History

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 […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: The FBI’s Art Theft Team
Posted October 30, 2023 Written by Claire

The FBI is known for a great many things but most often people associate it with large-scale, high-profile criminal investigations […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: The FBI Investigation into ESP
Posted October 16, 2023 Written by Claire

The FBI has been a prominent entity of government law enforcement in the U.S. since it was first founded in […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Does Criminal Profiling Work?
Posted May 22, 2023 Written by Claire

Last week I discussed what criminal profiling is and its history, particularly related to the FBI and how it is […]

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Things You Should Know But Don’t: Criminal Profiling
Posted May 8, 2023 Written by Claire

Crime fascinates many people, especially when it’s violent. For some, this is because it’s difficult to understand what compels someone […]

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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: Origins of a Serial Killer
Posted February 13, 2023 Written by Claire

What makes a serial killer? While that’s a provocative question, I mean it here in the most literal sense: What, […]

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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: The FBI & Forensic Science
Posted December 19, 2022 Written by Claire

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation was created in 1908 by Attorney General Charles Bonaparte. At the time, the U.S. […]