A Brief History of Hitlers in America

You might think there wouldn't be any Hitlers in America. But they're everywhere. There's a Randolph, a Sidney, a Sam and a Dave. Alfred E. Hitler. Pedro Hitler. Shawanda Hitler ... and many others who share a name with the man responsible for killing tens of millions while plunging the world into war. In fact, there are 50 or so Hitlers living in these 50 states and their history with our countr...

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Should Murderbilia Be Legal?

Who would pay $9,000 for a book of paintings by serial killer John Wayne Gacy, or over $12,000 for the original death sentence of the "NYC Cannibal" Albert Fish? Murderbilia collectors -- people who see the hobby as a way to connect with famous killers. Victims' families, however, tend to view the practice as a twisted scheme to make a quick buck off of horrible, violent acts. Should a hobby th...

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Should Murderbilia Be Legal? Mark Lunsford, Father of Victim

Prev Next Mark Lunsford, father of a murdered daughter In 2005, John Evander Couey kidnapped, raped and murdered Lunsford's 9-year-old daughter Jessie. What Lunsford thinks of Murderauction.com: Earlier this year, Lunsford was shocked and disgusted to see a letter from Couey was being sold on Murderauction.com. "Why on earth would you want something like that?" asks Lunsford, who flie...

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Should Murderbilia Be Legal? Joe Hiles, SerialKillerCentral.com

Prev Next Joe Hiles: owner of SerialKillerCentral.com Joe Hiles always had an interest in true crime books. "Mostly about serial killers," says the 30-year-old from Sabina, Ohio. "I once read a book about Richard Ramirez and in it, it said he spent his time in prison writing letters to people on the outside, so I thought I'd give it a try," says Hiles. Ramirez replied. "It kind of snowbal...

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Should Murderbilia Be Legal? Andy Kahan, Victim's Advocate

Prev Next Andy Kahan, victim's advocate for the city of Houston In 1999, Kahan found an article about the sale of art by Arthur Shawcross on eBay and has been tracking murderbilia since. "I figured where there was one there were others." He did a search "and the names came pouring out," he says. As someone who is paid to help the victims of killers, Kahan "was under false delusion that yo...

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Do Cybersleuths Fight Terrorism or Cause Trouble?

If you haven't noticed, YouTube features much more troubling fare than old clips of "The Muppet Show" and comedy routines about the history of dance. Jihadi fighters regularly post deaths of U.S. soldiers, assassinations of civilians and other images intended to encourage violence against the West. In late May, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn) called for Google to take down these videos t...

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How Cybersleuths Operate

Shortly after 9/11, Glen Jenvey, an unemployed truck driver living near Stonehenge, began pretending to be a Pakistani man who believed in violent jihad. His counterterrorism, which took place in the second-floor study of his stone house, helped lead to the arrest of Abu Hamza al-Masri, one of Europe's most vitriolic clerics. "You have to hand it to these people," says an Indian milita...

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Do Cybersleuths Know Who They're Talking to?

Everyone knows that you never really know who you are talking to on the Internet. Cybersleuthing opponents say that's one of several reasons to leave the work to the professionals: -- Cybersleuths can interfere with government activities. -- There's potential to do more harm than good. -- The work can be dangerous. Some cybersleuths report ongoing violent threats. "I do not believe it i...

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The Media Battlefield

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Does This Cybersleuth Battle Have a Cohesive Plan of Attack?

A Dallas housewife, who asks that she be identified only as Mrs. Galt, spends her days going online and chatting with, among others, lovelorn jihadis. A chain-smoking woman with big hair, Galt sits in a wood-paneled den pretending to be a Muslim-American sympathetic to Osama bin Laden. Using rough, software-created Arabic translations, she's gathered a great deal of actionable intellig...

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