Historical True Crime Blog

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Benjamin Franklin as a True Crime Writer

Benjamin Franklin. You know him as a founding father, a drafter of the Declaration of Independence, the discoverer of electricity, a diplomat. But did you know he wrote true crime, too? He started his career as a printing apprentice and later...

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A Murder, a World Record, and a White Squirrel

A triple insult As I scanned the ink scratched onto the yellowing letter, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for its author. It’s one thing to be falsely accused of a murder. It’s another to be driven out of your country. But the final insult is to...

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Villisca Ax Murders

This is the stuff slumber party folklore is made of. You’ve probably heard the story, perhaps even at a slumber party. Evil incarnate once waited in the attic for a family to retire. Then it slunk down the stairs to murder them all. It really...

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LeRoy Wiley Gresham, the Child Sage of Civil-War Georgia

In April 1865, more than just the Confederacy was dying in Macon, Georgia. LeRoy Wiley Gresham was dying too. Only 17, he succumbed to tuberculosis  a few months after the Civil War ended. What made LeRoy Wiley Gresham different was his writing...

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The mysterious fate of Boston Corbett

What happened to the man who shot John Wilkes Booth? One of the lingering mysteries of the Lincoln assassination concerns Boston Corbett, the man who shot John Wilkes Booth. In 1888, Corbett disappeared into thin air. Michael W. Kauffman, a Lincoln...

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