In this fascinating exploration of murder in the nineteenth century, Judith Flanders examines some of the most gripping cases that captivated the Victorians and gave rise to the first detective fiction Murder in Britain in the nineteenth century was rare. But murder as sensation and entertainment became ubiquitous, transformed into novels, into broadsides and ballads, into theatre and melodrama and opera―even into puppet shows and performing dog-acts. Detective fiction and England's new police force developed in parallel, each imitating the other―the pioneers of Scotland Yard gave rise to Dickens's Inspector Bucket, the first fictional police detective, who in turn influenced Sherlock Holmes and, ultimately, even P.D. James and Patricia Cornwell. [more inside]
On October 12, 2005, a massive fire broke out in the Wines Central wine warehouse in Vallejo, California. Within hours, the flames had destroyed 4.5 million bottles of California's finest wine worth more than $250 million, making it the largest destruction of wine in history. The fire had been deliberately set by a passionate oenophile named Mark Anderson, a skilled con man and thief with storage space at the warehouse who needed to cover his tracks. [more inside]
A fascinating Jazz Age tale of chemistry and detection, poison and murder, The Poisoner's Handbook is a page-turning account of a forgotten era. In early twentieth-century New York, poisons offered an easy path to the perfect crime. Science had no place in the Tammany Hall-controlled coroner's office, and corruption ran rampant. However, with the appointment of chief medical examiner Charles Norris in 1918, the poison game changed forever. Together with toxicologist Alexander Gettler, the duo set the justice system on fire with their trailblazing scientific detective work, triumphing over seemingly unbeatable odds to become the pioneers of forensic chemistry and the gatekeepers of justice. [more inside]
ShortsTV presents a theatrical release of the five Oscar nominees for Best Short Film, Live Action [more inside]
Deadly Class: Noise, Noise, Noise Season 1, Ep 2
Marcus invites the entire school to a party because of his guilt.
A murder mystery which is much more mysterious than it first appears. A fantastical and twisty story where our hero tries to find out who killed (or will kill) Evelyn Hardcastle at a ghastly party at the extremely remote Blackheath House. Best read without any spoilers (including those right inside this post). [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: State Attorneys General Season 5, Ep 27
- Violence marred the prior week, and Fox News went out of their way to position the attacks as "false flag" operations, supposedly stages by Democrats to make Republicans look bad. Geraldo Riviera "outsmarts himself" in making such allegations.
- Saudi Arabia continues to try to explain the disappearance, likely murder, of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, while President Trump and right-wing figures try to downplay the killing of an American resident.
- Main story: the role of state Attorneys General on our nation, their role in investigating wrongdoing, and the increasing degree to which the offices have become politicized. YouTube
- Special productions: A WWE commercial that properly notes the fact that it takes place in Saudi Arabia, and the problems that causes; a concert for bagpipes, accordion, theremin and recorder (multiple, played by young children) to annoy people to stepping away from their TV sets and actually researching their states' candidates for Attorney General. A good place to do that, they note, is at Vote411.org.
Riverdale: Chapter Thirty-Eight: As Above, So Below Season 3, Ep 3
When a series of suspicious roadblocks threaten to delay the opening of the speakeasy, Veronica enlists the help of Cheryl, Toni, Reggie, Kevin and Josie to ensure opening night goes off without a hitch. Elsewhere, Betty and Jughead follow different leads to learn more about the strange incidents going on in the town. Finally, some unwanted attention forces Archie to make a difficult decision about his future. [more inside]
Riverdale: Chapter Thirty-Six: Labor Day Season 3, Ep 1
Archie makes a surprising request about how he wants to spend his final days of summer; Betty must deal with her problems head-on after a heated confrontation with Alice and Polly; Veronica pleads with Hiram to help Archie. [more inside]
Elementary: Whatever Remains, However Improbable Season 6, Ep 21
Holmes and Watson face their greatest challenge when a murder investigation threatens to destroy their partnership.
Elementary: The Visions of Norman P. Horowitz Season 6, Ep 18
A killer is choosing victims based on the predictions of a deceased man who claimed to foresee future deaths, including the death of Sherlock Holmes.
Sharp Objects: Milk Season 1, Ep 8
Concerned for the safety of Amma, Camille [...] gets closer to the truth behind the shocking mysteries surrounding the Wind Gap killings. [Official transcript, truncated to avoid possible spoiler; season AND show finale] [more inside]
Elementary: The Worms Crawl In, the Worms Crawl Out Season 6, Ep 17
The duo suspects a murdered zoologist was killed because of his numerous affairs or his trailblazing research; Holmes finds himself the victim of identity theft after his medical records are stolen.
