True crime, exposed – the innocent, the guilty, and the downright gruesome. Criminal explores the intricacies and complexities of law, order, and crime.
Stories in Criminal that you’ll love, handpicked by our team.
- Second Place in the Whodunit Challenge
In the back of her head, Seema keeps whispering to herself. Today can be a little different from yesterday. She is carrying the big bowl of dough toward the tandoor house. The big dug hole in the middle of the room is accepting of anything that can fall in it. She lights the fire in the hole and throws in some more wood sticks. The fire is galloping; the surrounding walls of the tandoor are changing their colour to some red-copper bricks. She reaches those walls and drops herself fully inside the hole. All of a sudden, she feels calmness and purity beyond the screams she is used to. Her hands and feet have never felt this restful. They are swimming in the air, like the air, she is floating freely. Where am I going, without them? She throws the walls behind her and comes back to the oldest room, which is turned into a tandoor house. Half of the room is filled with magazines from the 1980s. She has got good use for them, making more fire. She is halfway finishing up baking the pile of flatbread that will feed some fifteen family members. She folds each flatbread in a half-moon, but her mind goes into the dying fire in the hole.
in good time
…in light of my own changing values – the expansion of my family and the recent deaths from improperly using the technique – I have decided to discontinue the practice. My last piece, a beautiful frame I spent many hours on for someone very special, will be the last of my work to display fractal burning.
An Answer from the Sky
Interview Room 2 is simple and square. The single light in the middle of the ceiling lands at the crown of my head. I have arrived on stage, and they’re waiting for the show.
The Tale of Wren
A transient fog hovers above the water, while the full moon guides Wren as she walks along the shore. Placing fresh cut willow stalks in her basket. With a stiffness, she moves away from the lake and towards the grassy slopes. The pain was worsening, peaking to a point of paralyses, then vanishing like the wind. Glancing toward camp, dawns colors begin to challenge the darkness as the charcoal skies reveal the vibrancy of a new day. She needs to complete this task before her people wake. Pausing, she waits for her muscles to relax, hoping the pain will go away. Breathing deep, Wren continues towards the woods, to bury the contents of her pack before she is discovered with it. Then, she would wait for him, she knew he would not let her down. She starts to dig when another wave of agony consumes her once more and she doubles over. If it weren’t for that, perhaps she would have noticed the eyes upon her.
The Case of the Missing Top Stories
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- Runner-Up in the Whodunit Challenge
Something In the Water
Sascha was the first to find the fish. At least, she thought she must be. The sky outside was still a bruised purple, light gradually seeping through the horizon. No other patients had been in line at the nursing station when Sascha went for her morning meds. She did not know what time it was, only that she had been lying awake in the interminable darkness of her room for longer than she could stand it. Deciding to wander the halls instead, it was by coincidence rather than intention that Sascha was the first to arrive for her medication. The morning nurse had chirped merrily at her, some praise for being an early bird, and did not ask her to wag her tongue when she lifted it after swallowing.
Who murdered Mickey Albany?
I turned the sandglass on the small coffee table, its grains sliding through time like whispers of fate. Leaning against the worn-out balcony railing of my apartment, the city's sprawling skyline stretched before me—a canvas of chaos where shadows danced in the neon glow.
No one liked him. He was one of those people who grated on everyone’s nerves, who thought he was hilarious, whose presence at a party everyone dreaded because he would get too drunk and demand being the centre of attention.
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In the shadowy realm where wealth and desperation collide, few stories are as bone-chilling as the saga of Dana Ewell. His descent into darkness, marked by the calculated murder of his own family, unfolds like a nightmarish thriller, revealing the depths of human greed and the shocking lengths some will go to satisfy it.
The Menendez Brothers - Sibling Betrayal and the Beverly Hills Murder
In the glitzy landscape of Beverly Hills, the Menendez brothers, Lyle and Erik, orchestrated one of the most shocking and sensational murders of the 1990s. Their affluent lifestyle, coupled with the horrific nature of the crime, captured the nation's attention and sparked a trial that delved into dark family secrets.
Crypto Murders: Caviar
Lights flooded the basement. She was giving herself time to say something to him. “Please just let me go. I’ve got money. My parents have money. Anything you want. I’ve got it.”
The Deceptive Legacy: Unraveling the Dr. Cline Fertility Fraud Scandal
Uncovering the shocking truth of a respected reproductive endocrinologist who used his own sperm without disclosure sparks a nationwide conversation on fertility fraud and patient rights.
A Call Reporting Two Black Men Who 'Looked Suspicious' Leads 6 Racist Cops to Torture Men, Shoot One in Mouth
Six off-duty officers broke into a home after receiving a call reporting two suspicious-looking Black men in a home in an all-white neighborhood. Over a period of nearly two hours, the now-former officers verbally assaulted the men using racist names, physically assaulted them, used a sex toy on one of them and shot him in the mouth. Before leaving the home, the former officers falsely framed the men for a crime that could have landed them nearly 40 years in prison.
Detective Vicky sat in his dark light office, the soft light of his desk lamp shooting long shadows on the worn wooden surface. The room was pack with bunch of files and half-empty coffee cups, evidence of the countless hours he had spent chasing down clues and solving crimes. But tonight, as he stared at the blank page in front of him, he couldn't shake the feeling that something was missing.
America's Most Notorious Criminal: The Dark Tale of Al Capone Introduction: story
Introduction: In the annals of American crime, one name stands out as the epitome of organized crime and ruthless violence – Al Capone. Born on January 17, 1899, in Brooklyn, New York, Alphonse Gabriel Capone would grow up to become the most notorious and dangerous criminal in American history.
Chapter 2: The Shadow of the Di Martino Family
In the narrow streets of Naples, where the sun struggles to penetrate the shadows of the alleys and the walls of ancient buildings tell tales of intrigue and betrayal, stands the imposing figure of the Di Martino family. After Marco's disappearance, their presence in the city's criminal underworld seems stronger than ever. Don Salvatore, with his penetrating gaze and undeniable charisma, continues to dictate law like a sovereign of a dark kingdom.
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