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    True Crime Shit

    Aileen Wuornos was a serial killer who murdered seven men while working as a prostitute. You already know that because Charlize Theron won an Oscar for playing her in a movie. These are the prison-issue panties Wuornos wore while awaiting execution in Florida.

  • Postmortem

    I still remember the first time I smelled brain. It was my grandfather, cracking open the skulls of squirrels he’d killed. They’d scamper down the sides of pecans and live oaks among the Louisiana timbers where I grew up, enter his sights—then, oblivion.

  • Employees of the Month

    Andre Dubus III is the author of six books, including the New York Times best sellers House of Sand and Fog and The Garden of Last Days, and a memoir, Townie.

  • Break-Out

    Over the course of his 50-year career, Donald E. Westlake wrote more than 100 books, the vast majority of them crime fiction—most often seen from the point of view of the criminals. In 1993, the Mystery Writers of America gave him their highest honor, naming him Grand Master

  • Crooked Men

    I was 26 years old when I published Gomorrah, which recounts the story of the Camorra, the Mafia from Naples, the land where I was born. For almost eight years I’ve lived under police protection because of it.

  • It's Called Murder Culture

    According to the FBI, more than 165,000 murders and 10,200,000 aggravated assaults occured in the United States between 2000 and 2011.

  • The Art of Ransom

    The kidnapping biz is booming these days. Once the specialty of South American guerrilla armies and drug cartels, abducting and bartering for human beings has become a global industry in the past decade.

  • Four Years on Line with the Amityville Horror

    They ran meds before breakfast, so I used to see the back of Ronald DeFeo Jr.’s head every morning before the sun was up. Heroin addiction had taken me from my desk at a literary agency to an alley with a pocketknife to this line for medication at Green Haven Correctional Facilit…

  • Who Is the West Mesa Bone Collector?

    The story of the West Mesa murders begins outside Albuquerque, New Mexico, on a high desert plateau that rises up over the Rio Grande. Sun Belt sprawl and subdivisions with names like Desert Spring Flower and Paradise Hills give way to dry sand, tumbleweeds, and trailer parks.

  • The Joker Broker

    Arturo Díaz Jr. needed a buyer. He had turned 1,000 acres of his family’s Puerto Rico waterfront into a luxury housing development called Coco Beach, but the real estate bubble had burst and the banks were on his case.

  • Supernatural Sacrifice

    The Devil is probably not launching an all-out assault on the people of South Africa, but if you pick up the tabloids, talk to the locals, or ask the police, they’ll all tell you: Satanic crime is a growing problem.

  • The Black Bernie Madoff

    In 1913, Charles Russell, a restorationist minister from Pittsburgh, was accused of bilking his followers on grain sales. Russell, it seemed, had been charging his flock exorbitant rates for a “Miracle Wheat” that, on further inspection, was not that much different from regular w…

  • The Guy Behind the DadBoner Twitter Account Explains Internet Fame

    Comedian Mike Burns is perhaps best known as the creator of @DadBoner on Twitter, the ongoing story of Karl Welzein, a divorced dad who loves Van Halen and muscle cars. DadBoner is about to get an animated series pilot for Comedy Central, so we talked to him about how to turn onl…