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Police making custom medals for line of duty shootings

My google is failing me - I'm trying to find the name for and documentation of police officers getting custom memorabilia for their on duty kills. [more inside]
posted by mayonnaises on Jul 22, 2016 - 3 answers

Please help me find this obscure anime (~15 years old)?

Please help me find this obscure comedic anime I watched ~7 years ago. It's definitely not Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, but extremely similar in terms of comedy and characters. (Spoilers inside) [more inside]
posted by I made this account so Matt could have a $5 beer on Jan 2, 2016 - 4 answers

Seeking biggest, most destructive, animal and insect swarms in history

So I'm trying to find the biggest historical accounts of animal and insect swarms/herds in history. I've been googling by species but decade and by general terms like swarm, infestation, herd, stampede and so far I've only found a few of the more recent ones. So a) if you know any, please tell me more about them and b) what's the best way to find these historical accounts? Even if they're just one or two lines. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Oct 1, 2015 - 16 answers

Books Like Helter Skelter and Going Clear

Pretty self-explanatory, but I'll go into a bit more detail under the cut. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Aug 25, 2015 - 42 answers

What is this mystery book/movie I'm barely remembering?

Help me remember this book or movie -- possibly from the mystery genre -- from the single plot point I recall? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Jun 13, 2015 - 9 answers

A Very Frosty Law & Order

In this Law & Order Episode, a corpse was found that had been frozen for "4 or 5 years"...but how could they tell? Freezer burn? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Mar 29, 2015 - 7 answers

I'm looking for real life examples like The Shining.

And by Shining type cases, let me say that English ghosts and psychic kids are of course a bonus but in no way necessary. What I'm getting as is I'm trying to do some research on cases of murder or near murder brought on by isolation. Where can I find examples of dark deeds brought on - or exacerbated by - people being stuck somewhere far away from others?
posted by rileyray3000 on Mar 9, 2015 - 8 answers

How dangerous is Mexico really?

I have heard many horror stories from friends, about narcos, ransom, murder, beheading etc. I would be visiting family in Guerrero and Morelos for 2 weeks in March for spring break. What are my chances of getting kidnapped or murder? If it was 1 in a million or greater, I probably wouldn't go. FWIW I am a white skinned half Mexican 32 year old guy, and my Spanish is good but I definitely have an American accent.
posted by crawltopslow on Mar 1, 2015 - 16 answers

How is one invited to the execution of someone on Death Row?

How is one invited to the execution of someone on Death Row? This is research for a story. I am hoping to get some specific details before I reach out to my sources.
  • When the convicted person is scheduled to be executed, how are the victim’s loved ones informed? Do they get a bureaucratic form letter, or does someone call them? Who would that be?
  • Do they have to submit paperwork and is there a vetting process to attend?
  • How far in advance are they informed of the scheduled execution date?
Thank you!
posted by Ink-stained wretch on Feb 9, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me find this short story

It is from the point of view of a man who comes home from war after such a long time that he was believed dead. After an awkward welcome, he finds out that his wife has been sleeping with his neighbor, a young man who was like a son to him before he left to fight. He eventually kills the young man and his wife and dies from a gunshot wound after being chased by the sheriff on a mountain or mesa. What is this short story?
posted by domo on Oct 17, 2014 - 6 answers

What is really going on in Mexico?

Does anyone have a reputable account or the inside-scoop on the recent student protests/murders/disappearances/mass graves in Mexico? So surreal and terrifying. Links and anecdata welcome.
posted by j_curiouser on Oct 7, 2014 - 2 answers

Duck Wars: Is there anything humans can do?

We have two families of ducks on our pond. The older family of six started killing the new babies of the young family of ten. [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Jun 29, 2014 - 6 answers

Moody, pouting, murderous Tango?

My partner and I are intermediate-level ballroom dancers; we're looking to put together our first formal routine, and would appreciate some helping finding the right music. [more inside]
posted by buxtonbluecat on Jun 8, 2014 - 9 answers

Finding material on a WW1-era New York murder case

What resources might be recommended for tracking down info about an NYC criminal trial from the summer of 1917? Do you think the court transcript might somehow be available?
posted by steinsaltz on Mar 24, 2014 - 1 answer

The terrible truth

Give me your true stories, your unhappy endings, your mysteries. I really enjoyed this question, but the answers I found the most compelling were the true stories about people. Give me links to investigative writing that I can get my teeth into.
posted by superfish on Mar 7, 2014 - 20 answers

Murder in the Building. Roommate Needed.

