Jack the Ripper

While Jack the Ripper was certainly not the first serial killer, he was likely the first one to be active in a large metropolis at a time when the general populace was literate and the press affected social change. The Ripper also appeared during a time that was experience some tremendous political turmoil, and all... Continue Reading →

The Pink Lady

The air was crisp that November night. Wisps of smoke from the fireplaces in the Great Hall floated up two floors to the Palm Court. The rooms were warmed by the fireplaces glow and mingled with the nature of the visitors. The hushed murmurs of conversation could barely be heard over the jazzy 1920s music... Continue Reading →

The Murder of Jeanette DePalma

Richard Nixon was president. Watergate was front and center, and the Dallas Cowboys actually won Super Bowl 6, but nothing would prepare New Jersey for what was to come. Outside of an apartment complex on Wilson Road in Springfield, New Jersey, a decomposed human arm was found. The arm had been carried around by dog... Continue Reading →

The Mystery of Tamam Shud

When it comes to murder, most cases aren’t hard to figure out. The husband did it. The wife did it. The vengeful ex did it. The crime falls into a well-established pattern, and the motives are easy to spot. But then there are times when murder makes no sense. They don’t fall into a template,... Continue Reading →

Haunted Cemeteries in Asheville, NC

One of the best places in Asheville to stroll through history is the Riverside Cemetery. Its 87 acres of rolling hills is filled with stories and beauty. One area overlooks the French Broad River. The cemetery dates back to 1885 and is the oldest cemetery in Asheville. The Asheville Cemetery Company established the area as... Continue Reading →

The Great Escape – Alcatraz Part 2

Located on the lonely island in the middle of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz was the re-fortified prison for America’s most dangerous criminals. It held Al Capone and the Birdman of Alcatraz. And while Alcatraz had long been considered un-escapable, during its re-fortification in the 1930s, it was given tough iron bars, strategically positioned guard towers,... Continue Reading →

The History of Alcatraz

Sitting in the middle of the San Francisco Bay is the infamous Alcatraz Island. While Alcatraz, and its infamous nickname “The Rock,” is best known as being a maximum-security prison for the likes of Al Capone and James “Whitey” Bulger, its history stretches far beyond those days. Long before the island became known as Alcatraz,... Continue Reading →

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