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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...
Excerpts
May 5 2016

The Lost Girls: New Excerpt

This week's edition of True Crime Thursday is the first two chapters of The Lost Girls by John...
Blogs
May 2 2016

Hand-Drawn Jack the Ripper Poster

“The sensational brutal murders of five prostitutes in London's East End in the autumn of...
Blogs
April 30 2016

Entire Police Department Resigns, Zodiac Killer is Back, Gator Selfies, and more: The Bullet List

These are some of the more interesting true crime related stories from the past week (04/23/16...
Blogs
April 25 2016

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

April showers bring May flowers, which sadly rings true in the world of streaming media, as Netflix...
Blogs
April 23 2016

Bacon Thief From the Future, High-Speed Food Fight, Bulldozers Battle, and More: The Bullet List

These are some of the more interesting true crime related stories from the past week (04/16/16...
Blogs
April 22 2016

Robber Leaves Perfect Footprint Trail for Police

Police in England received a call about a break-in at a second hand shop in the town of Easington...
Excerpts
April 21 2016

True Crime Addict: Audio Excerpt

Investigative journalist James Renner has been investigating Maura Murray’s disappearance...
Blogs
April 19 2016

Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime by Val McDermid

Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime by Val McDermid is a sprawling...
Blogs
April 15 2016

Bank Robbers Fool Security with Aluminum Foil Armor

We go international for this one… In Brazil a couple of bank robbers adorned themselves from...
Excerpts
April 15 2016

Snatched: New Excerpt

Snatched by Bruce Porter—author of the NYT bestseller Blow—is the true story of a woman...
Excerpts
April 12 2016

Left of Boom: New Excerpt

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Left of Boom by Douglas Laux and Ralph Pezzullo recounts Laux's story, who, after the attacks...
Blogs
April 9 2016

Defecation on Lawn Stabbing, Motel Owner Peeping on Sex, Chase Ends with Selfies, and more: The Bullet List

These are some of the more interesting true crime related stories from the past week (04/02/16...
Blogs
April 5 2016

Q&A with Doug Laux, Former CIA Case Officer and Author of Left of Boom

Read this exclusive Q&A with Doug Laux, author of Left of Boom, and then make sure you're...
Blogs
April 2 2016

1,400 Bags of Heroin Hidden Inside Rectum, First-Grader Poison Plot, 13 Dead Chickens, and more: The Bullet List

These are some of the more interesting true crime related stories from the past week (03/26/16...
Blogs
March 28 2016

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

  “Remember, remember the fifth of November of gunpowder treason and plot. I know...
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March 26 2016

Easter Bunny Fight, Waldo Arrested, Sextortion, and More: The Bullet List

These are some of the more interesting crime related stories from the past week (03/19/16 - 03/26/16): Mall...
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March 23 2016

American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson 1.08: “A Jury in Jail” Episode Review

This week, like a few weeks back, we get a re-run of Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World on FX...