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Justice & Punishment

The Deadly Soap Maker
2 years ago

The Deadly Soap Maker

In your right palm I see a prison, in the left one a criminal asylum.” That’s what a Roman furtune teller predicted when she read Leonarda’s future. Her forecast would …
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The Last Executions In Britain
2 years ago

The Last Executions In Britain

As regular readers are aware, I cover true crime here a fair bit and the death penalty is a regular feature. So, today, it’s with some small satisfaction that we’re …
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America’s First Electrocution
2 years ago

America’s First Electrocution

August 6, 1890 saw the dawn of a new age for criminal history. At Auburn Prison in upstate New York there was the execution of one, William Kemmler, condemned for …
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The Peculiar Death of Willie Francis
2 years ago

The Peculiar Death of Willie Francis

Here’s another strange but true case, this one courtesy of the State of Louisiana.

It was on May 9, 1947 that a 17-year old black teenager walked his last mile. …
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Should Our Thoughts Be a Criminal Offense?
2 years ago

Should Our Thoughts Be a Criminal Offense?

Back when I was going through my digital forensics training we were instructed on how to recover information on perpetrators or missing persons through a variety of means including, but …
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To Commute, Or Not Commute?
2 years ago

To Commute, Or Not Commute?

That is the question for any State Governor with the power to do so. Some agonize over the decision, some don’t and a great many will base their decision more …
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The Last Execution At The Tower Of London
3 years ago

The Last Execution At The Tower Of London

The Tower of London, nowadays a popular tourist destination. Once also a prison, defensive fortress, a crime scene (if you believe, as I do, that the ‘Princes in the Tower’ …
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Pseudo-Science in the Court
3 years ago

Pseudo-Science in the Court

The nation’s largest post-conviction review of forensic evidence is currently underway after the FBI admits that the nearly three decade practice of using visual comparisons for hair samples and bite …
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Unit 731
3 years ago

Unit 731

Most of us are aware of the bizarre and cruel human experimentation projects performed by Germany’s infamous Josef Mengele, and those who are regular readers may even be aware of …
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Satanic Panic
3 years ago

Satanic Panic

The “Satanic Panic” that swept over the media through late 1970s into the early 1990s commonly refers to the belief that satanic cults were responsible for a smorgasbord of serious …
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