How do I find a roommate for my recently stigmatized apartment? My Boyfriend and I moved into an apartment with the knowledge that we would eventually rent out the second bedroom. It's in a converted house, with a shared stairwell. We live on the third floor, the landlady and her family live on the second floor, and the tenant on the first floor was recently murdered by his roommates. The roommates are in prison and were arraigned last Friday. [more inside]
posted by superior julie on Feb 17, 2014 - 49 answers

Murder investigations and the trial verdict

If a defendant is found not-guilty following a murder trial do the police re-open the case and continue to search for the true murderer? [more inside]
posted by mousepad on Sep 24, 2013 - 15 answers

movies where everyone behaves themselves?

After a couple summer blockbusters left a bad taste in my mouth, the new(-ish) Much Ado About Nothing was refreshing. What are your favorite movies where no one is killed, threatened, beat up, kidnapped or stolen from?
posted by morganw on Aug 13, 2013 - 56 answers

Meme of tv or movie characters driving someone out to a remote location

How many instances in television and film can the hive mind come up with that involve a character driving someone out to the desert (or some other remote location) to kill them, often having the victim (who is usually someone who has wronged the character, or can't be convicted in a court of law), dig a hole, only ending up unable to actually murder them?
posted by agregoli on Jul 31, 2013 - 32 answers

Help ID a 'murder on a train' film?

Asking for an IRL friend - can anyone help name a 'murder on a train' film that either begins or ends up in New Orleans and probably includes a rousing version of "Toot Toot Tootsie Goodbye?" [more inside]
posted by mintcake! on Jul 26, 2013 - 1 answer

Amityville Horror or Great Deal: What Wins?

How would you feel buying the neighborhood murder house? [more inside]
posted by extraheavymarcellus on Jul 23, 2013 - 55 answers

Why offer a witness who may hurt your case?

Martin/Zimmerman filter: Why did the prosecution call John Good to testify today, knowing Good would say Martin was on top of Zimmerman making 'downward motions' with his arm? IANAL, but if you are, or not -- help me understand the calculation.
posted by LonnieK on Jun 28, 2013 - 17 answers

Questions about prison visiting facilities...

Writing a story with a tangential character to be executed in California. I have multiple questions about the visiting facilities for such a prison. Anyone with knowledge able to help? [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Jun 14, 2013 - 13 answers

Website for murder methods?

I remember years ago hearing about a book which explained different methods of murder and poisoning. It listed methods of killing people, and methods of maiming or poisoning people, along with symptoms. It was aimed, of course, at authors who write murder mysteries. [more inside]
posted by LauraJ on Jun 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Shooting incident involving poachers and film crew?

I'm trying to recall a shooting incident involving a documentary film or news crew, a conservationist/conservation group, and some wildlife poachers in Africa. [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Feb 18, 2013 - 2 answers

Fiction: Fatal encounters between therapist and patient

I am looking for any stories that include a fatal encounter between a therapist and his/her patient. [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on Feb 5, 2013 - 33 answers

Once Again, help me remember a movie...

The movie was released in the late 1990's early 2000's. It's a movie set in LA in the 70's or 80's. There's a murder (or beating?) at a nice house over a drug deal. [more inside]
posted by roboton666 on Jan 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Real Life Royston Vasey?

Are there any real-life historical examples of the Small Town With A Terrible Secret horror trope? Towns where long-term, ongoing crimes (or unsavory religious practices one supposes) where purposefully covered up and kept hidden from the outside world and any attempt to investigate them resulted in the investigator being detained, thrown out, or killed?
posted by The Whelk on Jan 4, 2013 - 35 answers

Movies: Cleaning up after a murder

Looking for movies where there is a suspenseful scene of one or two people cleaning up after a murder and/or concealing a body. [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on Nov 8, 2012 - 23 answers

Help with Lord of the Rings Murder Mystery?

So I'm writing a LoTR murder mystery dinner game and I need your help. The murder victim of the night will be Frodo, and I could use ideas for (a) good, juicy reasons why each of my player-characters might want to kill Frodo as well as (b) other fun mini-plots between the other characters. [more inside]
posted by ninotchka on Nov 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Let's creep again like we did last summer / let's creep again like we did last year

The dark months are approaching: it's late October and it's time to be scared, but not by your typical Halloween spooks and haunts. Help me discover all that's disconcerting and downright disquieting online (and possibly off). [more inside]
posted by item on Oct 24, 2012 - 26 answers

thriller novel where student cheats on medical exam by answering question incorrectly

Looking for a thriller mass-market paperback novel that I read in the late 1990s that was about brilliant students at a medical school - murder, conspiracy, etc. [more inside]
posted by cmp4Meta on Jul 28, 2012 - 2 answers

Police records of a murder

How do I get copies of a police report (interviews, the evidence, and the confession) from a murder investigation in which I was involved? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2012 - 8 answers

What is this hypnotist movie?

