Tag: true crime

  • Dancing for the Devil: The 7M TikTok Cult (Netflix)

    Dancing for the Devil: The 7M TikTok Cult (Netflix)

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Dancing for the Devil: Now we really need to outlaw TikTok. Quick synopsis: The story of a cult which gained prominence as a studio for TikTok dancers. Fact for Non-History People: TikTok has over 1 billion monthly active users globally. Fact for History Nerds: There are over 915.9 million posts on…

  • There Is No Ethan by Anna Akbari

    There Is No Ethan by Anna Akbari

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for There Is No Ethan: This is a “read in one sitting” book. Quick synopsis: The bonkers story of a catfish and the women who brought them down. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: There was a guy on OkCupid called the “Swiss Cheese Pervert” and he’s exactly what you think he…

  • College Girl, Missing by Shawn Cohen

    College Girl, Missing by Shawn Cohen

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for College Girl, Missing: That’s it. My kid is not going to college. Quick synopsis: The story of the disappearance of Indiana University student Lauren Speirer in 2011. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: I’ve been very drunk at Indiana University before. So, there’s that. Fun Fact for History Nerds: California has…

  • The Infernal Machine by Steven Johnson

    The Infernal Machine by Steven Johnson

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Infernal Machine: This book is explosive! (I’m so sorry, I’ll see myself out.) Quick synopsis: A story about dynamite, anarchists, and the evolution of policing in New York City. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: Owen Eagen was the only (what we would now call) bomb disposal personnel working with…

  • The Shooter at Midnight by Sean Patrick Cooper

    The Shooter at Midnight by Sean Patrick Cooper

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Shooter at Midnight: Farming folk can be just as murderous as city folk. Quick synopsis: The story of the 1990 murder of Cathy Robertson in Missouri. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: The farming crisis of the 1970s saw farmers take their own lives at double the national rate. Fun…

  • Four Shots in the Night by Henry Hemming

    Four Shots in the Night by Henry Hemming

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Four Shots in the Night: If you were lucky, you only got stitches. Quick synopsis: The story of a murder in Northern Ireland.    Fact for Non-History People: 3,720 people were killed, while 47,571 were injured, and about 10,000 people were imprisoned during the Troubles. Fact for History Nerds: Almost 50%…

  • Death Row Welcomes You by Steven Hale

    Death Row Welcomes You by Steven Hale

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Death Row Welcomes You: See what you think. Quick synopsis: A look at the death penalty in Tennessee since 2018 and the people affected.    Fact for Non-History People: There were 489 executions in the U.S. from 2001 to 2011 (485 men and 4 women). Fact for History Nerds: There are…

  • Hell Put to Shame by Earl Swift

    Hell Put to Shame by Earl Swift

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Hell Put to Shame: Hell is definitely where they are going. Quick synopsis: The story of the Murder Farm Massacre in 1921 Georgia.    Fact for Non-History People: From 1889-1918, Black victims made up 93.3% of lynching cases in Georgia. Fact for History Nerds: The peonage system is tough to pin…

  • Bartleby & Me by Gay Talese

    Bartleby & Me by Gay Talese

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Bartleby & Me: Sinatra and explosions. Need I say more? Quick synopsis: Gay Talese talks about his career, Frank Sinatra, and a guy blowing up his brownstone.    Fact for Non-History People: Frank Sinatra wore lifts in his shoes so that he was 5’9” even though he was really 5’7” which…