When we think of serial killers, we tend to see them as monsters who slice up people like it's no one else's business. We assume, often correctly, that they are predators that can only be stopped by police—if they ever can be stopped during their lifetimes.
On August 31, 1888, a constable walked along Buck’s Row, a narrow cobblestone street in the East End of London, which was located in Whitechapel. Originally passing through a half an hour earlier, he found the savagely murdered Mary Ann Nichols. She had been slashed nearly from ear to ear, as blood pooled beneath her body. The killer, on the other hand, had vanished without a trace, without a sound. As they readied her to undergo a postmortem examination, they were mortified to find there were multiple stab wounds, a deep and jagged cut from the rib cage to the pelvis, which left her abdomen wide open. It completely horrified the doctors while they were examining the body. This was considered the first in a string of murders committed by Jack the Ripper.
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The most notorious criminals of all time capture our collective consciousness for periods of time that live on long after they're gone. We immortalize them (incidentally) in our culture through books, movies, and television, in turn guaranteeing that there will be more to follow. These high-profile criminals are some of the most recognizable faces in American history—right up there with the founding fathers.
Natalie Wood was born on July 20, 1938 and starred in classic movies such as Rebel Without a Cause with James Dean, Westside Story in 1961 as Maria, and Gypsy in 1962.
I remember hearing about the Menendez brothers on the news and how I dismissed it because, in my head, they were white, rich and had killed their parents. It sounds like a Lifetime movie (and of course, it ended up being one...), right? I've watched documentaries and made for TV-movies, and every depiction showed jurors and lawyers smirking and saying how heartless these kids were because they were rich and lived this privileged life. The more I watch things regarding this whole case, even decades later, it's like...wow....
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As the list of Harvey Weinstein's victims grows longer with each passing day, the former mogul has lost his company, his reputation, and his wife. But that isn't enough, not by a long shot. The Los Angeles City Attorney feels the same way, which is why he is encouraging victims to come forward so justice can be served in the form of full prosecution of Weinstein.
For the past fifteen seasons Pauley Perrette has portrayed the goth-loving forensic scientist, Abby Sciuto, on NCIS. With her adorable relationship with gruff team leader Jethro Gibbs, played by Mark Harmon, and her fast-talking brilliance, she has garnered a fan base all her own. So the recent announcement of her impending departure next season has put a damper on the new season of the long-running crime drama.
When Blue Bloods wrapped its 7th season in May, Linda and Danny Reagan had suffered a house fire at the hands of a drug lord. The fear and panic on Danny's face resonated with the fans as he searched for his family. When he found both Linda and his sons, his relief was palpable, and Season 7 ended with that portion of the Reagan family fully intact, and fans breathed a sigh of relief. That dissipated all too quickly during the Season 8 premiere for the series dropped a bombshell that broke fans' hearts and left them wondering what had just happened.
Shemar Moore left Criminal Minds and his incomparable role of Derek Morgan behind last year, and Wednesday nights haven't been the same since. But there's good news for Moore's legion of baby girls! The actor is returning to CBS, taking on the lead role in the S.W.A.T. television series, which is based on the 2003 movie that starred Samuel L. Jackson, LL Cool J, Josh Charles and Michelle Rodriguez.
Charles Milles Maddox, otherwise known as Charles Manson, is the wild-eyed man known for leading the Manson Family cult.