Crime Fiction

Top 10 Christmas Crime Novels

Christmas is a time for family, friends and festivities with (hopefully) some quiet time to enjoy a good novel. Books also make great Christmas presents, and any mystery lover will enjoy these top 10 crime stories, which have all been set in the season. 1. Maigret’s Christmas by George Simenon This collection of nine short… Continue reading Top 10 Christmas Crime Novels

History, Real Life Crime

The Future of Capital Punishment

The death penalty in the United States of America is a concept that is now somewhat known as an American tradition. However, it has been on a long-term decline, despite the rise in executions in 2018. Capital punishment in the US is practiced in almost all states in the form of lethal injections and electrocuting… Continue reading The Future of Capital Punishment

History, Real Life Crime

Mary Frith (aka Moll Cutpurse)

This is the story of a 16th century woman who was anything but typical and backward. For the distinctive characteristics she had it wouldn’t be wrong to call her way ahead of her times especially for a lady back in the day. The woman gained herself many names due to her rebel disposition. Mary Frith… Continue reading Mary Frith (aka Moll Cutpurse)

History, Real Life Crime

London’s East End – Crime in the 1800s

During the 19th century, London’s East End was one of the poorest, most overcrowded areas in the country. Docks and factories were located close by, but the high number of people that needed jobs meant that they were hard to come by and employees were significantly underpaid. This created many social and health problems which… Continue reading London’s East End – Crime in the 1800s

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