The house at 2475 Glendower Place in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles has it all: four bedrooms, ample parking, and a hell of a history. In 1959, its owner killed his wife and critically injured his teenage daughter before committing suicide. The house has been unoccupied ever since—but that may soon change.
The media scrambled to make sense of this strange, baffling double homicide—the angle that most outlets came up with was “unfriending on Facebook leads to murder!” (Including 20/20, which devoted an episode to the case.) But as prosecutor Dennis Brooks explains in Too Pretty to Live: The Catfishing Murders of East…
The American Psycho team is reuniting in the service of true crime. Director Mary Harron and writer Guinevere Turner are making Charles Manson tale The Family, which will focus on the three young women who participated in the infamous 1969 cult murders.
Paging David Fincher: True crime’s hot streak continues with the news that Fox has just snapped up the rights to journalist Richard Lloyd Parry’s genuinely eerie 2010 best-seller People Who Eat Darkness, about a young British woman whose expat adventures in Tokyo met a horrifically grim end in 2000.
Everybody is fascinated with True Crime nowadays—but happens when that obsession with real-life gruesomeness turns into an appetite for more and more? That’s the focus of “The Killing Jar,” a new story by Laurie Penny about a young woman who gets an internship with a serial killer.
Netflix series Making a Murderer is the most popular project to inspire distrust in the justice system since the West Memphis Three went free. Ten hour-long episodes were enough to provide a lot of information about the Steven Avery case—but it seems there’s still more to tell, which a new doc will attempt to do.
The true-crime fan in your family or friend group might seem difficult to shop for, but murder, mayhem, and mistletoe go together surprisingly well. This year, skip the generic fruit cake and surprise your favorite dark-side dweller with a gift tailored especially to his or her sinister interests.
In 1987, two women were pulled from a wrecked car in Los Angeles. The older passenger was dead; the younger, barely clinging to life. Investigators soon became suspicious: Why didn’t their injuries appear to be related to the wreck? And why did their clothes smell so strongly of gasoline?
Alfred G. Packer first made headlines in 1873, when he returned from a harrowing journey through the Colorado Rockies ... alone. What happened to his five traveling companions became the stuff of legend, as author Harold Schechter explores in the new Man-Eater: The Life and Legend of an American Cannibal.
Jodie Gaines was 18 years old and on her way to a fish fry when she saw the blue lights of a cop car flash in her rearview. As detailed in an episode of House of Horrors: Kidnapped—one of a grip of ominously titled programs on the channel Investigation Discovery, the 24-7, true crime network—she was an outgoing high…
Perhaps if young Thomas Granger had been more discreet, more circumspect, his name would have long since vanished in the mists of history. But in Puritan times, his unusual crime so offended his community that it warranted the harshest of punishments.
When a murder turns cold, it only enhances the horror of the tragedy—and the intrigue. Cases like the Black Dahlia slaying, the death of JonBenét Ramsey, and the 1922 double homicide known as the Hall-Mills Murder all had suspects, but to this day, nobody has ever been held accountable.
For one obsessed suitor, death and decaying flesh couldn’t keep him from his one true sweetheart. America has long been the land of fulfilling one’s hopes and dreams. Or visions, as was the case of a German transplant by the name of Carl Tanzler.
Behold “the Texas Seven,” violent convicts who escaped from Texas’ maximum-security John B. Connally Unit Prison on Dec. 13, 2000. You thought “Have a nice day” (with racist drawing) was an odd note to leave behind? The Texas Seven’s missive was far more ominous: “You haven’t heard the last of us yet.”
It was December 1946, and 19-year-old Pearl Lusk was approached by a good-looking man in the Times Square subway station. He was a detective, he told the gullible lass, and he needed her help solving a case. Could she snap a photograph of a suspected thief with this unusual, uh, camera?
Pakistani fashion model Ayyan Ali (professionally, she goes by her first name only) was once dubbed Calvin Klein’s “Beauty of the Year,” but is now enduring a different kind of media attention since attempting to leave Islamabad with $500,000, well over the legal limit allowed passengers on flights.
Anthony Douglas Elonis, whose violent, threatening Facebook posts earned him a 44-month prison term, won his Supreme Court appeal today, marking the first time the SCOTUS has had to examine the issue of free speech on social media.
If you have cable, you probably have TruTV, which specializes in comedy gags (Impractical Jokers) and clip shows (Top 20 Most Shocking). But truTV is a relatively new channel, having risen from the ashes of a network dedicated to picking over every detail of the highest-profile trials of the 1990s: Court TV.