Category Archives: True Crime Authors

Mindhunter: who is the mysterious killer glimpsed throughout the series?

This article contains spoilers for the first season of Mindhunter, and Zodiac.

It’s as though director and executive producer David Fincher posed us a very simple question: “what do you want?” And we replied “10 hours of Zodiac, please.” To which, in his wisdom, he cheerfully responded “say no more fam.”

Yes, 70s-set binge-fodder Mindhunter arrived on Netflix this past Friday and ended up monopolising our entire weekend – bums were not leaving sofas until we’d chained all 10 episodes of the relentlessly creepy (and unexpectedly funny) FBI drama, based on the legendary book Mind Hunter: Inside The FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker.

After the final credits rolled, we were left with a few tantalising threads still dangling. What happened to that cat? Has Holden finally opened an emotional floodgate within himself that he’ll struggle to shut? What happened to that cat? What penalties or punishment

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Library Corner – The Sentinel

‘Murder and Mayhem in Kentucky’ book discussion

Join us for the third and final session of a three-part scholar led book discussion series that will cover “true stories of bone chilling cruelty and heart wrenching heroism” that took place in Kentucky and other Appalachian states. The anthology, Appalachian Murders and Mysteries by James M. Gifford and Edwina Pendarvis, will be utilized during the entire series.

The facilitator will be EKU’s true crime author Keven McQueen. He’ll discuss the murder of Mary Magdalene Pitts, the Skyline Drive murders of Don and Brenda Howard, and Charles Manson’s ties to the Tri-State area.

This session will take place on Thursday, October 12 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Kentucky Room at the Laurel County Public Library.

Registration is required. Register online at or call Gwen at 606-864-5759.

The library is located just off the 192 bypass in London.

Diabetes Awareness and Prevention program Oct. 16


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Experts still clueless on what drives mass murder 50 years after unhinged man fatally blasts six

On an autumn Monday morning 50 years ago, Leo Held piloted his blue station wagon along his customary 17-mile roller coaster commute up and down the ridge-and-valley Appalachians of north-central Pennsylvania.

Middle age had arrived early for Held, a married father of four children, ages 5 to 19. Doughy and balding, he had just turned 40 but looked eligible for a senior discount.

Held choked the steering wheel that morning — Oct. 23, 1967 — as he drove toward the Lock Haven, Pa., paper mill where he worked, seething over the affronts he used to rationalize what he was about to do.

Friends and colleagues would later describe Held as an ordinary man. But his mind played a nonstop reel of umbrage-taking. He felt persecuted for conflicts that reasonable adults would brush off or talk through.

‘Psychological autopsy’ could uncover Las Vegas gunman’s motives

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A true crime writer’s tale: Scott Bainbridge delves into New Zealand’s biggest heist

Back in 1956, Auckland gangsters cut the top off a safe in waterfront offices and walked away with the payroll. ...

Back in 1956, Auckland gangsters cut the top off a safe in waterfront offices and walked away with the payroll. Investigative author Scott Bainbridge has written a book on how it happened (file photo).

Scott Bainbridge has heard confessions from 1960s gangsters, pored over old murder files, and had photos handed to him with a warning.

He’s a true crime author, the man whose books inspired the television series The Missing.

His most recent work, The Great NZ Robbery, recounts New Zealand’s biggest heist, which left a wrecked safe and a few scattered notes behind.

The Great NZ Robbery adds to Scott Bainbridge's growing list of books about Kiwi crimes (file photo).

The Great NZ Robbery adds to Scott

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Favorite desserts and other final observations from Sabrina Limon trial





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City of Angels beckons

Sam Muzaliwa is getting out of town. 

The Telluride resident isn’t necessarily running from anything, but rather, toward something — in Los Angeles. 

Muzaliwa, 27, is signed to the independent LA record label Rick Ross Music Group; the hip-hop label “Freeway” Rick Ross established in 2014. (Ross, a former cocaine kingpin, has become a successful entrepreneur and businessman since being released from prison in 2009).

Known as Samweli, Muzaliwa is ready to focus more seriously on recording and promoting his brand in LA. Since signing with the label in January 2016, Muzaliwa (he’s also gone by Samwell, Samweili and 5 a.m.), released one compilation, in addition to his four previous solo albums on Bandcamp. 

“I haven’t been marketing or pushing it heavily, because it’s so easy to be content here in Telluride. The life here is a luxurious one, to say the least. We’re truly blessed to be up here,” he said. “It’s so easy

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An evening with crime writers coming to Exeter

EXETER The voices behind a true crime podcast garnering national listenership will come together for a night of chatter at the Word Barn on Oct. 12.

Crime Writers On, featuring Rebecca Lavoie, Kevin Flynn, Toby Ball and Lara Bricker, has morphed into a weekly discussion on true crime, journalism, and pop culture. According to Bricker, an Exeter resident, they’re getting 70,000 to 100,000 downloads a week.

The event, titled “An Evening with the Crime Writers,” is a fundraiser for the Exeter Historical Society. Bricker said several society trustees and employees listen to the podcast, and originally asked if she were interested in speaking about true crime in Exeter.

Lavoie and Flynn have written books about true crime cases on the Seacoast, including Seth Mazzaglia who killed a University of New Hampshire student in 2012. They’ve also written about Epping murderer Sheila

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Evil serial killer known as the Brooklyn Vampire who kidnapped children and cut them up and ATE them

He is arguably the most depraved serial killer in the annals of American crime, a sadist, paedophile, and cannibal who by his own estimation killed as many as 100 children over a murderous career spanning more than two decades.

He was also a reprobate of quite staggering proportions, who practiced so many perversions that his court-appointed psychiatrist called him “the most polymorphous pervert I have ever known.”

The newspapers of the day called him the Gray Man, the Brooklyn Vampire, or the Werewolf of Wisteria.

His real name was Albert Fish.

On Monday, May 28, 1928, Delia Budd answered a knock on her apartment door and found a frail old man standing on the threshold.

(Image: New York Daily News)

(Image: New York Daily News)

He introduced himself as Frank Howard and said he was there in response to an advertisement that Mrs Budd’s 18-year-old

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The Grisly Murder That Launched a Podcast Star

Dan Zupansky was underwhelmed when he met Sidney Teerhuis in jail. Teerhuis was overweight, had a face scarred by acne, and spoke with a high, hectoring voice. He was in prison for committing a vicious murder and dismemberment, but to Zupansky he looked like Drew Carey wearing a jumpsuit. 

The two were meeting in the visitor’s room of the Winnipeg Remand Centre on March 9, 2004 in Canada’s midwestern province of Manitoba. They exchanged greetings and quietly sat face-to-face on hard plastic benches on either side of a Plexiglas wall. Zupansky, then 44 and a handsome man with short hair brushed back with a comb, was wondering about the psychological makeup of the person sitting across from him. Eight months earlier, at the age of 33, Teerhuis had stabbed another man 68 times, dismembered the body, and disposed of the organs so thoroughly that they were never found. Teerhuis was in prison awaiting trial for the crime, and he likewise wondered about his visitor – what kind of person puts himself

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