Eugene Vidocq, the Father of Criminology, Was a Criminal
Frenchman and criminal Eugene Francois Vidocq is considered to be the first private detective in history and the first person to open a detective agency. He is also credited with pioneering ballistics and C.S.I. techniques. His life before he turned away from crime was fascinating.
Serial Killer or Victim of Circumstance: The Strange Case of the "Candy Lady"
While some killers seem to revel in victimizing those around them, others act in the heat of the moment and never reoffend. This is the story of a confessed murderer who fell somewhere in the middle. While the extent of her crimes will never be known, some believe that she was a monster at heart.
Franca Viola, the Fearless Woman Who Refused to Marry Her Rapist
In 1966, Franca Viola became the first Italian woman who refused to marry her rapist to ‘uphold’ her family’s honour. Her statement became a rallying cry for other women to follow suit.
Kempton Bunton: The Bus Driver Who Stole a Masterpiece
It was an audacious theft aimed at drawing attention to the economic plight of retired people and veterans.
5 Forensic Tech Innovations That Could Crack Unsolved Murders
From artificial intelligence algorithms and drones to virtualization and 3D printing, stunning tech tools are taking forensic evidence and criminal investigations to the next level. Could machines soon be cracking unsolved murders?
Florence Maybrick: A Sensational Victorian Murder Trial
In the late 1880s, American-born Florence Maybrick faced trial in Liverpool, England for the murder of her husband James. Was she guilty or innocent of poisoning him with arsenic? Here's her compelling story.
Victorian Murder Love Triangle: The Bermondsey Horror
Victorian London was shocked by a crime of greed and promiscuity. Read about the deadly love triangle of Maria de Roux, Fred Manning and Patrick O'Connor.
The Fascinating Story of the Oldest Murder in History
'Ötzi the Iceman' was shot in the back with an arrow, hitting a main artery and death was almost instantaneous. Was it an act of revenge? Who had killed him at this desolate location? One of Europe’s most renowned detectives, Chief Inspector Alex Horn, was called in to investigate the case.
The Disturbing Tale of Blanche Monnier: Locked Away for 25 Years
Blanche Monnier was a beautiful French socialite who was tragically held captive by her mother for 25 years, cut off from the outside world completely. This is the heartbreaking story of Blanche and her cruel mother, Madame Monnier.
Christopher Knight: The World-Famous North Pond Hermit
In 1986, Christopher Knight was 20 when he disappeared into the Maine forest. He lived alone in the woods for 27 years. In 2013, he was charged with over 1,000 burglaries.
The Boy in the Box Identified After 65 Years
In 1957, a young boy was found dead in a box in the woods. The discovery was not reported for several days. Police followed all the leads they could, but his identity wasn't known for 65 years. In 2022, the "boy in the box" was finally identified.
How to Extract Crime Data Using Python and Other Coding Tools
This article teaches you how to extract and clean structured info from blocks of unstructured data in story format using regular expressions and Python. The data used in this article are scraped from different websites using Beautiful Soup.
Gather Crime Articles Using Python and Elasticsearch
This article teaches you how to load and search for data using Elasticsearch and Python. The data used in this article are scraped from different websites using Beautiful Soup.
Who Murdered Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia?
The Black Dahlia is the nickname given to Elizabeth Short. Her naked body was found severed in half on the streets of Los Angeles, California. This article talks about who she was before being remembered as just a murder victim.
Research Homicides Using Python and Beautiful Soup (A Web Sleuth Guide)
This article teaches you how to scrape two true crime websites of different formats using Python and Beautiful Soup. This is an efficient way to aggregate criminal information about murder cases or serial killers using code.
Nannie Doss: The Giggling Granny Serial Killer
Nannie Doss killed many people, including many family members and four spouses, the last of which was her fifth husband, Samuel Doss. She was probably laughing during—and definitely after—each murder. Hence she got her nickname: the Giggling Granny.
Serial Killer Leonarda Cianciulli: Turning People Into Soap
Leonarda Cianciulli, "the soap lady killer," became a serial killer and a cannibal in a deluded attempt to protect her family. Unfortunately, she was able to kill multiple innocent victims before she was finally snatched by the police. She was anything but sorry for her crimes.
Serial Killer Amy Archer-Gilligan and Her Murder Factory
Amy Archer-Gilligan is a famous female serial killer responsible for the deaths of many of the residents at her old people's home. However, at first, no one was the least bit suspicious. Until it was far too late.
Sweet Murder: A Victorian Tale of Lust, Obsession and Insanity
The true story of Britain's notorious Chocolate Cream Killer.