In 1780, America's First Mass Murder Was A Crime Of "Uncommon Horror"

He served under George Washington during the Revolutionary War. But Barnett Davenport made his mark on early America in far less heroic way: he’s remembered as the first known mass killer, a crime dubbed “the most horrid murders ever perpetrated in this country, or perhaps any other.” » 5/25/15 6:00pm Monday 6:00pm

ID Network's First Scripted Drama Evokes Soap Operas And Ted Bundy

Investigation Discovery, or ID, is mostly known for its reenactment-heavy true-crime shows (including guilty-pleasure fodder like Wives With Knives, Momsters, and Frenemies: Loyalty Turned Lethal). The network’s first scripted series arrives in June with a suitably lurid title: Serial Thriller: Angel of Decay. » 5/22/15 3:40pm 5/22/15 3:40pm

Sweden's Most Bizarre Unsolved Murder Was (Maybe) Committed By A Vampire

Precious little information exists about what’s known as the Atlas Vampire Murder, so named for the neighborhood in Stockholm where it took place in 1932 ... and for the gruesome crime-scene details left behind by an unknown assailant. Quite obviously, the latter is why this long-cold case is still so tantalizing. » 5/21/15 8:00pm 5/21/15 8:00pm

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

Restaurant Installs "Intruder Spray" To Tag Burglars With Synthetic DNA

A Subway franchise in Knoxville, Tenn. is the first US business to arm itself with “intruder spray,” which tags would-be robbers with a product called SelectaDNA. According to the manufacturer, the solution contains “a unique DNA code which can be used to uniquely mark and trace both items of property and criminals.” » 5/11/15 7:40pm 5/11/15 7:40pm

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

"Bad Boy" Bollywood Megastar Gets Five Years For Fatal 2002 Hit-And-Run

It’s been nearly 13 years since hugely popular Bollywood star Salman Khan’s SUV plowed over a group of men who were sleeping on a Mumbai sidewalk, injuring four and killing one: 38-year-old Noor Ullah Khan. The case has been slogging its way through India’s legal system ever since. » 5/07/15 4:40pm 5/07/15 4:40pm

Edgar Award-Winning Crime Book Takes On An Unsolved Hollywood Mystery

Fans of true crime books know the Edgar Awards offer great inspiration for one’s reading list, and this year’s crop of “Best Fact Crime” nominees was particularly robust. The winner, announced yesterday, takes on the still-unsolved 1922 murder of director William Desmond Taylor. » 4/30/15 8:00pm 4/30/15 8:00pm

View A Trailer For A Doc On The Real-Life Heavenly Creatures Murderers

Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures dramatized one of New Zealand’s most shocking murders, in which a pair of teen girls brutally killed one of their mothers. Director Alexander Roman’s documentary, Reflections of the Past, uses interviews, vintage images, and reenactments to further explore the story. » 4/30/15 6:00pm 4/30/15 6:00pm

If You Killed For Manson, Chances Are You'll Never Get Paroled

Bruce Davis, seen here in 2014, was convicted in 1969 for his role in two murders connected to the Manson Family. He’s been in prison for nearly 50 years. Last year, he was recommended for — and then denied — parole for the third time. Last week, a Los Angeles judge upheld the most recent decision. » 4/30/15 2:20pm 4/30/15 2:20pm

Johnny Depp Makes For A Terrifying Dinner Guest In Black Mass Trailer  

Johnny Depp has played Dillinger and Donnie Brasco, and this fall he’ll take on another famous gangster, Whitey Bulger. The trailer for Black Mass suggests the action will take place during Bulger’s 1970s heyday, but his tale has a contemporary hook: he was captured just four years ago after 16 on the lam. » 4/27/15 8:00pm 4/27/15 8:00pm

Nance Tries To Turn Avenger, But Nobody Can Outwit Lizzie On Chronicles

A lot of people kick the bucket on this week’s Lizzie Borden Chronicles episode, “Welcome to Maplecroft,” and shockingly — shockingly! — not all of them are done in by the divine Miss B. Our pint-sized psychopath does get the most creative kill, however, in yet another ep that mixes gore with arch, arch dialogue. » 4/27/15 3:09pm 4/27/15 3:09pm

Would-Be Burglar Learns The Hard Way That Crime And Tater Tots Don't Mix

Being a successful burglar requires stealth and finesse, and also the ability to resist the temptation to snack and nap while on the job. A prowling thief broke all of these rules yesterday in Petaluma, Calif., and is now chilling behind bars, presumably wondering if it was worth it to inhale all those tater tots. » 4/24/15 8:00pm 4/24/15 8:00pm