Most recently published stories in Criminal.
"Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway." —John Wayne Her boots slammed against the pavement as she made her way into the building, her service weapon in her hand and her finger poised on the trigger. She stepped forward with a paced caution, her eyes wide as she adjusted to the lighting. The building that towered around her was dark and musty, filling her with a damp chill, despite her gear. She wore a heavy Kevlar vest, a dark blue long-sleeved V-neck that snuggled her body. Black jeans hugged her legs, a heavy black belt buckling the waist close to her sharp hips. Her feet were clad in sleek black combat boots, the thick soles silent on the concrete, while the heavy breaths of her partner stirring the hair around her ears. She couldn't help but flinch as the A/C rattled to life, clanging through the air vents like a pin ball in an arcade machine. She raised her hand over her shoulder, motioning for her partner to move forward. Her eyes remained fixed on her path as he slid past her, his shoulder brushing hers. He was dressed in similar attire. She watched his dark silhouette as it became outlined against a cylindrical light that hung from the high vaulted ceiling. The hallway was long but narrow, various forms of boxes and crates stacked up alongside the walls. Seven men and four women followed closely behind her; she could hear their heavy footsteps and the shuffle of their guns as they adjusted their grips. Slight irritation shot through her, wishing her and her partner could have gone in solo. She halted as he stopped in front of her, a slight hang motion gesturing for her to wait.
The Military Base Murders
On Investigation Discovery, a show entitled People Magazine Investigates uncovers the true stories of crimes that became a part of pop culture. This show reveals exclusive interviews, twists, and new evidence that are unexpected.
"Initiative is doing the right thing without being told." Victor Hugo The sound of her heart best slammed against her head, echoing around the seemingly endless chasms of her soul. Everything around her was silent, the steady ringing in her ear dying down to a low buzz. Her hand jumped to her necklace, twisting the silver pendant around her finger. The harsh white light of the courtroom glinted on the horse pendant, a sharp glare catching the prosecutor's eye. The tall man blinked, and the glare was gone. Her other hand was balled in the soft fabric of her blue dress, wrinkling what her mother had carefully ironed hours before. Wavy, dirty blonde hair fell down her neck, ending in graceful swirls where it brushed along her shoulders. Her wide brown eyes were fixed ahead of her, her mouth dully responding to the questions being thrown at her.
Is It the Mold in the Apartment That Caused a Nonagenarian Woman's Eviction?
Juanita Fitzgerald, a 93-year-old woman, living in the care home of National Church Residences in Lake County, Florida, was arrested on Tuesday (December 12th) and spent two nights in jail before her 94th birthday on Friday.
Guilty: Part 1
We are all guilty of something at some point it seems. In my case, it was drinking and driving. Not my finest of decisions. Unfortunately, I do not remember much from that night. Everything seems blurred together and vague.
How to Become a Private Investigator
Professional private eyes are sneaky and resourceful. If they're good enough, they are synonymous with shadow; you won't ever detect them or know who they are. But they had to get their training somewhere, right? So if you're interested in how to become a private investigator, we can let you in on the secret.
Fate of Reality
Chen Song woke up to the sound of a deafening gunshot. After springing out of bed, he sprawled to the closet to grab his revolver. As Chen Song made his way down his four-story villa, flashes of his daughter raced through his mind. Memories of her childhood and the danger she might be in filled Chen Song with rage and anger.
The Gut-Wrenching & Utterly Heartbreaking Story of Kalief Browder
Nowadays, the topic of conversation always seems to be what the best shows are to watch on Netflix, whether it be Riverdale, Orange is the New Black, or the newest season of Stranger Things... but in this day and age, it seems like we’re completely losing focus on the incredibly poignant and alarmingly important shows that allow us to really reflect and question what is happening to the world we live in.
The 25 Most Unimaginable Torture Devices
During Medieval Times, mainly nobles and royalty had pretty much power over men and society at large. Although when it came to "justice" it wasn't any different. Most people with low resources such as peasants, labor workers, and farmers, had little to no rights when it came down to the "law".
Absurd Laws You Break Every Day Without Realizing It
While we may all want to believe, deep down, that we are angels in comparison to the lawlessness and injustice that plagues our world, we in fact do break quite a few laws on a regular basis. Oftentimes these laws tend to be so brittle or even unknown that most law enforcement officials will ignore them, but that isn't to say they are unnecessary. No matter if you live in New York City or Los Angeles, there are both state and local laws that can be, in all aspects, absurd. This isn't crime fiction, these are crime facts.
The Tragedy of Bonnie and Clyde
"Some day they'll go down together; And they'll bury them side by side; To few it'll be grief To the law a relief But it's death for Bonnie and Clyde."
The Day I Went on Trial
Just over two years ago I went on trial for my ex sexually assaulting me continually in the last nine months of our marriage. Yes, I was on trial, or at least that is how it played out in court. My words and my actions were scrutinized under a microscope for all to see while my ex sat there.