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Blogs
August 26 2016

Nun Robbed at Knifepoint

We have, yet again, hit a low within the perpderpiverse this week. You might want to shield your...
Blogs
August 23 2016

What Is Your Favorite True Crime Series?

Reading about a fictional murder in a mystery novel doesn't resonate the same way that exploring...
Blogs
August 20 2016

Sausage Strife, Creepy Letters Lawsuit, Arrest Over Stale Doughnuts, and more: The Bullet List

These are some of the more interesting, weird, and crazy true crime related stories from the...
Blogs
August 18 2016

Review: Without a Doubt by Marcia Clark (w/ Teresa Carpenter)

Without a Doubt by Marcia Clark (w/ Teresa Carpenter) is the true crime memoir from the head prosecutor...
Excerpts
August 15 2016

Pablo Escobar: My Father: New Excerpt

The popular series Narcos captures only half the truth. Here, at last, is the full story in Pablo...
Excerpts
August 14 2016

If You Only Knew: New Excerpt

If You Only Knew by M. William Phelps is a true crime book that follows Vonlee “Nicole”...
Blogs
August 13 2016

Stolen Snuggle Mobile, Plane Chaser, Cops Kill Groundhog, and more: The Bullet List

These are some of the more interesting, weird, and crazy true crime related stories from the...
Blogs
August 12 2016

Man Sets Himself on Fire While Attempting to Commit Arson

A perp derp was caught on surveillance video doing the Harlem Shake after igniting himself while...
Excerpts
August 11 2016

Adnan’s Story: New Excerpt

Adnan's Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial by Rabia Chaudry sheds...
Blogs
August 5 2016

Pokèmon Playing Parents Leave Toddler Home Alone

Not many Perp Derps make me angry when I write this column. I normally either shake my head or...
Excerpts
August 4 2016

The Wicked Boy: New Excerpt

The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer by Kate Summerscale is a deeply researched...
Blogs
August 4 2016

Exclusive Offer: Preorder Adnan’s Story by Rabia Chaudry for a Never-Before-Published Letter from Adnan Syed Himself!

Adnan's Story: The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial by Rabia Chaudry sheds new light...
Blogs
August 1 2016

Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in August 2016

What do Vin Diesel, an Oscar for “Best Film,” and the first “choose your own...
Blogs
July 30 2016

Greatest Crime Alias, Toy Assaults Woman, Coke Found on Plane, and more: The Bullet List

These are some of the more interesting, weird, and crazy true crime related stories from the...
Blogs
July 29 2016

Man Fakes Kidnapping to Extort Money from His Mother

A man with a bag over his head and his hands tied behind his back fell out of a moving car and...
Excerpts
July 28 2016

Can You Name the Serial Killer from Their Childhood Photo?

Even the cruelest of monsters was once a smiling child. Can you detect the pure evil behing these...
Excerpts
July 26 2016

What Murder Weapon Are You?

If you're a fan of Criminal Element, then it stands to reason that you know a thing or two about...
Blogs
July 23 2016

Tractor Smash, Pokemon Go Lures Fugitives, Drunken Passenger, and more: The Bullet List

These are some of the more interesting, weird, and crazy true crime related stories from the...
Excerpts
July 21 2016

Trials of the Century: New Excerpt

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Trials of the Century: A Decade-by-Decade Look at Ten of America's Most Sensational Crimes by...
Blogs
July 16 2016

1 in a Billion Shot, Knitting Punishment, 8 Year-old Girl Kung Fu, and more: The Bullet List

These are some of the more interesting, weird, and crazy true crime related stories from the...
Blogs
July 14 2016

Pokémon GO Leads to a Shocking Discovery

Gotta catch ‘em all. Unfortunately for some, with the new augmented reality game, Pokémon...
Excerpts
July 12 2016

The Jolly Roger Social Club: New Excerpt

The Jolly Roger Social Club by Nick Foster is the true story of a series of bold killings which took...
Blogs
July 9 2016

Loud Sex, Pizza Roll Battle, Mannequin Loving, and more: The Bullet List

These are some of the more interesting, weird, and crazy true crime related stories from the...
Blogs
July 7 2016

Elementary, Rembrandt: Reviewing The Scientist and the Forger by Dr. Jehane Ragai

The Scientist and the Forger by Dr. Jehane Ragai outlines the advanced forensic techniques being developed...
Blogs
July 6 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: July 5, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Blogs
July 2 2016

Kinky Sex Game Mishap, Batman and Robin Save Surfer, Murder Trial Parrot, and more: The Bullet List

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