True Crime

Things You Should Know But Don’t: Using AI to Create Police Sketches
Posted March 4, 2024 Written by Claire

In 2017, California police released an image of a potential suspect in the murder of Maria Jane Weidhofer, a cold […]

Things You Should Know But Don’t: Using Social Media to Predict Crime
Posted February 19, 2024 Written by Claire

Can AI predict crime? In past blogs, I’ve written about crime mapping, a technique where police data is used to […]

Things You Should Know But Don’t: AI in Policing
Posted February 5, 2024 Written by Claire

Despite the controversy around AI, it has a wide range of practical applications across many fields. Among those is law […]

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 […]

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 […]

Things You Should Know But Don’t: Common Traits of a Killer
Posted June 5, 2023 Written by Claire

In the world of true crime and crime fiction, it’s a cause for celebration when a notorious killer is caught—such […]

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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 […]