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Real Life Crime

The Zodiac Killer

A serial killer that operated in Northern California during the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Zodiac Killer named himself in a series of taunting letters sent to the local press. Authorities have attributed seven confirmed victims to the unknown murderer, which includes two survivors. In his letters, however, the killer claimed to have been… Continue reading The Zodiac Killer

Real Life Crime

Jack the Ripper – The Victims of a Monster

Although the number of people that Jack the Ripper really killed is unknown, the deaths of five women have been attributed to him. They are now referred to as the ‘five canonical victims,’ and their murders occurred between August 31st and November 9th, 1888. Mary Nichols Believed to have been the first of the victims,… Continue reading Jack the Ripper – The Victims of a Monster

Real Life Crime

Jack the Ripper – London East End’s Serial Killer

Arguably the most infamous serial killer of all time, Jack the Ripper was responsible for a wave of terror gripping London’s East End, during 1888. He has been accused of killing at least five women and mutilating their bodies, displaying a basic knowledge of the human anatomy. The murders took place in relatively quick succession,… Continue reading Jack the Ripper – London East End’s Serial Killer

Real Life Crime

Unsolved Crimes – Serial Killers that Shocked America

Statistics collected by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) show that about one-third of the murders committed in the United States remain unsolved. Many of these cases leave not only the victims’ family and friends devastated, but traumatize the entire nation. Mainly serial killers, these include: The New Orleans Axe Murderer The city of New… Continue reading Unsolved Crimes – Serial Killers that Shocked America

Real Life Crime

Life in Captivity – Kidnapped and Imprisoned

Unfortunately, there are many evil acts committed daily in the world where victims are kidnapped to fulfill a role for their captor. The lucky ones end up being found shortly after, in many instances saving their lives, the bodies of others turn up unexpectedly and some victims remaining missing, their fates unknown. There are instances… Continue reading Life in Captivity – Kidnapped and Imprisoned

Crime Fiction

Sherlock Holmes – Personal Characteristics

As Dr. Watson narrates the stories, he reveals personal details about Holmes. He describes the detective as being eccentric and living outside the box, often doing unconventional things such as hiding his tobacco in the ‘toe end of a Persian slipper.’ Holmes displays a cold, unemotional exterior which Watson has, on occasion, seen a warm… Continue reading Sherlock Holmes – Personal Characteristics

Crime Fiction

Sherlock Holmes – A Genius Fictional Detective

Created by Arthur Conan Doyle, in the late 19th century, the character of Sherlock Holmes is one of the best surviving of the period. As a ‘consulting detective,’ Holmes investigates various mysteries and is most often accompanied by Dr. Watson, a close friend and the narrator of the stories. These characters have had a profound… Continue reading Sherlock Holmes – A Genius Fictional Detective

History, Real Life Crime

Corruption in High Places

The New York City police was officially formed in 1845. Before its inception, however, crime had been controlled by an informal justice system. As early as 1846, police officials were given permission to arrest anybody who looked like they were about to commit a felony, and this system of ‘preventing’ crimes continued into the start… Continue reading Corruption in High Places

Real Life Crime

New York City Underworld – 19th Century Corruption

In the 19th century, New York City became a center for immigrants that had come to the city looking for a better life. Most of them settled on or near ‘Five Points,’ the intersection of five streets in Lower Manhattan. This area became associated with some of the deepest levels of poverty in the entire… Continue reading New York City Underworld – 19th Century Corruption

Crime Fiction, Real Life Crime

True Locked Room Mysteries

Many people think that locked room mysteries only happen in fiction. Whether inspired by books, or their warped imaginations, there have been real killers that bring these stories to life. The Laundry Killer On March 9, 1929, Isidore Fink was locked in his laundry on 5th Avenue, New York. A neighbor heard screams and the… Continue reading True Locked Room Mysteries