither cop nor crackpot, Voigt is certain that he's amassed almost enough evidence to solve the decades-old case very soon. » 10/31/14 12:40pm 10/31/14 12:40pm

Margaret Atwood Dreams Up Murder in the Arctic

A summer! But which of the seventy-five summers I have spent? The summer of 1957, when I was a waitress at a boys' camp on an island in Lake Huron and first ate a rattlesnake? The summer of 1965, when I was writing The Edible Woman in exam booklets on a card table in Vancouver? Perhaps the summer of 1976, when we took… » 7/22/14 1:56pm 7/22/14 1:56pm

What's Your Risk Of Being Murdered? Find Out With A Game Of Darts.

The Economist brought interactive datavisualization to its print edition this week with an unsettling infographic on Honduran murder rates. » 4/26/14 1:00pm 4/26/14 1:00pm

​In the future of Almost Human, cops are allowed to murder everybody

Watch "The Bends" and tell me I'm wrong. None of the cops tell any criminal to stand down, lower their weapons, put their hands over their heads, or even bother to identify themselves as police officers. What they do is shoot everyone until they are fucking dead. » 12/03/13 8:51am 12/03/13 8:51am

The four types of people most likely to murder their families

Since the 1980s, there's been an appreciable rise in people killing their families, and researchers have started to see a pattern. In a new study, British criminologists have identified four personality types that are common among people who commit this horrifying crime. » 8/14/13 9:02pm 8/14/13 9:02pm

Woman's death from a 30-year-old bullet wound ruled a homicide

In 1982, Linda J. Knauss was shot in a holdup outside a boutique in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This past week, she passed away due to complications from that old wound. That means that 30 years after being shot, Knauss perished as the result of a homicide. » 3/02/13 9:30am 3/02/13 9:30am

6 Historical Forensic Detectives Who Deserve Their Own TV Shows

We've seen not one but two modern reinterpretations of Sherlock Holmes in the last couple of years, plus countless procedural dramas, including forensic-themed shows like Bones and CSI. Meanwhile, TV audiences are utterly charmed by historical dramas like Downton Abbey and Boardwalk Empire. And just this summer, ABC… » 2/17/13 7:00am 2/17/13 7:00am

Could you kill this robot?

"The relationship [between humans and machines] is profoundly social," says Stanford researcher Clifford Nas, who specializes in communication between humans and interactive media, in a recent interview with NPR's Alix Spiegel. "The human brain is built so that when given the slightest hint that something is even… » 2/11/13 8:40am 2/11/13 8:40am

Florida man murdered for his Magic: The Gathering cards

In August, one of Pensacola, Florida's most devoted Magic players was killed by two brothers who stole his $100,000 collection of cards and sold them throughout the southeast region. Sean Dugas, a longtime member of the Magic card playing community, was beaten to death in his home. Now, the alleged murderers have… » 10/31/12 11:23am 10/31/12 11:23am

The British Plot to Assassinate Rasputin

An agent of the British Secret Intelligence Service assassinating a Russian Monk with purported psychic powers? It sounds like a plot point from Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century series. While the premise does have the flavor of fiction, it's actually part of a factual story… » 7/11/12 8:00am 7/11/12 8:00am

A mind-bending short film about a scientist, his cloning machine, and…

In Murder, this creepy and gorgeous short film by Yang Tzu Ting, a brilliant scientist has figured out a way to clone not only the body, but the soul as well. After his twin brother is violently murdered, he decides to revive him by testing the cloning device on himself - and, in the process, discovers the… » 6/09/12 2:00pm 6/09/12 2:00pm

Sacred Heart is a webcomic tale of punks and murder, without adult…

High schoolers on primetime TV shows never seem to have parents. Adults are often relegated to the background, occasionally trotted out to dispense discipline, emotional abuse, or words of network television wisdom. The webcomic Sacred Heart takes parental absence to a new level, placing high schoolers in a mysterious… » 5/19/12 8:30am 5/19/12 8:30am

A 73-Year-Old Man Tried to Assassinate JFK with a Buick Full of Dynamite

Weeks after John Fitzgerald Kennedy beat Richard Nixon in the 1960 United States presidential election, an elderly man nearly killed the President-Elect. » 5/15/12 2:54pm 5/15/12 2:54pm

Mass grave reveals 1,000 year old Viking massacre

And no, not the type of massacre where Vikings go around killing people: these Vikings were brutally killed by Englishmen ten centuries ago. It's the first archaeological evidence of an anti-Viking mass slaughter known as the St. Brice's Day Massacre. » 8/16/11 12:32pm 8/16/11 12:32pm