Stephanie Jacobson
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Pop Culture

Ticket to Buy: The Ticketmaster Controversies

Fallout from Ticketmaster’s disastrous handling of Taylor Swift’s latest tour was…swift. But this isn’t the first time Ticketmaster has found itself in regulatory hot water.

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History

Oil, Greed, and the Osage Murders

At the turn of the 20th century, oil and mineral rights made the Osage Nation “the richest people in the world.” Their wealth stoked greed and festered envy–and led to murder.

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Criminal Justice

Death in a Diorama: The Work of Frances Glessner Lee

In the 1940s, Frances Glessner Lee built 20 dioramas of real crime scenes. Called her Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, they were used to teach the science of crime scene investigation.

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Criminal Justice

Crime of the Century: The Brides in the Bath

Detective-Inspector Arthur Neil knew the deaths were not accidental. He just didn’t have any proof. Staring at the bathtub where his victim had drowned, he thought, “If anyone can get drowned in a bath like this, it’s a marvel.”

History

History of Historic Preservation

Up until the 1960s, saving America’s treasured artifacts of her past was largely done by private citizens. Learn about the slow movement of federal historical preservation legislation in this post.

Criminal Justice

Dangerous Waters: Crimes on Cruise Ships

Cruises offer unforgettable vacations to exotic locales, but what happens when the vacation goes wrong? Explore the legal and jurisdictional issues around crimes on cruise ships with this post.

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Criminal Justice

Speech, Crime, and Son of Sam Laws

Crime can pay, but Son of Sam laws attempt to prevent criminals from cashing in on their crimes. Various states and the federal government have such laws on their books. Learn about these laws in this post.