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May 28, 2016
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May 28, 2016
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Meet ‘Deadshot Mary,’ a 1930s Undercover Cop Superstar
How one NYC policewoman became a media sensation.
May 25, 2016
How Trees Help Solve Murders
Twigs, seeds and pollen can help heat up otherwise cold cases.
May 20, 2016
The Violent Ice Cream Wars of 1980s Scotland
The most dangerous job in Glasgow was being an ice cream man.
May 13, 2016
Professor Solves 350-Year-Old Mystery Behind The Man in the Iron Mask
He thinks so, anyway.
May 09, 2016
Site of the First Train Robbery in the West
Lured here by the promise of tens of thousands in gold, Jesse James started a quintessentially American trend of robbing trains in-motion.
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Restoration of Historic Italian Palace Interrupted by Mob Arrests
The Camorra gets into the preservation racket.
May 05, 2016
The Female Ghost Buster Who Rooted Out Spiritual Fraud for Houdini
How Rose Mackenberg took on phantoms and fakes.
May 05, 2016
Village Mayor Arrested for Stealing 111 Road Signs
It's a curious case.
April 27, 2016
The Rise of Pirate Libraries
Shadowy digital libraries want to hold all the world's knowledge and give it away for free.
April 21, 2016
Smuggler Caught With 11 Songbirds In His Pants
The aspiring birdlegger was trying to sneak his captives into Taiwan.
April 18, 2016
Where the Missing Millions Went After Britain's Biggest Gold Heist
Newly leaked documents reveal a complex money-laundering scheme.
April 04, 2016
The Story Behind the Bulletproof Photo Craze
Men shot each other all the time, it seems, for publicity photos in the 1920s.
March 31, 2016
Watch a UFO Get Abducted by a Local Teen
The Roswell, New Mexico landmark was found smashed to pieces in a ditch last Wednesday.
March 29, 2016
Found: 68,000 Smuggled Python Skins
They are worth around $48 million.
March 28, 2016
Police Might Have Solved Baffling Case of Phenomenally Accurate Egger
It took months of stakeouts, surveillance, and eggshell forensics.
March 24, 2016
New York's First Female Crime Boss Started Her Own Crime School
Marm Mandelbaum, The Queen of Fences, turned street rats into professional criminals.
March 23, 2016
The Strange Tale of Echo, the Parrot Who Saw Too Much
A mobster's pet is said to be in hiding. Could the bird be a witness in court?
March 22, 2016
Private Eyes Tell Us About Digging Through People's Trash
It turns out this technique isn't just good in movies—it works in real life, too.
March 18, 2016
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