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CrimeHQ
December 16 2016

Q&A with John Arcudi, Author of Dead Inside

This December 21st, Dark Horse Comics will publish Dead Inside, a new creator-owned series from critically acclaimed writer John Arcudi and Veil artist Toni Fejzula. Dead Inside is a twisted and...
PaigeShelton
December 12 2016

Dickens, Prison, and A Christmas Carol

Read this exclusive guest post from Paige Shelton about Charles Dickens's experience with prison and how it shaped his writing—especially A Christmas Carol—and make sure you're...
CrimeHQ
August 25 2016

5 Incredible Prison Escapes

Human beings can get pretty creative when backed into a corner—or locked in a cage. While not everyone has to crawl through a river of shit to come out clean on the other side, some pretty...
MyBookishWays
April 15 2016

Life or Death by Michael Robotham

Life or Death by Michael Robotham is a standalone thriller about an honorable criminal, shrouded in mystery, that escapes from prison a day before his release. It is nominated for the Edgar Award for...
BrianGreene
February 11 2016

False Starts: A Memoir of San Quentin and Other Prisons by Malcolm Braly

Previously, I wrote an appreciation of Malcolm Braly’s 1961 prison novel Felony Tank as part of my Lost Classics of Noir series for Criminal Element. I singled out the book for being a noteworthy...
MaryEBuser
September 23 2015

Law & Order v.s. Lockdown: The Truth Behind Rikers Island

As a former mental health chief at New York City’s Rikers Island, I watch TV crime dramas with special interest, especially when the action switches to Rikers. No crime series includes the...
CrimeHQ
September 17 2015

The ZINNG: Movie Prisoners, Introverted Authors, Why Women Love Crime Fiction

There have been many captivating criminals who've graced the big screen, and a few writers over at Grantland have ranked the top ten movie prisoners of all time. Meghan Tifft,  a self-declared...
CrimeHQ
August 6 2015

True Crime Thursday: Ed Flowers, aka The Teddy Bear

To some people, he was known as Ed Flowers, but others knew him as Teddy. Regardless of his moniker, he was a bad man. He robbed banks, escaped prison five times, and took place in shootouts with...
CrimeHQ
August 6 2015

Prison Break to Return to Fox, Stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell to Come Back Too

You can officially add Prison Break alongside Twin Peaks and The X-Files to the group of completed television series that will be returning in the near future. In a tweet from Eric Goldman, an...
AngieBarry
February 28 2015

Under the Radar: Genre Movies You May Have Missed — Bandits

As a reporter says in the opening prologue, Bandits (2001) is “part Bonnie and Clyde, part Barnum & Bailey.” It’s farcical comedy, crime melodrama, and a unique love story...
JordanFoster
February 24 2015

Fresh Meat: The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth

The Life I Left Behind by Colette McBeth is a standalone thriller narrated by three women: one who is dead, one who nearly died, and one who is the cop trying to solve it all (available February 24,...
BrianGreene
February 6 2015

Lost Classics of Noir: Felony Tank by Malcolm Braly

Life inside prisons makes for interesting stories. I wouldn’t know where to begin in reeling off some of the more compelling books, movies, and TV shows that have explored this world. But having...
courthas
February 5 2015

The Americans 3.02: “Baggage”

The Americans followed up its action-packed premiere with one of its most contemplative episodes to date. Apart from a quick chase scene and a heart-stopping encounter between Oleg (Costa Ronin)...
ThomasPluck
January 31 2015

So Close to Freedom: Visiting Alcatraz

Alcatraz, that most famous of American correctional facilities, has been a national park longer than it was a Federal prison. It housed Federal inmates from 1933 to 1963, a mere 30 years. The island’s...
CorrinaLawson
January 6 2015

Gotham 1.11: “Rogues’ Gallery”

Somehow, I expected Gotham’s biggest flaws to have vanished in its return. But the quick cuts between stories, the failure to give Gordon any plan for accomplishing his objectives, and the...
JakeHinkson
November 23 2014

