watch the widow burn










Graphically alluring but with astonishing titles these American 1950s True Crime magazines are packed full of blood curdling photographs of real crime scenes, the weapons used and mugshots of the ‘cons’. They mostly focus on violent male on female crime with the occasional token female ‘payback’ story. The adverts in the back for ‘turn your fists into battering rams of destruction’ pamphlets, ‘how to get girls’ booklets and ‘life size blow up dolls with real hair’ tell a pretty dark story of their targeted readership – Frustrated single men with an interest in beautiful, but murdered women – it would seem. Some titles even hint at the victims deserving the attacks. Surely these mag’s went some way to fuel the real crimes… Can’t quite imagine these on the newstands today, although the standard of the photography is somewhat better. I found 60 of them in a box at a car boot sale in Kilburn in 2001 and have been fascinated with them ever since. Let me know what you think…





  1. Paul Kanton commented on 5 December 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Nice pictures. Do you still have them? Can you check the dates on the Detective Cases you have pictured? I don’t seem to have them on my site.

    Thanks for any help you can provide.

  2. martin commented on 7 December 2017 at 3:06 pm

    HI there, I’m not sure what you mean? There are some dates on the actual mags, thats all I can tell you. Thanks.

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