Beyond Manson: A Celebration Of Another Bugliosi True-Crime Page-Turner

Everybody remembers that famed Manson Family prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, who passed away this week at the age of 80, wrote Helter Skelter. But Bugliosi was a prolific author whose other volumes are well worth picking up — especially true-crime murder mystery And the Sea Will Tell. » 6/12/15 4:20pm 6/12/15 4:20pm

Recalling Another Famous Prison Break As The Search Continues For NY Duo

Behold “the Texas Seven,” violent convicts who escaped from Texas’ maximum-security John B. Connally Unit Prison on Dec. 13, 2000. You thought “Have a nice day” (with racist drawing) was an odd note to leave behind? The Texas Seven’s missive was far more ominous: “You haven’t heard the last of us yet.” » 6/11/15 8:00pm 6/11/15 8:00pm

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 1:30pm 6/11/15 1:30pm

A Charming Vintage Figurine Set That Memorializes A Famous Murder

The 1827 killing of Maria Marten came to be known as “the Red Barn Murder,” a crime so sensational that it spawned its own genre of art. And Red Barn Murder commemorations are still highly sought-after. Exhibit A: this charming ceramic rendering, which sold for nearly $20,000 in 2010.
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Pakistani Supermodel Faces Scandalous Money-Laundering Charges

Pakistani fashion model Ayyan Ali (professionally, she goes by her first name only) was once dubbed Calvin Klein’s “Beauty of the Year,” but is now enduring a different kind of media attention since attempting to leave Islamabad with $500,000, well over the legal limit allowed passengers on flights. » 6/01/15 6:00pm 6/01/15 6:00pm

A Brief History Of Court TV, Where Many A True-Crime Obsession Was Born

If you have cable, you probably have TruTV, which specializes in comedy gags (Impractical Jokers) and clip shows (Top 20 Most Shocking). But truTV is a relatively new channel, having risen from the ashes of a network dedicated to picking over every detail of the highest-profile trials of the 1990s: Court TV. » 6/01/15 2:02pm 6/01/15 2:02pm

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 5/25/15 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