As the American novelist Mark Frost once said…“Crime has always been a regrettably consistent element of the human experience”, and it is an element that intrigues us to the point of fascination. Across the web, writing on crime can be found in crime blogs, true crime websites or as part of journalism as new crimes unfold and criminals are revealed. Crime and criminal behavior is awash with groups, individuals, actions, and behaviors which we question and probe.
Here are some of the best resources when exploring the crime genre. A mix of true crime blogs, extensive resource sites, tales of the past and a range of investigative crime reporting. Not to forget the true stories of when the criminal justice system gets it wrong resulting in the innocent going to prison and being wrongfully convicted.
True Crime Blogs & Websites
An engaging crime blog by author and crime writer Patrick H Moore which explores true crime through discussion articles, a look at crime in literature, and of course serial killers and mass murderers.
A crime blog exploring the more bizarre and curious aspects of crime from around the world, with in-depth articles, a monthly newsletter and an active true crime discussion forum.
A crime blog from investigative journalist Rob Tripp explaining Canadian crime, criminals and the justice system. A large blog with a great deal of original material available.
A fact-based true crime website covering crime, criminals and criminal justice. From organized crime, serial killers and capital punishment to celebrity crime, historical crimes and government corruption.
Combining crime news with crime awareness with a true crime podcast covering individual cases with Nancy Grace. Categories include family crime, trials, most wanted, missing and celebrity justice.
A fascinating crime blog from Garry Rodgers, retired homicide detective and forensic coroner who posts regularly, providing ‘provoking thoughts on life, death and writing’.
A popular crime blog which takes an in-depth look at individual cases, exploring true crime including criminal investigation, policing and criminal law from crime writer Jim Fisher.
A well-written blog with in-depth full coverage of true crime cases. Unfortunately it hasn’t been updated for a long time, but there’s plenty of exisiting content to keep you reading.
A blog by Kelly A. Paxton, a certified fraud examiner who investigates cases of pink collar crime, embezzlement type crimes typically committed by females.
An opinion based true crime blog covering the full range of crime from historical crimes, cold cases and missing people, to family abductions and police cover-ups, plus crime book reviews.
For fans of the show Forensic Files with commentary on individual episodes from New York writer and editor Rebecca Reisner.
Dark obsessions in a gritty website for fans of true crime, horror, mysteries and historical crimes. Including sections for books and podcasts along with a weekly newsletter full of more grisly tales.
An interesting true crime blog bringing you everything true cime, from fresh cases to missing persons, unsolved murders, serial killers and cold cases including many you may never have heard of.
Providing a fresh take on crime and media issues from female professionals including best-selling true-crime authors, award-winning journalists, crime novelists and criminal justice professionals.
Recommended True Crime Podcasts
A podcast by security expert Jack Rhysider telling the true stories of the dark side of the internet. Listen to the real stories of hackers, malware, breaches and the hidden attacks that go on around the world all from behind the screens of computers. These are stories told in a gripping format you don’t want to miss.
A true crime podcast by Justin Drown shining a light on the darker things in life taking a narrative approach to covering real murders, mysteries, missing persons, and more. Fascinating episodes that are always empathetic to the victims in these crimes, the Obscura podcast covers terrible acts in unflinching detail.
Historical True Crime Blogs & Cold Cases Websites
A fascinating historical true crime blog providing in-depth articles on the history of crime, forensic science and historical true crime in Germany and the Civil War.
A resource blog dedicated to raising the profile of cold cases and telling the stories of the victims of crimes which remain unsolved. Wrongful convictions and issues of criminal justice are also featured here.
A large well-written site providing case summaries, articles and updates for all of Iowa’s unsolved murders and persons who’ve gone missing under mysterious circumstances.
A crime blog by Laura James exploring historical true crime and criminals. Topics focus on the overlap between crime and murder, history and journalism giving this blog an interesting slant.
A crime blog where you can discover forgotten crimes and forgotten criminals lost to history. A look into the past with mugshots, feature stories, galleries and books giving plenty to explore and learn.
Michelle McNamara’s blog seeking angles on crimes that have been overlooked taking a look at cold and unsolved crimes and breaking news stories featuring guest posts and interviews.
