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Book Review: “Blood on the Altar” by Tobias Jones

on March 26, 2012 at 7:52 am in Book Reviews, Serial Killers by | No Comments

Potenza, Italy is located in the remote region of Basilicata (known today as Lucania). It is a region full of rich history – it is where Mussolini sent political opponents of his regime, where John Paul Getty III was hidden when he was kidnapped in the 1970s and more recently,…

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Book Review: “The Serial Killer Whisperer” by Pete Earley

on February 27, 2012 at 7:36 am in Book Reviews, Serial Killers by | No Comments

In 1992, Tony Ciaglia suffered a traumatic brain injury no one should have survived. He did, in spite of being pronounced clinically dead three times. His recovery was not an easy one as he was prone to uncontrollable behavior for which he was heavily medicated. Throughout his life he would…

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Review: Dark Minds, “The Eastbound Strangler”

on February 6, 2012 at 4:48 pm in Unsubs, Video Reviews by | 1 Comment

Investigation Discovery has a new true crime show, Dark Minds. In it, true crime author M. William Phelps looks at cold cases with criminal profiler John Kelly and an unnamed convicted serial killer they call “13”. I missed the first episode, but the second episode premiered last Wednesday evening. It…

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Book Review: “The Gainesville Ripper” by Mary Ryzuk

on January 23, 2012 at 12:12 pm in Book Reviews, Serial Killers by | No Comments

In August of 1990, students were returning for the fall semester at the University of Florida (UF). Christina Powell and Sonja Larson were starting out on their adventures as freshmen living in an off campus apartment, Tracy Paules and Manuel “Manny” Taboada were returning for their senior year and Christa…

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Harold Shipman’s Son a Target of News of the World Hacking

on January 20, 2012 at 11:05 am in Pop Culture, Serial Killers by | No Comments

News International admitted yesterday that journalists with its “News of the World” publication had hacked the email account of the son of Harold Shipman. This was part of a settlement between the company and its phone and email hacking victims. Harold Shipman was a medical doctor in the United Kingdom…

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Dominic West Considering Playing Peter Sutcliffe

on January 8, 2012 at 12:10 pm in Pop Culture, Serial Killers by | 1 Comment

After the broadcast of Appropriate Adult, Dominic West indicated that he wouldn’t likely want to play a killer again. But just a few months later, he is thinking about taking on the role of Peter Sutcliffe, the so-called Yorkshire Ripper. Said West: Coming from Sheffield, I’ve been asked whether I’d…

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Review: Twisted, “Son of Sam”

on October 13, 2011 at 10:38 am in Serial Killers, Video Reviews by | No Comments

Last Friday’s episode of Twisted on Investigation Discovery profiled David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam. I recorded it on the DVR, and Mrs. SK Podcast and I watched it last night. Like the episode on Donald Gaskins, I thought this episode lacked detail. Perhaps it would be interesting for someone…

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Review: Twisted, “The Meanest Man in America”

on October 5, 2011 at 9:04 am in Serial Killers, Video Reviews by | 1 Comment

Mrs. SK Podcast and I continued our seeming marathon of true crime television last night. This time, it was an episode of Twisted called “The Meanest Man in America” (which we actually recorded Friday night). This episode profiled Donald Gaskins, who terrorized South Carolina in the 1970’s. To be honest,…

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Review: Cold Case Files, “The Sunday Morning Slasher”

on October 3, 2011 at 11:22 am in Serial Killers, Video Reviews by | No Comments

Right after Friday’s show on Alexander Pichushkin, Mrs. SK Podcast and I watched an episode of Cold Case Files on Coral Watts, the Sunday Morning Slasher. Watts was convicted of sexual assault in the Detroit area in 1969 as a minor. He spent a few months in a mental health…

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Review: Biography, “The Chessboard Killer: Alexander Pichushkin”

on October 2, 2011 at 10:58 am in Serial Killers, Video Reviews by | No Comments

Mrs. SK Podcast and I switched to to AT&T U-verse recently, and it seems we have something like six true crime stations now. That’s a good thing; what else am I supposed to do on a Friday evening? This last Friday, we watched a couple of true crime shows. The…

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