On Poisonings, Serial Killers, Mass Murderers, and Other Symbols of the Zeitgeist

Why do some crimes become media sensations and cultural touchstones, while others more horrifying fade into obscurity?

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Is China the Next Spy Fiction Supervillain?

Perhaps it makes me a cliché, my bookshelf bursting with le Carré, Follett, Clancy, and Ludlum. Like many of my ilk—spinners...