The accidental discovery of a serial killer

James Mitchell DeBardeleben was a man of contradictions. A man who loathed women with a vicious, acidic anger, and yet was married five times. Although he owned the Washington based photo studio “The Naked Eye”, Mitchell used counterfeit $20 notes in various malls across 44 states. By 1982 when he was finally arrested, he was able to counterfeit and pass over $130,000.

The jarring tale of Jordan’s killer couple

Between 1994 and 1998 a serial killer terrorized the relatively safe country of Jordan, which then enjoyed a lower crime rate than other countries in the Middle East. Twelve brutal murders and robberies had occurred across several cities, leaving authorities embarrassed and scrambling to find the criminals responsible.

The lost girls of Duisburg and the Ruhr Cannibal

On a sunny Tuesday, June 16th, 1959, 24-year Klara Frieda Tesmer’s life ended in the green meadows of the Rhine, in the small city of Duisburg, Germany. Her cold, naked body was found the next day by five boys on their bicycles for a day out. The police investigation would ultimately arrest a nervous mechanic […]

The dark and disturbing Double Initial Murders

Three young girls, all aged between 10 and 11 years old, were raped and murdered in Rochester, New York between 1971 and 1973. That alone, while a sad statement of fact, would be largely unremarkable in the decade of death that was the 70s. The murders remain unsolved, also a fairly common occurrence in violent […]

Iran’s Desert Vampire murdered 20 without remorse

About 25 kilometers southeast of Tehran, Iran lies the poverty-stricken city of Pakdasht. Past the slums of the industrial city, and the burning, soot-covered chimneys, out by the barren desert once lay the shallow graves of 17 young boys and three adults who were killed between 2002 and 2004.

The Cul-de-sac killer and his hatred of the elderly

Looking back, there was nothing in his childhood that could have predicted how Stephen Akinmurele would later go on to viciously murder at least five elderly victims. No abuse, no violence, or at least, nothing that we know of, aside from an allegedly strict maternal grandmother.

A tale of many maybes: The bewildered butcher of Yemen

As the relentless heat seared the grounds of Sana’a University in Yemen, the morgue below was frigid. Hidden in the basement, it was empty save for the dead, locked away in their cold steel cabinets. As the world welcomed the new millennium, the morgue was left behind; it was dilapidated, falling apart from inadequate funding […]