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Conspiracies, History

Animals used in Espionage

The training of animals to be used in military intelligence dates as far back as ancient Greece. This continues in modern day espionage with non-humans being at the center of countless military projects, and even being used as props to complete disguises.  Who would believe that the blind man, with the guide dog, walking up… Continue reading Animals used in Espionage

Locations

MI6 London Headquarters – Vauxhall Cross

The headquarters of the British Secret Intelligence Service, also known as SIS or MI6, is located in Vauxhall on the banks of the River Thames. This building, called Vauxhall Cross, replaced the previous headquarters in 1994 after it was labelled ‘irredeemably insecure.’ During the 19th century, the location had been the site for The Vauxhall… Continue reading MI6 London Headquarters – Vauxhall Cross

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

Frank Drebin – Comedy Quotes

Something to make you smile in these dark times... The fictional character, Lt. Franklin ‘Frank’ Drebin, is played by Leslie Nielsen. He appears in the TV series Police Squad! and the Naked Gun movies. Frank Drebin is best described as a ‘bumbling fool,’ who is completely oblivious to the problems that he causes. His indiscretion… Continue reading Frank Drebin – Comedy Quotes

Books

Philip Marlowe – Typical Hardboiled Detective

Cynical detectives, overwhelming emotions and a corrupt legal system are the foundations of most of the novels written in the hardboiled genre. The longer you boil an egg the harder it will become and, as the name of the genre suggests, this was the nature of the detectives. As a result of the tough world… Continue reading Philip Marlowe – Typical Hardboiled Detective

Life

I’m Afraid of the Dark…

…or, at least that’s what my sleepless nights would suggest. It’s 12:44am local. I’ve been up for 90 minutes, and for no good reason. My normal day starts at 0500, so this is some straight-up bullshit for the second time in three nights. A few years ago, I would have only been up at this… Continue reading I’m Afraid of the Dark…

Books

12 Rules for writing a Detective Novel

The detective must always be memorable. Whether he (or she) is funny, misguided, inept or super intelligent, these traits have to endear the detective to the audience. Fictional detectives are expected to be slightly out of the ordinary. They must have some small habit, mannerism, eccentricity, interest or talent – something that sets them apart… Continue reading 12 Rules for writing a Detective Novel

Books

C. Auguste Dupin

Edgar Allan Poe is a name that most heard at school due to his classic literature fiction. His books are famous all around the world and is well known for his detective short stories. One of the characters Poe wrote about was C. Auguste Dupin; a gentleman living in Paris and by profession a detective… Continue reading C. Auguste Dupin

Books

Classic American Private Investigators

The hardboiled sub-genre emerged during the Golden Age of detective fiction, the 1920s. Authors such as Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain and Dashiell Hammett can be called its founding fathers, as they were almost exclusively responsible for the increase in the sub-genre’s popularity. The private investigators in these stories, were normally highly intuitive and not… Continue reading Classic American Private Investigators

Real Life Crime

Samuel Little

Killing a human being is not something anyone can do in the right state of his/her mind. The world is full of people who think twice before killing a cockroach in their kitchen, so killing a human being is far from reality for them. However, you will be surprised to know that there is a… Continue reading Samuel Little