Lux and Plaza calendar, 1962. Oasis Bordello Museum display; photo by Heather Branstetter.

Making Men Purr: Cathouses in Silver Valley, Idaho

Here on Crime Capsule, we don’t beat around the bush. Empires come and empires go, but if there’s one timeless truth throughout...
A distraught Sarah Lewen just after her arrest for murder in 1921, a scene captured by a Detroit News photographer. News photo in the Author’s collection.

The Femmes Fatales of Detroit

As you know, we here at Crime Capsule love a good, solid crook. The more flagrant, the better: in recent weeks we’ve...

Murder on the Menu: Missouri’s Worst Female Killers

Missouri is known for many culinary delights—the famous gooey butter cake of St Louis, the refreshing beers of the Budweiser brewery, the...

The Myth(s) of the Mad Madame Lalaurie

You can still see them out there every day. The clusters of people on the sidewalk, gathered in front of a large...

The One and Only “Axis Sally”

How an Ohio girl called Axis Sally became the voice of the Nazis In the early 1940s...

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Birmingham’s Foot Soldiers for Justice

A tribute to foot soldiers in the Birmingham movement is on the plaque and in the scene depicted in this sculpture...
“Rose Veres was known in her Delray neighborhood for keeping a tight leash on her boarders, treating them like her own children. Author’s collection.”

Burn Her Anyway: The (Wrongfully Convicted) Witch of Delray

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. If only that were true for so many women...

American Nazis: Homegrown Traitors in World War II

Meet Dale H. Maple: native of California, top of his class, Harvard graduate. A precocious student with an IQ over 150. Fluent...