Crime & Criminals

A Man Is Released From Prison After 4 Years. This Is the Incredible Story of How He Reunited With His Family.
A Man Is Released From Prison After 4 Years. This Is the Incredible Story of How He Reunited With His Family.

In this classic bit of folklore reprinted from the January 1972 issue of Reader's Digest, a… >>

6 People Who Tried to Be Criminals and Failed Miserably
6 People Who Tried to Be Criminals and Failed Miserably

See how these six imbecile outlaws just couldn't get the job done. >>

Her Husband Was Murdered. Then a Community She Hardly Knew Saved Her Family.
Her Husband Was Murdered. Then a Community She Hardly Knew Saved Her Family.

When she had nowhere else to turn, the young widow's community rallied to help. >>

This Unlucky Social Security Number Has Been Stolen More Than 40,000 Times
This Unlucky Social Security Number Has Been Stolen More Than 40,000 Times

Poor Hilda Schrader Whitcher—her SSN was "issued by Woolworth" for years. >>

Exonerated: How This Innocent Man Spent 39 Years In Prison for a Murder He Didn't Commit
Exonerated: How This Innocent Man Spent 39 Years In Prison for a Murder He Didn’t Commit

A crime, a lie, life sentences and vindication: The remarkable story of how three innocent… >>

She Was Studying in Her Room. Then a Stranger Fastened a Bomb to Her Neck.
She Was Studying in Her Room. Then a Stranger Fastened a Bomb to Her Neck.

When a man in a ski mask invaded Maddie Pulver's home and attached a bomb collar to her neck, it… >>

The Slave in the Garage
The Slave in the Garage

Sold by her parents and smuggled into the U.S., one young girl did a family's dirty work for two… >>

Before 'The Jinx': A Gripping 2002 Account of Robert Durst's Link to 3 Grisly Murders
Before ‘The Jinx': A Gripping 2002 Account of Robert Durst’s Link to 3 Grisly Murders

Almost 13 years ago, Reader's Digest published a gripping story about Robert Durst, son of a New… >>

26 Things An Identity Thief Won't Tell You
26 Things An Identity Thief Won’t Tell You

Former identity thieves confess the tricks they use to scam you. >>

He Taught His Kids the Family Trade: Robbing Banks
He Taught His Kids the Family Trade: Robbing Banks

Widower Scott Catt had a secret life as a bank robber. But when he wanted accomplices, he turned to… >>

You Be the Judge: Case of the Forgotten Felon
You Be the Judge: Case of the Forgotten Felon

Officials never told a criminal when to report to jail. Does he have to do time 13 years later? >>

3 Ways to Avoid Identity Theft
3 Ways to Avoid Identity Theft

Your personal online info could be leaking right into identity thieves' hands. Here's how to keep… >>

5 Creative Ways Cops Are Cutting Down on Crime
5 Creative Ways Cops Are Cutting Down on Crime

Could these innovative ideas handcuff criminals? >>

A Reader's Digest Classic: Kidnapped and Buried Alive!
A Reader’s Digest Classic: Kidnapped and Buried Alive!

His abductors had entombed him in a flimsy wooden box in the middle of nowhere. As days ticked by… >>

The Ordeal of John Cali
The Ordeal of John Cali

Police thought the deaths of his wife and daughter to be a murder-suicide—but he knew that… >>

Meet the World's Dumbest Criminals, Politicians, and Bosses
Meet the World’s Dumbest Criminals, Politicians, and Bosses

Head-scratching decisions … Ludicrous power trips … Bizarre regulations … Of course we’re… >>

The Black Widow Killer
The Black Widow Killer

Two men. Two murders. Too many questions. >>

Partners in Crime
Partners in Crime

This new Bonnie and Clyde robbed $500,000 from a half-dozen banks, then lived the highlife on the… >>

The Killer Next Door
The Killer Next Door

No one ever suspected this ordinary man could be the killer next door. >>

13+ Things a Burglar Won't Tell You
13+ Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You

Is it a crime to spend money on a home security system these days? A look inside the mind of… >>