Real Life Crime

Wayne Williams – Serial Killer or Incorrectly Accused?

In 1982, Wayne Bertram Williams was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murders of two men in the Atlanta area. After his incarceration he was branded as the man behind ‘The Atlanta Child Murders,’ as the killings stopped once he was behind bars. Prosecutors were unable to charge Williams with the killing of the 27… Continue reading Wayne Williams – Serial Killer or Incorrectly Accused?

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’

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

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

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

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

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

Real Life Crime

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