Shortly before 11 p.m. on Monday, December 8, 1980, John Lennon was gunned down in front of his New York City apartment building by an obsessed fan. This is the story of the days leading up to that tragedy.
While the club initially formed as a social group for writers of detective fiction, it did have an official purpose: to uphold a rigid set of standards for crime fiction, and weed out any potential members who wouldn’t agree to meet them.
The epic effort to rescue Floyd Collins was a battle between heroism and folly, selflessness and selfishness, and life and death.
Discover how Sandra Day O’Connor overcame the odds to become the first female U.S. Supreme Court justice.
Forget about the funny pages. If Kay Powell wrote for your paper, you dove straight into the death notices.
"Bitter Bierce" had a sharp sense of humor. It may have gotten him killed.
‘New York Times’ restaurant critic Pete Wells once said the humble bacon, egg, and cheese was “designed to satisfy practical needs rather than voluptuary desires.“ But is that selling the sandwich short?
From Knotts Scary Farm to Eastern State Penitentiary, these haunted attractions are worth a visit this Halloween season.
The folk magic tradition of concealing shoes to trap witches probably started in the Middle Ages.
In 1961, an ordinary New Hampshire couple claimed to have been abducted by aliens. Betty and Barney Hill's tale still reverberates through pop culture today.
Curtis Chillingworth was the most esteemed judge in Palm Beach County. But someone wanted him dead.
The history of pizza is a large pie—half Margherita and half lies. Let’s take a bite out of pizza’s past, covering styles from Neapolitan and New York to Sicilian and St. Louis and beyond.
Precursors to the story about the girl with the green ribbon were written by Washington Irving, Alexandre Dumas, and more famous authors.
These daring dames ventured into the underworld of contraband liquor.
Suggestive lyrics from bands like Twisted Sister led to the 1985 Parents Music Resource Center Senate hearing on whether musicians should be allowed to rock without parental supervision.
‘The Vampyre’ is largely forgotten today, but it upended centuries of vampiric lore 80 years before Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’—and from its spooky beginnings to its scandalous misattribution, its history was as dramatic as fiction.
The North American parrots vanished mysteriously in the early 20th century. Now scientists are closer to solving their disappearance.
The late singer's beach bum reputation helped him build a billion-dollar empire.
In 1993, just 34 days after the Waco siege ended, NBC premiered 'In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco'—a TV movie greenlit, scripted, and largely shot while the tragedy was still unfolding.
In 1993, a teenaged Alicia Silverstone changed the rules for video vixens everywhere with Aerosmith's "Cryin'"—and cemented her place in pop culture history.
'Killers of the Flower Moon' tells the story of the Osage murders, an especially bleak chapter of American history.
Historians were struck by the tantalizing possibility that this library might contain missing works of some of history’s greatest writers—works thought to have been lost forever.
In 1937, "Doc" Noss found billions in gold in a New Mexico mountain peak. The only thing stopping his family from a windfall? The U.S. Army.
It involves one man’s obsession with Peter Pan, the Emily Brontë novel ‘Wuthering Heights,’ and Meat Loaf.