Crime Psychology & Criminal Law Blogs
A blog bringing together published academic work from a range of contributing authors and law professors. Topics explore the law and criminal justice with a resources section for further information and learning opportunities.
While not focused on crime, Dr Griffiths is a Chartered Psychologist and Professor of Behavioural Addiction whose blog provides fascinating insights into addictive, obsessive, compulsive and extreme behaviours.
A central point for a huge selection of articles from a range of authors covering the psychological aspects of crime and the criminal justice system. Providing a list of all law and crime blogs along with pages of articles for you to explore.
The crime psychology blog of Dr Katherine Ramsland examining the dark areas of the criminal mind. Often writing on current crime events giving insights into the individuals behind the headlines.
The criminal psychology blog of Dr Stanton E. Samenow taking a closer look at the dark side of the criminal mind. Fascinating articles on a range of crime psychology topics and areas.
The crime blog of the Pat Brown Criminal Profiling Agency exploring criminal cases and true crimes. With comments encouraged this is an active site with in-depth articles for discussion.
The crime blog of criminology professor Dr Scott Bonn examining criminal motives and the criminal mind. With articles ranging from female killers to profiling, this is a fascinating blog to follow.
Dr Joni E Johnston’s blog looking at the dark side of human nature, with a special emphasis on women and crime including female serial killers, Munchausen by proxy, cult leaders, and the psychology of evil.
Investigative Crime & Forensics Websites
Sponsered by the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation of Sacramento, California, this blog examines crime and criminal law including crime news, criminal cases in the US Supreme Court and research with public policy implications. Lots of categories to explore in an extensive and easy to navigate blog.
An extensive website covering all aspects of forensics and forensic science including forensic biology and forensic chemistry with informative articles on crime scene investigation and crime scene analysis. If you are interested in forensics, you are not going to get bored soon on this site.
A quarterly newsletter publishing high quality research articles focusing on forensic mental health-related topics. This site comes from the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies in partnership with Concordia University, St. Paul.
A website with current crime news articles and a popular blog section where established bloggers, academics and professionals in the fields of criminal justice discuss topical issues.
Bringing together news and research from forensic science. A fascinating site for what is happening in the world of forensics, including an interviews section where practicing forensic scientists explain their roles and give insight into their field of work.
A voluntary organisation created and run by families of those killed by teenage offenders. Extensive coverage of cases, new research and the debates over juvenile crime. Formed in 2006 in response to efforts to overturn the sentences of those who murdered their loved ones.
The crime section of the New Scientist where current crime research and news events inspire informational and thought-provoking articles. This is a site where there is always something new and interesting to read including criminal cases, policing and the criminal justice system.
A site for academic journalism with a crime section full of quality articles written by practicing academics. With different sections depending on your country of choice and numerous contributing authors, The Conversation provides great reading.
An extensive resource site for criminal justice news and investigative reporting from the Center on Media, Crime and Justice and Criminal Justice Journalists. With resources, news and reports covering all aspects of crime and justice, this is an excellent reference site to keep up to date on research and the most important criminal justice news, issues and developments.
A website focusing on intriguing true crime cases, research and original articles with a view to examine the psychological, sociological and political factors of crime and justice. A wide range of categories with over 600 posts including an extensive and very useful resources section.
VICE provides news articles on current crime events along with investigative reports on topics from the death penalty to domestic violence to prisons and terrorism. A great resource for anyone with an interest in crime and criminal behaviour and current crime in the news.
Wrongful Convictions Websites & Innocence Blogs
While no longer operational, the website of INUK is an excellent resource for further information on the issue of wrongful convictions containing links to key websites, agencies and organizations in the UK alongside a list of research articles and publications on the topic.
MOJUK was founded in 1996 ‘to keep alive the stories of those people in prisons nation-wide who are campaigning against a miscarriage of justice.’ An extensive resource and a powerful voice for those affected by wrongful convictions.
The Innocence Project is a passionate and influential organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals. Their site features detailed case studies and current news including how you can get involved.
A crime blog focusing on wrongful conviction of the innocent around the world. Featuring articles, links and resources, this site is a hub for information on wrongful convictions and encourages discussion and learning on the issue.