The Stand Alones: Laura Lippman’s I’d Know You Anywhere

This post kicks off a new series which will look at stand alone novels by mystery writers who are better known for their big time franchise characters. First up, we look at I’d Know You Anywhere...
TeddyP
October 23 2014

Murderer Suing State Over Porn

A convicted murderer at a prison in Connecticut thinks he should be able to view porn. Inmate Dwight Pink Jr. is claiming in the lawsuit that guards have used the ban to deny him an art book, The...
CrimeHQ
July 21 2014

From Walker to Inmate: The Walking Dead Extra Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

Rick Grimes and company might have left the prison last season on The Walking Dead, but one of the show's “walkers” won't be leaving anytime soon. Shannon Guess Richardson,...
JakeHinkson
July 19 2014

Orange Is the New Black 2.13: Season Finale “We Have Manners. We’re Polite.”

Well, here we are at the end, my friends, and look how far we’ve come. Orange Is the New Black wraps up Season 2 by tying up most of its major plot threads: the rise and reign of Vee Parker,...
JakeHinkson
July 17 2014

Orange Is the New Black 2.12: “It Was the Change”

Let’s talk about Red. When you think about it, the scarlet-haired Russian began this series as villain. Way back in the first episode of the show, Piper—unaware that Red ran the kitchen—...
JakeHinkson
July 12 2014

Orange Is the New Black 2.11: “Take a Break from Your Values”

Man, I do love me some radical left-wing nuns. I wasn’t raised Catholic, so I don’t have any of the strict, knuckle-rapping associations that have become the stuff of legend when it...
JakeHinkson
July 10 2014

Orange Is the New Black 2.10: “Little Mustachioed Shit”

After spending most of this season hopscotching between different characters, in Episode 10, Orange Is The New Black swings back around to Piper. She occupies both the flashback (which gives us...
JakeHinkson
July 5 2014

Orange Is the New Black 2.09: “40 OZ of Furlough”

Piper is awake in bed, waiting for the day to start. This is probably the first time she’s looked forward to facing a day since she came to Litchfield. The reason for her anticipation is...
JakeHinkson
July 3 2014

Orange Is the New Black 2.08: “Appropriately Sized Pots”

One of the true classics of the prison genre flick is the 1947 Jules Dassin noir Brute Force. The movie helped establish many of the archetypes and motifs (and, yes, clichés) that we’ve...
DavidCranmer
July 1 2014

Longmire: 3.05 “Wanted Man”

“If you do the job right, Walt, by the time you put down your sheriff’s badge, you’re a wanted man.” —Lucian Connally. “Wanted Man” started strong...
JakeHinkson
June 28 2014

Orange Is the New Black 2.07: “Comic Sans”

Up to this point in Orange Is The New Black, Cindy “Black Cindy” Hayes (Adrienne Moore) has primarily been a source of comic relief. She’s always mouthing off—“always...
JakeHinkson
June 26 2014

Orange Is the New Black 2.06: “You Also Have a Pizza”

There’s a nice, tossed-off moment a few minutes into “You Also Have A Pizza” where the administrator Joe Caputo (Nick Sandow) is talking to the sweet prison guard, Susan Fischer...
CToohey
June 24 2014

Prized, But Not Necessarily Prizes: The Strange Plight of the Hot and Busted

A tumblr specializing only in mugshots of hotties? Why yes, of course there is: Hot & Busted brings you all the miscreant man-candy (and, um, other specimens) you can feast upon with your eyes....
JakeHinkson
June 21 2014

Orange Is the New Black 2.05: “Low Self Esteem City”

As a writer, Jenji Kohan has a fascination with public and private faces. Again and again, we find her characters trying to navigate the uneasy space between what they show the world and what they...
JakeHinkson
June 19 2014

Orange Is the New Black 2.04: “A Whole Other Hole”

Now here is a damn fine hour of television. Episode Four of Orange Is the New Black is pretty much a perfect distillation of what makes this show great. It features multiple storylines—some...