Sharp Objects: Falling Season 1, Ep 7
Camille crosses a line in her investigation of the prime suspect; Richard coaxes Jackie to offer up info about Marian Crellin's death; Adora takes pains to keep an ailing Amma under her roof and in her care. [more inside]
Sharp Objects: Cherry Season 1, Ep 6
Adora provides Chief Vickery with a key piece of evidence in the Ann Nash murder case; Richard probes for details about Camille's dark past; John's girlfriend, Ashley, looks to make news for herself; Amma bonds with Camille during and after a wild party. [more inside]
Elementary: Uncanny Valley of the Dolls Season 6, Ep 16
The murder of a robotics engineer may be connected to his groundbreaking secret research in teleportation; Detective Bell is shut out of a required class he needs to complete his degree and join the U.S. Marshal Service.
Elementary: How to Get a Head Season 6, Ep 15
An investigation into the murder of a religion professor puts Holmes and Watson on a hunt for a killer connected to the occult; the duo consider replacements for Detective Bell after finding he may be asked to join the U.S. Marshals Service.
Sharp Objects: Closer Season 1, Ep 5
Despite a possible killer on the loose, Wind Gap gathers for their annual southern-pride festival, hosted by Adora. “Today celebrates what is unmovable about this place.” [more inside]
Elementary: Breathe Season 6, Ep 13
Holmes and Watson investigate the poisoning of a relocation expert who had a secret career; Watson's path to adopting a child suffers a setback.
Sharp Objects: Ripe Season 1, Ep 4
Camille agrees to show Richard some of Wind Gap's crime scenes, though the tour opens up old wounds. Alan confronts Adora about her sharing confidences with Chief Vickery, who is concerned about the Crellins hosting the annual "Calhoun Day" attended by Wind Gap's youth... [more inside]
Dietland: Pilot Episode Season 1, Ep 1
Plum plans for weight-loss surgery. An encounter with a mystery woman sends her down a risky path. Harassers turn up dead. [more inside]
Elementary: Nobody Lives Forever Season 6, Ep 9
Holmes' former sobriety sponsor, Alfredo, asks for help with an illegal endeavor in order to save his brother. Also, Holmes and Watson investigate the poisoning of a biology professor who was working on a secret genetics project prior to being killed.
Elementary: Sand Trap Season 6, Ep 8
Holmes and Watson search for the killer of a woman found encased in cement; Watson takes a giant leap forward regarding her interest in adoption.
Elementary: Sober Companions Season 6, Ep 7
Holmes and Watson are on the hunt for a serial killer after a murder rocks their inner circle; Holmes' neurological recovery regresses and his sobriety wavers as his commitment to catching the killer grows into an obsession.
In the present, Irene looks into a mystery involving "Las Sinsombrero," a group of avant-garde women artists and activitsts who have been forgotten. In the course of her investigation, it is discovered that the Vampire of Raval was not arrested when she should have been. She is free, and may be traveling through time. [more inside]
An innocent yet pampered young virgin and her family's pregnant and jealous servant set out to deliver candles to church, but only one returns from events that transpire in the woods along the way. [Content Warning] [more inside]
2:28pm. August 28, 2003. A man walks into a bank with a bomb locked around his neck. This is a true story. The extraordinary story of the "pizza bomber heist" and the FBI's investigation into a bizarre collection of suspects.
Elementary: Bits and Pieces Season 6, Ep 5
Holmes and Watson retrace Holmes' steps after Holmes finds himself in possession of a severed head and can't remember anything about the last six hours.
Elementary: Our Time is Up Season 6, Ep 4
Watson considers a major life change after reading her own therapy file while she and Holmes investigate the murder of her former psychologist.
