August 9, 2013 |
Yesterday, police say, a Miami man shot his wife , posted a photo of her dead body on Facebook and confessed to the crime in a brief, ungrammatical post. The deed was many things: repulsive, disturbing, indescribably offensive. But in the social media age, long after traditional news outlets stopped being the sole purveyors of information, it certainly wasn't all that "shocking" — a description that has appeared in almost every article on the crime. Rather, in apparently posting a picture of Jennifer Alonso, 26,...
July 23, 2013 |
" The Light in the Ruins ," Chris Bohjalian's brilliantly crafted historical novel, begins "on the first Tuesday of June in 1955," in the voice of an anonymous killer who describes his lurid executions with a morbid insouciance: "Why did I slice open her nightgown? I didn't violate her. It was so I could cut out her heart. A woman with the lilting name of Francesca Rosati, who had once been a Tuscan marchese's daughter-in-law, was my first. But, as you will see, not my last.
June 8, 2013
Richard Ramirez, the serial killer known as "the Night Stalker" who terrorized Los Angeles County and was convicted in 1989 of 13 murders, died Friday, California corrections officials said. He was 53. Mr. Ramirez died of natural causes at a hospital in Marin County, the department said in a statement. No details were released. Sentenced to death, Mr. Ramirez, who was housed at San Quentin prison, was one of 735 offenders facing execution and one of 59 who have died from...
March 17, 2013 |
There's a lot to admire in Becky Masterman's first novel, starting with her heroine: petite, white-haired, 59-year-oldFBI agent Brigid Quinn. Although retired, Brigid uses her friendships with local law enforcement officer to elbow her way into investigations. Describing herself as "a kick-ass-take-names sort of person," Brigid is newly married to Carlo, an ex-priest and intellectual. As the story unfolds, she struggles to balance her obsessive pursuit of a serial killer with her love for Carlo, who she fears will never...
March 3, 2013 |
" Crossbones Yard ," a first novel by the British poet Kate Rhodes , is a fast-moving, entertaining mix of sex, suspense and serial killings. It's billed as the start of a series built around 32-year-old psychologist Alice Quentin, who is smart, good-looking and exceedingly trouble-prone. In a brief opening scene, we see Alice as a child, hiding in a closet while her drunken father beats her mother. Then we leap forward a quarter-century to meet her as a successful career woman, but one terrified of...
February 25, 2013 |
A Prince George's County Circuit Court judge on Monday declared a mistrial in the long-awaited case of a suspected serial killer charged with strangling a mother and daughter in Largo, authorities said. Prosecutors said a "technical error" led Judge Michael Whalen to declare a mistrial in the case against Jason T. Scott, now 30, who is accused of attacking the pair during a home invasion. John Erzen, a spokesman for Prince George's State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, said the error...