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Tourist Trap: Mexico's Super-Creepy Island of the Dolls
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Jul 28 2014 8:45am

Tourist Trap: Mexico’s Super-Creepy Island of the Dolls

The island perches among canals south of Mexico City, and didn't start out moth-eaten, mold-covered, and terrifying... probably.

The story goes that the island’s only inhabitant, Don Julian Santana, found the body of a drowned child in the canal some 50 years ago. He was haunted by her death, so when he saw a doll floating by in the canal soon after, he hung it in a tree to please the girl. He hoped to both appease her tortured soul and protect the island from further evil.

But now, he's passed on—by drowing in the same canal *shudder*—and the hundreds and hundres of well-intentioned tributes hung, tied, and nailed in the trees have become, um, scary enough to attract tourists. Read more about it and see many more photos at WebUrbanist.

Jul 24 2014 8:45am

Call the Grammar Police: Committing Word Crimes with Weird Al

“Weird Al” Yankovic is known for his puns and parody. For his latest album release, Weird Al released a music video a day including the above song—“Word Crimes.” It's based on the controversial song, “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke and might help you get a better grade in grammar class...or remind you that you have to commit murder for those who commit word crimes in your presence. Listen with caution, and prepare to call the grammar police!

Jul 22 2014 12:00pm

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Jul 21 2014 8:45am

From Walker to Inmate: The Walking Dead Extra Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

Rick Grimes and company might have left the prison last season on The Walking Dead, but one of the show's “walkers” won't be leaving anytime soon. Shannon Guess Richardson, 36, was sentenced to 18 years in prison after being found guilty of mailing ricin-tainted letters to President Obama, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Mark Glaze, the former executive director of Bloomberg’s gun-control group.

“I never intended for anybody to be hurt,” Richardson told the court on Wednesday. Her actions would say otherwise. Let this be a warning to everyone: leave the ricin to Walter White. 

Jul 17 2014 8:45am

“Make the World a Safer Place, Isn’t That Enough?”: A Most Wanted Man Trailer

When Philip Seymour Hoffman died in February of this year, he had several films that were either filming or in post-production. One of those films—in addition to the mega film franchise The Hunger Games—was an adaptation of John LeCarré's A Most Wanted Man. Now, film buffs and lovers of the source material will have a chance to critique how the final product turned out.

A Most Wanted Man will be in theaters July 25, 2014, will you be seeing it?

Jul 11 2014 8:45am

North Korea Complains to the U.N. About The Interview

Sometimes a movie sparks controvery, but rarely is that controversy taken to such as international scale. The Interview, which hits theaters October 10, 2014, focuses on two bumbling men—one, a journalist trying to redeem his career, the other, his producer—who land The Interview of The Year: A chance to sit down with Kim Jong Un. However the pair are recruited by the CIA to do, what else, but assassinate the North Korean leader.

Of course, it's not the most complimentary portrayals of a leader to ever be made, especially when an assassination attempt is a major plot point. Kim Jong Un did not take very kindly to the portrayal. In a letter made public this week to the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon from North Korea's U.N. Ambassador Ja Song Nam, Nam says the plot is tantamount to an act of war:

“To allow the production and distribution of such a film on the assassination of an incumbent head of a sovereign state should be regarded as the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as an act of war.

”The United States authorities should take immediate and appropriate actions to ban the production and distribution of the aforementioned film; otherwise, it will be fully responsible for encouraging and sponsoring terrorism."

Seth Rogen, one of the stars along with James Franco, had this to say about the news:

Apparently parody and satire are not popular comedy devices in North Korea. What do you think the outcome of the open letter will be? At the very least, we don't see this movie seeing a debut in North Korea.

Jul 8 2014 8:45am

Touch Not the Guinea Pig

What criminal plot requires an 8-inch long baby hippo? Reading the police blotter can be edifying. You’ll often stumble upon a crime you’d never heard of committed for a reason you can’t imagine. To wit, this item from Arvada, Colorado:

A guinea pig breeder in...Arvada notified policed June 3 that one of her prized animals was missing from a backyard cage. That morning, she heard a car in front of her house slam its door and speed off. She found her guinea pig alive in a plastic bag with its hair shaved off. The woman said she exhibits guinea pigs in pet shows and the people who participate can be “odd,” but she couldn’t think of anyone with a grudge against her.

Who can explain the criminal mind?

Jul 3 2014 8:45am

The Riot Club and Other Teenage Sociopaths

The Riot Club's members are all sociopaths (or sociopaths in the making) and like many clubs, they have one another's backs, even when that means committing murder. However, The Final Girl takes a different look at the sociopathic teen when Abigail Breslin stars as a teen-agent who's charged with stopping a group of killers who target blonde women.

What are some of the most iconic sociopaths you can remember? What do you think of this trend of movies?

Jul 1 2014 1:00pm

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Jul 1 2014 8:45am

Sherlock Will Air 2015 Christmas Special Before Series 4

Sherlock will return for a Christmas special, but eager fans will have to wait until 2015 to check back in with their lovable, banter-spitting duo.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Martin Freeman (Dr. John Watson) predicted that the wildly successful series will be back for a Christmas special in 2015, but that a return for Series 4 is still far away. 

Freeman also discussed the role of his wife and fellow Sherlock actor, Amanda Abbington, saying that she will definitely be returning to the show “for the foreseeable future.”

What do you think the Christmas special will focus on? Do you have a particular Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story in mind you'd like to see portrayed? Can you wait until the end of 2015?

Jun 30 2014 9:30am

30 Nefarious Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July

Among other invaluable services, the inimitable Janet Rudolph curates mysteries themed by holiday, and during vacation is when many of us have more time for crime! Here are a few Independence Day treats:


The Fourth of July Wake by Harold Adams

Murder on Parade by Donald Bain (as Jessica Fletcher)

Hair of the Dog by Laurien Berenson

The Cat Who Went Underground by Lilian Jackson Braun

Dead on the 4th of July by Meg Chittenden

Someone to Watch Over Me by Jill Churchill

Independence Day by Anne-Marie Clark

Twanged by Carol Higgins Clark

Red, White, and Blue Murder by Bill Crider 


Keep in mind, this is only authors A-C, courtesy of Mystery Fanfare, where you can see the whole list, as well as short fiction, true crime, and children's mysteries, too. But if you want to read a month's worth of mystery by the last firework show, you might need to rent extra eyeballs!

Jun 27 2014 8:45am

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Deliver Us from Evil is slated to hit theaters July 2nd, and while it may seem like just another cookie-cutter horror film designed solely for teenagers looking for an excuse to get close, there is more than meets the eye. Adapted from 2001’s Beware the Night written by Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool, Deliver Us from Evil follows a NYPD officer as he investigates a series of demonic and ritualistic crimes. Sarchie was a 16-year NYPD veteran from the south Bronx’s 46th Precinct when he published Beware the Night, and it’s about his real-life experiences on the job.

While Deliver Us from Night might take a more liberal approach to retelling Sarchie’s book, the fact that the film derives from some truth helps it to stand out from the other horror films we’ve grown all too accustomed to recently.

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Jun 26 2014 8:45am

Pizza-Eating, Reptilian Crime Fighters: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer Reveals Villain

They're funny, charismatic...and reptilian...but they're here to save you! After what seems like the longest wait, we finally have the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie trailer. With Michael Bay as the producer, the movie definitely has an edgier feel to it, however it still has all the fun hijinks that made TNMT so fun to watch in the 80s and 90s.

Are you excited for this reboot? Who is your favorite turtle?