Help me identify this movie I saw years ago: I'd guess it was made in the 40's or 50's, american, thriller involving a hypnotist. [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on May 6, 2012 - 4 answers

Firing into crowds

News coverage of the Arab Spring routinely has reports (with audio-gunshots) of state actors shooting at crowds of demonstrators. Often it seems like very few people are injured/killed. Is this confirmation bias on my part, are there mass casualties, or are the folks "shooting" at the crowd (ie not at the actual people) ? [more inside]
posted by k5.user on Apr 16, 2012 - 6 answers

What movie am I remembering?

What movie am I thinking of? Mid-90's, son is suspected of killing his girlfriend, father tries to cover it up [more inside]
posted by andruwjones26 on Mar 6, 2012 - 2 answers


What is the definition of murder? If the state puts you to death is it murder? [more inside]
posted by Kilovolt on Mar 3, 2012 - 26 answers

What is this teleportation-centered scifi short?

Inspired by the recent posting of BLIT and its related stories to the blue ... Back in the 90s, I read several short stories by a single author about teleportation; it had your standard "some can do this, some can't, so we don't like to talk about it" tropes, and one I recall in particular had several teleporters' murders as the plot driver. Spoilers inside. I read it in a zine published for the palm pilot, but I don't know if that was its original format or not. [more inside]
posted by spaceman_spiff on Nov 6, 2011 - 6 answers

I need murder-themed props by 9 a.m. tomorrow for a Portland, Ore., photo shoot. Help!

I need some murder-themed props for a photo shoot, and need to obtain them by 9 a.m. tomorrow in the Portland, Ore., metro area. Help! [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Oct 10, 2011 - 8 answers

And Cain rose up...

I'm looking for any and all songs about murder and murderers. [more inside]
posted by katyggls on Sep 30, 2011 - 136 answers

A French movie with an affair. That should narrow it down.

Looking for a movie I saw one. A French murder mystery musical? [more inside]
posted by Garm on Aug 4, 2011 - 6 answers

Books on con artists, deception, foul play and secret double lives?

Recommendations for thrilling true-life tales of bluebloods behaving badly? [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Jul 8, 2011 - 21 answers

Writers or artists who have killed.

Who are artists or writers who have committed murder? [more inside]
posted by fryman on Apr 14, 2011 - 43 answers

I have no clever title.

I remember seeing part of a movie (it could have been a TV show) involving a female hospital patient killed by a man posing as a doctor. Do you know which movie this is? [more inside]
posted by cp311 on Apr 6, 2011 - 3 answers

Are victims of coersion and threat legally responsible for commiting crimes under duress?

Legal hypothesis (from a recent episode of Flashpoint): What are you responsible for in the eyes of the court (US) if you commit a crime (let's say robbery) under duress (threat of death)? Does that change if you commit murder? Does that change if its not you being threatened, but your kidnapped daughter? [more inside]
posted by unrequited on Mar 21, 2011 - 12 answers

Help identify this murder method from a short story

What is this short story (maybe by Asimov?) ... [spoilers] [more inside]
posted by bleary on Feb 25, 2011 - 7 answers

Short film about dangers of online social chat and murder? Screencasted!

A while ago I saw an amusing "short creative film". It was all told on computer screens, like a screen cast where you watch people type an work on their computer. In it you see a lot of typing in a chat room or forum, and the theme is that a stranger they are talking to is actually a murderer of some kind. I just realised this a really cool new way of storytelling through social media and wanted to watch it again. Can anyone remember what it is? [more inside]
posted by flexiverse on Nov 24, 2010 - 3 answers

I wanna get him off

Help me with a fictional plot: I want a character to commit a murder, and then (after some mental turmoil etc lasting several months) hand himself in to the police. However, with no evidence of this murder, and with as little as possible description of police procedure on my part, I want the guy to be released. What would be the smoothest way to achieve this? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Nov 9, 2010 - 31 answers

Reiser 4

Are you allowed to use a computer in the US when you are in prison? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc on Aug 23, 2010 - 18 answers

Statutory Confession?

Bookfilter: Trying to remember the name of this crime novel about a 17 year old girl who poisoned and eventually killed her talented sister for attention. [more inside]
posted by karminai on Jul 23, 2010 - 4 answers

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