Monday, March 30, 2020

Cryptic Classifieds: Codes between Cops and Criminals

May 1992, Morris Township, northern New Jersey. What would normally be a sunny late-spring is instead a season chilled and overshadowed with the news...

The Architecture of Vice: The Maceo Family of Galveston

Building Criminal Empires in Galveston, Texas In the Lone Star State, Texans have always prided themselves on their resourcefulness...

Charles Bowles, Detroit’s Worst Mayor Ever

Klan-Approved, Voter-Recalled How bad, really, can you be? America has had its fair share of terrible leaders, from...

Buried Treasure on Long Island

What Captain Kidd Left Behind Who doesn’t love a good pirate? Whether it’s Blackbeard with his smoking hair...

Butte: Montana’s Capital of Vice

And what on earth is a curbie? Brothels, bribes, and bagmen—throughout the 1960s, Butte, Montana, had it all....

Salacious Sacramentans

Celebrating California’s Capital City The state of California has long been known for its independent spirit...

Criminal Newspaper Headlines

The Creative Titles of Historic Crime Journalism So much of good crime writing, and good journalism generally, begins at...

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Sweet Secrets: Inside Los Angeles’ Bootlegging Suppliers

Here on Crime Capsule we’ve looked at bootlegging from a number of angles – from the ingenious stills of North Carolina to the secret speakeasies...

The Man Who Stood Up To Al Capone

Snoopy would have approved: it was indeed a dark and stormy night when Officer Dan Herion first received the call to the scene of...

The Last Vampire in New England

Can the dead commit a crime? Until the late 19th century, residents of New England thought so, given the trail...