I blame Nancy Drew. I think my obsession with true crime may have started with her mysteries—specifically, those hardbacks with the yellow covers, in which the young detective pieced together inheritance scams while dodging kidnappers and car thieves. But it may have also begun with a 1986 TV movie about Ted Bundy.
The house at 2475 Glendower Place in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles has it all: four bedrooms, ample parking, and a hell of a history. In 1959, its owner killed his wife and critically injured his teenage daughter before committing suicide. The house has been unoccupied ever since—but that may soon change.
The media scrambled to make sense of this strange, baffling double homicide—the angle that most outlets came up with was “unfriending on Facebook leads to murder!” (Including 20/20, which devoted an episode to the case.) But as prosecutor Dennis Brooks explains in Too Pretty to Live: The Catfishing Murders of East…
The American Psycho team is reuniting in the service of true crime. Director Mary Harron and writer Guinevere Turner are making Charles Manson tale The Family, which will focus on the three young women who participated in the infamous 1969 cult murders.
Paging David Fincher: True crime’s hot streak continues with the news that Fox has just snapped up the rights to journalist Richard Lloyd Parry’s genuinely eerie 2010 best-seller People Who Eat Darkness, about a young British woman whose expat adventures in Tokyo met a horrifically grim end in 2000.
Everybody is fascinated with True Crime nowadays—but happens when that obsession with real-life gruesomeness turns into an appetite for more and more? That’s the focus of “The Killing Jar,” a new story by Laurie Penny about a young woman who gets an internship with a serial killer.
Netflix series Making a Murderer is the most popular project to inspire distrust in the justice system since the West Memphis Three went free. Ten hour-long episodes were enough to provide a lot of information about the Steven Avery case—but it seems there’s still more to tell, which a new doc will attempt to do.
It was Christmas Eve, 1985. Seattle attorney Charles Goldmark was at home with his wife, Annie, and their two children, 10-year-old Colin and 12-year-old Derek; all were eagerly anticipating the festive holiday dinner to come. But a murderous, hate-filled stranger would put an end to all of their plans.
This time of year, nothing goes better with too much eggnog than grim tales of murder. (That’s how we roll at True Crime, anyway.) The first in our series takes place in 1929, on a farm outside Germanton, North Carolina—where on Christmas Day, Charlie Lawson murdered his family before taking his own life.
Even people who don’t follow crime know the name Andrea Yates. On June 20, 2001—six months after giving birth to her fifth baby in seven years—the former nurse, who suffered from severe postpartum depression, drowned each child in the family bathtub. Then, she called 911: “I just killed my kids.”
Murder and mayhem can happen any time of year—even during the holidays (for some, especially during the holidays). For one Florida family, Thanksgiving joy turned to the ultimate horror. And it didn’t end there.
Eighteen-year-old Brian Blackwell was so bright his nickname was “Brains.” But that intelligence, which earned him top marks in school, also enabled him to craft an elaborate fantasy world—one he needed his parents’ money to sustain, and one he was willing to kill for.
Chances are you’ve never heard of the Port Chicago disaster. Yet it was the worst catastrophe on the US home front during World War II. It was the single deadliest incident on the mainland during the war, and remains one of the worst calamities to ever hit the San Francisco Bay Area.
On June 17, 1939, Eugen Weidmann—a slick, handsome 31-year-old German—became the last person to be publicly executed via guillotine in France. His journey toward being a trivia-question answer started with a kidnapping gone awry, and spiraled into a deadly crime spree that spanned half of 1937.
We feel you, Chanel Number Three: Scream Queens is a stinker. But in the interest of seeing the mystery through, we soldier forth for episode eight, “Ghost Stories,” which sees the offing of a few big characters as well as an awful lot of time-wasting.
Here’s the thing about applying for a law enforcement gig: there will probably be an extensive background check. If you have several outstanding warrants, including one for rape, you might want to focus your job search elsewhere. Somehow, this didn’t occur to a man named John Wesley Rose.
Last week, we learned about a group of Texas youths who decided killing one young man’s parents was the best get-rich-quick plan. It ended badly for everyone—as does the tale of Manchester, England’s Stephen Seddon, who was more than old enough to know better.
The true-crime fan in your family or friend group might seem difficult to shop for, but murder, mayhem, and mistletoe go together surprisingly well. This year, skip the generic fruit cake and surprise your favorite dark-side dweller with a gift tailored especially to his or her sinister interests.