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Thu
Aug 17 2017 12:00pm

Possible Remains of Natalee Holloway Found 12 Years After Disappearance

In 2005, the world searched for Natalee Holloway. Now, twelve years later, her father is hoping for some closure.

On Wednesday, Dave Holloway and Private Investigator T.J. Ward announced on TODAY the discovery of human remains that are being DNA tested to confirm if they are Natalee's. This is the first major lead to the case since Holloway’s disappearance in 2005. After graduating high school in Alabama, the 18-year-old Holloway and her friends traveled to Aruba—a Dutch island in the Caribbean—on vacation. When she failed to show up for her return flight on May 30, the search began. 

According to TODAY: 

An informant known as “Gabriel” put Ward and Holloway in contact with a man they claim had direct knowledge of Natalee's disappearance.

“We have a person who states he was directly involved with Joran van der Sloot in disposing of Natalee's remains,'' Holloway said. ”I thought, you know, there may be something to this."

Follow the investigation leading up to the discovery this Saturday on Oxygen’s new series The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway.

Watch the trailer for The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway:

Wed
Aug 16 2017 12:00pm

5 New Books to Read this Week: August 15, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books that published the day before—sharing the ones that we are looking forward to reading the most!

Rosato & DiNunzio. Rizzoli & Isles. New Lisa Scottoline and Tess Gerritsen novels highlight a great week of books! See what else we're reading:

[See this week's Top 5...]

Mon
Aug 14 2017 2:00pm

Watch the Trailer for HBO’s The Deuce

With only two episodes left of Season 7 of Game of Thrones, people are starting to wonder what their next Sunday night show will be. Well, don’t change the channel because HBO is bringing a new David Simon and George Pelecanos-created show called The Deuce

Premiering Sunday, September 10th, The Deuce explores the rise of the porn culture in New York during the 1970s and ’80s, as a cultural revolution in American sexuality met a change in the legal definitions of obscenity to create the billion-dollar industry it is today. Starring James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Carr, Margarita Levieva, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., and more, Season 1 of The Deuce will run for eight episodes. 

[Watch the trailer below...]

Mon
Aug 14 2017 11:30am

Win a Copy of Y is for Yesterday!

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A decades-old murder. A missing videotape. An escaped suspect.

Y is for Yesterday might be Kinsey Millhone's darkest, most disturbing case to date. But that's never stopped her before...

Add some intrigue to your August. Enter below for a chance to win a copy of Sue Grafton's latest entry in the Alphabet Series!

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Thu
Aug 10 2017 4:00pm

Son of Sam: 40 Years After His Capture

Son of Sam. The .44 Caliber Killer. David Berkowitz. Richard David Falco. These are the names of one of the most infamous American serial killers ever, who terrorized New York City from July 1976 until his capture in August 1977.

Claiming to be obeying a demon, Berkowitz killed six people and wounded seven others during his year of terror. He’s currently serving six consecutive life sentences at the Shawangunk Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, New York.

Now, 40 years after his capture, Berkowitz speaks out about “what led him to kill, his life before he turned into a murderer, and life in prison today” in a new interview with CBS News Correspondent Maurice DuBois, airing on CBS on Friday, August 11, 2017.

To learn more about Berkowitz’s horrifying crimes, check out this slideshow put together by the NY Daily News.

Wed
Aug 9 2017 12:00pm

5 New Books to Read this Week: August 8, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books that published the day before—sharing the ones that we are looking forward to reading the most!

Wendy Walker's incredible follow up to All Is Not Forgotten and a new Karin Slaughter standalone highlight a fantastic week of books! See what else we're reading:

[See this week's Top 5...]

Mon
Aug 7 2017 3:00pm

Watch the Trailer for Netflix’s Mindhunter

How do we get ahead of crazy if we don’t know how crazy thinks?

Based on the book Mind Hunter: Inside FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas, the series—set in 1979—revolves around two FBI agents who interview serial killers and try and understand how they think so they can apply it to solve ongoing cases.

From Executive Producer David Fincher (Zodiac, Fight Club), Mindhunter is scheduled to be released on Netflix on October 13, 2017. 

[Watch the trailer below!]

Wed
Aug 2 2017 12:00pm

5 New Books to Read this Week: August 1, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books that published the day before—sharing the ones that we are looking forward to reading the most!

The 21st Meg Langslow Mystery from Donna Andrews and a new Royal Spyness Mystery from Rhys Bowen highlights a killer week of books! See what else we're reading:

[See this week's Top 5...]

Mon
Jul 31 2017 11:00am

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

Highlighted by Marvel's The Defenders and the live-action adaptation of Death Note, August is shaping up for some great binge-worthy television! Add in some great horror films, and I know a few ways to survive the dog days of summer.

See what other crime/mystery/thriller entertainment is coming to (and leaving) Netflix in July! 

[See the full list below...]

Wed
Jul 26 2017 12:00pm

5 New Books to Read this Week: July 25, 2017

Every Wednesday, we here at Criminal Element will put together a list of Staff Picks of the books that published the day before—sharing the ones that we are looking forward to reading the most!

The fourth and final book in C. J. Box's Highway Quartet highlights an incredible week of books! See what else we're reading:

[See this week's Top 5...]