True Crime Literature

True Crime is a popular literary genre that details actual criminals and crime, most often murder.

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Who invented the C Walk aka the Crip Walk?

You can find the originator of the crip walk from the book of the cofounder of the crips, Stanley Tookie Williams, in his book Blue Rage, Black Redemption. It is one of the best books I've ever read. The answer if found on page 119. He identifies his friend by his street name, Dancing Sugar Bear. He taught it to Tookie less than a year after the gang had been formed in 1972.

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Is the movie An American Crime based on a book?

No, I don't think so. There ARE two books about the crimes: The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum, and House of Evil: The Indiana Torture Slaying, by John Dean (see the Related Links below for the books on amazon.com). But the books seem to be totally unrelated to the 2007 film An American Crime. An American Crime does not seem to be based on either of these books.

The Girl Next Door was made into a movie, but again, it seems to be completely unrelated to An American Crime, besides the fact that both movies are about the Baniszewski case.

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What ever happened to Dr John Story?

Dr. John Story, small town physician in Lovell, WY, was convicted of numerous rapes against his patients in the 1980s. Lovell, WY has a large population of Mormon families and they seemed to have been the focus of the attacks.

Because of the structure of the Mormon family, reporting the crime of rape was horrendous for these women. Very modest and shy to discuss anything sexual, the thought of having to tell anyone about these crimes was very difficult. And of course patients that had not been abused defended him to the death.

The good doctor, after having exhausted his appeals, served his time in Wyoming State Prison, being allowed conjugal visits every few months. He has since been released and now lives in another state with his wife of many years.

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What is Francis Frank Costello's real name?

Salvatore Costello. He hated his name because he thought it sounded like a girl's name.

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What is the history of a gun called the Peacemaker?

The original Peacemaker was a single-action Colt 45, owned by Wild Bill Hickok, serial #139345. Hickok was supposed to have killed 14 men with this gun in the last 2 years of his life. Hickok was murdered by Jack McCall when McCall shot him in the back of the head while Hickok was playing poker on August 2, 1876.

On July 14, 1882 in Fort Sumner NM a young man was killed with this same gun. The dead man was none other than Billy the Kid, aka William Bonney. The Kid was killed by lawman Pat Garrett. After Hickok's death his sister gave his beloved Peacemaker to a family friend, which happened to be Garrett. Talk about a small world.

When Sheriff Garrett retired from law enforcement he gave the gun to a friend and gun collector Fred Suttun of Oklahoma City, OK. Since then it has been passed from one collector to another. Where it is now is anybody's guess.

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What was the strain theory of the Green River Killer?

The 'strain theory' as it applies to Gary L. Ridgeway, aka Green River Killer, begins in his childhood. Ridgeway had a very interesting relationship with his domineering mother. Borderline incestuous, Ridgeway later told how her provocative way of dressing, bathing young Gary when in his teens, and an absent father left Ridgeway sexually attracted to his mother. She was also overbearing and would quite frequently humiliate him especially about his bed wetting. Although the Ridgeways seemed, at least superfically, like an average family, Gary struggled throughout his childhood and teen years.

As an adult he had failed marriages (2), failed service record, and in general had trouble relating to other people. As is common with serial killers, many are not at ease with the rest of the human population.

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Is Donald Pee Wee Gaskins an organized or disorganized serial killer?

Pee wee Gaskins first killing was committed by mere chance when in 1946, at the age of 13, a girl he knew interrupted him burglarizing a home. She attacked him with an ax, which he managed to get away from her, striking her in the head and arm with it before running away from the scene. The second one was committed by chance and not by intentional motives also so as a killer he was disorganized getting caught both times serving terms.

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What was the MO for the Hillside Stranglers?

The MO or modis operandi means the way a criminal carries out his crimes. It should not be confused with signature.

For the the Hillside Stranglers their MO involved using fake police badges, abduction in their car, the victims were taken to a predesignated place, (Angelo Buno's house) where they were kept alive for a certain amount of time, they were raped repeatedly, and then were tortured beyond belief before finally being killed. Then the bodies were taken into the hills surrounding Los Angeles and dumped.

A killer's MO can change and evolve over time. Killers get better at what they do, or they can become bored and need to 'push the envelope' just to achieve the same thrill. Like a drug addict that needs more and more of the drug to achieve the same 'high'. The MO helps law enforcement predict what a killer will do to a certain degree. It also helps establish a profile which helps narrow the possiblities of suspects down to a more managable number.

