In August 1955, a 14-year-old Black boy allegedly flirted with a white woman in a grocery store in Money, Mississippi. Emmett Till, a teen from Chicago, didn't understand that he had broken the unwritten laws of the Jim Crow South until three days later, when two white men dragged him from his bed in the dead of night, beat him brutally and then shot him in the head. Although his killers were arrested and charged with murder, they were both acquitted quickly by an all-white, all-male jury. Shortly afterwards, the defendants sold their story, including their tale of how they murdered Till, to a journalist. The murder and the trial horrified the nation and the world. Till's death was a spark that helped mobilize the civil rights movement. Three months after his body was pulled from the Tallahatchie River, the Montgomery bus boycott began.
First introduced in Bob Kane's "Batman" #1 in 1940, the Joker is a psychopathic clown with a twisted sense of humor and a talent for murder. His purple suit, white skin and ghoulish red smile have become a staple in Batman's pages, and readers can't get enough of his crazy rampages.
The first crime we'll cover in this list is one of the few things the Joker has done at the instructions of the readers. In 1988, DC published "Batman: A Death in the Family," a four-issue miniseries written by Jim Starlin and pencilled by Jim Aparo. In the story, Robin (Jason Todd) went on a search for his real mother, unaware that the Joker had blackmailed her into betraying Todd. When the Joker got hold of Robin, he beat the Boy Wonder ruthlessly with a crowbar and left him to be blown up by a time bomb.
The story was set shortly after "Batman: Year One," and showed a Gotham City trying to adjust to a world of costumed heroes and villains, but the Joker took things to a whole new level. He even killed nine people with his toxic venom just for practice, and when he began his real murders, Batman felt helpless to stop them. It was the beginning of the Joker's career as a crazy supervillain, and he got off to a great start -- or a terrible start, depending on your point of view.
The deaths of so many children would rank high on many lists, but not with the Joker. Much like some of the other murders in this list, it's the casual way the Joker killed that made it so horrible. He really blew up the school as the end of a joke. For the Joker, death is the best punchline of them all.
Up until the 1989 Tim Burton "Batman" movie, the Joker was best remembered by the public as the chortling prankster played by Cesar Romero in the 1966 TV series. Jack Nicholson quickly erased those memories with his twisted portrayal of a homicidal Joker with a permanent smile, and he did some pretty horrific things to get there. One of the worst had to be his contamination of hygiene products in Gotham City with a chemical toxin called Smylex.
While the Joker put Commissioner Gordon through a twisted ride showing nude pictures of Barbara -- more than implying that he assaulted her on various, horrendous levels -- the Commissioner managed to hold onto his sanity. By this estimation, then, the Joker ultimately failed, but Barbara Gordon's paralysis remained, leaving her unable to continue as Batgirl. She eventually used her computer hacking ability to become the secret crimefighter Oracle, and the New 52 reboot retconned her paralysis, but the focused cruelty and intimate viciousness of the attack brought up debates even outside the comic book community on whether the Joker, as a character, went too far.
There is a place in this world where the rivers run clear and cool, fed by natural springs. Where the air is sweet and clean. It has maintained its state as God intended, and the footprint of man has done little to mar what was created thousands of years before. There is no smog, or dirty rain, and in the winter Khione lays a blanket of pure white snow across the land here. Deep within the Ozarks in the south-central hills of Missouri lies Shannon County. And just a few miles down the Jacks Fork river away from where it gains life from the Current River, lies the town of Eminence, Missouri.
Southern Gothic is a literary genre that emerged in the 19th century American South and is widely popular to this day. It has influences of classical Gothic literature, but is centered on the social and racial tensions of the Southern United States, especially in the period after the Civil War, which divided the country between industrialized and rural south. Southern Gothic novels focus on macabre, sinister, supernatural, grotesque, decay and explore social and cultural problems of the time.
The Ballad of the Sad Café is a Southern Gothic masterpiece absolutely worth reading!30. Absalom, Absalom! by William FaulknerA deeply challenging and downright overwhelming narrative, Absalom, Absalom! is epic, intense, horrid and emotional. This Southern Gothic novel unfolds a tale of racist Southern Americans during the 19th century. It revolves around three families and how their lives were ruined by the evilness of one person, the patriarch Thomas Supten.The book is a tragic account of events narrated from various perspectives and through different historical moments. The characters involved in building this account are victims, eyewitnesses or heirs of the terrible consequences of a proceeding marked by ambition, selfishness and despotic pride. In Absalom, Absalom!, Faulkner takes us to explore timeless mysteries of the historical discourse of humanity that we understand best when we see them projected, with masterful beauty and lucidity, in masterpieces of literary art.
