Michael East

Just Who Was Responsible for Gunning Down an Entire Family in the Tranquil Swiss Countryside?

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Switzerland has a reputation for peacefulness. Its stunning alpine vistas and diplomatic record of neutrality lend the country a popular image of being a retreat, a place to relax and not worry about the crime and brutality of modern existence. While Switzerland is one of the top 20 gun-owning countries globally, and the notorious “Swiss bank account” has a criminal reputation all of its own, violent murder is something alien to the tiny European country. They can boast one of the lowest homicide rates on the continent outside of the microstates and equally the number stands as one of the…


How the Killing of a Factory Worker Exposed the Murderous Underbelly of Pre-War French Fascism

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1930s Paris was one of the truly great eras in the history of France’s City of Light. A center for art and bohemian culture as it always was, the city was home to the new waves of culture sweeping the world across the realms of fashion and cinema. Coco Chanel was just as likely to be found dominating the press as either Picasso or Dalí. Yet, this atmosphere was tempered by the political tensions that go hand-in-hand with life in the French capital, with the specter of fascism looming over Europe and regular clashes seen on the streets between the…


Just What Is the Mysterious Flickering Ball of Light That Haunts Missouri’s Devil’s Promenade?

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Legend tells how wandering spirits of the dead will appear as “ghost lights,” appearing in the atmosphere without plausible explanation. These lights are said to also be connected to the devil and fairies. One such example in folklore would be the will-o’-the-wisp, often appearing to travelers near swamps and bogs. Some even connect them with UFOs. While these lights are legend, however, one has been verified to actually “exist” — The Hornet Spooklight, appearing for over 100 years at the Devil’s Promenade on the border between Missouri and Oklahoma, west of the eponymous town of Hornet. …


Was a brutal and bloody murder in England’s countryside a ritual killing, or an evil closer to home?

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For those who enjoyed Midsommar or classics such as Children of the Corn and The Wicker Man, the staples of the folk horror genre are common. The small village or community. Farms and woods. The distrustful locals. Pagan rites still existing in our modern world, covens seeking to praise the ancient evils that may still lurk in the shadows.

And, of course, murder.

Yet these tales of witchcraft often serve, on a deeper level, as a commentary on the nature of human beings themselves. The need for community and the protection it offers. The horror of isolation. The real evil…


As New Evidence Implicates the NYPD, Were Two Men Wrongly Convicted of Killing the Iconic Activist?

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The month marked the 56th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X. Over those long decades, Malcolm’s message has only grown more robust, with it being particularly relevant today. Born in 1925, there is the possibility that, at 95, he may still have been giving his thoughts on Black Lives Matter, America’s treatment of Muslims, and the dire state of human rights around the globe. However, 21 bullets and a hail of gunfire guaranteed that wouldn’t happen. Like the other political killings of the 1960s, all manner of allegations, conspiracy theories, and outright lies about what happened continue to fill…


One of the Many Crimes That Shocked LA in the 1940s, How Did Mimi Boomhower Just Vanish Into Thin Air?

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Disappearances often make the most exciting mysteries. They offer rabbit holes of information as investigators and amateur detectives pour over every possible link in the victim’s life and every potential sighting. They create theories and speculation. Sometimes, these people are the victims of effective killers. Sometimes they remain alive and held against their will. Other times, they simply wished to run away for their own reasons. Yet, these events remain the darkest of days for the families and friends of the disappeared, often suffering for many years without knowing whether their loved one is dead or alive. …


Were the Murderous Duo of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood Responsible for the Slaughter of a Second Family

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December 20, 1959, was seemingly an ordinary morning in Osprey, Florida. The town is small, comprising just a few thousand people, and residents enjoyed the relative peace that comes alongside that. Daniel McLeod rose at his ranch and began to set about his day. It was cold, but not expressly so, and he was headed to meet his friend and co-worker Cliff Walker to go hog hunting. He hooked up his horse trailer, loaded his horse, and set off in good spirits for the day ahead. Parking his truck outside the Walker family home on the 100,000 acres Palmer Ranch…


Who Was Responsible for the Vile Rape and Murder of Three Young Oklahoma Girls in 1977?

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Abandoned buildings hold many stories, memories locked in their crumbling and rotting facades. In rural Oklahoma, a once joyous summer camp is slowly being reclaimed by nature, left only to the advancing mold and the ghosts of so many moments of fun. While those moments likely still exist in the back of many former residents’ minds, they are surely eclipsed by the horror of what transpired one rainy morning in 1977. By dawn, three schoolgirls were brutally raped and murdered, and the culprit would never officially be caught following an investigation where allegations of racism and corruption would run wild.


With Claims of Mafia Involvement, the Death of “The World’s Strongest Man” Continues to Haunt Montreal

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The world of professional wrestling is one that is tainted by decades of tragedy. From the infamous double-murder and suicide committed by Chris Benoit to the murder of Bruiser Brody, the spectre of death has never been far away from the squared circle. Equally, rumours have always persisted of links between “the business” and the criminal underworld, with the likes of the Cosa Nostra and the Yakuza once having interests in professional wrestling in the United States and Japan respectively. At this intersection of wrestling and organised crime comes Dino Bravo, one of the World Wrestling Federation’s (WWF, now WWE)…


Did Scientists Receive the First-Ever Communication From Alien Life Way Back in 1977?

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It was on August 15, 1977, that Ohio State University’s Big Ear radio telescope received what many consider to be the most convincing scientific argument of extraterrestrial life — a signal from outer space. Discovered by astronomer Jerry R. Ehman when reviewing data, the 72-second event came from somewhere around the Sagittarius constellation. To this day, there is no agreed-upon explanation for what the telescope received, with opponents of the alien life theory suggesting natural phenomena or even a human-made source. It was on August 18 that the event would get its most widely known name, Ehman writing “WOW!” in…

Michael East

Freelance writer. Writing on true crime, mysteries, politics, history, and more. | https://linktr.ee/MichaelEast

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