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CToohey
August 11 2015

Hannibal 3.10: “And the Woman Clothed In Sun”

In Hannibal's 3.10, it's getting late, but Tooth Fairies are night owls, and Francis Dolarhyde (Richard Armitage) takes his pedo-van to Maryland on a pilgrimage to Hannibal's old, plastic-shrouded...
Crime HQ
August 10 2015

It’s Not Counterfeit, It’s “Artisanal” Currency

This paper sports David Bowie's lightning-shocked face, and it's spendable! Well, in its local area it is. According to the NYTimes: As Bitcoin, PayPal and other electronic forms of...
CToohey
July 28 2015

Hannibal 3.08: “The Great Red Dragon” At Last Descends

Stray dogs and more Englishmen! Once Hannibal was captive, I felt safe vacating, so “The Great Red Dragon” is a late write-up. This episode had a dash of everything I love and may mourn...
CToohey
July 3 2015

Hannibal 3.05: “Contorno” Means Accompaniment

Casually, contorno is a “side dish,” but that phrase isn't reverent enough for Hannibal 3.05's ode to accompanying women. I've pointed out other instances in which the women...
CToohey
June 13 2015

Hannibal 3.02: “Primavera” Springs Will Graham

In “Primavera,” we see Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) almost together again and meet Florence's Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi, a long-time pursuer of “The...
Crime HQ
May 12 2015

Cremains of the Day: Sex and Death from the Netherlands

“Sex and death” is a phrase with more resonance when you put Marvin Gaye on the iPod and open the lid of the 21 Grams memory-box. Artist Mark Sturkenboom of the Netherlands has created a...
Crime HQ
April 22 2015

Happy 4th Anniversary to Us!

Flowers and fruit are what's traditional, so for the site's 4th anniversary, we can't imagine anything nicer than rotting watermelon skulls, via artist Dimitri Tsykalov, who we've featured...
CToohey
February 7 2015

Fresh Meat: Drawing Conclusions by Deirdre Verne

Drawing Conclusions by Deirdre Verne is the first Sketch in Crime mystery featuring CeCe Prentice, an eco-conscious freegan and artist suspicious of the death of her twin brother, a prominent genetic...
CToohey
January 16 2015

Affordable and Thoughtful: The 21st Century Robot Forger

Robot forgery's been around for centuries now, really. Autopen machines to recreate signatures have existed since Thomas Jefferson began using one in 1804. This graceful robotic mannequin used to...
Crime HQ
January 15 2015

Nothing Says I Hate You Like...Glitter?

Some villains spend their entire lives planning out the perfect way to seek revenge. Well, if you want to exact some revenge of your own but a) don't want to enter into the business of murder and...
CToohey
January 9 2015

What is it About Legos that Screams Death?

The memento mori continues to be updated for our times. This Lego video pierces us with the painful truth behind our entire existence, not just when stepping on one in bare feet. The School...
Crime HQ
January 6 2015

A Sprawling Tribute to the Pre-Google Days

Here at Criminal Element, we're suckers for some cool looking book-art, and the newest piece by book artist Guy Laramée has our jaws on the floor. Carved from a 24-volume Encyclopedia...
Crime HQ
December 22 2014

Van Gogh’s Suicide? Forensics Expert Favors Murder

A couple of years ago, two Van Gogh biographers asserted that the artist's famous suicide was, most likely, murder. Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith published a book about their findings...
BrianGreene
November 9 2014

Fresh Meat: The Art of Robert E. McGinnis by Robert E. McGinnis and Art Scott

The Art of Robert E. McGinnis by Robert E. McGinnis and Art Scott is a coffee-table book that highlights the illustrious career of one of America's most recognizable artists (available November...
Crime HQ
October 31 2014

Pumpkin Facts: Cinderella, Beer, and Ostriches

Be illuminated (and possibly de-wormed and de-freckled) with these odd pumpkin facts! Previously, we've shared incredibly carved squash, discussed the truth and myths behind Halloween candy poisoning...
HilaryDavidson
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 cemeteries. One of my favorites is Woodlawn, set on 400 acres in the northern reaches of the Bronx....
Crime HQ
September 23 2014

