CRIMINAL MINDS LOVES SERIAL KILLERS
In the entire history of the United States there have been 183 identified serial killers and 25 unidentified. Meanwhile, the Criminal Minds team has managed to identify and/or catch more than 150 of them in just seven years. This is terrifying; if this trend continues, there will be several thousand psychokillers qu'est-ce que c'est-ing around, hanging, stabbing, torturing, and enslaving us in the coming decades. On the plus side, TV serial killers tend to be a lot better looking than their real-life counterparts; I’d rather be abducted by James Van Der Beek or Eddie Cibrian than John Wayne Gacy, even if Eddie was cutting [...]
We have done our best to be patient under an evil which we hoped would be short-lived. We have had no comfort in social meetings, because no dinner table and no ballroom, no box or stall at the theatres, no carriage, and no boat, could accommodate both our families and ourselves. We have found it difficult and disagreeable to walk with our wives and daughters on pavements, and in lanes and country footpaths, made for people more naturally dressed.
We have seen the choicest flowers in our gardens, and the most cherished plants in our greenhouses cut off by the hoop… and have lost all our pleasure on board [...]
We've never met, but I email people your articles from The New Yorker. Full disclosure: sometimes, if they're behind the paywall, I scan them and send them as PDFs. Sorry! Sorry. (Subscribe, everyone! Give a gift to a friend!) I will never do it again. Provided you help me out on this one thing.
Did Jeffrey MacDonald kill his family, or not?
You may not know now, and that's okay. That's why I'm politely asking you to devote a year of your life to figuring it out. It's kind of your wheelhouse! You made it extremely clear to me that Texas killed a guy for [...]
Those of us who feel an overwhelming and unpleasant compulsion to look up the videos of, well, escaped Canadian murderers dismembering bodies (he's in France! be careful, French 'Pinners!) and pictures of unfortunate individuals whose faces have been eaten by drug-addled zombie-types (more drug-addled, less zombie-type, likely) are really having a banner week. What's wrong with us? Who would watch the news and hear "the foot was delivered to Conservative Party headquarters, and a hand was addressed to Liberal Party headquarters," and wonder, with a frisson of anticipation, if any damp packages are currently being signed for at the NDP offices? Everyone? Most people? A few? One?
5 Wikipedia Entries for When You’re Feeling Possibly Receptive to the Idea That Ghosts Might Exist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belchen_Tunnel http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moberly-Jourdain_incident http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosenheim_Poltergeist http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bachelor's_Grove_Cemetery http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Morgan
5 Wikipedia Articles for When You Want to Take Your “Walking Dead” Costume to The Next Level
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incorruptibility http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Premature_burial http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felicia_Felix-Mentor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercy_Brown_Vampire_Incident http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necromancy
5 Wikipedia Articles for When You Find Yourself Wondering About the Historical Accuracy of 'Hocus Pocus'
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malleus_Maleficarum http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moll_Dyer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_Sherwood http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/True_name http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Talbye_Trial
“Your brother killed my whole family,” said the stranger who broke into my Brooklyn apartment, held a knife to my neck, and attempted to sexually assault me one September evening nearly six years ago. Later that night, the detective working my case would explain to me that rapists often create elaborate, delusional backstories about their victims in order to excuse their, well, raping. But in the first moments of my attack, as I woke to realize that a man had crept into my bed as I slept nude, and that he was now telling me that I would die soon, I fully believed that my polite, kind older brother must [...]
There is nothing quite so wonderful as fake murder. Now, I will admit to a certain tenacious fondness for [books about] actual murder as well, but it seemed…inappropriate to combine the two genres into a single reading list. TONE, right? Happily, none of these deaths are real. Well, except for the one inspired by an 1893 murder. And the one based on the life of Grace Marks. And the one which is kind of obviously about Andrei Chikatilo.
Come to think of it, Anne Perry is actually a murderess. And, to be entirely accurate, the Princes in the Tower are certainly dead by now, either way.
Anyway, these [...]