The 13th Floor

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The Shockingly Brutal Crimes of Axe-Murderer Clementine Barnabet

As the blow from an axe crushed another skull, South Louisiana’s unparalleled reign of terror continued… It was February 1911 in Crowley, Louisiana, a small town near the Texas border. The Byers family went to bed as usual. It was a typical night until an intruder broke in and brutally bludgeoned them all to death […]

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The “Satanic” Story of Infamous Murderer Ricky Kasso

One of the oldest bromides in American society, perhaps in the world at large, is that the young people of any given time period are always awful, and so much worse than the generation before them. We’re seeing it right now with all the trendy hatred for millennials — who are apparently the worst generation […]

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The Twisted, True Tale of Serial-Killer Nurse “Jolly” Jane Toppan

If history has taught us anything, it’s that serial killers come in all shapes, sizes and nationalities. Oh… and genders, as well. Case in point: prolific serial killer Jane Toppan (born as Honora Kelley, known to law enforcement and the public as “Jolly Jane”), who, by her own admission, killed 33 people. Honora was quite […]

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Say Hello to Bachelor #1: The Shocking Crimes of “The DATING GAME Killer”

Cheryl Bradshaw thought she found her dream date when she chose Bachelor #1, Rodney Alcala, on the popular 1970s show THE DATING GAME. Introduced by the host as “a successful photographer who got his start when his father found him in the darkroom at the age of 13, fully developed,” Alcala cooed from behind the […]

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The Bizarre and Gruesome Saga of Linda Hazzard: “The Starvation Doctor”

Doctor Linda Burfield Hazzard was many things to many people: A wealthy socialite. A female doctor in a time when there were almost none. A pioneer in alternative medicine before the term had even been invented. And one of the deadliest female serial killers in history. Her murder method was as unique as her life […]

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The Chilling Link Between the Black Dahlia Murder and Cleveland’s Infamous “Torso Killer”

The gruesome 1947 murder of aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, THE BLACK DAHLIA, which inspired countless books and films, remains unsolved. Yet, Short’s killer, many believe, may have been the Cleveland Torso Killer, a notorious maniac, who hacked victims apart with all the finesse of a butcher. Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1924, Elizabeth Short took […]