Warning: This particular post is full of some dark stuff, mostly serial killers, so be forewarned. Sometimes I get on a true crime kick, & this was one of those times.

Human sacrifice in Aztec culture
“Human sacrifice was a religious practice characteristic of pre-Columbian Aztec civilization, as well as of other mesoamerican civilizations such as the Maya and the Zapotec. The extent of the practice is debated by modern scholars.”

The Strange, Violent Reach of Israel Keyes
“Israel Keyes was an immensely clear-headed and organized serial killer, akin to a suspense novelist’s clever, highly competent invention. He wasn’t a fictional creation, though. No, Keyes looked like a regular guy. He was on the tall side, about 6’2”, and in good shape. Medium-colored hair, dark eyes. He was ex-military. He lived at a stable address with a woman and her child. In 2006, he placed 129th in a marathon in Olympia, Washington. When he was arrested he had his own construction business in Anchorage, Alaska.”

Graham Young
“Graham Frederick Young (10 September 1947 – 1 August 1990) was an English serial killer who used poison to kill his victims. He was sent to Broadmoor in 1962 after poisoning several members of his family; killing his stepmother. After his release in 1971 he went on to poison 70 more people, two of whom died. Young, who was known as the ‘teacup poisoner’ was sent to Parkhurst Prison where he died of natural causes in 1990.”

In the Footsteps of a Killer
“Fifty rapes. Ten murders. Two identities. One man. From 1976 to 1986, one of the most violent serial criminals in American history terrorized communities throughout California. He was little known, never caught, and might still be out there. Now a determined investigator, a retired detective, and a group of online obsessives are on the hunt to track him down.”

Photographer as Witness: A Portrait of Domestic Violence
“During my time as a freelance photojournalist and as a Master’s candidate at Ohio University, one of the biggest challenges of my career came in November of 2012, while working on a project about the stigma associated with being an ex-convict. Suddenly, an incident of domestic violence unexpectedly became my business.”