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Is jonbenet Ramsey Dave Ramsey's daughter?

No

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Why was Robert Elmer Kleason's murder conviction overturned?

Kleason's conviction was overturned because of an illegal search. This resulted in key evidence being ommited so he must be tried again. Now new DNA evidence has been found and the state of Texas wants him back for a new trial. Kleason is fighting the extradition on the grounds that if he were returned to the state of Texas it would be a death warrent for him. Since the UK has no death penalty they will not extradict a prisoner to a country that employees capital punishment.

Note of Interest:Serial killer Charles Ng, whom with his partner in crime Leonard Lake, killed scores of people and buried them at a cabin in Northern California, fought extradition for years while in a Canadian prison. Canada has the same policy as the UK about extridicting a prisoner to a country that has the death penalty. Finally our neighbors to the north relented and Ng received the death penalty and now sits on California's death row. Lake checked out early. When arrested Lake swallowed a cyanide capsule and died days later in the hospital.

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O.J. Simpson

What happened to OJ Simpson's children?

They are all adults now and leading their own lives minus their father.

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Could Joanne Lees be Mary Bell's daughter?

The court protected her daughter with anonymity until she was 18. After some incident she was granted anonymity permanently so her name remains a secret. If you read the maniscripts the name Mary Bell order is the name of her daughter but she uses some other name in real life.

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Yes what you have said is correct. The incident your referring to is when the press located Mary and her daughter and after that Marys daughter was told about her mums past. It was then that Mary sought anonymity for her daughter and was granted life long anonymity for herself and her daughter by the courts..However that has nothing to do with Joanne Lees. Joanne has a mother, knows who her father is and has a birth certificate to prove where she was born and who her mother is. Enough said.

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What happened to Tyria Moore after Aileen Wuornos was arrested?

Tyria Moore, Wuornos's sometime girlfriend, returned to her family in Ohio. Although it was never established if Moore took part in any of the murders, she did know about some of them. In the end she cooperated with police and testified against Wuornos at her trials. Interesting Fact:Wuornos confessed and told police that Moore had no part in the murders. She did this to keep Moore out of trouble. In return, Moore was planning to sell her story for a movie deal.

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How was Jonbenet killed?

The cause of death was one or a combination of asphyxiation by garrot/strangulation and severe head trauma.

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Who published Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi?

Bantam Books in 1976.

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Homicide

What is the strangest murder on record?

If it's not the strangest, it has to be close. On July 12, 1942 at the Green Parrot Restaurant and Bar on Third Ave. near 100th St., New York City. The proprietor was shot in an apparent robbery, of the 20 or so patrons in the bar that day no one seemed to see anything. They all claimed to be at the other end of the room. As it turned out the Green Parrot was named for the owners' parrot that lived at the bar. On the day of the murder the bird kept yelling, 'Robert, Robert, Robert. The police thought he was saying 'robber'. Once they figured he wasn't yelling 'robber' it didn't take them long to find the only regular customer with the name of Robert. Yes, Robert was the 'dirty bird' that shot the owner. It wasn't a robbery at all, but a murder committed out of rage. Thanks to the parrot, the killer got 7 to 15 years in Sing Sing Prison.

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What ever happened to the killers of Bobby Franks?

The 1924 murder of Bobby Franks by Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb caused much public outrage. Leopold, a 19 year old college student with an IQ of 200, enlisted his friend Richard Loeb, to abduct and kill 14 year old Franks, not because of something that he did, but because Leopold and Loeb were bored.

One of the killers lost his prescription glasses at the crime scene and it didn't take long for the police to find them. Their attorney, Clarence Darrow, was able to keep them out of the gallows, but the were both sentenced to life in prison.

In 1936 Loeb was murdered by a fellow inmate. After serving 33 years, Leopold was finally released in 1958. He moved to Puerto Rico and married in 1961. He died 10 years later.

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Is Darlie Routier close to execution?

There has been no DOE (date of execution) for Routier. Her family have been working very hard to sway public opinion in her favor, and it seems to be working. But the state of Texas will not stop an execution of a woman just because of her sex. Just ask Karla Fay Tucker.

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Why are women called black widow women?

In the mating ritual of the black widow spider, the female kills the male after he has fulfilled his duty of mating with her. When refering to a woman 'black widow', it is meant that she has killed her spouse/significant other.

