On February 1, 1890, Helen Potts, a young woman of wealth and privilege overdosed on morphine and died while attending a prestigious New York City finishing school. Her husband, a handsome med student named Carlyle Harris whom she had married in secret, had prescribed her some pills containing the drug after she complained to him about chronic headaches. But the pills contained enough morphine to kill a person—and Harris knew it. It was his plan all along.
Chris Watts, the Colorado man serving three life sentences for the brutal murder of his wife and two young daughters claims to have had a religious conversion behind bars and is now an evangelical Christian. Murderers David Berkowitz, Jeffrey Dahmer and Karla Faye Tucker also claimed to have found or rediscovered God after being incarcerated. We speak with experts about why so many notorious criminals might make such claims while behind bars.
Former FBI special agent John Douglas spent his 25-year career with the Bureau interviewing hundreds of America's most infamous killers, from Charles Manson and Ted Bundy to the 'BTK Killer,' Dennis Rader and more. The 'Mindhunter' author talks to us about his new book, 'The Killer Across the Table,' and his tried-and-true interview techniques.
Gypsy Rose Blanchard and her then-boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, are both in prison for the 2015 murder of Gypsy's mom, Dee Dee Blanchard, who was believed to have an attention-seeking psychological condition known as Munchausen syndrome by proxy. A&E Real Crime spoke with her father, Rod Blanchard, to learn how Gypsy is doing in prison.
They committed their crimes before they were old enough to vote. Then they were condemned to die in prison. As of 2018, there were approximately 2,100 juvenile lifers behind bars. A&E Real Crime looks at some of the juvenile offenders whose landmark cases have changed the law of the land.
In the fall of 2013, Americans were shocked to hear about the arrest of an elderly couple in their seventies, Gerald and Alice Uden, each charged with separate murders from decades prior. Ron Franscell's new book tells of the dark secrets this killer couple was able keep buried for more than 30 years.
Mafia 'freelance contractor' and actor Gianni Russo spoke to A&E Real Crime as he releases 'Hollywood Godfather,' a memoir that moves from his polio-afflicted childhood in the Little Italy section of New York City to friendships and feuds with legendary mob figures like Frank Costello and John Gotti.