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Only a Boss Can Tell You
Blogs
March 23 2017

Only a Boss Can Tell You

Watch former Philadelphia Mafia Boss Ralph Natale tell the untold truth on Jimmy Hoffa, and then...
Review: <i>The New York Times Book of Crime</i>, Edited by Kevin Flynn
Blogs
March 23 2017

Review: The New York Times Book of Crime, Edited by Kevin Flynn

The New York Times Book of Crime, edited by Kevin Flynn, is a thorough collection of history's...
Pokemon Go Trial, Cop Robbing Drivers, Fake Murder, and more: The Bullet List
Blogs
March 18 2017

Pokemon Go Trial, Cop Robbing Drivers, Fake Murder, and more: The Bullet List

These are some of the more interesting, weird, and crazy true crime related stories from the...
Tight Pants Leads to Major Coke Bust
Blogs
March 17 2017

Tight Pants Leads to Major Coke Bust

This week's Perp Derp enjoys wearing tight pants when he travels. I tend to sway more towards...
How We Compiled <i>The New York Times Book of Crime</i>
Blogs
March 16 2017

How We Compiled The New York Times Book of Crime

I’ve had a good amount of exposure to crime as a journalist, which influenced how I approached...
Research Ride-Along
Blogs
March 16 2017

Research Ride-Along

Research is possibly my favorite part of the writing process. It delays the hard part—the...
<i>Last Don Standing: The Secret Life of Mob Boss Ralph Natale</i>: New Excerpt
Excerpts
March 16 2017

Last Don Standing: The Secret Life of Mob Boss Ralph Natale: New Excerpt

and
Last Don Standing: The Secret Life of Mob Boss Ralph Natale by Larry McShane and Dan Pearson...
Road Rage, Stealing Cheese, Stolen Police Car, and more: The Bullet List
Blogs
March 11 2017

Road Rage, Stealing Cheese, Stolen Police Car, and more: The Bullet List

These are some of the more interesting, weird, and crazy true crime related stories from the...
The Birth of <i>Blue Light Yokohama</i>: A Family Murder Becomes Fiction (Part 3)
Blogs
March 9 2017

The Birth of Blue Light Yokohama: A Family Murder Becomes Fiction (Part 3)

Read Part 3 of Nicolás Obregón's 3-part series, “The Birth of Blue Light...
Shirt Full of Bacon, Underwear Thief, Rectum Smuggler, and more: The Bullet List
Blogs
March 4 2017

Shirt Full of Bacon, Underwear Thief, Rectum Smuggler, and more: The Bullet List

These are some of the more interesting, weird, and crazy true crime related stories from the...
The Birth of <i>Blue Light Yokohama</i>: The Miyazawa Family Murders (Part 2)
Blogs
March 2 2017

The Birth of Blue Light Yokohama: The Miyazawa Family Murders (Part 2)

Read Part 1 of this thrilling 3-part series first over at Thought Matters! The Miyazawa family’s...
5 New Books to Read this Week: February 28, 2017
Blogs
March 1 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: February 28, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Fake Robbery, Crack Cookies, Head-Butting, and more: The Bullet List
Blogs
February 25 2017

Fake Robbery, Crack Cookies, Head-Butting, and more: The Bullet List

These are some of the more interesting, weird, and crazy true crime related stories from the...
Review: <i>Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert</i> by Patricia Cornwell
Blogs
February 24 2017

Review: Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert by Patricia Cornwell

Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert by Patricia Cornwell is a comprehensive and intriguing...
Prostitute Behind Bars After Offering Sex for Tacos
Blogs
February 24 2017

Prostitute Behind Bars After Offering Sex for Tacos

I felt like keeping the taco truck rolling with yet another taco-related tale for you this week. According...
Crimes of the Century: Leopold and Loeb
Blogs
February 23 2017

Crimes of the Century: Leopold and Loeb

Compulsion, a novel written in 1956, details the true story of a murder that gripped the nation...
5 New Books to Read this Week: February 21, 2016
Blogs
February 22 2017

5 New Books to Read this Week: February 21, 2016

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books...
Happy President’s Day to the Most Famous Lawyer/Thriller-Writer In History (It’s Not Who You Think)
Blogs
February 20 2017

Happy President’s Day to the Most Famous Lawyer/Thriller-Writer In History (It’s Not Who You Think)

and
Who’s the most famous lawyer-author of all time? Nope, not John Grisham. Here are some...
Sex in Courthouse, Mailing Meth, Accidental Murder Text, and more: The Bullet List
Blogs
February 18 2017

Sex in Courthouse, Mailing Meth, Accidental Murder Text, and more: The Bullet List

These are some of the more interesting, weird, and crazy true crime related stories from the...
Boyfriend Shot Over Taco
Blogs
February 17 2017

Boyfriend Shot Over Taco

Never mess with a woman’s taco... According to ABC7, one couple’s outing to their...
Forensics: Where Science Meets Faith
Blogs
February 16 2017

Forensics: Where Science Meets Faith

An apt description of forensic evidence: “…This is evidence that does not...
The NewlyDead Game
Blogs
February 14 2017

The NewlyDead Game

[Take the quiz below!]   How'd you do? Let us know in the comments...
Man Poses as FBI, Spitting in Cops’ Food, and more: The Bullet List
Blogs
February 11 2017

Man Poses as FBI, Spitting in Cops’ Food, and more: The Bullet List

These are some of the more interesting, weird, and crazy true crime related stories from the...
Burglar Gets Jammed in Chimney
Blogs
February 10 2017

Burglar Gets Jammed in Chimney

Christmas might be over, but that is not stopping a burglar from using a chimney to enter homes....
Gray Market: <i> Crime and the Art Market</i> by Riah Pryor
Blogs
February 9 2017

Gray Market: Crime and the Art Market by Riah Pryor

Crime and the Art Market by Riah Pryor brings together the author’s direct experience...
Woman Tries to Eat Date’s Heart, Impersonating a Deputy, Cocaine in Nose of Jet, and more: The Bullet List
Blogs
February 4 2017

Woman Tries to Eat Date’s Heart, Impersonating a Deputy, Cocaine in Nose of Jet, and more: The Bullet List

These are some of the more interesting, weird, and crazy true crime related stories from the...
Drunk Man Arrested After 911 Butt-Dial
Blogs
February 3 2017

Drunk Man Arrested After 911 Butt-Dial

It's stories like these that always make me shake my head with joyful disappointment. According...
Review: <i>The Spider and the Fly</i> by Claudia Rowe
Blogs
February 2 2017

Review: The Spider and the Fly by Claudia Rowe

The Spider and the Fly by Claudia Rowe is a spellbinding combination of memoir and psychological suspense...
Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in February 2017
Blogs
January 30 2017

Crime/Mystery/Thrillers Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix in February 2017

February is the month for love, which means Netflix went heavy on the romantic comedies and feel-good...
Robber Prefers Jail, Naked Cyclist, Stabbed Over French Fries, and more: The Bullet List
Blogs
January 28 2017

Robber Prefers Jail, Naked Cyclist, Stabbed Over French Fries, and more: The Bullet List

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