fact or fiction

Is it fact or merely fiction? Fact or Fiction explores the myths and beliefs we hold about copycat killers, eyewitnesses testimony, what makes a murderer and more.

  • Charles Leon
    Published 6 days ago
    Broken Windows Theory

    Broken Windows Theory

    In the 1980s crime in New York City had reached almost epidemic proportions. Apparently, New York was suffering by increased immigration and as a result a much younger population and, added to that, New Yorkers were hit hard by welfare cuts. It wasn’t safe to travel the subway and you would be advised not to go to certain areas, particularly after dark. Yet, by the end of the 1990s the city had cleaned up its act and saw a dramatic fall in the rate of crime.
  • Yvonne Knight
    Published 8 days ago
    Child or Not?

    Child or Not?

    I'm sure you have seen the news about Natalia and how there is a big debate about whether she is a teenager or a grown woman. Before I saw The Dr. Phil Show I kept flipping over in my mind; she's a child, not an adult. After watching Dr. Phil, I still keep arguing with myself. I don't understand how a 16-year-old girl could say she's never had a period; that seems a little odd to me. Could any conditions delay puberty by that much? It seemed to me when doctor Phil asked about her previous families, Natalia was maybe willfully holding back specific details. Like when her former foster mother said she couldn't do it anymore after Natalia broke her siblings' arm. It would seem to me that maybe she does have past of aggression, and perhaps that's why she could not make it work with other families. I felt that Natalia looked older than 16 in presenting herself older than 16. Now I know that some teenagers appear to be older than they are because of life experiences. Still, there's usually a personality flaw that tells their age. And I did not see that in Natalia's case, but I am no expert by any means. I think perhaps Natalia's appearance may have hurt her in the long run on The Dr. Phil Show.
  • SKYLERIZED
    Published 26 days ago
    "Talking Star: 'The Star Report’”

    "Talking Star: 'The Star Report’”

    Star shines at the outset of the show with a question about squabbling in a mall. Mr. Torain wants to know who assisted the young woman to the mall. He also wants to know if there is a heterosexual adult mixer down in the Atlanta area. The other topic includes Steve Harvey’s daughter Lori Harvey, who allegedly tried to flee from the scene of a collision. Some guesswork comes into play on Star’s part as he says that Harvey must have said about his daughter that “God will handle this.” Mr. Torain would like to know if Lori tweaked on a substance prior to getting behind the wheel. He declares the exit of Bucwild from the rehabilitation “program” a “nightmare.”
  • J.K. Chenevert, BSCJ, CPS
    Published 2 months ago
    Suicide Square (Pt. 4)

    Suicide Square (Pt. 4)

    ~ Chapter Seven ~
  • J.K. Chenevert, BSCJ, CPS
    Published 2 months ago
    Suicide Square (Pt. 3)

    Suicide Square (Pt. 3)

    ~ Chapter Four ~
  • Phoenixx Fyre Dean
    Published 2 months ago
    Mile Marker 144

    Mile Marker 144

    I'm a writer. It's what I do. It's who I am. I can find a story anywhere. A passing cloud may suggest a dolphin, and suddenly, I'm in the ocean on a wild adventure. I'm lucky that I can share those stories.
  • Tom Baker
    Published 3 months ago
    There Once Was a Farmer Named Ed...

    There Once Was a Farmer Named Ed...

    There once was a farmer named Ed, Who liked to cavort with the dead, He'd dig up the grave, all the better to save, A carcass he'd hang in the shed!
  • Neal Litherland
    Published 3 months ago
    What Was the Satanic Panic?

    What Was the Satanic Panic?

    If you watch the news, you'll see no shortage of ridiculous things Americans believe. A number of people still believe former President Barack Obama is actually a Kenyan-born foreigner, despite producing a legitimate US birth certificate. There are large portions of the population who believe modern vaccines will cause children to develop autism, despite the only study that made such a claim being discredited, the author having his medical license revoked, and the CDC confirming there is no link. There are Americans who believe they've seen angels, Bigfoot, and unidentified flying objects.
  • Britney Clayton
    Published 3 months ago
    Four Explanations to Why People Are Obsessed with Crime

    Four Explanations to Why People Are Obsessed with Crime

    With every new true crime documentary release, there seems to be more and more people becoming obsessed with understanding criminals. The more twisted the stories are, the more intrigued viewers are watching the events unfold.
  • Jessica Sanders
    Published 4 months ago
    Street Gangs

    Street Gangs

    A gang can be described as a group of individuals who are in close relations with leadership and internal organizations which claim to control certain geographical region in a particular community. There is no given leader, but the leader is assumed to be the person who takes command of the activities in demanding situations. The gangs engage in violent and illegal activities either in groups or individually. When one wants to join a gang, he/she has to be "jumped in," which is a way of proving his loyalty to the gang. Joining a gang involves acts such as stealing something that one is told, engaging in violence, or even being beaten for a particular period of time. Research shows that although street gangs exist throughout the world, they originated from the United States of America.
  • Gayla Ber
    Published 4 months ago
    911, What Is Your (Non) Emergency?

    911, What Is Your (Non) Emergency?

    This morning I read an article about a call that a local police department received on Saturday, July 20, that blew my mind. It seems a resident of the town the department is located in called 911 because the ice cream truck was parked outside his home for what he considered "too long."
  • Haley D
    Published 4 months ago
    Fascination with Crime

    Fascination with Crime

    In today’s society some people are fascinated with sports, others with technology, and some even have a fascination that one might say could lead them down the wrong path, this fascination is with crime.