When Malcolm Crowe, a child psychologist, starts working with 9-year-old Cole Sear, he learns more about himself than he expected. Cole harbors a dark secret and eventually tells Malcolm that he can see ghosts walking around as if they are still living, unaware that they have died. He begins to use his power for good, saving a young girl from the same fate as her deceased sister, and begins to feel comfortable with his relationship with the dead. In Malcolm's attempts to help the anti-social young boy, who he believes is delusional, he learns of his own fate in the twisted tale which put M. Night Shyamalan on the map. Nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay, this Bruce Willis film received notoriety for its use of clues that keep the audience ever so close to figuring out the twist ending, hinting at the terrifying truth along the way.
This neo-noir thriller film follows Andy and Tracy Sullivan, newlyweds who decide to rent part of their home to a surgeon named Jed Hill. Andy is the dean at the local college where a young woman is attacked by a serial rapist. Dr. Hill operates on the young woman, saving her life. Andy then discovers the body of another student who has been raped and murdered by the same assailant. Andy is interviewed by police but as he leaves the station he learns that his wife Tracy is undergoing an emergency operation, carried out by Dr. Hill. An operation that leads to a malpractice lawsuit, and news of a surprise pregnancy that leads Andy to question what has been going on while he is at work. This tale of strange circumstances, secrets, and twists earned a B+ on CinemaScore, with actors who keep you guessing throughout the over-the-top suspense.
Defense attorney Martin Vail takes on a case that he supposes is going to be quite easy. He tends to take on jobs for the money rather than for finding the truth or any sense of morality. His newest case is that of an altar boy who is accused of brutally murdering an archbishop. Vail unravels the dark secrets of the Church as the simple case he took on becomes much more complicated and much more dangerous. Richard Gere stars as the avaricious Martin Vail in this dark and twisted tale, which earned a B+ on CinemaScore with critics praising the performance of supporting actor Edward Norton, who won multiple Best Actor awards for his role as Aaron Stampler, the boy who Vail is defending in the case.
By the end of the hearing the government had turned the judge against Rausini. They accomplished this by disputing whether Rausini had ever denied soliciting the murders, and alleging that Mueller and Rausini had never discussed the issue of law enforcement corruption.
Real estate appraiser Mike Williams planned a duck hunting expedition December 16, 2000, on Lake Seminole in Jackson County, Florida, but he never returned. It was originally reported that the 31-year-old had drowned and was eaten by alligators, but the truth turned out to be much more sinister. Williams's murder is the subject of Friday's Dateline, where narrator Dennis Murphy investigates what happened on the lake nearly two decades ago. It's a twisted tale that Murphy describes as something viewers will never be able to unhear.
This gripping Death At The Dive Bar murder mystery is filled with suspense: a suspicious masked figure, a small town made up of suspects and secrets, and a scant file of police evidence. Channel your inner detective to unravel a twisted tale of foul play and catch a killer. The devil is in the details in Death At The Dive Bar!
The Three Stooges are arguably the most popular and influential comedy institution in Hollywood history. Yet Moe, Curly and Larry (and Shemp) did not receive the recognition and reward you might expect. In fact, as Empire reveals, their tale is one of exploitation, grievous bodily harm... and even murder.
Ashley Winstead's thriller is a compulsive page-turner. Told in dual timelines, the story follows six friends who reunite for a college reunion, ten years after a murder took place. But someone is intent on solving the crime and bringing the guilty to justice. You'll stay up too late reading this one.
Do you take your murder mysteries with Agatha Christie style with a dash of Downton Abbey? Then this is for you! Aiden Bishop knows the rules. Evelyn Hardcastle will die every day until he can identify her killer and break the cycle. Every morning, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest at Blackheath Manor, destined to repeat the same mystery: To end his rut, he must discover who keeps killing Evelyn Hardcastle and stop them. In this locked-room mystery, one man's race against time to find a killer has an astonishing time-turning twist where nothing and no one are quite what they seem. 2b1af7f3a8