Knitting for Psychos

This is our idea of a holiday bizarre: gruesome violence depicted in cuddly yarn crafting! We're, um, informing you in advance, because handmade gifts are really so meaningful... All projects...
Crime HQ
September 22 2014

Boston Delivers Twice the Poe

Baltimore, Philadelphia, Richmond, and New York, all lay claim to Edgar Allan Poe, but Boston had him first. He was born there in 1809 and he published “The Tell-tale Heart” there in...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
August 21 2014

What Am I Bid for Johnny Depp as Charlie Mortdecai?

Much has been written, and will be written about Johnny Depp starring as Whitey Bulger in the upcoming film Black Mass. Before that, however, there’s this: Johnny Depp as “amoral art dealer”...
Crime HQ
August 4 2014

A New Masterpiece Thanks to An Artist’s Bloody Chainsaw...and a Death Star

We've posted on thrift-store paintings enhanced by monsters, but Canadian artist David Irvine tosses in superheroes, villains, and pop culture icons, among other provocations. Cheaters...
JoeBrosnan
July 18 2014

Pulling Up a Seat from Shakespeare to Sherlock: London’s New Literary Benches

From Shakespeare to Sherlock, Hercule Poirot to James Bond, London has always had a rich literary history. And now you can sit on it! Thanks to The National Literacy Trust, along with its public...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
July 14 2014

Death Becomes Her, Or is it That Fabulous Veil?

“Death Becomes Her,” the fall exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center presents a stitch-by-stitch account of what the well-dressed widow was wearing...
CToohey
April 9 2014

Monuments to the Everyday: Claes Oldenburg as Crime Poet?

Pop artist as crime poet? Well, Claes Oldenburg's work repeatedly makes monuments out of the everyday detritus of living, from apple cores to clothespins. By aggrandizing the humble,...
Crime HQ
April 4 2014

Cremains of the Day: Fantasy Coffins of Ghana

Carved by hand and painted into fantastic shapes like leopards, jet planes, cell phones, chickens, shoes, even cars and cigarettes, these artistic funerary creations began somewhat by accident at the...
Terrie
March 28 2014

Fresh Meat: Bloom and Doom by Beverly Allen

Bloom and Doom by Beverly Allen is the debut of the Bridal Bouquet Shop mystery series, featuring Audrey Bloom, whose shop's floral tools will be tied to a murder (available April 1, 2014). I...
Crime HQ
March 27 2014

Online Vigilantism?: Artist Publicly Shames Texting Drivers

Ad campaigns and stricter laws on texting while driving apparently weren't good enough for one artist. Artist Brian Singer took his activism against people who text while driving one step further...
Crime HQ
March 5 2014

I’m Melting!: A Skeleton Candle to Add to Your Creepy Critter Collection

Candles can be soothing, aromatic, and perfect for adding some warmth to a cold winter's night. But if you prefer a side of “creepy critter” with your candles, these might just be the...
jenny_maloney
March 4 2014

Fresh Meat: Brooklyn Graves by Triss Stein

Brooklyn Graves by Triss Stein is the second traditional mystery featuring historian Erica Donato, who'll research Tiffany glass as well as the murder of a family friend (available March 4th, 2014). Erica...
jpwrites
February 28 2014

The Rap Sheet’s Cover Contest: Judging These Books By Their Covers

When J. Kingston Pierce of     The Rap Sheet   brought back the crime cover contest this year, we were delighted—so here's more from him, including a chance to share...
Crime HQ
February 12 2014

Victims Become Art (and Walls and Ceilings) in Poland’s Historic Chapel of Bones

From the road, it would be easy to overlook this small, unassuming chapel located in one of the oldest towns in southwestern Poland. But the wooden doors hide a spectacular, macabre interior....