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Here are the top ten articles for the Crime Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!

1. The Origin of Organized Crime
Where do you think the American Mafia or organized crime originally began? It wasn't where you may think it was.

2. Diane Downs - Killer Mom
Postal worker Diane Downs shocked the nation in 1983 when she stood accused of one of the most unthinkable crimes ever-killing one of her own children and attempting to murder the other two. Learn about the case and get updates here.

3. Old, Crazy Laws
Did you know that it is illegal to mail an entire building in the U.S.? This law came about because in 1916, to avoid high freight rates, a man mailed a 40,000-ton brick house across Utah. Shortly thereafter a law passed, making it illegal to mail an entire building anywhere in the United States.

4. The Mike Tyson Rape Case
Before becoming famous as the boxer who would bite off part of an ear and threaten to eat children, Mike Tyson stood accused of raping a beauty pageant contestant in 1991. Read about the case and its outcome.

5. The Chowchilla Kidnapping - Arrest and Aftermath
The mistakes made by the Chowchilla kidnappers quickly led to their arrest. Read about their errors and the aftermath of the crime.

6. The Rebecca Schaeffer Murder
Obsessed fan Robert John Bardo fixated on several celebrities in the 1980s. All would escape harm at his hands...except actress Rebecca Schaeffer.

7. George Trepal - Trial and Aftermath
At trial, George Trepal's attorneys sought to point the finger away from their client and towards the husband of his victim...as well as at Trepal's own wife. Read the final article in the Trepal series to see if they were successful.

8. Frank Rosenthal
Lefty Rosenthal was the inspiration for the movie "Casino" starring Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci. He was also the greatest sports handicapper in the business. He recently passed away from a heart attack.

9. Frank Costello
The Prime Minister of the Underworld, Frank Costello, was an acting boss othe Luciano Crime Family until forced out by Vito Genovese.

10. Shanda Sharer - Investigation and Beyond
Would the killers of 12-year-old Shanda Sharer stand trial or would they strike a plea deal? Did the whole story come out? Are any of them still in prison today? Find out in part two of my series on the murder.



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