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Blogs
July 1 2016

Man Arrested for Scanning Genitalia at Checkout

Earlier this month, we reported that a man was arrested for defecating on a checkout scanner....
Excerpts
June 30 2016

A Killing in Amish Country: New Excerpt

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A Killing in Amish Country by Gregg Olsen & Rebecca Morris is the true crime tale of only the...
Blogs
June 28 2016

Serial Killer Calling Cards: Winners Revealed!

Serial killers, for better or for worse, are some of the more infamous characters in history....
Blogs
June 28 2016

How Would You Dispose of a Body?

Anyone can be a killer—but the disposal of a body can be a difficult task. Doing it successfully...
All Fiction
June 25 2016

Candy Store Heroin Operation, Beer Thieves, Drunk Lawnmower Driver, and more: The Bullet List

These are some of the more interesting, weird, and crazy true crime related stories from the...
Blogs
June 24 2016

Van’s Pimp’d Out Stereo Gets Owner Arrested

A man who really enjoys mobile audio was arrested for blasting music from his van that has an...
Blogs
June 22 2016

The Real Serial Killer Behind the Play Arsenic and Old Lace

Many fictional crime stories are based, in part, on real events, and so have a background of...
Blogs
June 18 2016

Naked Waffle House Man, Avocado Crime Wave, Priest Punches Best Man, and more: The Bullet List

These are some of the more interesting, weird, and crazy true crime related stories from the...
Excerpts
June 16 2016

A Good Month for Murder: Audio Excerpt

A Good Month For Murder by Del Quentin Wilber is the inside story of a homicide squad set in Washington,...
Blogs
June 16 2016

Crime Analysis: The Profession and the Process

It’s been said that crime analysis is only slightly younger than crime itself. Long...
Blogs
June 13 2016

Locks and the City: Reviewing A Burglar’s Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh

A Burglar's Guide to the City by Geoff Manaugh encompasses nearly 2,000 years of heists and tunnel...
Blogs
June 11 2016

Monkey Steals Cash, Serial Cemetery Flasher, American Flag Gets Revenge, and more: The Bullet List

These are some of the more interesting, weird, and crazy true crime related stories from the...
Blogs
June 10 2016

Man Arrested for Defecating on Checkout Scanner

A Cincinnati man was arrested for walking into a grocery store, taking off all his clothes, exposed...
Excerpts
June 9 2016

A Good Month For Murder: New Excerpt

A Good Month For Murder by Del Quentin Wilber is the inside story of a homicide squad set in Washington,...
Blogs
June 3 2016

Woman Finds Elderly Woman Frozen Inside Her Recently Purchased Freezer

Sometimes, when you purchase something secondhand, you get something a little extra—something...
Blogs
May 27 2016

Woman Punches Border Agent’s Horse

What is worse than smuggling drugs across the border? Hitting a border patrol’s horse in...
Blogs
May 26 2016

Now Win This!: True Crime Thursday Sweepstakes

Sometimes, real life is scarier and stranger than fiction—find out how by registering to...
Blogs
May 25 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: May 24, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Blogs
May 24 2016

Antiheroes: Top 5 Reasons a Little Bad Feels So Good

Why do we love heroes with a bit of bad in them? Antiheroes are popping up more and more...
Blogs
May 23 2016

Discount: Abandoned Prayers by Gregg Olsen

Abandoned Prayers: An Incredible True Story of Murder, Obsession, and Amish Secrets by Gregg Olsen...
Excerpts
May 22 2016

Jane Doe January: New Excerpt

Jane Doe January by Emily Winslow is a compelling, real-life crime mystery and gripping memoir...
Blogs
May 21 2016

Stormtrooper Arrested, Kindergartner Suspended for Bubble Gun, Kids Rob Bank, and more: The Bullet List

These are some of the more interesting true crime related stories from the past week (05/14/16...
Blogs
May 20 2016

Robbers Holds up Carwash with an Emtpy Bag of Chips

Sometimes you need to rob a joint at the tail end of the munchies. It appears that is what happened...
Blogs
May 19 2016

Q&A with James Renner, Author of True Crime Addict

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Read this exclusive Q&A with James Renner, author of True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself...
Excerpts
May 19 2016

True Crime Addict: New Excerpt

James Renner's True Crime Addict is the story of his spellbinding investigation of the missing...
Excerpts
May 17 2016

Morgue: New Excerpt

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Morgue: A Life in Death by Vincent DiMaio and Ron Franscell delves in the world of forensic science...
Blogs
May 14 2016

Selfie Destruction, Ambulance Thief, Bathroom Bandit, Dead Man is Alive, and more: The Bullet List

These are some of the more interesting true crime related stories from the past week (05/07/16...
Excerpts
May 12 2016

Shrunk: CRIME and Disorders of the Mind: New Excerpt

Shrunk by J. Thomas Dalby, et al. is a true crime collection of stories from forensic psychologists...
Blogs
May 8 2016

5 Murderous Moms

Today is Mother's Day—a day to take time to appreciate all the things that the mother's...
Blogs
May 7 2016

Man Sues God, Loud Sex Terror, Accidental Groin Shot, and more: The Bullet List

These are some of the more interesting true crime related stories from the past week (05/01/16...