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.

  • Monica Bennett
    Published 2 years ago
    Cybercrime

    Cybercrime

    One only has to watch Mr. Robot to get a clue about cybercrime. Elliot's Fsociety is a group of hacktivists who cancel everyone's debt everywhere and chaos ensues. How real is this kind of threat? In the dark world of hacking and the sinister workings of internet fraud, it is a possibility. Right now. It's like the nothing of The Neverending Story; the nothing is coming and it will find you. Hackers like the Shadow Brokers, who first broke to the surface in 2016, are gunning for us all. They successfully stole from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013 and held onto the material for three years. The debate about who the Shadow Brokers are rages on. North Korea, Russia, China, a gang like Mr. Robot's—your guess is as good as anybody else's. WannaCry was a ransomware hack that hit like a tsunami especially in the UK. It shackled the National Health Service affecting emergency rooms and operating rooms throughout the country. Security experts found a flaw in the program and used it as a kill switch. They got a total of $139,000 in bitcoins, and it is believed the North Koreans were responsible. The massive extent of WannaCry was possible thanks to the Shadow Brokers, who leaked Windows flaws. Another ransomware attack was enabled by leaks from the Shadow Brokers. Known as Petya, NotPetya, and several other names, it infected the pharmaceutical giant Merck in this country, a Danish shipping company and a Russian oil company. The program had a flaw used to disable it. Investigators determined that these companies were merely a distraction to enable the hackers to hobble Ukraine. It succeeded; the airport, central bank, transit, and the power company were crippled. Kudos to the Shadow Brokers for that malfeasance.
  • Monica Bennett
    Published 2 years ago
    Spy in the Sky

    Spy in the Sky

    Do you ever get the feeling someone is watching? It's not your imagination, especially if you are in the UK or China. While China has the global record for the most cameras, the UK wins if you count per capita. With an approximate number of 500,000, a typical Brit is on camera 300 times a day. The topic is controversial wherever you go. Is privacy being invaded? CCTV is restricted to public areas where people are not supposed to expect privacy. If people can see you, why not cameras? If you've got nothing to hide, what's the difference, right? Some Americans might take issue after the April 15, 2013, bombing of the Boston Marathon. Brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were known simply as Black Hat and White Hat. CCTV followed their blurred images before, during, and after the two bombs went off, and it led to their arrest.
  • Janelle Ouellet
    Published 2 years ago
    Why Missing Children Never Return Home

    Why Missing Children Never Return Home

    The Lindbergh Law, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and The Amber Alert have all been proven successful ways to return thousands of missing children home safe and alive. Sadly, these methods of locating missing children have been enforced after a child has been senselessly murdered by their captor. However, since the inception of these methods, a lot of cases involving missing children still go unsolved and perpetrators are never caught. What follows are a few possible explanations as to why a lot of cases of missing children have gone cold and unsolved. Leaving the public baffled and heart-broken. Not to mention bringing every parents' and relatives' worst nightmare to life. I hope to provide at least some insight into why and how this tragedy unfolds to prevent such miscarriages of justice from happening again and again. The first second when a child goes missing time is of the essence to make sure that they are found safe and alive, and that their captors are apprehended and brought to justice for their crimes. Crimes against the most innocent of all victims: Children. What follows are a few plausible explanations as to why missing children cases go unsolved despite every exhausted effort by the police, the FBI, the mass media, and the public alike. It seems education and prevention are key to protecting innocent children from predators. To protect their safety and security is more crucial than ever in a world that is dominated by greed, blood lust and political corruption. Kids need to know that predators are everywhere. Online, in schools and in political offices. Call 911 and keep telling until you are believed. If approached by a person who tries to harass or intimidate you, know that this is never your fault and help is available.
  • Monica Bennett
    Published 2 years ago
    Economic Terrorism

    Economic Terrorism

    If you thought your business only had to worry about gangs of criminals in darkened basements printing funny money that an astute employee would find, think again. Most have heard about North Korea's foray into counterfeit $100 bills which had quieted down in recent years, but like Mac Arthur, they have returned. It took a full team of scientists to determine that a new supernote, as they are called, has turned up in South Korea. Then there are the Peruvian beauties causing disasters for business owners. In the old days, you could hit a suspect bill with a detector pen, but those days are done.
  • Monica Bennett
    Published 2 years ago
    Serial Killer Myths

