The best in crime stories from around the internet

Hello, and welcome to a new weekly featurette on The Blotter: “Most Wanted,” a quick roundup of some good reads (and watches). Manning the rec controls today is Special Projects Liaison Olivia Lenius. Hit it, Miss O.

Nathan Heller’s “Annals Of Crime” takes on a college-lovers’ crime spree from The New Yorker.

Vu Dinh Chung’s wife wanted a divorce, so he killed his children — and himself. A vintage Texas Monthly piece by Mimi Swartz investigates.

Marilyn Z. Tomlins of crimemagazine.com on the electrician, the stolen Picasso, and Swiss-cheese memory that unites them.

A little non-light reading: Michael Lesy’s Murder City: The Bloody History of Chicago in the Twenties. The best of Chicago’s crime in the 1920s; insights into the Windy City’s most tortured minds. Lesy overviews 17 cases, including the women who inspired the musical Chicago — cases that are just as much a part of the city as the buildings and streets. Glitz, grime, insatiable ambition, and power-grabbing might make these characters seem fictional, but alas for the victims, all the stories are true.

Olivia Lenius is based in Bangalore, India and has a knack for consuming crime stories and travelling.

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