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.
Who Was the Real Norman Bates?
The actor, Anthony Perkins, perfectly embodied the creepy motel owner in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, Psycho. The polite and handsome, yet sinister character struck a chord among the public. A franchise was born with six films and a five-season TV series that aired on A&E.
11 New Must-See True Crime Shows & Documentaries for 2022
Looking for a new true crime documentary or TV show to watch? We love our true crime shows with the same passion as men who scream at the television during football games but grow bored watching Snapped, The First 48, and Evil Lives Here over and over again. Luckily, true crime shows are pretty popular right now and new picks give you something exciting to watch that you haven't seen before. Check out this list of true crime documentaries and TV shows to watch in 2022.
How Pablo Escobar Spent His Billions
Most of us have dreamed about what we’d do if we had a lot of money. Buy a fancy car. Buy a mansion with an enormous swimming pool. Send our parents on a trip to Paris.
As Crazy as a Movie Scene, Heather Tallchief and Robert Solis Pulled off One of the Biggest Las Vegas Heists Ever
The story begins on a fall morning in 1993 when a Las Vegas armored van pulled up in front of the Circus Circus Casino. It was 8 AM, and the truck was full of cash for the day to fill the casino ATMs across the Vegas strip.
"Telling a Lie" - Does it Work as the Main Plot Device of a Story?
I love reading and I want to love everything that I read. But, alas, I do not end up enjoying every story. There are some that I admire immensely and there are others that fail to impress me. In this blog, I would like to talk about two stories, viz., "Anything You Do Say" and "The Lying Game", that just could not hold my attention because of their main plot device - "characters lying to one another".
The Lonely Hearts Killers Preyed on Women Looking For Love
Imagine a widow with a young child thinking she had found love again, only to discover she’d been the victim of a con for her money. And the people she thought were her lover and his sister were not brother and sister at all.
The Unsolved Case of Kayla May Berg
Article first published on Medium LOST AND FOUND, and LOST AGAIN On August 10th, 2009, two worried mothers made the decision to go to the police department for help. Their two daughters, Kayla and Natasha, failed to return home from the previous evening’s event. Each mother was told the night before that their daughter was staying at the other girl’s home for the night—not true, and not an uncommon teenage shenanigan. This time, what they sold as an innocent sleepover was actually a pretext to get away from their respective houses for the night to attend an outdoor bonfire party.
How A Fake Heiress Scammed New York's Elite Out Of $275,000
Picture the scene, a young woman exits a black chauffeur-driven Bentley. She’s dressed head-to-toe in couture, her hair is professionally blow-dried and you observe her walking purposefully towards the entrance of an upscale boutique hotel.
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Minds of Killers
Not everyone has the mind to become a killer. Defects in the brain can help find murderers. A murderer's mind has less gray matter, a less efficient prefrontal cortex, and Abnormalities in the left lobe. Although some think anyone can become a murderer, there are many changes in killers minds compared to others.
One of America’s first serial murderers used the moniker H.H. Holmes. He enticed victims into his grandiose ‘Murder Castle’ at the 1893 Columbian Exposition.
Emmett Till & Trayvon Martin
Two young teenage African American boys from different states and different time eras. Fifteen-year-old Emmett Till was staying with his relatives in Mississippi until two white men abducted him in the middle of the night, tortured and lynched at the Tallahatchie River and Seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was staying at his father's place in Sanford, Florida. At night, he was going to the store when he was about to return home after until he followed by a neighborhood watchman. These two teenaged boys murders sparked a lot of attention in the black communities and sparked movements. From Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter Movement. These are the stories of Emmett Till and Trayvon Martin.
Police Crack Decades-Old Cold Case of the Murder of 15-Year-Old Girl
On a summer day in 1972, in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, 15-year-old Julie Ann Hanson borrowed her brother’s bike to go to a baseball game and never came home. Her body was found in a nearby field later that day, with multiple stab wounds.
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The Night Of It doesn’t get cold here, not really. We have a winter, but it’s not like the ones they get down south. Up here, you might need a jumper at times, but beyond that you will be mocked by Queenslanders if you don a beanie, or a pair of gloves. It’s not fair, I suppose, if you’re a person who feels the cold.
The story of a killer clown
The name of the person is John Wayne Gacy. He is one of the familiar faces in his neighbourhood. He was running a successful business. He was also doing some charity for others whenever he was able to do it. When he throws a party, he will dress up as a clown to entertain the guests. He was just a next-door uncle who would play with the children next door and entertain them. Nobody around him would have imagined that he would become a serial killer who the history of America will never forget. When he was arrested, his house was under surveillance. When they started digging in the background, they found many dead bodies.
'Mom' Says "It is What it is" After She & Family Kills Daughter During 12-hour "Exorcism"
**Edit** I am unable to edit above. The uncle and grandfather have now been charged with Arely's death. A 3-year-old girl was allegedly tortured and killed by her family during a 12-hour exorcism in her grandfather’s church and her mom posted a video smiling saying, “It is what it is.”
Dennis Rader, also known as ‘BTK,’ murdered ten persons in the Wichita, Kansas region between 1974 and 1991, frequently leaving clues to mock investigators.
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