Diversions and Pastimes
Take a break from studying or preparing
your lecture and check out these sites that we have collected and loosely called
Most of the information on these sites
is more like sensationalized entertainment than real criminological information
(although we snuck a few of the more interesting "information" sites in as well).
This show follows a team of forensic specialists as they investigate capital
Same basic concept as CSI except that it strictly takes place in the Miami,
Florida, area. The show deals with other issues such as sexual assaults and
most capital crimes.
Another spinoff from the ever popular
CSI team, this time set in a gritty New York City.
The classic courtroom drama show. This deals with very realistic situations
and is faithful to American criminal justice procedures.
& Order: Criminal Intent
This show includes the same elements as the original, but it shows the view
of the police investigators.
& Order: SVU
This version of the drama takes almost strictly the police investigators' view
and illustrates how they build the case and collect the evidence.
A show which premiered in 2003 which
follows police investigators in Philadelphia as they solve "Cold Cases."
Runaway new show about prison inmates
planning their big break.
This reality show brings the FBI's most wanted criminals to the public. It tells
the story of their crimes and hopes that viewers are able to help bring the
criminals to justice.
A Canadian black comedy set in one
of Toronto's lower criminal courts.
Canada's answer to Quincy, M.D. A cool, gritty show set in Vancouver.
Another Vancouver-based show.
A great Mountie-out-of-water show.
Info about the show, screen captures, news, and more.
Ultimate Columbo Site
Includes illustrated episode guides and a wealth of related information.
This show highlights abnormal crimes and paranormal activity. It relies on the
viewer to give tips and leads about the many outstanding criminals across the
In the fictional realm, try Mystery.net
for great links to online books and television.
For an academic website that provides
links to crime fiction and film, try Britain's Lancaster University; crimeculture.com,
a Department of English subsite,
Bibliomania.com is a website with
over 2000 titles that you can read or research online.
This is a comprehensive website from
Professor Jack Lynch at Rutgers University that provides links to different
literary texts; just insert the authors name into the search engine provided.
Crime Writers Association
Also see the site for the British Crime
Writers Association Silver Dagger Award given annually to an author of mystery
Mystery Writers Association
For the American equivalent see the Edgar
Awards presented annually by the American Mystery Writers Association at
Considered by many to be the father
of the modern mystery novel - read his more famous novels online!
The writer the Americans consider
to be the father of the genre.
Arthur Conan Doyle
This is the official web site of the
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Literary Estate, Doyle is of course, the creator of Sherlock
The British author who gave life to
Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple along with others in over 80 books, short
stories and plays.
Credited with founding the American
black mask genre of mystery fiction featuring "hard-boiled" detective, Sam Spade.
Master of the courtroom drama in which
he situated lawyer Perry Mason, who always had his cliet acquitted when Mason
and his allies, Della Street and Paul Drake outwitted D.A. Hamilton Burger
and Lieutenant Tragg of the LAPD.
This website features some of the highly publicized trials across the United
States, as well as a small number of international events.
This site keeps track of all the latest criminal justice events in the United
Stories from around the world updated
daily with searchable archives.
True Crime Stories on the Internet with
really comprehensive related links to websites about “Computer Hackers” Gangsters,
This site keeps up-to-the-minute information on Canadian and international news.
News and extensive information on crimes from around the world, including human
rights violations and terrorism.
The internet site for the television
station of the same name. It is regularly updated with current news events.
Globe and Mail
Canada's national newspaper with selected
articles online. You'll need a subscription to have complete access to the site.
BBC.com provides access to Great Britain's
multi-media communication giant, with links from the website to BBC Radio and
BBC television. The site has an international page and a UK version which provide
different takes on the same information.
Arabic News service which provides
access to daily events and occurrences from an Arabic perspective.
Modern Crime &
by the RCMP
Current list of Canada's most wanted.
Centre for Cold Cases
An American website that provides information
on cases that have gone "cold" with good links to other American and International
This is the link to the home page of
Interpol, the world's largest international police organization, with over 180
White Collar Crime Center
Working with the FBI, this is an American
Congress funded Organization devoted to solving fraud and cyber crime cases.
Wacky World of Murder
This website has information on major serial killers in Canada and the United
Minds and Methods
For a diversion on Terrorism, Serial
Killers, Gangsters and Outlaws, Notorious murderers try
Newsflashes and information on serial killers, mass murderers, cannibals, killer
cults, and more.
This site contains articles, links, and news related to organized crime syndicates
around the world.
A webpage with links to unsolved as
part of the American “Amber Alert” Legislation.
Olson: The Case of the Missing Lower Mainland Children
Details of the Clifford Olson case.
Bernardo and Karla Homolka
The story of the crimes committed by Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka. For another
site on the same topic, click here
This website accompanies a book by Julian Sher on the topic of Steven Truscott's
case, titled Until You Are Dead. Among the features are reviews, an excerpt
from the text, and an extensive evidence room.
This website has in-depth information on the highly controversial trial held
in British Columbia.
This website has a summary of the Walkerton water crisis along with the recommendations
made by the report.
This website talks about the life and times of Marshall and offers more links
to this case.
Wrongful Conviction of David Milgaard
A multimedia exploration of the case, from CBC archives.
Ordeal of Guy Paul Morin: Canada Copes With Systemic Injustice
An article summarizing the details of the case and its implications.
This is the website that Latimer maintains
from his penetentiary where he continues to serve his sentence for the killing
of his daughter, Tracy.
Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History
A growing compendium of unsolved mysteries. The first award-winning mystery
featured is Who Killed William
Articles on some infamous cases in history, from Crime magazine.
Killing of Witches
This site provides a look into the period of witch-burning.
Wild Wild West
This website has a lot of information on the outlaws of the late 1800s.
Offers plenty of information on the Wild West period in Kansas, including the
gunfight at the O.K. Corral and Billy the Kid.
This website shows the various means by which stalkers can obtain information
Fun and Games
Links to Jokes and Quotes about lawyers
and the law
Jokes and Legal Humor
From the Political Humor website,
this provides access to lawyer jokes, court jokes and more....
A website devoted to funny and weird
moments on the law.
This site provides access to real
court decisions including the U.S. v. Satan.
Links to more sites with jokes about
This website offers cop cartoons,
top ten lists and weird stories.
"A collection of funny websites"
Criminals - Funny Crime Stories
Links to true stories about criminals
who should be caught
Free Fun Games
These will allow you to waste time, but keep your mind alert(?)
Forums covering Bond literature, film, music, and much more.
Test your IQ and personality type. Some personality types are more susceptible
to criminal deviance.
Excellent news on policing and plenty of hilarious humour.