• I’ve Been Pen Pals with Nearly 50 Murderers and Serial Killers

    I would send my pen pals money for postage and phone time to write and call me. After a few years, I'd had conversations with many of America's most infamous and hated individuals.

  • How Albanian Lives Are Wrecked by Cycles of Vengeance

    Gjakmarrja, the tradition of blood feuds, has been a part of Albanian culture since the 15th century, when a set of laws called the Kanun of Lekë Dukagjini held that a murder victim’s family could avenge his death by killing a male member of the...

  • Watch This Eerily Erotic and Pretty Fucked-up 'American Ecstasy' Trailer

    There isn't too much information available about 'American Ecstasy,' besides the fucked-up and strangely sexy trailer. To glean a little—and I mean just a little—insight on what the new film is about, I hit director Jonathan Leder up for a chat on the...

  • Here She Is, Miss Holocaust Survivor 2012

    Everyone loves Holocaust survivors and beauty pageants, so why hasn’t someone combined the two? That was the exact thought of Israeli charity Yad Ezer L’Haver (“Helping Hand”), which in late June held a competition in Haifa to crown a Miss Holocaust...

  • Iron Maiden Is Great Thanks to Murder

    Some friends of mine in New Jersey had a theroy about Iron Maiden. They surmised that the first five Maiden albums were perfect metal records, mainly because every song was about, alluded to, or conjured up images of killing. Even the instrumentals...

  • An Interview with Nina Arsenault Continues

    Was cannibalistic psycho killer Luka Magnotta well-endowed?