    Serial Killer Myths

    What is the truth about serial killers? Most of what we think we know is false. Hollywood has infiltrated our thinking on this subject, placing several myths in our minds as "knowledge."
  • M Z
    Published 2 years ago
    The Hypothetical Confessions of a Border-Jumper III

    The Hypothetical Confessions of a Border-Jumper III

    Homemaker. To put it very bluntly, the title was more detestable to me than anything at one point in my life. A real aversion. Something curse-like to be avoided at all costs. Which is why it is incredible to think that it is a title I have now worn for the past year without the slightest resentment. There is no foreshadowing how quickly it grows to become the most valuable post of one’s life.
  • Riley Raul Reese
    Published 2 years ago
    10 of the Youngest Serial Killers in History

    10 of the Youngest Serial Killers in History

    For most people, it takes a lot to drive a person to kill. Even for most serial killers, their first murder is one that they often take a lot of time contemplating. Most killers deeply struggle with their urge to kill, which is why most of them won't actually hurt anyone until they're in their 20s or 30s.
  • Ossiana Tepfenhart
    Published 2 years ago
    Facts About Organized Crime in The 1920s

    Facts About Organized Crime in The 1920s

    The 1920s was a time when anything seemed possible in the underworld, and much of it was due to the illegalization of alcohol. Prohibition made the use of alcohol totally illegal, and that caused Americans to turn to gangsters in order to get their fix.
  • Yessenia Gonzalez
    Published 2 years ago
    Can You Tell the Difference Between an Organized or Disorganized Serial Killer?

    Can You Tell the Difference Between an Organized or Disorganized Serial Killer?

    Many think that there is only one type of serial killer out there, the murder-a-large-amount-of-people-in-a-specific-way kind, and that's true. There are those kinds of killers, but they are categorized into two types, organized and disorganized. Now some of you might be thinking What does organization have to do with murder? or How does knowing that help catch a murderer? though if you're really observant of the world around you than you will understand where I am coming from when I said organized and disorganized serial killers. Let me explain to those who are actually curious about something like this — especially the more cautious people of this world, killers like John Wayne Gacy, the Zodiac Killer, Jeffery Dahmer, or even Jack the Ripper are all the "famous" serial killers we've heard stories about, each having their own method to their murders, except they had one thing in common — they were all organized murderers.
  • Keats Ross
    Published 2 years ago
    The Oculus Anubis Mystery Solved

    The Oculus Anubis Mystery Solved

    The Temple of Oculus Anubis is warranted another entry in its long, strange pantheon. We had resolved many of the more nefarious myths surrounding the Damascus, Oregon compound in our article, “The Temple of Oculus Anubis Solved," published back in October of 2016. Yes, we can safely say that such of the conjecture and lore – from cannibal cabals to Eyes Wide Shut fan-fiction – had been disproven, much to the chagrin of every laptop-theorist this side of the Mason Dixon. There is no Egyptian death cult – just a secretive family with a successful eye-care business and a knack for theatrical Egyptian decor, as we had surmised. However, as I look back at the aforementioned article's byline it's entirely possible that I may have written the cosmic check to come; one that's usually doled out to such a cocksure assessment that it had been "solved." I am humbled to admit that it wasn't: it seems there was something nefarious going on behind the ominous gates, something that was far too real.
  • Ben Kharakh
    Published 2 years ago
    10 Signs Someone You Know Might Be a Serial Killer

    10 Signs Someone You Know Might Be a Serial Killer

    You think someone in your life might be a serial killer? Cool your jets, Clarice Starling, because that's quite the accusation! Does your friend have a full back tattoo of William Blake's Red Dragon? Do they talk a lot about making the world bear witness to their becoming? Have they shaved off their fingerprints? You haven't checked?! Well, get on it, Criminal Minds, because there are actual warning signs someone you know might be a serial killer that you can consult.
  • Maurice Bernier
    Published 2 years ago
    The Killer Within!

    The Killer Within!

    There are many types of people in the world. Some are good and others are, well, not good. Unless one has a divine background, we all have to deal with our demons. Many manage to keep them under control while others do not. This is why we have jails and penitentiaries for those who cannot control their demons. This constant inner struggle is a part of life. I should know. I have struggled with my demons early on in life. That’s right. I admit that I had to struggle, too.