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October 21 2014

99 Percent of You Might Be Jack the Ripper, Or His Victim

There has been a wave of examination of the latest Ripper case solution by crime enthusiasts and now...
Blogs
October 15 2014

God and the Gangster: How Billy Graham Tried to Save Mickey Cohen

Publicity makes for strange bedfellows. So does crime. So does religion, for that matter. Add...
Blogs
October 15 2014

Naked Couple Helps Police Bust Meth Dealer

An alleged meth dealer was arrested after police responded to reports of a couple of naked people...
Blogs
October 14 2014

Cremains of the Day: .....In....Spaaaaace!

If not space, the stratosphere at least. A company founded by people with a “background in aerospace...
Blogs
October 12 2014

Fresh Meat: Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld by Jake Halpern

Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld by Jake Halpern is a true account...
Excerpts
October 4 2014

One Tragic Night: New Excerpt

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One Tragic Night by Mandy Wiener and Barry Bateman is the detailed account of the famous murder trial...
Blogs
October 3 2014

Uh-Oh, Spaghettio: Woman Serves Jail Time...For Spaghettios

Most of the time at Criminal Element we discuss the criminally...inept. This time, however, we're...
Blogs
October 2 2014

Human Flesh Hamburger Coming Soon?

Is there a human flesh hamburger coming to a restaurant near you? A burger that only the likes of...
Blogs
October 1 2014

Hello, October: Crime Writers in the Cemetery

If you know me—or if you’ve read one of my books—you know I have a thing for...
Blogs
September 29 2014

K.I.T.T. Has Not Become the Knight Industries Tween TruLuv

Please, stop breathing exhaust fumes, it's going to be okay. Justin Bieber isn't really...
Blogs
September 26 2014

David Suchet Investigates Agatha Christie

If Hercule Poirot isn’t available, who better than David Suchet to investigate the colorful...
Blogs
September 25 2014

Being John Malkovich Being Other Celebrities: An Homage

Homages to popular iconic images aren't new, but they feel pretty new when the one posing is John...
Blogs
September 22 2014

Boston Delivers Twice the Poe

Baltimore, Philadelphia, Richmond, and New York, all lay claim to Edgar Allan Poe, but Boston...
Blogs
September 17 2014

Thief Robs Autistic Man’s Birthday Money

Surveillance video from a Connecticut shopping mall captured a truly disgraceful act — someone...
Blogs
September 9 2014

Now Win This!: Can’t Beat the Classics Sweepstakes

The classics are the classics! This bundle of seven criminal works, including an audiobook and...
Blogs
August 21 2014

What Am I Bid for Johnny Depp as Charlie Mortdecai?

Much has been written, and will be written about Johnny Depp starring as Whitey Bulger in the upcoming...
Blogs
August 20 2014

Trespassing Woman Kicked in Face by Zoo’s Giraffe

One zoo visitor made it a mission to see her favorite animal up close, however, the giraffe did...
Blogs
August 15 2014

Not Dead Yet: Melbourne Edition

A Melbourne hospital recently mass-mailed 200 death certificates for live, recently discharged...
Blogs
August 13 2014

Naked Leaf Blowing Man Arrested

Massachusetts police arrested a homeowner for “open and gross lewdness” after he...
Blogs
August 11 2014

Almost 80 Years of Infamy: We Blame You, Oklahoma City!

On a hot August day in 1935, Reverend Charles H. North of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma's Third...
Blogs
August 6 2014

Teens Break-in to House to Bake Marijuana Brownies

The State Police in Pennsylvania say they arrested two teenage boys after the duo allegedly broke...
Blogs
August 1 2014

Nature’s Trimmest Figures Depend On Raw Food Juicing

Pouncing and ambushing only use so many calories when you're devouring food up to 3 times your...
Blogs
July 30 2014

Man Robs Restaurant and Returns for Lunch the Same Day

Here at Criminal Element we are not normally in the business of giving advice to the bad guys, but...
Blogs
July 28 2014

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,...
Blogs
July 24 2014

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,...
Excerpts
July 23 2014

Boston Mob: The Rise and Fall of the New England Mob and its Most Notorious Killer: A New Excerpt

Boston Mob: The Rise and Fall of the New England Mob and its Notorious Killer by Marc Songini is a...
Blogs
July 21 2014

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...
Blogs
July 16 2014

Man Faces Charges for Carving Watermelon

A man from Connecticut faces criminal charges after a woman told authorities he 'stabbed'...
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July 14 2014

Death Becomes Her, Or is it That Fabulous Veil?

“Death Becomes Her,” the fall exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna...
Blogs
July 11 2014

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...