Writers of book reviews, sixty to eighty times a year, begin their articles with the grave inquiry: Why do people like to read about murder? After a discussion, in language that at least seems to be the result of profound thought, they come to the conclusion that people like to read such books because they like to do so.--Edmund L. Pearson
The latest word in true crime on the internet: Steve Huff is starting something new -- he's optioned the site http://crimeblog.us and plans a group blog. It will be interesting to see which direction this project takes.
From the blog called "From Whispers to Roars" comes this challenge: Think you can spot a sex offender at the [beach / zoo / party] by the way he looks? Think again -- this sicko is on the loose in Texas. Don't look like a sicko, though, does he?
Are the rich really different from the rest of us? Yeah -- when they decide to murder their families, they manage to accomplish it without getting their hands dirty. Read the details at Mark Gribben's post, Pure Greed, Part 2.
The ShadoWraiths blog has a new post, Blogging the thin blue line, which has quotes and notes about the 39 blogs out there about law enforcement, both departmental blogs and personal blogs, along with a blogroll listing them all.
Over at the Slabtown Chronicle, J.D. Chandler has posted the first part of the story of a devastating fire in 1996 and the many lives it left in ruins in Playing With Fire, part one.
Home Sweet Home continues its coverage of domestic violence -- the literal gender wars that erupt daily everywhere. Most interesting are the details behind a divorce turned deadly -- a split so ugly that the husband blew up himself and his townhouse, wounding many others in the process, and inspiring still others to rethink the state divorce laws.
If called for jury duty, could you sit in fair judgment of a pedophile? Lilo of Lost in Lima Ohio says the subject is Open for Debate.
Harding, who writes the crime blog T.O. Crime, did something different in June with amazing results. He blogged about the World Cup, and his blog was "hugely successful. I garnered 6 main stream media interviews without sending out a press release." How? By focusing on the excitement in his hometown. "...the emotional swell that Toronto undergoes every four years, when our multi-ethnic communities come to life to cheer on the biggest soccer tournament on earth." The lesson for the rest of us: "The heart of a blog is at its most powerful when it engages people on a focused topic." Read the rest of "Power Blogging."