Category: murder

The Criminal Cop

Charles Becker’s life changed in July 1911. Before then, the New York City policeman had worked a few cases that brought him some renown. But then he was assigned to head up one of three Special Squads, which a newspaper

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A Real-Life Jekyll and Hyde

Born and raised in Dayton Ohio, Oliver Crook Haugh was said to be something of a bully. He didn’t last in the family business and instead worked at a local pharmacy. There he had access to cocaine and other strong

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Lured by Love Letters to a Gruesome Death

How does a tall, 200-pound Norwegian woman just disappear? Especially after newspapers report that dozens of bodies have been dug up from her farm? By faking her death, which is what many believe Belle Gunness did in 1908. Belle is

Posted in Chicago, murder, serial killer

Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death

Frances Glessner Lee, a socialite and International Harvester heiress born in 1878, was a pioneer of forensic science. She said, “I didn’t do a lick of work to deserve what I have. Therefore, I feel I have been left an

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H.H. Holmes’s Murder Castle

How devious do you have to be to build an ornate torture chamber inside a three-story, block-long hotel on the busy south side of Chicago? Mass murderer Henry Howard Holmes, who confessed and recanted to killing at least 27 people,

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