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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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...