• On The Hall-Mills Murders, (a) Crime of the Century

    How the salacious double murder of a minister and a choir member in 1922 inspired one of the earliest legal thrillers.

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    Why Penny Dreadfuls Scandalized Victorian Society—But Flew off the Shelves

    A bodysnatcher unearthing corpses at midnight. A cannibalistic cave-dwelling family. A vampire preying on defenseless virgins....