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ArdiAlspach
February 8 2018

Waco: “Operation Showdown” Episode Review

The new Waco TV series is moving right along as it recounts the events in early 1993 that ultimately lead to the infamous 51-day standoff that the ATF and FBI had with David Koresh’s followers,...
ArdiAlspach
February 1 2018

Waco: “The Strangers Across the Street” Episode Review

Who was David Koresh? I think that’s probably the most important mystery that any media covering the tragic events that took place at Mount Carmel—10 miles outside of Waco, Texas—is...
ArdiAlspach
January 25 2018

Waco: “Visions and Omens” Episode Review

Cults, their followers, and their ultimate spectacular ends have captured public imagination for decades, but only one cult met their tragic end as publicly as David Koresh and his followers in...
LanceC
January 18 2018

Spear Phishing in the Desert: Harpoon: Inside the Covert War Against Terrorism’s Money Masters by Nitsana Darshan-Leitner & Samuel M. Katz

Harpoon: Inside the Covert War against Terrorism’s Money Masters by Nitsana Darshan-Leitner & Samuel M. Katz is a revelatory account of the cloak-and-dagger Israeli campaign to target the...
CrimeHQ
January 11 2018

Watch the First Trailer for Investigation Discovery’s Upcoming True Crime Docuseries, Love & Hate Crime

“I have to live with the fact that I killed Mercedes, and she’s in hell.” Deadline recently reported that Investigation Discovery has released the first teaser trailer and...
LanceC
December 28 2017

The Romanian Connection: The Kunsthal Rotterdam Heist

PART I: THE HEIST At 3:20 a.m. on October 16, 2012, the Trigion Security control center dispatched two guards to investigate an alarm trip at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam’s Museumpark. While...
CrimeHQ
December 14 2017

Now Win This!: True Crime Thursday Bundle Sweepstakes

It's True Crime Thursday! Every Thursday, we've been bringing you the best in true crime books, news, and entertainment—now we're giving away six killer true crime books! Click...
CrimeHQ
December 7 2017

Watch the Official Trailer for Netflix’s Upcoming True Crime Docuseries Wormwood

Biological warfare. LSD. CIA conspiracies. Netflix’s upcoming true crime documentary has all this and more. Directed by the legendary Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line), Wormwood deals...
JoannaSchaffhausen
November 30 2017

In the Shadow of a Killer: Forever Affected by Ted Bundy’s Reign of Evil

Ted Bundy murdered more than 30 women before authorities locked him up for good, and his grisly campaign has served as entertainment to the rest of us ever since. A new Bundy-related movie or TV...
MichaelCannell
November 9 2017

The Prequel to Mindhunter: How Dr. James Brussell Created the World of Criminal Profiling

Read Michael Cannell's exclusive guest post about Dr. James Brussell, the psychiatrist who pioneered criminal profiling, then make sure you're signed in and comment below for a chance to...
CrimeHQ
November 6 2017

Watch the Red Band Trailer for I, Tonya (NSFW)

This week, Neon released the red band trailer for the upcoming I, Tonya—the darkly comedic tale of American figure skater Tonya Harding and her role in one of the strangest sports scandals...
CrimeHQ
October 12 2017

Ben Stiller to Direct True Crime Series for Showtime

It’s not every day the name Ben Stiller tops the news of true-crime entertainment. Known more for his silly comedies (Zoolander, There’s Something About Mary), Stiller is toning down...
CrimeHQ
October 5 2017

5 True Crime Books from 2017 You Should Be Reading

From Netflix's The Keepers to HBO's Mommy Dead and Dearest to NBC's Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders, true crime has had quite a year. But the documentary format isn't...
PhilipJett
September 28 2017

The Business of Kidnapping: It’s More than Just a Ransom Note

Forget a ransom note showing up with words and letters cut from a newspaper, a gruff voice disguised over a late-night telephone call, the victim’s frazzled family rushing about to raise...
DanielleAntosz
September 28 2017

Review: The Death of an Heir by Philip Jett

The Death of an Heir is Philip Jett's chilling true account of the Coors family’s gilded American dream that turned into a nightmare when a meticulously plotted kidnapping went horribly wrong. The...
PhilipJett
September 7 2017

Can Violence Be Genetic and Inherited? Consider My Family’s Tales of Grisly Murder

Read Philip Jett's interesting guest post about his family's experiences with murder, then make sure you're signed in and comment below for a chance to win Jett's true crime novel,...
CrimeHQ
August 24 2017

Watch the Trailer for Netflix’s New True Crime Documentary, Strong Island

Netflix’s newest true crime documentary, Strong Island, is less about trying to catch a killer and more about chronicling “the arc of a family across history, geography and tragedy—from...
CrimeHQ
August 17 2017

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...
CrimeHQ
August 10 2017

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...
CrimeHQ
June 1 2017

8 Executed Criminals’ Famous Last Words

When facing execution, some use their last words as an apology for their actions, repenting for the crimes they've committed. Others use them to continue to assert their innocence. Some use...
ArdiAlspach
May 15 2017

Review: HBO’s True Crime Documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest

If you’re looking for a quick bit of interesting true crime and don’t have time for the long docuseries that have become popular lately, look no further that HBO’s newest, Mommy...
CrimeHQ
May 11 2017

Who Killed Sister Cathy? Watch the Trailer for Netflix’s Latest True Crime Documentary, The Keepers

The Catholic Church. Sexual abuse. A murdered nun. Netflix’s new 7-part docuseries, The Keepers: Who Killed Sister Cathy?, explores the intriguing and frustrating cold case of the murder...
AdamCWagner88
May 4 2017

Munchausen by Proxy: Exploring HBO’s Upcoming True Crime Documentary, Mommy Dead and Dearest

The latest HBO true crime documentary deals with a very strange and often baffling disorder: Munchausen syndrome by proxy. An offshoot of Munchausen syndrome, Munchausen by proxy sees a caregiver—often...
CrimeHQ
April 20 2017

Mapping the Mad Bomber of New York City

Especially prescient in today’s times, Michael Cannell's Incendiary whisks us through the streets of Manhattan—to Grand Central, Times Square, Penn Station, Radio City Music Hall—where...
LanceC
March 30 2017

Operation Antiquity: From Thailand with Love

A crowd gathered outside the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California, on the morning of January 24, 2008. They weren’t museum junkies; they were federal agents raiding the place. By the end...
KevinFlynn
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 a task like editing The New York Times Book of Crime. But, of course, like all of us, my first...
KristenHoughton
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 back in the Roaring Twenties—1924 to be exact. “The Crime of the Century,” screamed...
SherylScarborough
February 16 2017

Forensics: Where Science Meets Faith

An apt description of forensic evidence: “…This is evidence that does not forget. It is not confused by the excitement of the moment. It is not absent because human witnesses...
LanceC
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 from both fields to present an accessible, informative, and realistic overview of art crimes in...
ArdiAlspach
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 where a female journalist chronicles her unusual connection with a convicted serial killer and...