Real Life Crime

Psychological Profiling – Serial Killers Caught by Behavior Analysis

The FBI’s use of psychological profiling, referred to as behavior analysis by agents, has both supporters and non-supporters. Despite opinions to the contrary, the FBI’s attempt at ‘delving into the criminal’s mind’ has proven to be successful in helping to catch several notorious killers, including: Ted Bundy One of the most infamous serial killers in… Continue reading Psychological Profiling – Serial Killers Caught by Behavior Analysis

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Psychological Profiling – Inside the Mind of a Criminal

Psychological, or criminal, profiling was informally used as early as the 1880s, when two physicians attempted to determine who Jack the Ripper was using clues from the crime scene. Its first official use was during an investigation in the United States, which helped to capture ‘mad bomber’ George Metesky who had eluded New York investigators… Continue reading Psychological Profiling – Inside the Mind of a Criminal

History, Real Life Crime

The Murders Committed by the Manson ‘Family’

In the late 1960s, Charles Manson formed a Californian cult, known as the Manson Family. A group of his followers became hunted nationwide, after they committed a series of murders, orchestrated by their leader. The murders were highly publicized, because of their gruesome manner, and the inclusion of several well-known public figures. Manson had convinced… Continue reading The Murders Committed by the Manson ‘Family’

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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

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

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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

History, Real Life Crime

The Pinkerton Detective Agency

Scottish immigrant, Allan Pinkerton was responsible for starting The Pinkerton Detective Agency in the 1850s. He unintentionally became involved in the search for a gang of counterfeiters, while running a barrel making company, and displayed leadership abilities and a high level of investigative skills. After the arrests, he was offered the position of deputy sheriff… Continue reading The Pinkerton Detective Agency

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Female Killers from the Big Apple

Elizabeth van Valkenburgh On January 22, 1846, Elizabeth van Valkenburg was arrested and charged with the murder of her second husband, John van Valkenburgh. She was tried, found guilty and sentenced to be hanged by the neck until dead. The killer confessed to adding arsenic to her husband’s tea, and waiting as he died slowly… Continue reading Female Killers from the Big Apple

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Mistresses of Murder

The number of men that commit murder is significantly higher than the number of women that do. There are some females that have been responsible for crimes that are so horrific, however, that there can be no comparison. Like many other big cities, New York has had its fair share of horror, and the female… Continue reading Mistresses of Murder