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Published: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:21:11 +0000

 



Firearm Transfer Screening Quiz

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Are you eligible to legally purchase a firearm in the United States? Answer these questions to find out.



Follow Current Criminal Cases, Investigations...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Keep up with the latest updates on current criminal cases, trials and investigations in the news, with background information and timelines of events.



4 Classifications of Criminal Offenses

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

In the United States there are three basic classifications of criminal offenses, also known as crimes.



What Exactly Is a Crime?

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

A crime occurs when someone breaks the law by an overt act, omission or neglect that can result in punishment.



What Are the Most Common Criminal Offenses?

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Crimes can be committed against persons or property, but all crimes carry a punishment for those who break the law.



Characteristics of the Psychopathic Personality

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

The study of the psychopath reveals an individual who is incapable of feeling guilt, remorse or empathy for their actions.



How One Notorious Serial Killer Got Caught

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

For months authorities from Utah, Washington, and Colorado worked together to find the serial killer named



Profiles of Teens Who Killed Their Parents

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Youth parricide is an unpredictable, shocking crime that often results in deep regrets and a lifetime of painful guilt in the child that killed their parents. Understanding why children kill their parents is still a big question among child psychologist and criminologists.



Profile of Ted Bundy - Serial Killer, Rapist,...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

An in-depth profile of Ted Bundy, who was one of the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history and who stalked, kidnapped, raped and brutally murdered at least 36 women.



Profiling Pedophiles: What Characteristics Give...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

The pedophile can be anyone but there are some characteristics that many of these predators share.






10 Reasons You Can Fail a Firearm Transfer...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

If you try to buy a firearm and have to submit to a background check, there are several reason why your firearm transfer might be denied.



The Most Evil Pedophiles and Child Killers

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Profiles and information about some of the most horrific pedophiles and child killers.



Appeals Fail, Georgia Executes Husband Killer...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

In spite of multiple last-minute appeals and a request from Pope Francis, Kelly Renee Gissendaner was executed by lethal injection by the state of Georgia.



John Wayne Gacy, The Third Most Prolific Serial...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

John Wayne Gacy, the Killer Clown, was convicted and sentenced to death for the torture, rape and murder of 33 young males, between 1972 until his arrest in 1978.



Texas Death Row Inmates

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

A photo of Texas death row inmates from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery.



Famous Last Words

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Here are some of the most outrageous, bizarre last words spoken by criminals about to be executed.



Serial Killer Rodney Alcala's Photographs

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Police are asking for help in identifying the following people believed photographed by serial killer Rodney Alcala.



Can You Pass a Firearms Background Check?

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Thinking about purchasing a gun and wondering if you will pass the background check. This quiz may help you determine if your firearm transfer will be denied.



The Case of Stacey Lannert

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

On July 4, 1990, in St. John, Missouri, Stacey Ann Lannert, age 18, shot and killed her father, Tom Lannert, who was asleep in the family's home. In her statement to the police, Stacey claimed that her father had sexually abused her. She was arrested, tried, and found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.



Profile of Idaho Teen Killer Sarah Johnson

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Sarah Johnson showed no outward signs of the evil that she was capable of, but when she got angry at her parents over their dislike of her boyfriend, it all came out.



The Three Categories of Multiple Murderers

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Based on the patterns of their murders, multiple killers are classified into three basic categories -- mass murderers, spree killers, and serial killers.



The Most Notorious Female Criminals of the Decade

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Take a look at our top picks for the most notorious female criminals of the decade and see if you agree with our choices.



Learn How to Appeal a NICS Firearm Transfer...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

If you fail a background check and receive a firearms transfer denial from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) you can appeal the decision.



The Crimes of the Killer Couple Karla Homolka...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo were found guilty of raping, torturing and killing young girls, including Homolka's younger sister.



How the Dating Game Killer Evaded Justice for...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Rodney Alcala is a convicted rapist, torturer and serial killer who evaded justice for 40 years.



