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Published: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:40:21 +0000

 



Firearm Transfer Screening Quiz

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



What Are the Most Common Criminal Offenses?

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



Follow Current Criminal Cases, Investigations...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



Profiles of Teens Who Killed Their Parents

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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.



What Exactly Is a Crime?

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



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

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

The biography of the serial killer, rapist and necrophile, Ted Bundy, and an in-depth look at his life and crimes from his childhood to his death.



Profiling Pedophiles: What Characteristics Give...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



How One Notorious Serial Killer Got Caught

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Serial killer Ted Bundy killed again after escaping from prison, but he recaptured and in the end, there was no escape for him except death.



Characteristics of the Psychopathic Personality

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



12 Reasons You Can Fail a Firearm Transfer...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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.



Famous Last Words

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



Harvey M. Robinson

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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.



An Evil Daughter Murders Her Parents in Cold...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Sarah Johnson hid 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.



Appeals Fail, Georgia Executes Husband Killer...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



The Most Notorious Female Criminals of the Decade

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



The Case of Stacey Lannert

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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.



The Most Evil Pedophiles and Child Killers

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



Learn How to Appeal a NICS Firearm Transfer...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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.



Why Police Read Your Miranda Rights When You...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

This landmark ruling established among other things, that a police suspect has the right to remain silent and to have an attorney present.



The Three Categories of Multiple Murderers

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



Can You Pass a Firearms Background Check?

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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.



How Diane Downs Tried to Murder Her Three...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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.



Serial Killer Derrick Todd Lee

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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.



Haunting Stories About Alcatraz and Its Ghosts

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



Follow the Deadly Path of Serial Killer Arthur...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Arthur Shawcross was a brutal serial killer that gained a reputation for trying to shock reporters by adding grotesque details to his horrific crimes.



10 Movies About the Most Notorious American...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



The 10 Stages of a Criminal Case

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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.



What Happens in the Sentencing Stage of a...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



The Crimes of the Killer Couple Karla Homolka...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



Learn What Made Two Young Boys Bludgeon Their...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



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

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



Top 10 True Crime Books About Psychopathic...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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.



Understanding Colorado's Gun Laws

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Colorado.



Why the Case of the Zodiac Killer Remains...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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.



Green River Killer: Gary Ridgway

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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.



10 Ways Identity Thieves Get Your Information

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



Profile of Serial Killer Tommy Sells

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



The Facts About Child Sex Tourism

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



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

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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.



Black Widow Serial Killers

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



What are the Gun Laws in Indiana?

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Indiana.



Why Did This Serial Killer Waive His Right to...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Michael Ross was a serial killer executed in Connecticut after he waived his right to appeal. It was the first execution in New England in 45 years.



Haunting Ghost Stories From U.S. Prisons

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Many who study paranormal activity believe these prisons, es history of immense pain and suffering, attract spirits caught between worlds.



Just How Insane Was Serial Killer Albert Fish?

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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.



Learn More About the Appeals Process in a...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



Discover What Made Joel Rifkin the Worst Serial...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Long Island serial killer Joel Rifkin went from being a target for school bullies to becoming the most prolific killer in New York history.



All About Serial Killer Dean Corll and the...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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.



The Different Types of Domestic Abuse

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Physical violence in a domestic situation is always abusive, but domestic abuse can take many other forms.



How Donald 'Pee Wee' Gaskins Became a Serial...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Donald 'Pee Wee' Gaskins was the most prolific serial killer in South Carolina history. Once his brutality was unleashed, he knew no boundaries, torturing, killing, cannibalizing victims, both male and female.



Was Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer Sick or Just...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



Florida Death Row Inmates

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



What Was the "Mississippi Burning" Case?

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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.



Profile of The Jolly Black Widow Nannie Doss

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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Carl Watts Dreamed About Killing as a Child,...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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Profile of Joseph Michael Swango

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Michael Swango was a physician who was suspected of being one of the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history.



How Sadistic Killers Karla Homolka and Paul...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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?



Flashback: Son of Sam Killer David Berkowitz

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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.



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

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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.



What Ever Happened to the Monster of the Andes?

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

A profile of the life of Pedro Alonzo Lopez, known as the Monster of the Andes, who was responsible for the brutal murders of over 350 children.



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

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



See Why Serial Killer Richard Cottingham Was...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Serial killer Richard Cottingham was barbaric and cruel to his victims, and wanted to be the very best at serial killing.



Quiz - Is Your Child Ready To Be Left Alone?

