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Crime In The 1970s

'Scared Straight:' Did The Famous 1978 Program Work? (N...

January 10, 2020

Starting with 1978’s Scared Straight, the TV special that sent at-risk teenagers to prison with adults in order to freak them out and turn them into respecta...

Did Sid Vicious Kill Nancy Spungen? Everything We Know....

January 2, 2020

In January 1978, the Sex Pistols called it quits. Bass player Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen were nursing serious heroin habits, so what better...

The Twinkie Defense Myth: How Dan White, Harvey Milk's ...

November 27, 2019

Dan White and Twinkies. Sources: Bettmann / Contributor / Getty Images; Wikimedia Commons Can a diet of Twinkies lead to murder? If you buy the "Twinkie defen...

Patty Hearst, Criminal Or Victim? Facts And Trivia Abou...

November 19, 2019

Patty Hearst welcome home button. Tania was the name she received from the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA). In 1974 she became a member of the FBI's ten most w...

Amityville Horror: What Really Happened? A Mob Hit, A D...

October 29, 2019

The Amityville Horror was the second-highest grossing film in 1979, a terrifying tale based, we were told, on actual events. Part one of the story is a fact:...

The Story Of Rodney Alcala, The Charming 'Dating Game K...

March 30, 2019

Rodney Alcala, the "Dating Game killer," is known to many as the killer who appeared on The Dating Game. Unfortunately, there's much more to the story -- Alc...

How Ted Bundy Invented Reality TV In The 1970s

January 28, 2019

Ted Bundy's image on a television screen on the lawn of the Florida State Prison. | Location: Starke, Florida, USA. Source: Getty/Bettmann In 1979 and 1980, a nation sat ...

The 'Manson Girls:' Who Were They, And Where Are They N...

January 22, 2019

The young women known as the "Manson Girls" had been normal, pretty, bright teenagers, but they're remembered for the brutal murder of seven people. Susan At...

Scary Crime Scene Photos from the 70s

May 29, 2018

For some reasons, people are drawn and seem to gawk at dramatic, unpleasant and often gruesome sights; similar to the proverbial train wreck. Otherwise, why would police need to...

Hogan's Homicide: The Strange Life And Death Of Bob Cra...

November 9, 2017

As Colonel Hogan on Hogan's Heroes, Bob Crane played an American prisoner of war held by Nazi Germans during World War II. It was a strange premise for a sit...