Known as the Freeway Killer, Who Was William...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

William Bonin was a habitual sex offender turned serial killer, suspected of sexually assaulting, torturing and killing at least 21 boys and young men in California.



10 Movies About the Most Notorious American...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Movies based on the cases of some of the most notorious serial killers in U.S. history.



State Wants Separate Trials for Accused Holly...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Prosecutors have filed a motion to sever the cases against the three men indicted for murder and kidnapping in the Holly Bobo case.



How Do You Report Child Pornography?

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

If you encounter child pornography either online or through the U.S. mail, here is how you can report the crime to the proper authorities.



How Diane Downs Tried to Murder Her Three...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Diane Downs was found guilty of shooting her three children in 1984 because her boyfriend did not want to be a father. She maintains her innocence.



What Happens in the Sentencing Stage of a...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

A defendant who pleads guilty or is found guilty by a jury in a criminal trial faces sentencing for the crime by the judge.



Tupac 2Pac Shakur

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

On November 18, 1993, Tupac "2Pac" Shakur was arrested for sexually abusing a 19-year-old woman, who



The 10 Stages of a Criminal Case

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

If you have be arrested for a crime, you are at the beginning of what could become a long journey through the criminal justice system.



Profile of Larry Swartz: The 'Sudden Fury'...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

The profile of a troubled boy who snapped one night and murdered his parents.



Haunting Stories About Alcatraz and Its Ghosts

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Visitors, security guards and employees have heard unexplained sounds and spotted ghosts wandering through the toughest prisons in US history.



Mothers Who Kill Their Children

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

The nation is always shocked by mothers who kill their children, but this type of crime is more common than we might think.



Serial Killer Derrick Todd Lee

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Derrick Todd Lee, a.k.a. the Baton Rouge Serial Killer, died January 21, 2016, at a hospital where he was transferred for emergency treatment. Cause of death is still unknown. Lee was a peeping tom as a child and a serial killer as an adult who was escaped capture for over a decade. Here is a profile of his life and crimes.



Was Serial Killer Richard Chase Entirely to...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Richard Chase savagely murdered six people in what was described as the most grotesque murders the officials had ever witnessed.



All About Serial Killer Dean Corll and the...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Dean Corll was a 33-year-old electrician living in Houston, Texas, who, with two teen accomplices, was responsible for the torture and murder of 27 young boys.



What is Stockholm Syndrome?

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

A bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden uncovered a mechanism for survival many who are in hostage-related situations turn to in order to manage their fear.



Understanding Colorado's Gun Laws

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Colorado.



Green River Killer: Gary Ridgway

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Gary Ridgway, known as the Green River Killer, went on a 20-year killing spree, making him one of the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history.



Top 10 True Crime Books About Psychopathic...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Top picks of true crime books that not only chronicle the crime but dig deep into the criminal mind and uncover the bizarre and disturbing thoughts of serial killers.






Judge Delays Slender Man Case

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

The trial date for the Slender Man stabbing case has been removed from the court calendar until the appeal court rules on keeping it in adult court.



What You Can and Can't Have In Your Carry-On...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Find out the new regulations on what can and cannot be carried onto US airplanes, including recent changes to the TSA policies.



Snoop Dogg Mug Shot

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

A gallery of mugshots of famous rappers, hiphop and R&B artists who have been charged with crimes of all levels including murder, money laundering and child pornography. Page 12.



Black Widow Serial Killers

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Female serial killers can be equally as cruel and ruthless as their male counterparts as the following profiles of black widow killers will reveal.



How Sadistic Killers Karla Homolka and Paul...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

After years of torturing, raping, and killing young girls for sexual pleasure, the deadly couple, Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo, were caught. But was justice served?



Why the JonBenet Ramsey Murder Case Is So Famous

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Investigators in the JonBenet Ramsey case are just now trying to obtain DNA samples from 'people of interest' who were around Boulder in 1997. Some believe this should have been done eight years ago.