The black widow is common among female serial killers, which usually kill family members or people to whom they are caregivers such as nurses, ect. This is one of the major differences between male and female serial killers.

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Why did the Menendez brothers kill their parents?

In my opinion, the motive was simple greed and hubris. The boys father was very rigid in his ideas and felt that his sons were not "measuring up" which made them despise their father and his control. They wanted to inherit sooner, not later and thought they could get away with the crime and "show" their father that he was wrong, that they could accomplish something. Their mother was at the wrong place at the wrong time and, well, they wouldn't have to share their inheritance.

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Who killed JonBenet Ramsey?

In a case such as this it is always best to stick to the facts. Those being from police reports, court proceedings, and medical/autopsy reports. JonBenet had been garroted and suffered skull fractures. Either one or both simultaniously was the cause of death. She had signs of both acute and chronic sexual abuse. The FBI stated the crime scene was likely staged. There was no evidence of an intruder, the ransom note was most likely written by a middled aged woman, raised in a southern state.* The evidence did not match the Ramsey's official statements. The ransom note was completely inconsistant with what would be expected in this sort of crime. The crime scene was compromised from the start. Boulder law enforecement did not adhere to the strict protocol required of any kidnapping or suspected homicide. Those are the facts, from the people that worked the case. It seems that everyone has very strong opinions with this cold case. But the evidence speaks volumes, we just have to listen.

*Linguists study and analyze speech patterns, ect. and can tell a great deal about an individual by how they form sentences and phrases. They do not analyze handwriting.

As typical of high profile cold cases, over time it is hard to determine fact from fiction. It is vital to stick to the documented facts in order to gain perspective of the crime and possibly the killer.

The FBI's statement was the crime scene is typical of 'staging' or rearranging the scene after the crime. Furthermore there was no evidence at all that supported an intruder as perpertrator theory. This includes footprints in the snow at any of the entry points in the Ramsey house. Spiderwebs by the broken basement window. The type of spider at the broken window takes about 48 hours to repair or rebuild a disrupted web.

The ransom note was highly suspicious. It rambled on through multiple pages, and was written on paper from the Ramsey's kitchen. There were practice sheets found in the garbage. In simpler terms whomever wrote that note started over several times throwing away the false starts.

The body was found in a tiny room in the Ramsey's basement, a room that very few people had knowledge of. The child was killed inside the home with items that belonged to the Ramseys.

The Ramsey's behaviour was suspicious, in fact everything to do with the murder was suspect. To seasoned detectives it was obvious the Ramsey's knew more than they claimed. The entire scenario made no sense at all.

Had this actually been a kidnap for profit the evidence would have told a completely different story. Kidnappers come prepared with tools needed, short note already written, would have taken the child with them when they left. Even if she was already dead the body would have been kept at least until the ransom was paid. There would have been footprints in the snow. They would not have remained in the home for an extended time, taking a chance of being discovered at any moment. The evidence points to a person that was very

comfortable in the home and had an intimate knowledge of it's floorplan.

These are just a few of the facts in this very complicated case, compiled by the detectives and federal agents that worked the case. The evidence points in only one direction.

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What does the term 'soft kill' mean?

A 'soft kill' is a term used by investigators to describe a murder that produces little or no blood or any detectable violence at the crime scene. Causes of death that produce a soft kill may be strangulation, suffocation or poisoning.

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Are there any books about the murderers Holly Harvey and Sandy Ketchum?

Yes, I just finished reading one that was really good. The book is called "If You Really Loved Me" and it is by Kevin McMurray. You can get it on Amazon or at Books A Million. Hope this helps...

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What happened to the kidney that was sent to George Lusk?

Well we know what happened to half of the famous organ. It was turned over first to Scotland Yard by it's receiver George Lusk, the leader of the East End Vigilante Committee. At that point Scotland Yard sent the kidney to Dr. Openshaw, the pathologist curator of the London Hospital museum. Dr. Openshaw's opinion was that is was in fact 1/2 of a human kidney, taken from a female in her 40s, that had indulged in alcohol more than was good for her, and that she was in the advanced stages of Brights disease. The chance that it could have been anyone other than the Ripper murder victim Katherine Eddows, would have been almost impossible. Without modern DNA testing this was about as positive a match as anyone could ever get.

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United States

Which city is rated worst in the US?

Probably Orange TX

-I've heard comments to the opinion that Detroit is 'The Gateway to Hell'.

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