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Librarians in the 21st Century: We Need to Talk About Library Security

If I am writing about security in libraries, something is very wrong. I would much rather write about the importance of funding for teen services, …

Libraries

9 Murderous Tyrants Who’re Also Failed Writers (and One OK Poet)

Authoritarians reserve a special portion of their opprobrium for writers. Just as journalists uncover the lies of tyrants, imaginative writers can …

Joseph Stalin

SF private eye searches dark corners of Bay Area for evidence and witnesses

The alley smelled of rotting flowers. Their corpses lay everywhere among sliced stems and wilted bouquets. The narrow lane at the rear end of the …

Crime

Goldie Taylor—The Search for My Father’s Killer

After my father was murdered in 1973, I spent decades looking for the man who killed him. What I found changed everything I’d believed about him and the life he lived.<p>ST. LOUIS—Just before daybreak, sitting at the edge of her bed in an upper bedroom, she clutched her pale blue housecoat and …

Crime

Twelve seconds of gunfire

Published on June 9, 2017<p>Townville, S.C.<p>Recess had finally started, so Ava Olsen picked up her chocolate cupcake, then headed outside toward the swings. And that’s when the 7-year-old saw the gun.<p>It was black and in the hand of someone the first-graders on the playground would later describe as a …

Crime

24-Year-Old Oakland Man Convicted Of Murdering Friend While On LSD Camping Trip

In a sad, sad cautionary tale that reads like a really violent after-school special, 24-year-old Sheldon Steward of Oakland was convicted this week …

Dying Light, By Stuart MacBride, Read by Steve Worsley

Linda, As in the Linda Murder by Leif G.W. Persson (Audiobook Extract)

Death on a Quiet Street

In 1966, the Bricca family was savagely murdered in their Bridgetown home. No neighbor heard a struggle. No weapon was found. No evidence led to a …

Crime

The Plan for 7,000 Bodies Discovered Under a Mississippi Campus

The unmarked graves belong to patients who died in a state asylum.<p>As best as anyone can remember, the first bodies were discovered because the University of Mississippi Medical Center needed a new place to do laundry.<p>This was back in the early 1990s, when the construction of new laundry facilities …

Mississippi State University

The story of the abandoned movie ranch where the Manson family launched Helter Skelter

<i>Editors Note: This story was originally published as part of Cults Week at Curbed LA.</i><p>In the early evening on Friday, September 25, 1970, one of a series of Southern California wildfires reached a secluded old movie ranch off Santa Susana Pass Road near Chatsworth. Within an hour, the flames had …

THE ROAD TO JONESTOWN Audiobook Excerpt

Dirty Game, By Jessie Keane, Read by Karen Cass

Decades-old mass grave of children of unwed mothers confirmed in Ireland

Between 1925 and the 1960s, in a tiny town called Tuam in western Ireland’s County Galway, thousands of “fallen women” and their “illegitimate” children passed through the Mother and Baby Home operated by the Congregation of the Sisters of Bon Secours. After a period of involuntary service and …

Archaeology

Gun-wielding bandit sought in potato chip robbery at SF store

A bandit with an apparent craving for a snack held up grocery store cashier at gunpoint in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco and made off several cans of potato chips, police said.<p>The junk-food robbery occurred around 4:40 p.m. Wednesday at a store in the 500 block of Larkin Street and …

Crime

Rape Culture Lives Here

At the University of Cincinnati and Miami University, sexual assault has become one of the most studied subjects on campus. The administrations are …

Justice

11 Years Old, a Mom, and Pushed to Marry Her Rapist in Florida

When she was a scrawny 11-year-old, Sherry Johnson found out one day that she was about to be married to a 20-year-old member of her church who had raped her.<p>“It was forced on me,” she recalls. She had become pregnant, she says, and child welfare authorities were investigating — so her family and …

U.S. Census

Why Straight Men Kill The Trans Women They Love

"Bigotry is rarely as simple as we’d like to believe."<p>My heart was beating a little faster as I walked down the hotel hallway. I had done this plenty …

Feminism

2 dead following shooting in Novato

NOVATO (KRON)– Marin County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a shooting in Novato Wednesday morning, that left two people dead.<p>The shooting …

Crime

Napa High School football season in question after hazing controversy

There's yet more heartache as part of a hazing scandal with the Napa High School football team. The school board now says that it may have to cancel …

College & University

Missing Uber Driver's Car Found Stripped In Bayview

Missing Piseth "Seth" Chhay, San Francisco, w his white Mercedes gl550, Calif tag # 7XCS116 pic.twitter.com/gB801uf1Mf<p>— LostNMissing Inc …

Uber

Hearts of Darkness: The Brief, Unhappy Marriage of Darryl and Dante Sutorius

He thought she would light up the waning years of his life, but instead she filled them with terror. Then she cut them short.<p>Photograph by Jim …

Evacuation, Shelter In Place After Bomb Threat At San Francisco School

Residents near San Francisco's Civic center have been ordered to shelter in place Tuesday morning, after an area school received a bomb threat.<p>Police …

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Fyre Festival

British Columbia Man Faces Six Months in Jail for Growing Food

<i>Image: Dirk Becker</i><p>Last week Colleen brought us the story of a woman in Michigan who is facing jail time for planting a garden. Sadly, this type of …

Farming

A Kiss Before Dying

A Kiss Before Dying<p>Betty Williams was a fast girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Mack Herring was a handsome football player with all the right …

Poisoning Daddy

Poisoning Daddy<p>How a loving daughter and star student stole barium acetate from her high school chemistry lab, put it in her father’s refried beans, …

This American Life

This hilltop in Redford is a humble place to die. Bees nuzzle the globe mallow in bloom. Broken beer bottles and busted bedsprings neighbor the …

Texas

These 17 Serial Killers Still Haven’t Been Caught And OMG I'm Crying

Time to start sleeping with one eye open.<p>Posted on May 12, 2017, 00:16 GMT<p>Kevin Gannon and Anthony Duarte / Via arollingcrone.blogspot.com<p>Since the late ’90s, at least 40 college students in the Midwest area have died of "accidental drowning." All victims are male, and many were popular, athletic …