Haunting Ghost Stories From U.S. Prisons

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Many who study paranormal activity believe these prisons, each with its own history of immense pain and suffering, attract spirits who are caught between worlds. They believe some of these spirits were too evil to move on, others have old scores to settle and some wander the prison's cell blocks looking for the way out.



The Facts About Child Sex Tourism

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

The commercial sexual exploitation of children affects millions of children each year, in countries on every continent.



Serial Killer Photo Gallery

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Most serial killers do not look like killers, until they are caught, then the evil in their faces is all that you see. Here is a collection of pictures of some of the worst serial killers in U.S. history and descriptions of their crimes.



What Ever Happened to the Monster of the Andes?

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Pedro Alonzo Lopez, known as the ‘The Monster of the Andes,’ was responsible for the brutal murders of over 350 children.



A Mother's Tragic Story of How Insanity Lead to...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

A profile of Andrea Yates, her life, her marriage to Rusty Yates, and the tragic events that led up to her drowning her five children.



The Crimes of Child Killer Angela McAnulty

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

This is one of the worst cases of child abuse in Oregon's history and the abuser, Angela McAnulty, now sits on death row for her horrific crimes.



The Trials of Tiffany Hall

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

On Sept. 15, 2006, police found the body of 23-year-old Jimella Tunstall in a vacant lot in Belleville, Illinois. An autopsy revealed that her unborn child had been cut from her womb with a pair of scissors.



Husband Gets Life Without Parole in Kelsey...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Kevin Miller, who says he has cancer, told police he gave his wife a gun and asked her to shoot him then beat and shot her to death when she refused.



The Murder of Roseann Quinn

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Roseann Quinn was a 28-year-old school teacher who was brutally murdered in her apartment by a man she had met at a neighborhood bar. Her murder prompted the movie hit,



Harvey M. Robinson

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

For two years Harvey Robinson stalked, raped and killed residents of Allentown, Pennsylvania, making him one of the youngest serial killers in U.S. history.



Why the Case of the Zodiac Killer Remains...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer whose brutal murders, cryptic letters and haunting phone calls terrorized California residents and challenged investigators for over 30 years.



Former Police Chief Says Officers Botched...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

A former Boulder police chief says his officers should have done a better job of securing the crime scene where JonBenet Ramsey was found killed.



6 Infamous Cases of Defendants Pleading Insanity

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

The definitions of legal insanity differ from state to state. Here are high-profile cases where defendants turned to legal insanity as their defense.



Aryan Brotherhood

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Browse the photo gallery of U.S. gang member's tattoos and find out what the tattoo gang art represents. Page 5.



Should You Be Spying On Your Kids?

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Many parents are turning to computer monitoring software to see where their kids surf, what they chat about and what kind of pictures are exchanged while they are on the Internet. Is this spying or playing safe?



Computer Safety Screening Quiz

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

How safe is your computer from outside security attack? Answering these 10 questions can help you determine how safe your computer is from those who would try to invade your space.



Hair Sample DNA Testing Delays Trial in...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

The trial of a man accused of kidnapping a missing Fort Worth woman fr has been delayed so that investigators can run DNA tests on hair samples.



What Was the "Mississippi Burning" Case?

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

A civil rights movement in 1964, named Freedom Summer, was a campaign launched to get African Americans in the southern United States registered to vote.



What Are the Gun Laws in Florida?

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Florida.



Aryan Brotherhood Use of Nazi Symbols

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Browse the photo gallery of U.S. gang member's tattoos and find out what the tattoo gang art represents. Page 6.



What Makes the Aryan Brotherhood One of the...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

The Aryan Brotherhood is a notorious prison gang whose powerful reach goes far beyond the prison walls and into mafia circles.



Quiz - Is Your Child Ready To Be Left Alone?

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

A tool to help measure a child's readiness to safely taking care of themselves at home alone.



What are the Gun Laws in Indiana?

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Indiana.



Florida Death Row Inmates

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

A collection of Florida death row inmates from the Crime and Punishment Florida Death Row photo gallery.



