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Published: Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:18:05 +0000

 



Firearm Transfer Screening Quiz

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



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

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

An in-depth look at the life and crimes of Ted Bundy who was one of the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history.



How One Notorious Serial Killer Got Caught

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



4 Classifications of Criminal Offenses

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



Characteristics of the Psychopathic Personality

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



What Exactly Is a Crime?

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



12 Reasons You Can Fail a Firearm Transfer...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

The bad guys use the holiday season to find easy targets. Follow these tips to help keep your holiday shopping safe and joyous this year.



Follow Current Criminal Cases, Investigations...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



Here Are Some Tips to Keep Your Family's...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

Don't let your holidays be ruined by becoming a crime victim. Unfortunately, not everyone out there has a peace-on-earth attitude at this time of year.



Appeals Fail, Georgia Executes Husband Killer...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



Profiling Pedophiles: What Characteristics Give...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



Holiday Safety Screening Quiz

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

Are you taking all the precautions possible to make sure your family's holiday season is a safe one?



What Are the Most Common Criminal Offenses?

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



Profiles of Teens Who Killed Their Parents

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



The Murder of Dru Sjodin

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

An attractive 22-year-old University of North Dakota student Dru Sjodin was abducted from the Columbia Mall in Grand Forks, North Dakota on Nov. 22, 2003 and was never seen alive again.



Green River Killer: Gary Ridgway

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



Can You Pass a Firearms Background Check?

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



Learn How to Appeal a NICS Firearm Transfer...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



Famous Last Words

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



Was Serial Killer Richard Chase Entirely to...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



6 Infamous Cases of Defendants Pleading Insanity

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



Top 10 True Crime Books About Psychopathic...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



The Three Categories of Multiple Murderers

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



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

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



Snoop Dogg Mug Shot

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



The Crimes of the Killer Couple Karla Homolka...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



The Most Evil Pedophiles and Child Killers

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



Texas Death Row Inmates

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



What Happens in the Sentencing Stage of a...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



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

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



Haunting Stories About Alcatraz and Its Ghosts

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



10 Ways Identity Thieves Get Your Information

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



An Evil Daughter Murders Her Parents in Cold...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



The Case of Stacey Lannert

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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 Notorious Female Criminals of the Decade

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



10 Movies About the Most Notorious American...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



How Do You Report Child Pornography?

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



Serial Killer Derrick Todd Lee

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



Tupac 2Pac Shakur

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



How Diane Downs Tried to Murder Her Three...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



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

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



Profile of Serial Killer Tommy Sells

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



Haunting Ghost Stories From U.S. Prisons

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



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

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



Just How Insane Was Serial Killer Albert Fish?

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



Black Widow Serial Killers

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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 Ever Happened to the Monster of the Andes?

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



The 10 Stages of a Criminal Case

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



Harvey M. Robinson

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



Profile of The Jolly Black Widow Nannie Doss

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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What is Stockholm Syndrome?

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



New Law Stiffens Penalties for Identity Theft

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

The Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act, which increases existing penalties for the crime of identity theft, establishes aggravated identity theft as a criminal offense, and establishes mandatory penalties for aggravated identity theft.



Daddy Dearest: John Battaglia Killed His...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

A father who killed his two young daughters in an act of revenge against his ex-wife received a stay of execution hours before he was scheduled to die.



What Makes the Aryan Brotherhood One of the...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



Was Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer Sick or Just...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



Understanding Colorado's Gun Laws

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Colorado.



See What Landed Brenda Andrew on Death Row

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

See how this cheating wife went from teaching Sunday school to manipulating her lover into murdering her husband in order to get his life insurance money.



State Wants Separate Trials for Accused Holly...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



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

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



Flashback: Son of Sam Killer David Berkowitz

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



William Kelley

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

A photo of Florida death row inmate William Kelley from the Crime and Punishment Florida Death Row photo gallery. Page 196.



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

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



The Facts About Child Sex Tourism

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



Mothers Who Kill Their Children

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



All About Serial Killer Dean Corll and the...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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 the Standard for the Insanity Defense?

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

The standard for claiming a defendant is not guilty by reason of insanity has changed through the years from strict guidelines to a more lenient interpretation, and back to a more strict standard again.



Serial Killer Anthony Sowell Seeking a New Trial

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

An Ohio man who was convicted of killing 11 woman is asking for a new trial because two procedures during his trial were not opened to the public.



Miranda Gaddis

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

On March 8, 2002, Miranda Gaddis, 13, vanished on her way to Gardiner Middle School in Oregon City, OR., just as her friend, 12-year-old Ashley Pond, disappeared, two months earlier. Neither were ever seen alive again.



Key Points of the Andrea Yates Trial

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



Arguments For and Against the Juvenile Death...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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 Sadistic Killers Karla Homolka and Paul...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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?



Aryan Brotherhood

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



David Parker Ray Kidnapped Women and Turned...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

David Parker Ray was a serial rapist and sadist who kidnapped women and tortured them into submission.



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

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



Learn What Made Two Young Boys Bludgeon Their...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



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

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



Should You Be Spying On Your Kids?

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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?



What are the Gun Laws in Indiana?

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Indiana.



What Are the Gun Laws in Florida?

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Florida.



Florida Death Row Inmates

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



What Victims of Crime Need to Know About the...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

A guide for victims of crime - an explanation of the role police play once a crime is reported.



Scott Peterson Guilty of First-Degree Murder

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

Scott Peterson has been found guilty of of first-degree murder in the death of his pregnant wife, Laci Peterson, and second-degree murder in the death of his unborn son Conner.



The Plea Bargain Stage of a Criminal Case

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

Due to the overburdened criminal justice system, the vast majority of criminal cases are settled through a process known as plea bargaining.



Why the Case of the Zodiac Killer Remains...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



The Different Types of Domestic Abuse

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



Meet Notorious Contract Killer Richard Kuklinski

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

Richard Kuklinski was one of the most diabolical self-confessed contract killers in American history, who took credit for over 200 murders, including the murder of Jimmy Hoffa.



Why Police Read Your Miranda Rights When You...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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



The Crimes of Child Killer Angela McAnulty

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



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

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



Serial Killer Photo Gallery

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



Did a Letter Make Susan Smith Kill Her Children?

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

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.



Why Juries Must Weigh the Aggravating and...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

When deciding the sentencing for a defendant who has been found guilty, jurors in most states are asked to weigh the aggravating and mitigating circumstances of the case.



The Aryan Warriors

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

The Aryan Warriors is a criminal gang that operates inside the Nevada prison system and in certain communities in Nevada.



Smart, Good Looking and Deadly: Who Was the...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

Philip Markoff was tall, nice looking, a medical student and engaged. Most believed he had the world in his hands, but then the unthinkable happened.



Learn about the Trial Process in a Criminal Case

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

A criminal trial is scheduled if a defendant continues to plead not guilty after the preliminary hearing and plea bargain negotiations have ended.



Wrongful Convictions Happen More Often Than We...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

Wrongful convictions can take place if one or more social conditions plays a factor in the case, according to a large-scale research study.



Final Statement of Shannon Johnson

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

Delaware death row inmate Shannon Johnson, who did not appeal his sentence, was executed after being on death row for six years. Page 28.



Guide for Victims of Crime - Sentencing and...

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

A guide for victims of crime - an explanation of the sentencing and restitution process in a court of law, for victims of a crime.



How the Night Stalker Richard Ramirez Got Caught

2016-12-05T11:18:05Z

The capture, trial, sentence, prison marriage and death of the California serial killer Richard Ramirez, also known as the Night Stalker.