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.

April Demarco12 days ago
10 Facts About Scientology That Will Terrify You
Scientology is currently a nationally-recognized religion with a 503(c) tax designation from the IRS. It also happens to be the choice religion of Hollywood movie stars like John Travolta, Tom Cruise,...
E Stolinski18 days ago
The Revelations of 'Cold Case Hammarskjöld'
The natural tendency of people, myself included, to believe what they read and hear in the mainstream media means that government agencies are able to constantly lie to us, and, what’s more, to get away with it. The normal pattern is that we are told a convenient fiction at the time, and then 50 or so years later the truth emerges. So it is with the murder of Dag Hammarskjöld, who was Secretary-General of the United Nations when he died in 1961. For many years afterwards the plane crash, which k...
Ella Rainza month ago
Attack of the Killer Clowns
When it comes to clowns, I know that I am not the only one who shivers with a bit of anxiety. Even as a little girl their painted faces scared me and the manic laughs haunted my dreams. Even though th...
Murder Kiss
All I had was just us, and perhaps, I at times took it for granted. Before my sister turned into a public scorn and was called a lunatic and a murder, she was just an ordinary young ambitious woman. T...
Janelle Ouellet2 months ago
The Forsaken Victims of a Handsome Monster
Look at these pictures. What words come to mind? What thoughts or feelings do they provoke? For many, fleeting mixed emotions of sadness and anxiety because they are dead and remain voiceless. Many wi...
Mimo le Singe3 months ago
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 Evans3 months 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 Larson3 months 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...
Lena Bailey3 months ago
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 Renee4 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 Conroy4 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 Chenevert5 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 Uzeki6 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 Wainio6 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 Brown6 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 Yarchin7 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...