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December 19 2014

Number 1 of the Scams of Christmas: Santa Letter Scams

The Santa Letter scam takes the No. 1 spot on this list for several reasons. First, it victimizes...
Blogs
December 18 2014

Number 2 of the Scams of Christmas: Holiday Heartbreakers

As the holidays roll in, some people get lonely. With our emotions out of control, online dating...
Blogs
December 14 2014

Number 6 of the Scams of Christmas: Coal-Deserving Charities

The holidays are the season of giving. Unfortunately, there are those who think charity begins...
Blogs
December 9 2014

Number 11 of the Scams of Christmas: Mystery Shopping

Who wouldn’t like to have a little extra cash for the holidays? If you happen to be one...
Blogs
December 8 2014

Number 12 of the Scams of Christmas: Soggy Security

Criminal Element's counting down 12 scams of Christmas, beginning with an issue that can...
Blogs
December 5 2014

Newspaper Turns Frown Upside Down, Circulation Plummets

  Recently, The City Reporter in Russia promised to publish only good news, and circulation...
Blogs
December 4 2014

Calling Burt Reynolds Mega Fans!

By now the news has made the rounds that Burt Reynolds is auctioning off some of his most notable...
Blogs
November 26 2014

What Happens When Cops Play Locksmith...

An Iowa City woman, Jailin A. Turner, 19, was arrested after police claim she accidentally locked...
Blogs
November 24 2014

Headlining This Year’s Frozen Turkey Drop

It's widely known that newsmen love loathe holidays, and this year, vehicular mayhem set...
Blogs
November 20 2014

Wicked Good Brew: Jailhouse Brewery

Wintertime fills the shelves and supermarkets with one of our favorite things since the repeal...
Blogs
November 19 2014

Naked Teen Breaks into Two Homes in One Night

Here is another interesting story for you this morning. An 18-year-old Maine man faces charges...
Blogs
November 13 2014

House Damaged by Sharknado? Not Quite!

This house, which is now for rent in Headington, a suburb outside of Oxford, can be yours for only...
Blogs
November 10 2014

Coast Guard Responds As Lake Michigan Zombies Surface

Winds above 70 mph ripped through the city [Chicago] on Halloween, causing 21-foot waves in some...
Blogs
November 7 2014

Duper’s Delight: Unrestrained Glee at Getting Away With It

Remember this disturbing grin? Professional liespotter Pamela Meyer calls it “Duper's Delight,”...
Blogs
October 30 2014

Inspirational Halloween Costumes!

If you're like many people and you're scrounging around for a last minute Halloween costume,...
Blogs
October 23 2014

Murderer Suing State Over Porn

A convicted murderer at a prison in Connecticut thinks he should be able to view porn. Inmate...
Blogs
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...