Narratively

True Crime

Cinematic sagas of deception, murder and tragedy that prove truth is stranger than fiction.

Explore Latest

Monarchy, Mayhem and Micronations

Narratively contributor Dylan Taylor-Lehman’s new book tells the full story of Sealand, the world’s most unusual and dramatic mini-country.

The Pirates of the Highways

On America’s interstates, brazen bands of thieves steal 18-wheelers filled with computers, cell phones, even toilet paper. And select law enforcement teams are tasked with...

The Black Widow Bank Robber’s Web of Secrets

Through a life of crime that spanned five decades, Linda Calvey’s husbands and lovers kept turning up dead. Now she’s out of prison, turning 72 today, and determined to clear...

The 19th-Century Nurse Who Was Secretly a Serial Killer

“Jolly Jane” Toppan overcame a miserable Dickensian childhood to become a medical professional patients adored. She was also slowly murdering them one by one.

The Gruesome and Heroic Afterlife of Peter the Dog

The grisly murder of Athol McCowan gripped a sleepy coastal region in Australia. But even more shocking was how the killer’s exhumed pet dog served as star witness in the trial.

The Swift and Merciless Execution of Corrine Sykes

When a wealthy white woman turned up dead in 1944, Philadelphia wasted no time sending her black maid to the electric chair. But did anyone care about the truth?

The Tow Truck Turf War and the Driver Left for Dead

In Pittsburgh, the tow truck business is notoriously cutthroat. This winter, two rivals arrived at the same wreck and the feud crossed a line.

The Book Thief of Monastery Mountain

When priceless texts began disappearing from a seventh-century hilltop abbey, the police were mystified. They were even more befuddled when they finally caught the culprit.

The Expat English Teachers’ Murderous Triangle

They seemed like fun-loving foreigners living it up in Taiwan. But below the surface was a gruesome story.