Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Carnival of the True Crime Blogs #94

This weekly installment of the True Crime Carnival is brought to you by the letters F and U. And that's just two-thirds of the FUN. True Crime Blogroll members run the gamut from deadly serious to snarky to cynical and humorous in their blog entries.

The True Crime Blogroll endeavors to provide a full spectrum of tone for our readers; always with an eye on quality and originality.

This week's True Crime Carnival shall begin with the more lighthearted entries, and end with the more serious. It's up to the reader where they will click first.

¤ Crime Rant authors Gregg Olsen and Matt Phelps are at the "lighthearted" end of the spectrum this week with their take on Christopher Jack Reid, the alleged WSU Visiting Rapist and burglar who is a self-made "porn star" and uses the name Jack Venice in at least 86 adult movies. Read Jack Venice: Porn Star Rapist On the Loose? for their take on this "Jack," and also an interview with this retromingent mouthbreather that will leave any reader feeling like a genius.

¤ Michelle Gray from In Cold Blog writes about OJ Simpson's recent, ah... troubles, in her take on OJ's arrest which "happened in Vegas," but refused to abide by the postcard mantra. Replete with plenty of punny goodness and nods to his past, ah... troubles, Freshly Squeezed is a must read. Readers who are familiar with Google's Street View map function will appreciate the twisted irony in this image captured in front of 360 North Rockingham Avenue in L.A.:

¤ Crime, Interrupted has begun a new weekly feature on the blog which also holds a reader poll. Four Corners Creep Of The Week: Robert Ashley is the second such weekly feature from this True Crime blogger who does a fantastic job of bringing "True Crime From The Four Corners" to our readers.

¤ Laura James of CLEWS has written another fine entry concerning the genre of True Crime. Laura is well known for her superb historical True Crime writing, and likewise, her Genre News with its book reviews and general op-ed commentary is not to be missed by TC fans. Oh, and she also tosses in her Pervert of the Week link.

¤ This next entry is extra-TCB and it deals with an oft-overlooked facet of True Crime: the "white collar" variety. Sam Antar of Crazy Eddie fame writes Advice from a convicted felon: How the government investigates and prosecutes white collar criminal cases at his White Collar Fraud blog.

I'm in my mid-30's now (the "new teens," I'll have you know!) and I loved those Crazy Eddie commercials on WPIX when I was a kid... still some of the best around, if you like that sort of regional advertising shtick. They're In-Saaane!

¤ Neill from True Crime Blog UK returns from his brief hiatus with his first historical True Crime story. The Misfortunate Mary Richards blends fact with local legend to tell at least one version of the awful attack upon a young woman in a small village in England in 1854.

¤ Chris from CrimeShadows News writes about a cold case which could possibly be tied to the Zodiac Killer. Read his entry July 4, 1969: The Murder of Judy Lichti and the related website links. Who knows, you could help solve this cold case!

¤ Steve Huff from brings us a story of murderous and mysterious happenstance in Strange Shooting in Dekalb County, GA. Although less than two hours ago, this case took another strange turn, as the fugitive suspect ate some lead when the police had him cornered.

¤ David Lohr has a blog entry up at In Cold Blog detailing the horrific rape/murder/assault charges leveled against a 16-year old Virginia boy in the sledgehammer assault, death- and later, rape- of his 22-year old sister, and the sledgehammer assault of his 2-year old niece. Police Accuse Walter L. Smith Jr. in the Rape and Murder of His 22-year-old Sister provides more details on this case.

¤ Finally, for the In Cold Blog trifecta, and "most serious" end of the spectrum, I will share TC writer Corey Mitchell's take on the upcoming anniversary of the West Nickel Mines Amish elementary school shooting of October 2, 2006. The Other Victims eloquently conveys the Amish way of forgiveness and compassion.

Traits which both share a soul with the FUN.

Thank you for reading, and we'll see you next week!


Crime, Interrupted said...

Great Carnival, Jules!

Gregg Olsen said...

best carnival ever!

Ari said...

This is great! I always look for more true crime to read. I spent much of my weekend on the internet at all your crime webs, hah. The Crimerant is very cool. Thanks

Shannon said...

Awesome! Thank you so much for doing's tough to find good content crime blogs by just googling. I love it when people like you make it easier. I'm going to link to this...


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