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Crime

Brightside Booklist: A Father’s Story by Lionel Dahmer

Brightside Booklist: A Father’s Story by Lionel Dahmer

Jeffrey Dahmer’s Childhood I read this book in just a few hours over two nights. I could’ve finished it in one night, but my eyes were burning (WHERE ARE MY EYE DROPS?) out of my head and I had to put it down. The stories […]

Sarah Rairdon: A Minnesota Murder

Sarah Rairdon: A Minnesota Murder

I belong to a lot of “murder” Facebook groups. One of the questions I have been asked is, “What was the first thing that sparked your interest in true crime?” Not surprisingly, it didn’t take me long to remember what it was. I was only […]

My Ex-Fiancee Was Murdered and Her Killer Is Still Out There

My Ex-Fiancee Was Murdered and Her Killer Is Still Out There

Sarah Long was found dead in her home on July 23, 2014. She had a gunshot wound to her head and her left hand was holding a revolver. A case could’ve been made for a suicide, except for one problem: Sarah was right handed. Sarah’s […]

Michael Jackson: Can I Still Listen To Him?

Michael Jackson: Can I Still Listen To Him?

Michael Jackson. Can I still listen to him? Do I need to shelve Thriller forever? Am I forever forced to sit on the sidelines when Billie Jean comes on at a wedding dance? What about when Smooth Criminal comes on (pun not intended) in my […]

Maura Murray: Found?

Maura Murray: Found?

Remember Maura Murray? That missing woman that I’ve been obsessed with for years? Her dad is convinced that he knows where she is. For those that don’t remember, I featured her in this blog post where I talked about her case. I also talked about […]

Brightside Booklist: 5 True Crime Books You’ve Never Heard Of

Brightside Booklist: 5 True Crime Books You’ve Never Heard Of

Devil In The White City. Helter Skelter. The Stranger Beside Me. These are all considered classic go-tos in the true crime genre, but let’s expand our libraries here for a second, shall we? I’ve got nothing against these books (in fact, The Stranger Beside Me […]

Ted Bundy: (Boring) Serial Killer

Ted Bundy: (Boring) Serial Killer

Everyone is going bananas over that Ted Bundy documentary. You know the one on Netflix? Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes? Not me. I’m not going to watch it. Why? Because I feel all like WE KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS GUY ALREADY. (You […]

How To Get Away With Murder

How To Get Away With Murder

No signs of a break-in. An immaculately bleached floor. A $500,000 life insurance policy taken out on your wife. What are these signs of, you ask? Well, they’re signs that you’re dealing with an idiot who doesn’t know how to commit a simple murder without […]

Brightside Booklist: 4 True Life Stories To Read Right Now

Brightside Booklist: 4 True Life Stories To Read Right Now

October Brightside Booklist The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs Every month I find myself reading at least one book about death. Is it helping me to run faster from my fear of death? I don’t know, but I’m going […]

I Taught The BTK Killer How To Tie Knots

I Taught The BTK Killer How To Tie Knots

I have a confession to make. I have always considered myself to be totally smart and in the know about serial killers and other like-minded folk. I could talk for days about Ed Gein. I could go into detail on how I lurked around the […]