Murder

 
October 28 2010, Denise Noe
In 2004, Denise Noe wrote "The Manson Myth" for Crime Magazine, an article debunking the charismatic image of Charles Manson propagated by Prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi in ...
 
August 15 2015, Kim Walker
The brutal murder of Ted Brown and his teenage son would have been a capital crime had Brown Sr. not been a sex-offender in Burlington, Kansas, for years, a fact authorities tried to keep under wraps...
 
October 13 2009, Denise Noe
February 29, 2004 Richard Loeb with his arm around Nathan Leopold. Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold were as unlikely a pair of cold-blooded murderers as ever appeared in U.S. history....
 
May 7, 1999 Updated 8/30/06;  07/20/08; 1/30/13 and 10/25/13by J. J. Maloney & J. Patrick O'ConnorRelated Story: Solving the JonBenet Case by Ryan Ross. (04/14/03)Editor's Note:The...
 
June 21 2016, Chuck Lyons
(image sfgate.com)When Laura Fair went on trial in 1871for murdering her double-crossing married lover, a morality play was acted out in a San Francisco courtroom that made headlines across the...
 
May 16 2016, Chuck Lyons
 Serbian-born Szilveszter Matuska pulled off four train wrecks in Hungary and Austria in the 1930s that killed 22 people and injured hundreds of people. He said God made him do it. Was he a...

Laura Fair: The Woman Scorned

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(image sfgate.com)When Laura Fair went on trial in 1871for murdering her double-crossing married lover, a morality play was acted out in a San Francisco courtroom that made headlines across the...

The Train Wrecker

May 16 2016, 0 Comments
 Serbian-born Szilveszter Matuska pulled off four train wrecks in Hungary and Austria in the 1930s that killed 22 people and injured hundreds of people. He said God made him do it. Was he a...

The Dog That Stood Trial for Murder

March 21 2016, 0 Comments
In 1921, San Franciscans witnessed one of the weirdest trials in U.S. history.  A purebred Airedale named Dormie was accused of viciously murdering 14 cats.  Only instead of winding up in the pound,...
Oct 2, 2014
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Her face – and body – were known to millions of men who crawled the Internet for web-sex. Her stage name was Red-Hot Carla and her fans agreed that the name was well chosen. However, the way she looked when the police forced entry into the house she shared with her lover and...
Jul 31, 2014
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(Photo CBC.ca) The Oscar Pistorius trial has everything: a narrative about a system, a psychology, an issue spanning something far beyond the act of killing Reeva Steenkamp. By Binoy Kampmark The Oscar Pistorius case in the High Court of Pretoria ceased being a matter about...
Jul 21, 2014
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Updated Oct. 21, 2014 The Principality of Monaco leapt onto front pages across the world on May 6, 2014 when an assassin fired a volley of gunshots at billionaire Hélène Pastor and her chauffer. Both would die later from their wounds. More scandal soon followed when police...
Jun 19, 2014
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Mark "Chopper" Read (photo ABC) When death stares them in the face, even cold-blooded murderers sometimes feel the need to unburden themselves before they go. Perhaps they do it so they can leave the world with a “clear conscience” or maybe they do it to benefit the people...
May 19, 2014
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The kidnapping and murder of 12-year-old Marion Parker by William Edward Hickman in 1927 was considered a clear indication of the “moral imbecility” of the Jazz Age. by Benjamin Welton  We should not stop with Hickman; in fact, we need not wait to begin with him. The...
May 12, 2014
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John Gilbert ‘Jack’ Graham, smiling as he enters Colorado’s Death Row.  The bombing of United Airlines Flight 629 on November 1, 1955, that killed all 44 persons aboard was the most unusual, destructive and ultimately futile acts of mass murder in American history. by...
Apr 28, 2014
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Ethan Couch (Photo ABC) “Affluenza” – a condition fostered by wealthy and permissive parents whose children grow up believing normal rules do not apply to them – was the buzz word at the sentencing of a Texas teenager whose drunk driving resulted in the deaths of four people...
Apr 21, 2014
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The Boston Marathon bombings were the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the World Trade Center catastrophe on September 11, 2001. That the suspected bombers are immigrants of Chechen heritage who had been nurtured for over a decade in Cambridge made it all the worse...
Feb 3, 2014
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When the severed, mutilated corpse of Elizabeth Short was discovered in a vacant lot in Los Angeles on January 15, 1947, the search for the murderer of the “Black Dahlia” began its futile run. Over the intervening decades many theories have been advanced about who this killer...
Jan 20, 2014
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Updated April 1, 2015 The murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy on November 1, 2007 caused a global controversy. Not so much for the crime itself, although it was certainly a brutal murder, but because of the disputed guilt or innocence of two of the three...

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