One human being’s capacity to do harm to another horrifies, yet fascinates us. Perhaps that is why true crime, as a literary genre and as a subject of television programming and website content, is so very popular. We don’t want to believe that people can do the horrible things they do, but we sure want to know the gory details.
Wanted By The FBI
We start with this site because it is the absolute word in TRUE crime. Meaning, the fugitives featured on this site are actually wanted by the FBI. There isn’t a lot of flowery prose (it’s a government website) and there is no speculation whatsoever. So, while it might not totally fit the genre, it is the authority on who is wanted by the FBI right now, and it makes you realize that there are a lot of crimes out there that never even make the news.
>>FBI Fugitive List – fbi.gov
Investigation Discovery – Classic True Crime Stories
What makes this site, a sub site of The Discovery Channel mothership, so very cool is that Gary C. King wrote all the true crime articles for it. This dude, author of hundreds upon hundreds of true crime articles, has a flair for the true crime drama. He’s written true crime books about Meredith Kercher, Kathy Augustine, and Robert Pickton, among others. For some heart-pounding reading, check this out.
>>High Drama True Crime – investigation.discovery.com
True Crime Library
This is the website that is affiliated with those awesome true crime magazines you can get at the drugstore. You can read the archives of True Detective, True Crime, Murder, and more. You’ll probably run into some of Gary King’s work here, since he’s written for all those magazines, but you’ll also read articles written by other authors, and the weaving of the tales is compelling indeed.
>>True Crime, True Detective – truecrimelibrary.com
True Life Crimes
Though the creators of this website choose not to include an About Us page, I can only assume that they, like R. Brooks, have devoted lots of time into compiling all this information. The writing isn’t stellar, but the site provides links to all sorts of helpful sites devoted to preventing crime from happening at all. Which is refreshing, since so many true crime people are just waiting for the next crime so they can write about it.
>>True Crime With A Conscience – truelifecrimes.com
True Crime Report
This website, set up in blog format, runs stories on crimes that are in the news today. While many of the other sites listed cover iconic and famous crimes of the past, this site focuses on the weird and wrong crimes of today. The site is powered by Village Voice Media, and it’s a great source of information.
True Crime Report – truecrimereport.com
Crime Library (or The truTV Crime Library)
Current news? Check. Famous killers, crimes, and stories? Check. This site, formerly crimelibrary.com, is the end-all, be-all site for true crime news and stories. Yes, you’re going to see a lot of Gary King. But you’re also going to see Steve Huff, Marilyn Bardsley, and more. Also, resources and sources are cited on this site, pointing you to further reading, or at least assuring you that the writers know what they’re talking about.
>>THE Source for True Crime – trutv.com/library/crime
True Crime Tales
This site features most of the classics – the serial killers, the unsolved crimes, and a lot of factoids about crime in general. All the content is written by this one dude (or dudette) named R. Brooks, so you get the facts from someone’s perspective, which is kind of nice, since this person has obviously spend a lot of time studying and compiling this material.
Update True Crime Tales has stopped publishing.