Elementary: An Infinite Capacity for Taking Pains Season 6, Ep 1
As Holmes struggles with a medical diagnosis that threatens his career and sobriety, he meets a man who credits Sherlock for helping him conquer his own addiction; Holmes and Watson are hired by a reformed party girl heiress. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: HAMLET Season 10, Ep 9
Something's rotten in Denmark. Prince Hamlet finds out his dad the king is suddenly dead, and his uncle Claudius has just as suddenly married his mum and taken the throne. Sound suspecious? So thinks Hamlet's dad's ghost, who tells him it was murder and demands revenge. But Hamlet's indecisive, so he pretends to be cray-cray so he can gather clues without alerting Claudius. While so detecting, Hamlet kills a series of people with varying degrees of intent, and holds a skull a bit. He gets revenge, but dies too. I'm going to level with you. This episode is commonly regarded as one of the less accessible ones. It's another case where the movie drags everything down. This is a low budget, black-and-white, 1961 made-for-TV German production of Hamlet, with over half the content cut for time, dubbed into English. It's a bit entertaining that a couple of the dubbers are, it turns out, Ricardo "Khaaaan!" Montalban and John "Sgt. Schultz" Banner themselves, but it's still a dry episode. It's all downhill from here! Episode 1009 is available on YouTube. Premiered June 27, 1999. Four episodes left. [more inside]
A series of murders has shaken the community to the point where people believe that only a legendary creature from dark times - the mythical so-called Golem - must be responsible. [more inside]
“Rule number one: Always stick around for one more drink. That's when things happen. That's when you find out everything you want to know.” [more inside]
Tatort: Meta Season 47, Ep 23
A thriller screened at the Berlinale shows the murder of a prostitute, of which the details are identical to Rubin and Karow's newest case. What happens when film becomes reality? [more inside]
Star Trek: Discovery: Despite Yourself Season 1, Ep 10
While in unfamiliar territory, the U.S.S. Discovery crew is forced to get creative in their next efforts to survive opposing and unprecedented forces and return home. Directed by Jonathan Frakes. [more inside]
Search Party: Murder! Season 2, Ep 1
Picking up immediately from the end of the last episode, Dory, Drew, and Elliott try to stay cool as they deal with the aftermath of their actions. [more inside]
Kenneth Branagh directs and acts in a remake of the Christie classic. Branagh plays master detective Hercule Poirot, and is joined by a star studded cast, who are all suspects when the passenger of a luxury train is murdered during the night.
iZombie: Looking for Mr. Goodbrain, Part 1 Season 3, Ep 12
When Liv consumes the brains of someone from Ravi's past, she begins having some very intimate visions of him; Major faces a huge decision. [more inside]
Taboo: Episode 8 Season 1, Ep 8
In the season finale of the historical drama Taboo, James Delaney's push and pull between the East India Company, the British Crown and the American upstarts comes to an end, of sorts. [more inside]
Taboo: Episode 7 Season 1, Ep 7
A funeral, a betrayal or two, an answer or three, some torture, and a cliff-hanger. Even when all seems lost, James has a plan to save him and those loyal to him -- he just needs a ship. [more inside]
Taboo: Episode 6 Season 1, Ep 6
The Company declares war on James, whilst a revelation drives him to dark, haunted places.
In a no nonsense episode of My Favorite Murder, Karen and Georgia discuss the serial killer Leslie Allen Williams and the enigmatic Israel Keyes.
Melinda Dawson found out on the same day in 1998 that her adoptive mother had been killed and that her husband Clarence was being charged with the murder. Clarence was convicted in 1999 and given two life sentences. Left alone with her two sons, no money, and no experience, Melinda set out to try and prove that he was innocent. She started with a suspect list. [more inside]
Eyewitness: Bless the Beast and the Children Season 1, Ep 2
Philip and Lukas find proof that the killer's alive. Helen tries not to let the case affect her marriage. A new head of the FBI task force is introduced.
Eyewitness: Buffalo '07 Season 1, Ep 1
Teenagers Philip and Lukas meet to share a kiss—and witness a murder, which they don't report out of fear being outed. Complicating matters is the fact that Philip's foster mom is the sheriff, who's soon investigating the case.
The Good Place: The Eternal Shriek Season 1, Ep 7
Michael, concluding his unusual presence as an Architect in his Neighborhood caused all the trouble, decides to retire - to an eternity of torture. Eleanor figures the only way to stop this is to press a failsafe button that will kill Janet. Chidi is less than enthusiastic.
The Last Policeman is a 2012 American soft science fiction mystery novel by Ben H. Winters. It follows a police detective in New Hampshire as he investigates a suicide he believes was really a murder. His efforts are complicated by the social, political and economic effects of preparations for, and anticipation of, an asteroid impact six months in the future. [more inside]
Paul Modrowski is in prison for a murder he claims he didn't commit, and he says he's been misunderstood because of his autism. This week, we bring you the conclusion of our story.
Blogger Paul Modrowski is in prison for a murder he claims that he didn't commit. This week, producer Sruthi Pinnamaneni looks at his trial, and speaks to the one person who admits to witnessing the murder take place.
In 1979 a peaceful protest by Communist workers in Greensboro NC turned into a massacre by the Klan. The police were nowhere to be found. This episode examines the incident and the investigation of who was ultimately to blame. [more inside]