No one should be surprised at what he did

Former reality-TV star and right-wing political activist Josh Duggar’s arrest on April 29, 2021, has set everyone from the national media to niche YouTubers talking. …

They called Ronald O’Bryan “the man who killed Halloween”

Ronald Clark O’Bryan. Image courtesy of AP/Ed Kolenovsky.

Halloween is an immensely popular holiday in America — some 70 percent of us celebrate it, spending about $9 billion on candy, costumes, and decorations. The holiday incorporates traditions dating back to the ancient Celts, as well as newer and uniquely American practices.

The newest of these uniquely American practices…

Paula Green Albritton

In November 1997, a Bradenton, Florida, city worker was working near the banks of the Manatee River when he spotted something floating in the water, near the shore.

When he got a closer look, he saw it was a human hand.

Nearby were two clay pots and some decorative stones.

O’Neil Swanson II. Image courtesy of WXYZ, Action 7 News, Detroit.

On Aug. 16, 2018, the world mourned the passing of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

During her week-long funeral services, thousands of people — including Bill and Hillary Clinton, Rev. …

It started out as a grift and turned into something much more sinister

Tony and Susan Alamo on one of their album covers

When Bernie LaZar Hoffman was born on Sept. 30, 1934, in Joplin, Missouri, he wasn’t born into a particularly religious household. His parents were Jewish, but other than that, little is known about his childhood, since his story would change frequently, depending on who he was telling it to.


R. Kelly Guilty, John Hinkley Jr. Released, and More on the Gabby Petito Case

FBI: Murders Way Up in 2020

Image courtesy of the FBI

In grim news, the FBI released its statistics showing that the murder rate rose 29 percent in 2020, the largest increase since the agency began tracking these crimes in the 1960s. There were over 21,500 homicides in 2020, still fewer than the previous peaks in the 1980s and 90s.

R. Kelly Found Guilty


The pair had a twisted kind of father/son relationship, one that led them on a mass murder spree

Lee Boyd Malvo and John Allen Muhammad

The case of John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo is unusual for a number of reasons — the first being that they didn’t fit into any category neatly. At one point, they were serial killers, taking multiple lives one at a time, with a cooling off period in between…

Robert Durst is convicted of murder, Elizabeth Holmes stands trial, Alex Murdaugh is sued again, and dramatic updates in the case of Gabby Petito

Robert Durst. Image courtesy of Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Robert Durst Convicted of Murder

On Sept. 17, real-estate heir Robert Durst, who was the subject of the 2015 HBO docu-series The Jinx, was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his long-time friend, Susan Berman.

In December 2000, Berman was found in her Los Angeles home, shot in the back of the head…

The Murdaughs were able to use their wealth and power to sweep at least two deaths (maybe more) under the rug

Maggie, Paul, and Alex Murdaugh.

In June, the US was tragically introduced to the Murdaugh family when Maggie, 52, and her son Paul, 22, were shot to death on their hunting estate in the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Their murders — which, at the time of this writing, are still unsolved — shone a light on…

A new twist in the Alex Murdaugh case, Josh Duggar’s hands, and a suspiciously Q-like murder

Another Q Nut Murderer?

Bryan Riley. Image courtesy of Polk County Sheriff’s Department.

In the early morning hours of Sept. 5, a man dressed in body armor broke into the home of a family just outside of Lakeland, Florida. Once inside, he shot up the entire family — including a grandmother, father, mother, and the baby she was holding in her arms. …

DeLani R. Bartlette

AKA The Murder Nerd. Obsessed with true crime. Check out my YouTube channel:

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store