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

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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

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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

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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

History

Raymond C Schindler

Born in the northern town of Oswego in Mexico, Raymond C Schindler’s life was not initially exciting. Raymond struggled with odd jobs ranging from a salesman to an insurance agent, to working as a gold-miner. However, little did Raymond know what the future held for him. After finishing his studies at high school in Wisconsin,… Continue reading Raymond C Schindler

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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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Juana Barraza – The Old Lady Killer

Juana Barraza is a criminal in Mexico who is also known as the old lady killer due to the murders she committed. She was sentenced to 759 years in prison for killing 42 to 48 older women. Barraza was born in Hidalgo, which is the rural part of Mexico City, in Mexico. Her mother was… Continue reading Juana Barraza – The Old Lady Killer

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The Murder Hotel

Henry Howard Holmes was born Herbert Webster Mudgett, but changed his name and moved to Chicago in 1886. Described as charming, fashionable and intelligent, Holmes was well liked by everybody he met. He soon started working at a drugstore and purchased an empty lot across the street. Here he began to construct a three storey… Continue reading The Murder Hotel

Crime Fiction, Real Life Crime

Agatha Christie – An Author’s Mysterious Disappearance

Ironic situations are one of the most gripping parts of any detective story. One of these occurred in real life in December 1926, when popular mystery writer, Agatha Christie, disappeared under suspicious circumstances. The author wrote a note stating that she was going on vacation and drove away from her home in Berkshire, England. Shortly… Continue reading Agatha Christie – An Author’s Mysterious Disappearance