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Hitchcock Breaks the Sound Barrier in Early Films 'Blackmail' and 'Murder!'

Hitchcock's motif of treacherous toying with filmgoers is intriguing to spot in his early silent-to-talkie thrillers, Blackmail and Murder!

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The Frankenstein Chronicles: Series 1, Episode 1 - "A World Without God"

The Frankenstein Chronicles is not a lumbering monster, but a finely crafted, dark Georgian mystery.

Carl Wilson
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For Every Problem There Is a Solution: 'Prince of Poisoners: The Life & Crimes of William Palmer'

William Palmer's taste for better living through chemistry began while he was in medical school as a simple way to erase gambling debts.

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Small Towns, Big Secrets in Elizabeth Hay's Richly Woven 'Alone in the Classroom'

Alone in the Classroom is a stirring, majestic tale that is ultimately about small towns in Canada and the many layered secrets that they harbour.

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When Superheroes Die

The death of Randy Poffo, aka Macho Man Randy Savage, once again revealed the dark history of professional wrestling. A history replete with drug abuse, murder and suicide. In this essay a writer and fan explores the varied reactions to Savage's death; a death which created more questions than answers.

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'Jass' Gives You the Feel for Early American History

Take a tour of Storyville where Jazz began and murder prevails, bringing in the likes of David Fulmer's hero who is as good at solving crime as he's crippled by his love of an irresistible whore.

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An Engrossing Compendium of Dogtown’s Artistic, Romantic, Swashbuckling Background

To have locked Peter Hodgkins up -- he was caught time after time exposing himself, lunging at women, creeping around -- would’ve been to lock up the unique wild spirit of Dogtown.

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Seduced by Madness: The True Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case by Carol Pogash

What makes Pogash's book so powerful is that it evokes the universal bafflement we feel over the tortured relationships some other people endure.

Bruce Gerstman
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Johnny Cash: Love, God, Murder

Mitchell Moore

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