Monday, March 30, 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...

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...

Buried Treasure on Long Island

What Captain Kidd Left Behind Who doesn’t love a good pirate? Whether it’s Blackbeard with his smoking hair...

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