Flashback: Alex and Derek King

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Alex and Derek King confessed to bludgeoning their father to death because they thought he would be mad because they ran away from home.



What Possessed This Serial Killer to Dismember...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Ed Gein's crimes went down in history as some of the most disgusting ever uncovered that encompassed murder, grave robbing and cannibalism.



Juan Alvarez

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

A photo of Texas death row inmate Douglas Armstrong from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery. Page 5.



Rodney Alcala Photographs

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Police are asking for help in identifying the following people believed photographed by serial killer Rodney Alcala. Page 2.



Flashback: Son of Sam Killer David Berkowitz

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

David Berkowitz, better known as Son of Sam, is an infamous 1970s New York City serial killer who killed six people because a demon dog told him to do it.



Key Points of the Andrea Yates Trial

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

In 2002, Andrea Yates was convicted of murder for three of the deaths of her five children who were found drowned in her home in 2001. In April 2005, her conviction was overturned on appeal because of an error in the testimony of an expert witness for the prosecution in the first trial.



10 Ways Identity Thieves Get Your Information

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

When someone fraudulently used your personal identifying information to their own purposes, that is identity theft.



Ian Brady and Myra Hindley and the Moors Murders

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Ian Brady and his girlfriend Myra Hindley were British serial killers, responsible for a series of child murders that became known as the Moors Murders.



Just How Insane Was Serial Killer Albert Fish?

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Albert Fish was one of the most vile pedophiles and killers of all time. After his capture, he confessed to the kidnapping and murder of hundreds of children.



Donald Harvey, Angel of Death

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

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How Do You Know What You Can Carry On an...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Avoid hassles when checking in at the airport. Before you fly, find out if the items you are bringing are permitted or prohibited in your carry-on or checked luggage.



Profile of Serial Killer Tommy Sells

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Tommy Lynn Sells is a serial killer that stalked and killed his victims starting at age 16 until he was caught 19 years later.



How Did Frances Elaine Newton End Up on Death...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Women on Death Row Series from the About Crime Site. Find out what they did to get there.



From Atkins to Yates: Women Who Committed...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

An alphabetical listing of female criminals, murderers, rapists, kidnappers and thieves profiled on Crime and Punishment.



The Murders and Trial - Mississippi Burning...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

The FBI pieced together events of the night the three civil rights workers were murdered in June 1964 in what became known as the Mississippi Burning case.



Learn More About the Appeals Process in a...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Anyone convicted of a crime has the right to appeal that conviction if they believe a legal error has occurred.



Aryan Brotherhood Tattoos

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Browse the photo gallery of U.S. gang member's tattoos and find out what the tattoo gang art represents. Page 7.



What Are the Gun Laws in Iowa?

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Iowa.



Did a Letter Make Susan Smith Kill Her Children?

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Susan Vaughan Smith of Union, S.C. was convicted on July 22, 1995, and sentenced to life in prison for murdering her two sons, Michael Daniel Sith, 3, and Alexander Tyler Smith, 14-months-old.



Rodney Alcala Photographs - Photo 12

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Police are asking for help in identifying the following people believed photographed by possible serial killer Rodney Alcala. Page 13.



Was Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer Sick or Just...

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Jeffrey Dahmer was responsible for a series of gruesome murders of 17 young men from 1988 until he was caught on July 22, 1991, in Milwaukee.



7 Disproven Myths about Serial Killers

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Much of the information that the public knows about serial killers has come from Hollywood movies and television programs, which have been exaggerated.



Labrant Dennis

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

A photo of Florida death row inmate Labrant Dennis from the Crime and Punishment Florida Death Row photo gallery. Page 79.



Rodney Alcala Photographs - Photo 23

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Police are asking for help in identifying the following people believed photographed by possible serial killer Rodney Alcala. Page 24.



Rodney Alcala Photographs - Photo 110

2016-09-29T11:21:11Z

Police are asking for help in identifying the following people believed photographed by possible serial killer Rodney Alcala. Page 111.