A scholarly classification of British contract killers

Scholarly fans of British hitmen have managed to rank the members of that profession. Hitmen in Britain, according to this study, essentially come in four varieties: Novice, Dilettente, Journeyman, and Master. Details are published in: “The British Hitman: 1974–2013,” Donal MacIntyre, David Wilson, Elizabeth Yardley [pictured here], Liam Brolan, The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, […]

Are There Any Non-Carnivorous Plants?

There may be more meat-eating plants out there than we previously thought: It’s all about defining your terms. “Murderous plants: Victorian Gothic, Darwin and modern insights into vegetable carnivory,” Mark W. Chase, Maarten J. M. Christenhusz, Dawn Sanders, Michael F. Fay, Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, 161 (4), December 2009, pp. 329-356. DOI: 10.1111/j.1095-8339.2009.01014.x. The authors […]

A joining of dark interests in London—Nov 30

Two subjects we’ve written about will come together in London on November 30. John Troyer, the man behind this (The Ghoulish State of Necrophilia Law) and this (Corpse case arises anew, again) will talk at a showing of the documentary film about this (The First Lady of Miniature CSI). It will happen at a venue […]

Bye-bye, birdman: John E duPont 1938-2010

John E duPont, the multimillionaire (heir to the DuPont chemical fortune), the trained ornithologist who discovered and officially named more than a dozen new (sub)species of birds, collector of stamps, birds and shells, founder of the Delaware Museum of Natural History, the paranoid schizophrenic who was jailed after murdering an Olympic wrestler in 1996, died […]

DNA Faking for Criminals and Murder Novelists

Master criminals and murder novelists, many of whom felt hemmed in by technical limitations, can feel relieved by the news of new DNA technology: “Authentication of forensic DNA samples,” Dan Frumkin, Adam Wasserstrom, Ariane Davidson and Arnon Grafit, Forensic Science International Genetics, Volume 4, Issue 2, Pages 95-103 (February 2010). (Thanks to Ed Yong for […]