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MeghanSchuler
November 21 2014

American Horror Story: Freak Show 4.07: “Test of Strength”

I think this week’s real “test of strength” is how long we can endure what I’m pretty sure is the soggy middle of Freak Show’s story arch. I knew over-praising it...
MeghanSchuler
November 13 2014

American Horror Story: Freak Show 4.06: “Bullseye”

Does anyone else feel like we’re missing something this episode? This week focused on Dandy (Finn Wittrock) and the twins (Sarah Paulson), the ever more despicable Elsa (Jessica Lange) and...
MeghanSchuler
November 6 2014

American Horror Story: Freak Show 4.05: “Pink Cupcakes”

Earlier this week, Ryan Murphy dropped another American Horror Story secret on us: each incarnation of his anthology series is interconnected with the others. This explains Pepper (Naomi Grossman)...
MeghanSchuler
October 31 2014

American Horror Story: Freak Show 4.04: “Edward Mordrake: Part 2”

Freak Show is quickly becoming my favorite incarnation of American Horror Story. This episode was absolutely horrific, heart-wrenching, nightmare-inducing perfection. A day later, I’m reeling....
MeghanSchuler
October 23 2014

American Horror Story: Freak Show 4.03: “Edward Mordrake: Part 1”

American Horror Story has given us some of the best Halloween specials I’ve seen on television. “Murder House” in particular set the bar for the horror anthology and I don’t...
MeghanSchuler
October 17 2014

American Horror Story: Freak Show 4.02: “Massacres and Matinees”

One of the things I love most about Freak Show so far is the inclusion of actual people as the “freaks.”Sure, you have your effects makeup and your digital editing, but it’s refreshing...
MeghanSchuler
October 10 2014

American Horror Story: Freak Show Season Premiere 4.01: “Monsters Among Us”

I’ve been to a couple of circuses and even performed at a freak show once (for charity, and of the non-horrifying variety), but that was an experience. Personally, I think this is the scariest,...
TeddyP
March 20 2014

Woman Torches Car Over a McFlurry

The lack of a delicous ice cream treat made a Florida woman really hot-headed. According to the witnesses at the scene, the woman set a man's car on fire in the parking lot of a Jacksonville McDonald's...
JenniferProffitt
March 12 2014

Only in Florida: Corrupt Town to be Shut Down?

We've seen many crazy things come out of Florida, whether they're of the criminal variety or otherwise. However, one Florida town will take the crazy-cake with the corruption story coming out...
nelizadrew
January 23 2014

Fresh Meat: Tiger Shrimp Tango by Tim Dorsey

Tiger Shrimp Tango by Tim Dorsey is the 17th book in his off-beat, humorous Serge Storms thriller series (available January 28, 2014). Tim Dorsey is back with Tiger Shrimp Tango, another delightfully...
reginathorn
January 8 2014

Justified Season 5 Premiere: “A Murder of Crowes”

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas (give or take a day!), the Justified team gave me a whole murder of Crowes, and I couldn’t be happier about it. As much as I loved Season 4 (and I did!), I have...
cmorgan
June 10 2013

Don’t Taze Me, Roo!

It's unsure what would come of the nation without Florida. It seems as though the whole state has to be able to take a hard look at themselves and laugh. But especially the police force. The boys...
Crime HQ
May 6 2013

You Had Us at “My Girlfriend’s Pimp”

In case you thought that things in Florida might have settled into a state one or two notches below wackadoo, we bring you this little gem from the April 29, 2013, Miami Herald: Hialeah cop:...
Crime HQ
March 20 2013

All Hail Florida Man!

