Stories in Criminal that you’ll love, handpicked by our team.
A Criminal Heart
My step-uncle was a criminal, but I grew to love him greatly. And then, he disappointed me greatly, breaking my teenage heart - stomping on it with his combat boots and grinding it under the toe like a finished cigarette.
“Welcome to Chippendales”: Who was Dorothy Stratten?
The latest prestige show to tell popular culture history, “Welcome to Chippendales” sees Robert Siegel, the writer behind “Pam & Tommy,” reveal another tale of sex and crime that informs culture to this day. The show stars Kumail Nanjiani as Somen “Steve” Banerjee, who founded Chippendales in 1979. Much more salacious than how Bob Guccione built the Penthouse empire, both the show and the true story behind it features the “Chippendale murders,” when in the late 1980s and early 1990s Banerjee directed one murder and two attempted murders of former business associates he felt wronged him, namely Nick De Noia (portrayed by Murray Bartlett), Michael Fullington, and two ex-dancers.
The Ultimate Poison: The Woman Who Killed Hundreds
Despite the fact that true crime podcasts and television dramas of modern day serial killers have grown in popularity, possibly the most prolific killer in history, may be someone most people haven’t heard of. In the 1600’s, an Italian woman by the name of Giulia Tofana was responsible for the agonizing deaths of over 600 men with a highly effective poison.
Levi Bellfield: The Serial Killer Who Murdered 13-year-old Milly Dowler
On May 17th, 1968 Levi Bellfield was born at the West Middlesex Hospital in London to parents of Romani decent Jean and Joseph Bellfield. He had two brother and sisters and was brought up on a southwest London council estate. His father died when he was only 10 years old from Leukaemia so his mother brought him up with his siblings as a single parent.
The Murder of Jeffrey Dahmer
Jeffrey Dahmer wasn’t well-liked by inmates at Columbia Correctional Facility, but he understood. After the heinous crimes he committed, Jeffrey said he would not be surprised -or upset-if someone killed him, too. Besides, growing up he was unpopular, a pretty weird kid who dissolved animal parts in acid and scared his classmates with his awkwardness.
"I Don't Like Mondays"
Before more male school shooters took over, there wasn't much female shooters or female school shooters. But there was actually was one female school shooter named Brenda Ann Spencer who started shooting at Grover Cleveland Elementary School killing two people and wounded nine in the late 70s. She would later say her reason because she quote:
The Satanic Ritual Murder of Mark Kilroy
Mark Kilroy was a pre-med student at The University of Texas in March 1989 when he and three close friends planned a spring break vacation in Mexico. The young men hoped to meet a few girls and experience life in another country. The trip started amazingly but less than 48 hours later, ended in Mark’s torture and murder by a Satanic cult run by Adolfo Constanzo.
Coping Strategies for Incarcerated Individuals and their Families
Incarceration of a family member is something no one ever wants to experience. It brings unexpected changes in the lives of those involved, and can even strain relationships between the ones going behind bars and the ones left behind.
Keep your finances safe
In these desperate times when people want to work from home because of Covid, scammers increasingly use various schemes to separate people from their money. I taught high school forensics and used scenarios as a teaching tool. The following are fictional scenarios that demonstrate a couple of scamming techniques.
If it looks too good to be true – it probably is
We all live in trying times. Epidemic hit hard the world’s economy and everyone personally. Inflation, volatile energy prices, supply chain disruptions, rising interest rates…There were numerous surveys conducted and predictions made on what could we expect in the nearest future: would it become better? Or worse? But a prognosis is not something that is carved in stone or a definite plan to act upon.
Capital Punishment versus Life Imprisonment
Gandhi once said, “an eye for an eye will leave the whole world blind” (Dogra, 2019) and others like Martin Luther King and the Bible have reiterated this, however society today lives without the ladder. Revenge has always been apart of society including in constitutions. Capital punishment also known as the death penalty is an extremely controversial issue reflecting that society may never let go of the revenge mind set. Capital punishment may not be the justice that victims are searching for, life in prison without the possibility of parole (LWOP) is effective of taking away the perpetrator’s life and freedoms. Capital punishment is also an immense financial burden in comparison to LWOP as well as the moral burden of the death penalty. Capital Punishment and a life sentence are both taking away a life, however a life sentence is morally superior and easier to accept in society.
The Story Of The "Toy Box Killer"
Cynthia Vigil, then 22 years old, was hooking in an Albuquerque, New Mexico, parking lot on March 19, 1999, when a man posing as an undercover police officer told her she was being arrested for soliciting sex work and put her in the back of his car.