9 Books About Serial Killers That’ll Make Your Blood Run Cold

9 Books About Serial Killers That’ll Make Your Blood Run Cold

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I spent the weekend binge-watching the newly released Netflix series Mindhunter. By the time I was done, my mind was on one thing: serial killers.   If you haven’t seen the series (and you should!), it follows two FBI agents who try to understand the psychology of serial killers (coining the phrase themselves) in the early days of criminal profiling when little was known about what drove the behavior of these criminals. In order to understand them, the agents go right to the source, interviewing imprisoned serial killers who have committed vile and nefarious acts.   The series is based on true experiences …

9 Mind-Blowing Plot Twists That You Never Expected

9 Mind-Blowing Plot Twists That You Never Expected

For writers, adding a twist to your story is easy, but to incorporate one that feels sincere without alerting the attentive reader requires meticulous planning, and an extremely shrewd mind.   The greatest challenge lies in believability. For example, if you realize at the end of the novel that the man assumed to be responsible for the murder has been wrongly accused despite the fact that his fingerprints were all over the weapon and the true killer is his astute assistant who had secretively developed advanced fingerprints forging technology, you’d think this is preposterous. On the other hand, if the author reveals that the real …

Murder Mystery Author Accused of Murder

Murder Mystery Author Accused of Murder

  Attention: The crimes in your favorite thrillers can spill off the page into real life. At least, that seems to be the chilling conclusion we reached when Liu Yongbiao, author of the novel “The Guilty Secret” and an upcoming project called “The Beautiful Writer who Killed”, was recently taken into custody under suspicion of committing a decades-old quadruple-murder.   Image courtesy of The Guardian   According to police, Liu—a member of the China Writer’s Association and the author of a historical novel later adapted into a 50-episode TV series—did the grisly deed back in November 1995. Apparently, Liu and …

Identity of Jack the Ripper Closer Than Ever to Being Confirmed

Identity of Jack the Ripper Closer Than Ever to Being Confirmed

  25 years ago, an old diary was found in Liverpool, England. The diary, apparently once the property of a man named Edward Maybrick, contains horrors—vivid descriptions of the gruesome murders of six women. The 9,000-word confession ends with the following affirmation: I give my name that all know of me, so history do tell, what love can do to a gentleman born. Yours Truly, Jack The Ripper.”   Image courtesy of Jack the Ripper   The theory of Maybrick as Jack the Ripper has been controversial since the diary was published in 1993, with many regarding it as a …

Great Upcoming Crime & Mystery Books

Great Upcoming Crime & Mystery Books

A chilling crime or mystery novel is the perfect pair for the chilly fall and winter weather, and there are plenty of great books to fit the bill this season. We’ve put together this list to clue you in to the best new crime and mystery books slated for release in October and November. Which one are you most excited for?   The Best American Mystery Stories 2015, edited by James Patterson Part of the Best American series, this collection of short fiction has something for every mystery fan. Master storyteller James Patterson selected and edited the compilation, and contributing writers …