You know all those wackadoo crime stories that seep out of Florida like never-ending spillover from the Okefenokee Swamp? Florida Man in Tiny White Shorts and Belly Shirt Gets DUI After Crashing...
cmorgan
February 15 2013

Florida Life Lessons: Don’t Mouth off to Judges

Back at the beginning of the month a Miami woman learned a very valuable lesson: you can’t mouth off to a judge. Eighteen-year-old Penelope Soto appeared before a judge for the illegal possession...
Crime HQ
December 12 2012

A Florida Woman Scorned

Of the Miami New Times recent list of Florida’s 24 Dumbest Criminals of 2012 we say, “Only 24?” For when it comes to wackadoo crime, Florida is the gift that keeps on giving. (In May,...
Crime HQ
August 27 2012

Ma Barker’s Cottage Not Your Style? How ’Bout Capone’s Mansion?

Recently we let you know that you could, if you wanted, purchase the Florida cottage where Ma Barker and her son Fred met their demise at the hands of the FBI. It’s a charming place, quaint and...
Crime HQ
August 23 2012

Gangster Paradise

Are you a history buff? A gangster aficionado? Both? Well, we’ve got the house for you! This week, Kate “Ma” Barker’s house went on the market. The house in question, located...
nelizadrew
August 14 2012

Burning Down the House (or Not)

It’s been a dilemma for Michael Weston: blow up your home at the end of next year or pack up and get out now? Burn Notice is getting to stay in Miami. They will not, however, be blowing up...
Crime HQ
July 23 2012

Have Some Hoff with your Coff?

Cumberland Farms, a chain of convenience stores with which you may be familiar if you’re from the eastern seaboard, ordered 570 life-sized cutouts of David Hasselhoff for a promotion for their iced...
Crime HQ
June 11 2012

Bad Idea of the Week: Driving (a Stolen Electric Wheelchair) Under the Influence

Every once in a while, something comes across the transom that just makes you go . . . wha? The story of Richard Kulma is one of those things. According to Gizmodo, Kulma was arrested drunkenly driving...
cmorgan
June 6 2012

Zombies Aren’t Real, and Other Obvious Facts

When I first heard about a man so high on amphetamines in Florida that he stripped down and chewed on the face of another man, I thought, “Heh, the zombie apocalypse is starting.” Some friends and...
nelizadrew
June 4 2012

The Glades Season Three Premiere: “Close Encounters”

So you’re just catching on to the fun of The Glades? Here’s a quickie primer: Jim Longworth (played by Matt Passmore) is a former Chicago detective who relocated to fictional Palm Glade,...
JenniferProffitt
May 31 2012

Real-life Hannibal Lecter: Man Shot While Eating Face of Another

Hannibal Lecter is one of those characters that has stuck with me since the moment he said “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti,” but one homeless man in Florida took “Hannibal...
Crime HQ
April 8 2012

Hoppy Easter, says Officer Bunny. It’s a Crackdown!

According to WPTV, West Palm Beach cops are using an officer on the street in a bunny costume to encourage automotive seat belt use. They’ve activated “Operation Hippity Hop,” because, well, eating...
Crime HQ
March 16 2012

Caught Stealing! He’s Out!

Ever been tempted by items belonging to the guy who’s stuck in the security line behind you, being sent back through the metal detector a half-dozen times as various things set it off? You know how...
LauraKCurtis
February 10 2012

Sometimes It’s Kenny Chesney, Sometimes It’s Judge Judy

The other day we brought you the story of a man who shot his son for singing Kenny Chesney.  Today we add Judge Judy to the list of riot inciters. According to The Smoking Gun, A Florida...
Crime HQ
February 1 2012

PSA: Spellcheck Twice, Tattoo Once

We’ve explained the importance of copyediting in the past, but it’s a new year and we thought we’d start it off right with a quick reminder.  If a picture’s worth a thousand words, I sure...
Crime HQ
January 6 2012

When Doing Your Job Poorly Is Criminal

The headline in the Miami Herald reads “Hialeah Convicted Killer Gets New Trial Because of Stenographer Error.” Which is bad, no doubt, because the guy got convicted, the family of the victim got...
LauraKCurtis
August 11 2011

Mug Shots: Getting Ugly in Florida

For many years, The Smoking Gun has been publishing booking photos of celebrities. It’s all public record, but it does seem a bit like kicking someone when they’re down.  How sorry...