True Crime

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Murder, Mayhem, and Meditation


America is locking up more people than any other nation on earth. Home to just 5 percent of the world’s total population, the United States houses more than 20 percent of the world’s prisoners. In the last three decades, fueled in large part by a national drug policy and legislation like three strikes laws, America has imprisoned more people in local jails, federal penitentiaries, and private correctional facilities than Stalin put in the Gulags. New court rulings have declared overcrowded prisons to be unconstitutional, and the sheer cost of incarceration is forcing prisons to let prisoners back out on the streets.

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Drugs, Crime, and the Australian Bikie


It’s now tougher than ever to be a bikie in Australia.

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Warriors Off The Res: Aboriginal Gangs in Winnipeg


Winnipeg is the capital of Manitoba, Canada — and for 16 of the past 33 years, it has also been the country’s murder capital. The prairie city is home to just under 800,000 people, about 10 percent of whom are Aboriginal, meaning Winnipeg boasts the largest urban Aboriginal population in Canada. Largely impoverished and facing continual discrimination, the community has given rise to violent Aboriginal street gangs. VICE News went to Winnipeg to spend time with gang members and find out why they’re linked to the majority of the city’s murders.

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

SKIN – The Life of Martyka Brandt, a Founding Member of the Mighty Mongrel Mob


Martyka ‘Skin Dog’ Brandt – gang member, champion racecar driver and devoted solo father. ‘Skin’ documents the life of Martyka Brandt, a member of New Zealand’s largest and most notorious gang, the Mighty Mongrel Mob. In a gang comprised predominantly of Maori and Pacific Islanders, Martyka was one of the few Pakeha members who joined the gang in the early ’70s.

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Brooklyn Hustler Calvin “Klein” Bacote Talks About His Former Kingpin Days With Jay Z


During the ’80s and ’90s, Calvin “Klein” Bacote was one of the most feared stick-up men in New York City. In 1989 he took a case for a teenaged Shawn Carter.

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Italian Mob Boss Seeking Refuge in Canada Enters Deportation Hearing


In a closely guarded hearing room in Toronto an Italian grandfather arrested last summer at his suburban home north of the city was declared by an investigator with Rome’s anti-Mafia police to be the head of a powerful mob clan taking refuge in Canada.

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

The Leader of the Sinoloa Cartel’s Hit Squad is a Woman? Meet Claudia Ochoa Felix


Claudia Ochoa Felix is known for her curvy figure, pouting selfies and tweets but also for alledgedly heading the world’s most ruthless gang of killers. Is she the world’s deadliest woman? Meet the ‘Kim Kardashian’ of Mexican organized crime.

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

The Pope is Taking on the Mafia


Pope Francis on Saturday took on one of Italy’s most dangerous organised crime groups, calling it an example of “the adoration of evil” and saying Mafiosi “are excommunicated”.

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Where Gun Stores Outnumber Museums and Libraries


Many readers took heart in the news last week that museums in the U.S. outnumber McDonald’s and Starbucks restaurants – combined. But like so many other quantifiable preferences that Americans have, there’s a political dimension to the affinity for museums.

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Senior Caught in Retirement Community Meth Lab Bust


A routine traffic stop in Fresno, California, led officers to a meth lab simmering in the middle of an old folks’ retirement community. See how it went down after the JUMP…