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Apr 23 2014 8:45am

Game of Pawns: No, it's not the cutthroat tale of four families desperately trying to take over a throne pawnshop, it's the story of Glenn Duffie Shriver, an American student who was tricked/paid/recruited by the Chinese government to be a spy. And more importantly it's a 28-minute short film the FBI has put together to warn foreign students abroad not to become a pawn in foreign government...and accidentally become a spy.

While the Federal Bureau of Investigations isn't about to become the Federal Bureau of Cinematography, this documentary is no worse than anything to be found on truTV. What are your thoughts?

Apr 22 2014 12:00pm

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Apr 22 2014 8:45am

From The Telegraph:

“I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger [Moore] and Sean [Connery],” he says, “It was a very hard one to grasp the meaning of, for me. The violence was never real, the brute force of the man was never palpable. It was quite tame, and the characterisation didn’t have a follow-through of reality, it was surface. But then that might have had to do with my own insecurities in playing him as well.” Has he ever re-watched the movies? He mock-shudders. “I have no desire to watch myself as James Bond. ‘Cause it’s just never good enough.” He laughs mirthlessly. “It’s a horrible feeling.”

Maybe it's because we've recently gained such appreciation for Pierce Brosnan's unsung western films, but we think he's being pretty tough on himself. Still, it's a great article, which includes his considerations on Steele as well as Bond, on ageism in America and the “marketplace of youth,” and lots of other interesting tidbits from an actor who's earned his pedigree among crime fans.

Apr 21 2014 8:45am

Prisoners at The Northeast Ohio Correctional Center (NEOCC) might be in the big house for the foreseeable future, but they are doing their part to help dogs in need by building dog houses.

Part of PETA's Animals for Angels initiative, the NEOCC has utilized the program to the tune of over 70 doghouses since its implementation. The program also has the added bonus of teaching carpentry skills to inmates.

In 2013, PETA provided over 350 doghouses to otherwise elementally-exposed dogs, and with the NEOCC's involvement, those numbers are destined to increase.

Here at CrimeHQ, criminals are often (rightfully) made fun of, but it's nice to highlight a positive story too.

If you're gonna do the crime, utilize your prison time. 

HT: Thanks to The Dodo for the story.

Apr 18 2014 8:45am

Dame Angela Lansbury/ Photo: PA

Angela Lansbury, forever the face of the nosiest author in Cabot Cove, was just awarded the DBE by Her Majesty at Windsor Castle. A British subject at birth, born a year earlier than the current monarch, Lansbury was recognized for services to drama, charity, and philanthropy. Read more about the ceremony, her family's background in politics, and her current stage productions at the Daily Mail.

Congratulations, Dame Angela!

Apr 14 2014 8:45am

If you’ve been watching Turn, AMC’s new Revolutionary War spy drama, you might be wondering where the creators found such authentic filming locations.

Although the series, which is based on the book Washington’s Spies by Alexander Rose, is set on Long Island in New York, the filming was done in central Virginia. Locations include Tuckahoe Plantation in Richmond, the boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson, which serves as the home of Richard Woodhull in the series. In Charles City, Westover Plantation is the exterior of Anna’s home. The 400-year-old Shirley Plantation, also in Charles City, was used for several scenes, as were the Farmer’s Market and historic city streets of Petersburg.

Fans who are hooked on the intrigues of Abraham Woodhull (Jamie Bell), Benjamin Tallmadge (Seth Numrich) and Caleb Brewster (Daniel Henshall)—not to mention the potential for a showdown between Anna Strong (Heather Lind) and Mary Woodhull (Meegan Warner)—might want to take a look at some of these places for themselves. For them, and everyone else hitting the road this summer, the state of Virginia has devised the “Turn Trail,” a map of destinations that were used in or are related to the series. Expect plenty of twists and turns, but you’re probably safe from the Redcoats.

Apr 11 2014 8:45am

Everyone has seen a movie where a stunt actor on screen is suddenly engulfed in flames and runs around flailing and eventually dying. As green screens continue to replace sets and props, it would be easy to assume that the fire is just another computer-generated gimmick. But thanks to Play'n With Fire HydraGel, a product produced by Action Factory, you can be sure that the actor on screen is actually on fire. The gel is a transparent and is designed to resist heat altogether, allowing stunt actors to have no fear. Actually, not having fear is pretty much a pre-requisite for being a stunt actor.


Apr 8 2014 1:00pm

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Notorious by Allison Brennan

Maxine Revere has dedicated her life to investigating murders that the police have long since given up any hope of solving. A nationally renowned investigative reporter with her own TV show and a tough-as-nails reputation, Max tackles cold cases from across the country and every walk of life. But the one unsolved murder that still haunts her is a case from her own past.

When Max was a high school senior, one of her best friends was strangled and another, Kevin O’Neal, accused of the crime. To the disgrace of her wealthy family, Max stood by her friend, until she found out he lied about his alibi. Though his guilt was never proven, their relationship crumbled from the strain of too many secrets. Now Max is home for Kevin’s funeral—after years of drug abuse, he committed suicide. She’s finally prepared to come to terms with the loss of his friendship, but she’s not prepared for Kevin’s sister to stubbornly insist that he didn’t kill himself. Or for an elderly couple to accost her at the airport, begging her to look into another murder at Max’s old high school. As Max uncovers dark secrets, she finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies that hits far too close to home.

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Apr 8 2014 8:45am

You may think you're brave, but no one will be as brave as the man who tested out a new bulletproof vest in 1923. This picture was compiled along with 39 others of “Weird Historical Photos that Actually Happened.” Among the collection is Elvis Presley in his Army days, a baby in gas-resistant carriage, and a family watching a mushroom cloud expand like it's a sporting event.

