Real Life Crime

Juana Barraza – The Old Lady Killer

Juana Barraza is a criminal in Mexico who is also known as the "Old Lady Killer" due to the murders she had committed. She was sentenced to 759 years in prison for killing 42 to 48 older women. The press estimates her murders to be in between 29 to 49 women. Barraza was born in… Continue reading Juana Barraza – The Old Lady Killer

Books, Conspiracies

Agatha Christie – An Author’s Mysterious Disappearance

Ironic situations are one of the most gripping parts of any detective story. One of these occurred in real life in December 1926, when popular mystery writer, Agatha Christie, disappeared under suspicious circumstances. The author wrote a note stating that she was going on vacation and drove away from her home in Berkshire, England. Shortly… Continue reading Agatha Christie – An Author’s Mysterious Disappearance

Real Life Crime

Raymond C Schindler

Born in the northern town of Oswego in Mexico, Raymond C Schindler’s life was not initially exciting. Raymond struggled with odd jobs ranging from that of a salesman, an insurance agent, to working as a gold-miner in order to establish a promising career. However little did Raymond know what the future held for him. After… Continue reading Raymond C Schindler

Real Life Crime

Aileen Wuornos

Born in Michigan in 1956, Aileen Wuornos is quite possibly the most infamous female serial killer in America’s history. Aileen murdered 7 men in just under a year, at first claiming that these men had raped her. She had been a sex worker at the time and maintained for some time that all of the… Continue reading Aileen Wuornos

Books, Real Life Crime

The Locked Room Mystery – Committing the Impossible Crime

One of the most popular sub-genres of detective fiction, the locked room mystery, takes place in a situation where it would seem to be impossible for somebody to commit the crime. The most popular example being a dead body found in a room, locked from the inside. Several possibilities about how the victim was killed… Continue reading The Locked Room Mystery – Committing the Impossible Crime

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

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

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

Police Life, Real Life Crime

Criminal psychology

What is Criminal Psychology? Criminal psychology is a subsection of legal psychology that studies the psychological characteristics of the formation and development of illegal activity and the possibility of preventing it. Some of the main factors contributing to the formation of illegal consciousness are the negative impact of the social environment, pedagogical neglect and character… Continue reading Criminal psychology