fact or fiction

Is it fact or merely fiction? Fact or Fiction explores the myths and beliefs we hold about copycat killers, eyewitnesses testimony, what makes a murderer and more.

Public Fears of the Past and Present
*Two of my criminology professors, James Williams and Anita Lam, inspired me to write this post, and I learned all this from them. Thank you both for being such quality educators and for playing a vit...
Matthew Evans11 days ago
Serial Killers
Child abuse, through mental and physical abuse, affects the psychological makeup of a person. It corrupts the person and can create the very horror that we know as a serial killer. Some of the most fa...
Sam Larson24 days ago
9 FAQs about Crime and Criminal Law in America
In America, the fascination with crime is rampant. We are fascinated by serial killers and curious about the laws that bind them, so much so that crime has been an integral part of American popular cu...
LB
Lena Baileya month ago
Cults
So cults are hard to understand. Sometimes a lot of them are more hidden than others. So what is a cult? What do they do? There are several categories or definitions of cults—here are some of the most...
Kasey Renee2 months ago
The Saintly Children of the Blood Libel
Little Hugh of Lincoln would have passed through history unnoticed if it wasn’t for his death. His death, as described a bit in the reading that started us off, was attached to the blood libel. Soon, ...
Cato Conroy2 months ago
10 Facts About Bonnie and Clyde
Netflix recently unveiled a new event series called The Highwaymen, a brand-new retelling of the story of Bonnie and Clyde—as well as the Texas rangers who took them down. It's a movie touted as actio...
Jay Chenevert3 months ago
Suicide Square (Pt. 1)
By J.K. Chenevert, BSCJ
Why Do Women Fall in Love with Convicted Killers?
Some women are positively crazy for serial killers. Ted Bundy was a mass murderer who wrote fan letters, reportedly received hundreds of love letters from young women when he was incarcerated. Richard...
10 Facts About Jonestown You Didn't Know
Prior to 9/11, the Jonestown Massacre was the largest massive loss of American lives in United States history. The massacre, which was led by cult leader Jim Jones, led over 900 men, women, and childr...
Skunk Uzeki4 months ago
10 Shocking Facts About the Crips
The Crips are one of the largest gangs in America, and have been a staple of pop culture for decades. Ever since the rise of gangster rap and the rise of gangster movies, people have talked about the ...
Wade Wainio4 months ago
Murder Myths: Isolated Cabins and Rural Freaks/We Should Never Listen to Killers
Let's look at some stereotypes and conventional wisdom regarding murderers. How well do certain claims regarding murderers hold up?
Buddy Brown4 months ago
10 Things You Didn't Know About Conjugal Visits
If you listen to any true crime podcast, you'll hear riveting stories of murderous killers and wicked women. You might hear of serial killer calling cards, intrepid investigators, as well as the night...
Shelby Yarchin4 months ago
South Carolina's First Female Serial Killer
There is a fine line between truth and legend when it comes to the mysterious case of Lavinia Fisher and her infamous Six Mile Inn right outside of Charleston's city limits. Lavinia has been officiall...
Xena Warrior5 months ago
Understanding a "Monster"
The video above is not my own, however, it conveys many of the points I make in the following post. I'll get straight to the point: I want to prevent rape and molestation. "Who doesn't?" But I realized something; it's going to take a lot of people - people who have a strong sense of empathy and strong stomachs to succeed in prevention. I say this because everyone has been trying to find the solution to this problem by changing the VICTIMS, and yes, I am referring to victim shaming. Which, let's ...
Keri Gordon5 months ago
A Knapp-tastic Time
Ever wonder about the life of the man known as the "Serial Strangler?" Or maybe, you haven't heard of him at all. This man's legacy is not taught in all schools, if any, but is very intriguing none th...
Cato Conroy5 months ago
10 Bizarre Murder Cases No One Can Explain
Humanity has a natural knack for the macabre. People love talking about murder and mayhem, and solving whodunnits as soon as they hear about them. That's what makes the best true crime books of 2018 s...
What Is Murderabilia?
Let's cut right to the chase here: What is murderabilia? Murderabilia, also sometimes known as "murderbilia," is a term first coined by Andy Kahan, the director of the Crime Victims Office at the Hous...
Violent Crime Among Youngsters
In today's society it is very common for children under the age of 18 to be violent, as they are deprived of social and emotional learning in which they need from parents and teachers. However, it can...