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



6 Infamous Cases of Defendants Pleading Insanity

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



5 Real Monsters

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Richard Cottingham liked to mutilate women, but only after he raped and murdered them.



Mothers Who Kill Their Children

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



What Makes the Aryan Brotherhood One of the...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



From Atkins to Yates: Women Who Committed...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



Top Causes and Risk Factors Surrounding...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Researchers found that some situations either put people at greater risk of being a victim of intimate partner violence, or cause the violence.



Read About the Serial Killer Donald "Pee Wee"...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Gaskins confessed to several murders during the last days of his life. How much truth was in his confessions was never confirmed.



Arguments For and Against the Juvenile Death...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

There are over 70 people on death row in the United States who were 16 or 17 years old when they committed their crimes. What are the pros and cons of the death penalty for minors? Page 2.



How a Nurse Turned Serial Killer Made Victims...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Kristen Gilbert was an attractive, well-trained nurse found guilty of killing many of her patients at a Veterans Administration Medical Center.



What You Should Know About Stalking

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Any unwanted contact between two people that directly or indirectly communicates a threat or places the victim in fear can be considered stalking.



Was Serial Killer Richard Chase Entirely to...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



What Are the Gun Laws in Florida?

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Florida.



How Do You Report Child Pornography?

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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 Many Did Israel Keyes Kill?

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Serial killer Israel Keyes admitted he killed at least eight people during trips throughout the United States, but investigators believe there are more.



Did Darlie Routier Kill Her Sons?

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Darlie Routier is on death row in Texas for the murder of her children. Many questions have come up since her trial. Was she railroaded? You decide.



Profiles of Notorious Male Criminals

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

An alphabetical listing of male criminals, serial killers, murderers, rapists, terrorist, and kidnappers profiled on Crime and Punishment.



State Wants Separate Trials for Accused Holly...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



Judge Delays Slender Man Case

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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.



How the Dating Game Killer Evaded Justice for...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



Robert Gordon

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

A photo of Florida death row inmate Robert Gordon from the Crime and Punishment Florida Death Row photo gallery. Page 127.



Read the First Documented Case of Fetus Theft...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Cindy Ray was eight months pregnant when she was abducted and murdered by an obsessed woman who needed a baby at whatever the cost.



The Murders and Trial - Mississippi Burning...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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.



What Is the Crime of Wire Fraud? Definition and...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Find out what the crime of 'wire fraud' is from the About.com Crime & Punishment site.



What Are the Gun Laws in Iowa?

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Iowa.



How Debra Brown Started Her Killing Spree at...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Debra Brown became involved with the ​serial rapist and killer Alton Coleman and together they raped, tortured and killed at least eight victims, including children.



ADX Supermax Inmates

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

The federal Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado houses the most dangerous criminals, spies and foreign terrorist. Here is the list of the high-profiled inmates currently doing hard time in one of the toughest prisons in the world.



Profile of Serial Killer Henry Louis Wallace

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Wallace used Charlotte, North Carolina like his own killing ground, raping and murdering women he knew, worked with or who within his reach.



What Is the Crime of Forgery?

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Find out what the crime of 'forgery' is from the About.com Crime & Punishment site.



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

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

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



Arizona Death Row Inmates

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Photo of Arizona Death Row Inmates from the Crime and Punishment gallery of death row inmates.



How Donald "Pee Wee" Gaskins Became an Escape...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

All through Gaskins life he had what he described as, 'them aggravated and bothersome feelings,' that seemed to push him into criminal activity and was satisfied by rape, torture and murder.



The 8 Victims of Serial Killer Derrick Todd Lee

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

The stories and images of the women whose deaths were linked to convicted serial killer Derrick Todd Lee, also named the Baton Rouge Serial Killer.



How Richard Ramirez Became Known As 'The Night...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

An in-depth look at the life of serial killer and rapist, Richard Ramirez, dubbed The Night Stalker.



The True Story Behind The Jennifer Hudson...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

On October 24, 2008, the bodies of Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother were found in the family's home on Chicago's South Side. Shot to death were Hudson's mother, and her brother.



The Investigation Into the Crazy Killer Nurse,...

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

The investigation into the cause of death of several patients at a Veterans Administration medical center points to a top nurse, Kristen Gilbert.



Learn How Patricia Blackmon Ended Up on Death Row

2017-02-26T11:40:21Z

Patricia Blackmon is currently on death row in Alabama for the brutal murder of her three year old adopted daughter.