Odd Disappearance Brings Back Memories Of "Most Terrible Crime Ever" 

In 1965, 16-year-old Sylvia Likens died after being tortured by her adult guardian — with the help of the woman’s family and other neighborhood children. The prosecutor called it “the most terrible crime ever committed in the state of Indiana.” Now, nearly 50 years later, Sylvia’s sister has mysteriously vanished. » 5/14/15 5:34pm 5/14/15 5:34pm

An Interactive Map Of Murder Rates Around The World

The interactive Homicide Monitor allows you to click on a country and see its murder count in a specific recent year, and the rate the number represents per 100,000 people. For some countries, you can also see the weapon most commonly used. (No surprise, the good ol’ USA has some of the more terrifying stats.) » 5/10/15 6:50pm 5/10/15 6:50pm

A Terrifying Tale Of Greed, Copycat Schemes, And Cyanide-Laced Medicine 

Nobody was ever convicted in the 1982 Chicago Tylenol Murders. But in 1986, when two Seattle-area people died after ingesting Excedrin laced with cyanide, Stella Nickell was nabbed for the copycat crime; one of the victims was her husband. Nearly 30 years later, the case hasn’t gotten any less bizarre. » 5/08/15 2:20pm 5/08/15 2:20pm

Scottish Exhibit Unveils Odd Memento Of 19th Century Serial-Killer Duo

A special University of Edinburgh exhibit offers a chance to view one of the library’s most bizarre and fascinating artifacts: a letter, stashed in a Victorian-era scrapbook, written in the blood of William Burke — half of the murdering-for-profit duo commonly referred to as Burke and Hare. » 5/07/15 8:00pm 5/07/15 8:00pm

Meet the Expert Witness Who Goes Inside the Minds of Young Killers

Imagine spending time with murderers, digging into their childhoods to figure out what made them violent — and then convincing skeptical juries to take your conclusions into account. In his book Listening to Killers, Dr. James Garbarino reflects on 20 years spent serving as an expert witness. He told us what it’s like… » 5/07/15 2:15pm 5/07/15 2:15pm

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles Just Went Completely, Insanely Over The Top

We’re three episodes into The Lizzie Borden Chronicles’ eight-ep run on Lifetime, and last night’s episode, “Flowers,” was full of dramatic twists galore — including some very gory ones that sacrificed some key characters (or seemed to, anyway). Where the hell can this show possibly go next? » 4/20/15 3:58pm 4/20/15 3:58pm

This Baffling 1936 Murder Was Solved With A Hair And A Piece Of String

On April 10, 1936, the body of aspiring novelist Nancy Titterton was found raped and strangled to death (by her own pajamas) in the bathtub of the New York City apartment she shared with her husband, an executive at NBC. The only clues: a short length of cord and a single horsehair. » 4/17/15 4:20pm 4/17/15 4:20pm

Christina Ricci's Lizzie Borden TV Series Looks Like Campy, Bloody Fun 

After the success of Lizzie Borden Took An Axe, Lifetime opted to turn the Christina Ricci-starring movie into an eight-episode series, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles. It kicks off April 5, and based on new clips posted to its official site, looks to be a campy good time (with fabulous costumes ... those hats!) » 4/03/15 10:20am 4/03/15 10:20am

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 3/26/15 3:42pm

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

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