True Crime

Unsolved Disappearance of Tara Calico

The Mystifying, Unsolved Disappearance of Tara Calico

The unsolved disappearance of Tara Calico back in September of 1988 remains one of the most bizarre and unsettling true crime cases of the last forty years. It’s one of those situations that shouldn’t lead to someone going missing. Calico, a 19-year-old student at U of NM, went for a typical 36 mile bike ride. Only, she didn’t return. Her… Read more →

Unsolved Murder Betsy Aardsma

A Death in the Stacks: The Unsolved Murder of Betsy Aardsma

  This podcast episode deals with one of the most bizarre unsolved murder s of the last fifty years. Betsy Aardsma was a young, talented, socially-conscious woman in 1969, when her life was cut tragically short in the Pattee Library at Penn  State University. It was the Thanksgiving holidays, and most students had gone home to be with family. Aardsma… Read more →

The Continuing Saga of South Carolina Serial Killer Todd Kohlhepp

WOODRUFF, SOUTH CAROLINA — Todd Kohlhepp is the kind of monster you can only envision from fiction. A registered sex offender, Kohlhepp’s story first came to light when a young woman, 30-year-old Kala Brown, was rescued from a metal container last Thursday. She and her boyfriend Charles Carver, 32, had been missing since August 31 and were presumed by many to be… Read more →

Missing Bodies: The Astonishing Story of the Sodder Children

  Talk about a labyrinthine story: the deaths — or the “deaths” — of the five Sodder Children in a fire at their home in 1945 seems, at first glance, like an open-and-shut case. On Christmas Eve, in Fayetteville, West Virginia, a fire decimates the home of the Sodder family, which included the husband, his wife, and their ten children.… Read more →

The Mysterious Death of Elisa Lam Will Freak You Out

Of all the stories I’ve covered on the Principled Uncertainty Podcast, I don’t think any have personally bothered me to the extent that the mysterious death of Elisa Lam has. It is a sad, bizarre, and — forgive me for saying — spooky true crime tale straight out of Los Angeles. Not only that, there are connections to serial killers and decades-old… Read more →

[UPDATE] Nashville Tourist Murder Suspects Apprehended in North Carolina

Update 10/24: As it turns out, the story of the missing suspect in the Teddy Grasset murder case might have gone out too early. Joseph Santillan, wanted in connection with the death of tourist from LA and denim designer Teddy Grasset, turned himself in Sunday night. According to the Tennessean, Santillan turned himself in quietly to MNPD and is currently… Read more →

SI True Crime

Sports Illustrated Unleashes SI True Crime to Explore Sports-Related Crimes

I’m excited. Two of my favorite things are true crime and sports. I’ve watched almost every single 30for30 on ESPN, and the one about OJ’s Bronco Chase, for example, is the most compelling sports / crime documentary I’ve seen in ages. Well, maybe that’s not going to be the case anymore. Sports Illustrated has just unveiled ‘SI True Crime,’ which… Read more →

True Crime

A List of 40+ True Crime Books Critical to the Genre

Over at the Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center, they’ve compiled a list of some of the most important true crime books out there, both recent and classic. The list dates back to Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood and Vincent Bugliosi’s Helter Skelter all the way up to Robert Bolker’s Lost Girls and Philip Carlo’s The Night Stalker. There are plenty of books on the list that… Read more →