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...

Quarantine, Southern Style: Outbreak in Hattiesburg, MS

Can criminals be quarantined? Absolutely. But can the quarantined be criminals? Sometimes, dear readers, even rectangles are squares. This week on Crime Capsule, as...

Taking French Leave: Jailbreak in Cape Cod

Quarantine. Self-isolation. Social distancing. Whatever you like to call it, as people across the country adjust to new guidelines to combat the coronavirus, the...

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 Faces of the Lindbergh Kidnapping

Few crimes in American history are more famous than the Lindbergh kidnapping. An international sensation from its beginning, the saga of aviator Charles Lindbergh’s infant...

Jane Bolin: Breaker of Glass Ceilings

Jane Matilda Bolin, LL.B. was the first black woman to graduate from Yale Law School, the first to join the New York...

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...

Bad Blood: The Murder of Athalia Ponsell Lindsley

Previously on Crime Capsule, we took a look at what happens when the dead begin to speak: when DNA evidence helps to...
Prisoners pose for a photo outside the West End Wing. The mural is from an archival photo. Author’s collection. Photographer; Jon Tulloch; muralists, Hector Trujillo and Jean Weir; historian, Judy Gail Krasnow.

The Ghost Whisperer of Jacktown, Michigan

Quick, someone call John Walsh: there’s a culprit on the loose. We’ve got strange sightings, unexplained sounds, and curious glowing orbs. Not to mention...

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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...