An FBI Profiler Explains The Psychology Of Breaking Bad's Walter White

In the latest episode of Vanity Fair's "Psych of a Psycho" YouTube series (previous subjects include Game of Thrones' "hideous and vile" juvenile criminal King Joffrey), host Candice DeLong, a former FBI profiler, breaks down the psychology of Breaking Bad's Walter White. » 3/27/15 4:00pm Friday 4:00pm

Four Notorious Fugitives Who Were Caught — And One Who’s Still At Large

A fugitive can become a folk hero — or a desperate criminal whose acts become more terrifying the higher the stakes become. Sometimes, they can be both at once. Here, we present five different cases of men who managed to elude the law for years, even decades, before finally facing justice ... or not. » 3/27/15 1:40pm Friday 1:40pm

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. » 3/23/15 7:40pm 3/23/15 7:40pm

Errol Morris Is Making A True-Crime Documentary Series For Netflix

With the headline-capturing success of Serial and The Jinx, it's the perfect moment for Errol Morris — whose 1988 doc The Thin Blue Line helped overturn a wrongfully convicted man's life sentence — to re-enter the true crime genre via a six-part documentary series for Netflix. » 3/20/15 6:00pm 3/20/15 6:00pm

Was "The Chocolate Cream Poisoner" Really Insane?

Christiana Edmunds was arrested for murder in 1871, after poisoning boxes of chocolate creams in stores. People are still arguing about whether or not she was insane — and what insanity actually means. » 3/12/15 4:40pm 3/12/15 4:40pm

All The Reasons Why This True-Crime TV Movie Became A Cult Classic

Made-for-TV movie Helter Skelter aired in 1976, two years after the book it's based on was released, and seven years after the Manson Family murders it depicts were committed. Over time, it's become a cult classic among true crime fans, and it holds up amazingly well today. Here's why. » 3/09/15 12:25pm 3/09/15 12:25pm

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

How do you forgive a monster? A must-read for true crime enthusiasts is this in-depth profile of Kerry Rawson, who's spent the past 10 years dealing with the psychological effects of finding out that her dad, Dennis Rader, was the notorious BTK serial killer. » 2/26/15 6:00pm 2/26/15 6:00pm

9 Historical Murder Mysteries Solved More Than A Century Later

While many historical whodunnits were solved not long after the supposed crime was committed, sometimes it's up to modern science and history to determine how and why a person died. Here are cases where murders were revealed or refuted decades or even centuries after the fact. » 2/25/15 10:50am 2/25/15 10:50am

The Red Barn Murder Inspired A Century of Art

Maria Marten died in 1827. Since then, she has inspired countless works of art. Her murder has been celebrated in song and film, commemorated in paintings and ceramics. Here's how the Red Barn Murder became an entire genre of art by itself. » 2/10/15 2:30pm 2/10/15 2:30pm

People Were Murdered in This House. So Why Do We Keep Visiting It?

Remembering The Day Idi Amin Seized Power In Uganda

On this day in 1971, General Idi Amin Dada named himself the third president of Uganda, a week after leading the military coup that toppled the country's second post-colonial leader, Milton Obote. Charismatic to the public, he proved a cruel, greedy tyrant behind closed doors. » 2/02/15 4:40pm 2/02/15 4:40pm

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

Remembering The Legacy Of "Badlands" Killers Starkweather and Fugate

Fifty-seven years ago this week, Americans were gripped by either terror or fascination (depending on where they lived) with Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate — teen lovers on a murderous crime spree that cut across the Midwest. » 1/27/15 6:00pm 1/27/15 6:00pm

Tween Girl Suspected In Heist Of 117-Carat Diamond Necklace

So you thought your reckless youth shoplifting Cover Girl from the mall made you a badass? Think again: a jeans-and-hoodie-clad girl, estimated to be around 12 years old, helped three adults snake a $4.6 million diamond necklace from a Hong Kong jewelry store. » 1/26/15 3:40pm 1/26/15 3:40pm

Guillotined Head Of "Butcher Of Hannover" Cremated After 89 Years

Better late than never? The head of German serial killer Fritz Haarmann — known as "The Butcher of Hannover" and "The Vampire of Hannover" — was cremated after spending 89 years bobbing in formaldehyde. » 1/26/15 1:20pm 1/26/15 1:20pm

"Tomb Raiders" Busted With $58 Million In Precious Antiquities

Somewhere in Hollywood, a screenwriter is licking his or her chops over this one: A European art trafficking ring has been busted with 5,361 antiquities, dating back to the 8th century BC and worth $50 million. » 1/22/15 9:40am 1/22/15 9:40am

A Brief History Of "Satanic Panic" In The 1980s

In the 1980s, allegations of ritual abuse at a preschool in Southern California led to the longest, most expensive trial in U.S. history. The McMartin Preschool case which resulted in zero convictions became emblematic of a much more widespread phenomenon known as Satanic Panic. » 1/20/15 11:00am 1/20/15 11:00am