Saturday, February 22, 2020

The man who beat the Black Hand

Before America saw headlines about the Capone Mob, the Purple Gang and Murder Inc., the specter of the Black Hand terrorized nearly...

Ohio’s Last Great Train Robbery: How They Got Away

You gotta hand it to him. Like a Danny Ocean of his day, Alvin Karpis—public enemy number one in the mid-1930s—didn’t rob the...

The Architecture of Vice: The Maceo Family of Galveston

Building Criminal Empires in Galveston, Texas In the Lone Star State, Texans have always prided themselves on their resourcefulness...

Running Rum in Chicago Heights

Where to Hide the Booze? It’s a fair question: where should you hide the booze, during the era...

How to Rig an Election

Politics, Pittsburgh-Style November is election season, and no matter whether it’s a presidential year, a mid-term, or an...

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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...

Did a Mysterious Witch Murder Pirate Sam Bellamy?

Golden-haired maiden. Radiant young mother. Seasoned jailbreaker. Feared outcast. Talented healer and sympathetic goodwife—and last but not least, murderous witch. In her years upon this...