Tim Ott has written for Biography and other A+E sites since 2012.
The up-and-coming boxer relished the tutelage and friendship of the influential Nation of Islam minister before a power struggle drove them apart.
Dennis Rader tormented his Kansas community with a string of murders and taunted the police who couldn't solve his crimes, but blew his own cover through an insatiable desire for attention.
The intelligent, engaging law student murdered at least 20 women in a spree that spanned the country until his arrest in 1979.
From Gacy's first sexual assault conviction to his eventual execution, here are the key moments from one of the most notorious murder sprees in U.S. history.
The members of the gold-medal-winning 1996 U.S. women's Olympic gymnastics team have moved on to successful lives as coaches, authors, media personalities and mothers.
The basketball icon helped revitalize a classic franchise, worked himself into championship shape and opened up the door for future athletes to follow in his footsteps.
The larger-than-life writer found unyielding companionship and support from her fellow American expatriate in Paris.
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The pro wrestling legend became a singular figure in his sport for his ability to engage audiences through the characters of Cactus Jack, Mankind, Dude Love and, eventually, himself.
Lyle and Erik provided some much-needed advice to the fallen football star as all three awaited their trials on murder charges in the same Los Angeles prison.
The Utah teen endured rape and other atrocities by a husband-wife team that held her captive for nine months.
A typical day at a Canadian ski resort ended in disaster for the 'Parent Trap' actress and her family following an unexpectedly deadly fall on a beginners' trail.
The pro wrestling icon and his manager wife fell in and out of love as they navigated the turbulent world of their profession.
The gruesome death of 22-year-old Elizabeth Short confounded Los Angeles investigators in the late 1940s and remained a topic of intrigue in the decades that followed.
Though authorities never put the pieces together to find the missing Alabama teen, Joran van der Sloot remains a prime suspect.
The first Black U.S. congresswoman and major-party presidential candidate knew how to shake up the status quo with her pointed words.