Monday, March 30, 2020

Bass Reeves: Legendary Deputy Marshal of Oklahoma

February is Black History Month, and Crime Capsule is proud to join the chorus of voices celebrating African-American history and culture. We've...

Surviving Parchman Farm: The Ordeal of 1965

The Mississippi State Penitentiary in Sunflower County—better known as Parchman Farm—has been much in the news lately. In late 2019, overcrowding, inhumane...

100 Years Later: The murder that spurred a mob riot in Lexington

In 1920, ten-year-old Geneva Hardman was murdered on her way to school, just outside Lexington. Both civil authorities and a growing...
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What Happens When The Dead Begin To Speak?: Cracking the Tina Faelz Cold Case

It was almost the perfect crime. Stabbed forty-four times, sixteen-year-old Tina Faelz had been murdered in a tucked-away blind spot of Pleasanton, California, her body...
A newspaper illustration shows the gambler’s hold on local politics. Chicago History Museum, ICHi1659.

Mike McDonald: Chicago’s King Schemer

Every great gangster has an origin story. In the age of classic mobsters, tales of the rascally kid from the Bronx or the self-made...
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...

Forging His Future: Texas’ Infamous Monroe Edwards

When we talk about identity theft today, almost certainly the conversation turns to technology. Stolen PIN numbers, and credit card skimmers. Hacked...

The Magnificent Moonshine Stills of North Carolina

One of North Carolina’s many claims to fame is that NASCAR racing, one of its gifts to the world, had its origins...

1896 Unsolved Murder in California and the lone suspect’s surprising escape

When we think of getaway cars, certain famous images spring to mind: Bonnie and Clyde’s rickety jalopy, for instance. Or a sleek...

Who killed beer magnate Adolph Coors?

Adolphus Coors, from Coastal Virginia Magazine Take a wildly successful businessman, a patriarch of an extensive family, a...

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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...