Monday, March 30, 2020

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...

Murder in Woodstock & the Mechanic who bested law enforcement

Self-taught Sherlock: Woodstock's Amateur Detective In his book Woodstock’s Infamous Murder Trial: Early Racial Injustice in Upstate New York,...

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...

Seattle’s Lost Serial Killer Gary Gene Grant

In 1969, the body of a young woman was discovered in the woods of Renton, Washington rocking the communities along...

Capturing Alma Kellner’s Killer

On a bitterly cold day in December 1909, eight-year-old Alma Kellner simply disappeared from the altar of St. John's Church in...

Missouri’s Majestic Jails

We recently sat down to read a book on Missouri true crime and were struck by the curious...

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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...