These pictures really make you realize that the truth is stranger than fiction.

Apr 4 2014 8:45am

Carved by hand and painted into fantastic shapes like leopards, jet planes, cell phones, chickens, shoes, even cars and cigarettes, these artistic funerary creations began somewhat by accident at the Ghanian workshop of artisan Kane Quaye. Since then, they've not only caught on in the community, which may pool its funds to get one of these luxuries made, but have traveled to art museums worldwide. They are a bit like ice scupltures, in that they really are labor-intensive beauties designed to be unveiled during the memorial service and then buried forever. Read and see more from an exhibit held at the National Museum of Funeral History (yes, such an amazing place exists!).

They're all incredible, but since we can't decide between the lobster and the Benz, we're wondering if maybe the artists can make us something like this monster...

Image via StrangeRacer

Apr 2 2014 4:00pm

The 2014 Derringer Award winners have been announced by the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and congratulations to all of them! (Winning Title is in bold.)




For Best Flash (Up to 1,000 words):

“Luck is What You Make” by Stephen D. Rogers

“Final Statement” by Robert Bailey

“Not My Day” by Stephen Buehler

“The Needle and the Spoon” by Allan Leverone

“Terry Tenderloin and the Pig Thief” by John Weagly


For Best Short Story (1,001–4,000 words):

“The Present” by Robert Lopresti

“Pretty Little Things” by Chris F. Holm 

“The Sweetheart Scamster” by Rosemary McCracken

“The Little Outlaw” by Mike Miner

“The Cemetery Man” by Bill Pronzini


For Best Long Story (4,001–8,000 words):

“GIVE ME A DOLLAR” by Ray Daniel

“Myrna!” by John Bubar 

“Bloody Signorina” by Joseph D'Agnese 

“Dance Man” by Andrew Jetarski

“A Dangerous Life” by Adam Purple


For Best Novelette (8,001–20,000 words):

“The Goddaughter's Revenge” by Melodie Campbell

“The Serpent Beneath the Flower” by Jack Bates

“For Love's Sake” by O'Neil De Noux

“The Antiquary's Wife” by William Burton McCormick

“Last Night in Cannes” by James L. Ross



Ed Gorman

Apr 2 2014 8:45am

Are you a fan of Michael Connelly's Hieronymous “Harry” Bosch? Well get ready for more! After testing the waters earlier this year with a pilot episode, Amazon Prime has ordered 10 more episodes of the series, which follows the LAPD homicide detective as he solves one murder, while facing charges of his own.

Did you watch the pilot? What are your thoughts? Watch the clip above—you might just see a familiar Walking Dead alum!

Apr 1 2014 8:45am

It's been almost exactly 18 years since Fargo premiered on April 5, 1996 and took audiences to the cold and quirky town of Fargo, North Dakota. An instant-classic courtesy of the permanently-poignant Joel and Ethan Coen, fans of film can journey back to the frozen town starting April 15 when FX premieres their adapted series Fargo for 10 episodes.

Starring Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks and Bob Odenkirk, the series looks to have a big-movie production feel to it. The show's story starts when Thornton's character drifts into Fargo, dragging chaos and violence in with him.

If you're wondering if CrimeHQ is excited about this new show, all we have to say to that is you're darned tootin'.

Mar 31 2014 9:00am

One math teacher was recently forced to threaten drastic measures to silence rowdy students:

Lucky for the teacher, those students must be illiterate. Otherwise, they'd be spoiler-proofed! *shoots defiant spit ball in snarky solidarity with kids who READ THE BOOKS, too*

Hat tip: FailBlog

Mar 28 2014 8:45am

An 1870 painting of the scene by Jean-Paul LaurencIn 897, Pope Formosus—seven months dead and not pristine, therefore—was dug up by his successor and put into a chair, given an advocate in the form of a trembling teenage deacon, and placed on trial for crimes against the papacy. His accuser? Why, his recent successor, Pope Stephen VI, who eventually convicted the corpse, having three fingers of the cadaver's blessing hand removed after reportedly raving and yelling at the body, um, the accused, for hours. Hard to believe some thought Stephen was mad.

During the trial, an earthquake hit, which may have struck some bystanders as ominous. Nevertheless, the decommissioned Formosus's body was thrown into the Tiber like a pauper's (but retrieved by a monk, and later reburied). Stephen VI didn't last long in the red shoes either, being carried to prison by a mob and strangled in his cell. And you thought the O.J. case took turns for the weird and grim. Much more at Atlas Obscura, where you can read how lethal an occupation popery was during the 9th and 10th centuries.

Mar 27 2014 8:45am

One texting driver who was shamed on Brian Singer's site, Twit SpottingAd campaigns and stricter laws on texting while driving apparently weren't good enough for one artist. Artist Brian Singer took his activism against people who text while driving one step further when he took out a billboard in San Francisco that were real pictures of drivers taken while they were texting. The campaign started on Singer's site, Twit Spotting, where he shamed drivers as they texted and drove, or participated in other dangerous habits (yeah, we're talking to you, lady who was curling her eyelashes!).

Is this a new type of online vigilantism? What are your thoughts? We thought public shaming was a tactic of the dark ages, but could this work where other tactics haven't?

Mar 25 2014 12:00pm

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Mar 25 2014 8:45am

It's been 14 years since the original X-Men movie hit screens in 2000 and the franchise has yet to take it's foot off the pedal. After much critical praise following 2011's X-Men: First Class, it became clear the origins story wouldn't be the only film to feature Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy.

Look for the First Class mutants to cross paths with the original actors on May 23, 2014 when the X-Men must send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.