Saturday, February 22, 2020
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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