Real Life Crime

Judy Buenoano

Judy Buenoano, whose birth name was Judias Welty, was a notorious murderer in America and was known as the Black Widow. She killed many of her loved ones in the name of greed. She was imprisoned for a total of 3 murders, which got her on death row. Buenoano was one of the first women… Continue reading Judy Buenoano

Real Life Crime

Mistresses of Murder

The number of men that commit murder is significantly higher than the number of women that do. There are some females that have been responsible for crimes that are so horrific, however, that there can be no comparison. Like many other big cities, New York has had its fair share of horror, and the female… Continue reading Mistresses of Murder

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

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

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

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