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

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

Real Life Crime

Luis Garavito (The Beast)

Luis Alfredo Garavito Cubillos otherwise known as “The Beast”, born on 25th January 1957, is recognized as one of the most barbaric and ruthless serial killers in history. With a body count of more than 300 individuals and nearly 150 confessions of murdering and raping innocent kids and teenagers, Luis Garavito is a name that… Continue reading Luis Garavito (The Beast)

Real Life Crime

The New York Ripper

When it comes to prolific serial killers, America has produced them in abundance over the years and decades. For example, let us look at the example of Ted Bundy. A lawyer by profession, Bundy was on the charm offensive when it came to the opposite sex. He always made a lasting impression on women. Unfortunately,… Continue reading The New York Ripper

Real Life Crime

Joseph D. Ball aka “Alligator Man”

Also known as the Alligator Man, Joe Ball was an American serial killer who killed more than twenty women in the 1930’s. Background Ball served his country in Europe during the First World War between 1914 and 1918. Once he returned home, he became a bootlegger and began selling alcohol illegally to anyone who could… Continue reading Joseph D. Ball aka “Alligator Man”

Real Life Crime

The Candy Man – serial killer Dean Corll

The Candy Man sounds like a sweet and adorable mascot’s name for a confectionery company. However, Dean Corll, now known as the Candy man, was a serial killer who sexually abused and tortured young boys before he shot them. Not at all what someone might perceive when reading his name. Here is how the serial… Continue reading The Candy Man – serial killer Dean Corll

Conspiracies

Religious Conspiracy Theories: The Awesome Power of Belief

Few religious conspiracy theories would be complete without a reference to the Aum Shinrikyo cult, led by Shoko Asahara, back in 1984. Initially dismissed as a fringe group, it nevertheless attracted several adherents including some of the most well-educated people in Japan (where the cult originated). At its peak, it had adherents numbering in the… Continue reading Religious Conspiracy Theories: The Awesome Power of Belief

Real Life Crime

Historical American Crimes – The Murders Committed by the Manson ‘Family’

In the late 1960s, Charles Manson formed a Californian cult, known as the Manson Family. A group of his followers became hunted nationwide, after they committed a series of murders, orchestrated by their leader. The murders were highly publicised, because of their gruesome manner, and the inclusion of several well-known public figures. Manson had convinced… Continue reading Historical American Crimes – The Murders Committed by the Manson ‘Family’