Best of the Register

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There are more than 400 entries in the Malefactor’s Register, which as of this writing recently celebrated its 11-year anniversary online.
While I’m fairly happy with most of the articles, there are a few that are my favorites. I’ve broken them down into categories and am sharing them here in no particular order. They might make a good place to start if you’re overwhelmed by the number of entries on the Register.
I reserve the right to put some in more than one category.

~August 2015.

My Favorites

Just Plain Sad
Note:All homicide is tragic; these murders take it to a different level.

bertillion2Crimes That Should Be Better Known

jb blackCrimes That Would Make a Good Movie

  • One for the Books
  • An honest Deputy DA running for judge on an ant-corruption platform takes on the LA mob.

  • The Ordeal of David Lamson
  • David Lamson either did or did not kill his wife. Thirty of 36 jurors thought he did.

  • Appearances Can Be Deceiving
  • The apex of a love triangle tries to get cute with a double homicide.

  • Anything for Dad (Was a made-for-TV movie)
  • The Tison boys break dad out of jail and wind up on a cross-country killing spree. This one could be in the Just Plain Sad category.
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  • Minute by Minute
  • Proving the doctor killed his wife comes down to checking his alibi down to the minute. Oh, yeah: This one features Idi Amin in a walk-on role.

  • Murder and Global Warming
  • The inventor of a now-forgotten high-efficiency car engine is murdered for the insurance.

  • The Fall and Rise of Phenix City
  • A small southern town thinks vice will save it.

  • Louise the Lady Killer (At least a Lifetime version)
  • Multiple murderer Louise Peete mistakenly believes the governor won’t send her to the gas chamber.

  • Death House Conversions
  • How many good deeds does it take to earn a pass off death row?

Let the punishment fit the crime.Best Potential Law and Order Episodes

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Best Potential CSI Episodes

  • The Yule Bomber
  • In 1922, handwriting experts, linguists, and forensic scientists team up to put a bomber in prison.

  • Jigsaw Puzzle
  • Circumstantial evidence can be used to put a killer on death row.

  • Muddy Water
  • An not-so-nice guy is wrongly accused of murder and it takes decades to prove.

  • Gone, but not Forgotten
  • Lots of people thought Virginia executed an innocent man, but post-death DNA tests prove otherwise.

Best WTF?

  • Fabian of the Yard
  • Was witchcraft involved in the murder of this strange Englishman?

  • Mail Order Murder
  • The lesson here: Don’t take pills that anonymous people send you in the mail.

  • Throw Momma from the Cliff
  • A car with a push-button transmission can’t be a murder weapon, or can it?

  • Stranger than Fiction
  • The judge smokes pot while the prosecutor and defense counsel end up in the sack.

  • Shotgun Wedding
  • Married at the point of a gun, this poor guy didn’t stand a chance with his in-laws.

  • Abuse of discretion Throwbacks
  • After his son beats a friend nearly to death, his dad helps finish the job.

3b45421rBest Whodunits

Best Noir

  • He said, She said
  • This is just a simple case of cattle rustling and murder in 1930s San Francisco.

  • The Black Widow
  • A real-life version of The Postman Always Rings Twice.

  • Mail Order Murder
  • The lesson here: Don’t take pills that anonymous people send you in the mail.

  • Beneath the Surface
  • The minister tried to convince everyone that his wife drowned.

  • Replacement Killer
  • At least make the body look like you if you try this ploy.

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