Hilary Shenfeld is a Chicago-based freelance journalist who has written for A&E Real Crime, People magazine, Newsweek, the Chicago Tribune and more.
Explore some of the major theories surrounding the more than 60-year-old unsolved case of a dead boy found in a box in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 25, 1957.
A&E Real Crime checks in on what Casey Anthony has been up to in the 10 years, the relationship with her parents and friends, her legal status and other lingering questions about her controversial murder trial.
Doctors who murder are a rare breed, but perhaps because their entire mission is to do no harm, they are among the most chilling kind of killers. Texas surgeon Dr. Christopher Duntsch is one such physician who violated his oath so profoundly by intentionally botching surgeries that he became known as 'Dr. Death.'
For Jeffrey Dahmer, it was watching certain movies. Dennis Rader, known as the BTK Killer, set the mood by pretending he was a spy. Ted Bundy liked drinking alcohol before some of his slayings. Not every serial killer has a signature routine, but some of them do engage in some sort of ritual or preparation before a killing.
Journalist Robert Rand speaks with A&E Real Crime about what really spurred the Menendez murders, Erik and Lyle's reunion behind bars and why he thinks they should be released from prison.
Gary Leon Ridgway, who raped and murdered more than 49 women, was obsessed with deviant sex and visiting prostitutes. This, combined with his aggression and violence, were significant driving forces behind his murderous actions, says Mary Ellen O'Toole, a retired FBI senior profiler who interviewed Ridgway.
Tricia Griffith, who runs the web forum Websleuths, talks to A&E Real Crime about her close encounter with Ted Bundy, how the online community dug into the Casey Anthony case and why she believes police should let amateur sleuths help in investigations.
To find out how one might escape a captor, A&E Real Crime spoke with Lt. Chris Zimmerman, commander of the New York Police Department's Hostage-Negotiation Team.