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Blogs
September 29 2016

Amanda Knox: Netflix’s New True Crime Documentary

The popularity of true crime stories continues to rise, and it looks like Netflix might have...
Blogs
September 24 2016

Butt Smuggling Gold, Snake Stuffer, Sex Refusal Stabbing, and more: The Bullet List

These are some of the more interesting, weird, and crazy true crime related stories from the...
Blogs
September 23 2016

Burglar Steals Fake Money from Toy Cash Register

A man was caught on security camera cleaning out a cash register of all its money at a YMCA....
Blogs
September 22 2016

5 Lesser-Known Unsolved Murders

Unsolved murders can be frustrating—not only to those directly involved, but to the world...
Blogs
September 16 2016

“Brandy Crusta” Cocktail for Bouchercon 2016!

Bouchercon 2016 is this weekend, held in the New Orleans, Louisiana—a city with a rich...
Blogs
September 16 2016

Things to Do in Carcosa When You’re Dead

If you’re going to Bouchercon in New Orleans, I’m afraid you won’t have any...
Blogs
September 16 2016

Woman Calls in Bomb Threat to Thwart Drug Test

A Florida woman is facing a felony charge after calling in a bomb threat earlier this week. Genuine...
Excerpts
September 15 2016

Indefensible: New Excerpt

Indefensible: The Missing Truth about Steven Avery, Teresa Halbach, and Making a Murderer by Michael...
Blogs
September 14 2016

5 New Books to Read this Week: September 13, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Excerpts
September 12 2016

Exile on Front Street: New Excerpt

Exile on Front Street by George Christie is the true crime memoir of an outlaw biker and former member...
Blogs
September 8 2016

Review: Police State: How America’s Cops Get Away with Murder by Gerry Spence

Police State: How America's Cops Get Away with Murder by Gerry Spence reveals the unnerving...
Blogs
September 3 2016

Bad Apple Culprit, Tree Sap Hate, Olympic Medal in Trash, and more: The Bullet List

These are some of the more interesting, weird, and crazy true crime related stories from the...
Blogs
September 2 2016

Man Breaks Into Barn to Have Sex with Horse

If you are 21 years old and facing the end of the summer, you might find yourself going to the...
Blogs
August 27 2016

Batman the Beer Thief, Man Bites Off Finger, Realtor Sex, and more: The Bullet List

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