Family murder was understood as a sign of larger ills.
During the 1980s, press coverage of South African family murders suggested that something was ‘wrong’ with white society – and with the white Afrikaans men who were usually seen as perpetrators.
Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius arrives at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, for his sentencing.
Under South African law, murder carries a minimum sentence of 15 years for first-time offenders. But courts may deviate from this if they find ‘substantial and compelling circumstances’ to do so.
Oscar Pistorius walks without his prosthetic legs at a recent hearing at the Pretoria High Court.
Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to six years in prison for killing his girlfriend. It comes after a well-publicised TV interview which some believe was used to influence the judge.
Supporters angered by the ANC’s choice of a mayoral candidate went on the rampage in Tshwane, South Africa, .
The increase in rioting ahead of municipal elections in South Africa, such as that in Pretoria, suggests that the country's general election in 2019 could be more violent than previous elections.
Women over 60 are being killed in their own homes - but little more is known about these crimes.
For years, Talese’s subject, Gerald Foos, spied on his motel guests.
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When Gay Talese signed a confidentiality agreement with a motel-owning voyeur, he got access to the voyeur's journals and secret viewing perch. But he also allowed the spying to continue for over a decade.
A new study reveals that we are more likely to trust people who follow simple moral rules – or at least give moral problems some serious thought.
All to often, true crime books have glorified male violence and reproduced crude sexist stereotypes.
The genre that brought us the writings of Mark "Chopper" Read isn't known for its impeccable gender politics. But two new books cast a critical eye on a culture of male violence.
Rumors abounded in the days after the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
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How do rational people get sucked into believing conspiracies? According to research, we're more susceptible than you'd think.
Milly Dowler was abducted and killed in 2002.
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Her case followed certain well known patterns, but the Surrey teenager's killer was not identified for years after her death.
In the Netflix series Making a Murderer, Brendan Dassey is subject to interrogation tactics known as the ‘Reid technique’.
Innocent people do confess under interrogation to crimes they did not commit, even providing details about the crime. What leads them to falsely confess to very serious crimes?
Yorkshire Ripper may be moved from Broadmoor Hospital to a regular prison. Does that mean he's well?
Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare.
It's important to look beyond the same old gender sterotypes.
The Lawrence case has allowed black police officers to speak up about racism within the force.
Reports of an inquiry into allegations that police tried to shield the killers suggest the murder has yet to be fully investigated.
A man walks among crosses outside Pretoria, South Africa, representing farmers killed in violent attacks.
South Africa's homicide rates have declined consistently since democracy, but remain among the highest in the world. They are about four times the global average at more than 30 per 100,000 people.
Bodies thought to belong to members of Russia's murdered royal family are to be re-examined for new evidence but forensics has its potential and limitations.
Horror director Wes Craven was perhaps best known for his Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream series.
His tombstone may say Craven, but the director carved a bold and memorable niche in the horror genre.
A memorial to murdered journalists Alison Parker and Adam Warm lies outside the offices of WDBJ7.
New research suggests mass shootings are not just due to gun ownership, but gun culture.
Killers who deliberately commit their acts in public places are often motivated by revenge.
Classifying killers into particular types is intuitively appealing. It helps us make sense of what otherwise seems senseless. But this approach tells us only the smallest fraction of their motivation.
The conduct of police at colleagues' funerals sheds light on police culture.
South African police are murdered at a high rate, making funerals and memorial services all too common. What happens and gets said at these services can help us understand aspects of police culture.