Puritan True Crime
Cotton Mather and other 17th-century American writers created a genre all their own: Puritan gallows literature, which both terrified and edified.
History’s Most Notorious True Crime Story
How New York City's tabloids sensationalized the murder case that inspired the classic film noir Double Indemnity.
How and Why Public Opinion on the Death Penalty Changed
A look at the American public's ambivalent opinion of the death penalty.
Sociologists Test Six Arguments For and Against Capital Punishment
The sociologists Michael Radlet and Marian Borg test out six arguments for and against capital punishment.