Resource: Crime Library

November 13th, 2008

Thought I’d share a site I sometimes use in planning my games.  Crime Library is devoted to murderers, gangsters, serial killers, terrorists, and spies, and all of their various crimes and operations.  Its tales are very detailed and well-researched — check out the feature on Sidney Reilly, the British spy thought to have inspired James Bond, for instance.

In addition to the features about individual criminals, there are articles about criminal psychology, organized crime, unsolved crimes, the police, and criminal investigation methods such as forensic toxicology.  The articles cover both contemporary and historical crimes, although there’s a significant bias toward the more modern.

Crime Library is of obvious use to anyone planning to run a game in, say, the Prohibition era, or a plot featuring a historic serial killer or spy.  Its stories can also serve as a source of plot inspiration in general, and many of them are simply fascinating to read.


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  1. Questing GM, Nov. 13, 2008, 12:45 pm:

    I used it for my D20 Modern game many years ago. It’s still a good resource but I don’t think they have been updating much except for following murder cases.

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  2. Scott, Nov. 13, 2008, 1:49 pm:

    That’s true, it does seem to have slowed down recently. There’s quite a lot already there, though.

  3. tata, Nov. 14, 2008, 8:39 am:

    I’m not likely to use that resource for game-planning, but I’ve always wanted to participate in NaNoWriMo and haven’t yet since I suck at dreaming up conflict. This will still help me so thanks a ton!

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