Crime

Things You Should Know But Don’t: Revisiting the Golden Age of Serial Killers
Posted January 22, 2024 Written by Claire

In 2023, there were an unsettling number of missing persons cases that went unanswered and strange murders left unsolved. Between […]

Things You Should Know But Don’t: Early Signs of a Killer
Posted July 17, 2023 Written by Claire

Often times when the FBI is looking for a serial killer, they will begin building a criminal profile to help […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: The Calling Cards of Killers
Posted April 10, 2023 Written by Claire

While “calling card” has a context in crime, the term has its origins in an 18th century social practice. Often, […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Copycat Killers
Posted March 27, 2023 Written by Claire

You’ve undoubtedly heard the term “copycat killer.” It’s often used as a popular trope in crime dramas and police procedurals […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: The Golden Age of Serial Killers
Posted January 16, 2023 Written by Claire

John Wayne Gacy. Jeffrey Dahmer. Ted Bundy. The Zodiac Killer. Son of Sam. Even people who don’t actively seek out […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: America’s First Serial Killer
Posted September 26, 2022 Written by Claire

The period from 1970 until the late 1990s is popularly known as the “Golden Age” of serial killers in the […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: The New Orleans Vampires
Posted August 15, 2022 Written by Claire

My newest novel, Blood on the Bayou, is centered in New Orleans, one of the most unique cultures in the […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: The Axeman of New Orleans
Posted July 4, 2022 Written by Claire

From May 1918 to October 1919, the people of New Orleans found themselves terrorized by a serial killer who became […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Digital Detectives Part 2
Posted January 17, 2022 Written by Claire

My last blog covered some of the basics of a phenomena often referred to as “crowdsourced investigations”, a reference to […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Digital Detectives Part 1
Posted January 3, 2022 Written by Claire

True crime as a genre has been captivating audiences for the better part of the last decade. While true crime […]