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Published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:20:01 +0000

 



Firearm Transfer Screening Quiz

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



Profiles of Teens Who Killed Their Parents

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



4 Classifications of Criminal Offenses

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



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

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



Appeals Fail, Georgia Executes Husband Killer...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



How One Notorious Serial Killer Got Caught

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



An Evil Daughter Murders Her Parents in Cold...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



12 Reasons You Can Fail a Firearm Transfer...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



What Exactly Is a Crime?

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



Characteristics of the Psychopathic Personality

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



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

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



How Diane Downs Tried to Murder Her Three...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



Famous Last Words

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



Profiling Pedophiles: What Characteristics Give...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



What Are the Most Common Criminal Offenses?

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



Holiday Safety Screening Quiz

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



Can You Pass a Firearms Background Check?

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



Green River Killer: Gary Ridgway

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



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

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



Learn How to Appeal a NICS Firearm Transfer...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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 Three Categories of Multiple Murderers

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



The Most Evil Pedophiles and Child Killers

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



Snoop Dogg Mug Shot

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



Just How Insane Was Serial Killer Albert Fish?

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



Was Serial Killer Richard Chase Entirely to...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



How Do You Report Child Pornography?

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



The Most Notorious Female Criminals of the Decade

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



Was Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer Sick or Just...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



10 Movies About the Most Notorious American...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



What Ever Happened to the Monster of the Andes?

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



Tupac 2Pac Shakur

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



Black Widow Serial Killers

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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 Makes the Aryan Brotherhood One of the...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



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

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



Serial Killer Charles Ng - A Master of Legal...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

Serial killer Charles Ng is a master of manipulating the legal system making his case the most costly trial in U.S. history.



Serial Killer Derrick Todd Lee

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



Learn What Made Two Young Boys Bludgeon Their...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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 Sadistic Killer and Rapist Charles Ng

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

Charles Ng partnered with Leonard Lake in the kidnapping, sadistic torture, slavery, rape and murder of several people, including children.



The Crimes of the Killer Couple Karla Homolka...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



Haunting Stories About Alcatraz and Its Ghosts

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



What Happens in the Sentencing Stage of a...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



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

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



Profile of Serial Killer Tommy Sells

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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 10 Stages of a Criminal Case

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



State Wants Separate Trials for Accused Holly...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



Top 10 True Crime Books About Psychopathic...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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 True Story Behind The Jennifer Hudson...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



10 Ways Identity Thieves Get Your Information

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



Harvey M. Robinson

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



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

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



6 Infamous Cases of Defendants Pleading Insanity

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



The Facts About Child Sex Tourism

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



Mothers Who Kill Their Children

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



Flashback: Son of Sam Killer David Berkowitz

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



Should You Be Spying On Your Kids?

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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?



Understanding Colorado's Gun Laws

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Colorado.



All About Serial Killer Dean Corll and the...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



Haunting Ghost Stories From U.S. Prisons

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



Profile of The Jolly Black Widow Nannie Doss

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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Ray and Faye Copeland - The Oldest Couple Sent...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

Ray and Faye Copeland were the older couple that were serial killers and the oldest couple sentenced to death in the U.S. Here is their crime.



Was Justice Ever Served in the Sam Sheppard...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

Dr. Sam Sheppard was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife in case of wrongful conviction that took years to overturn.



Florida Death Row Inmates

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



Key Points of the Andrea Yates Trial

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



The Aryan Warriors

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



Arizona Death Row Inmates

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



Judge Delays Slender Man Case

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



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

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



Meet Notorious Contract Killer Richard Kuklinski

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



Daddy Dearest: John Battaglia Killed His...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



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

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



How Sadistic Killers Karla Homolka and Paul...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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?



The Plea Bargain Stage of a Criminal Case

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



Learn How Patricia Blackmon Ended Up on Death Row

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



Who Are Lyle and Erik Menendez and What Crimes...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

Lyle and Erik Menendez brutally murdered their parents for money then almost succeeded in getting away with the crime by attempting to destroy their parent's reputations with accusations of incest, sexual abuse and sadism.



Mass Murderer Richard Wade Farley

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

Mass murderer Richard Farley shot his way into his ex-employer's office and shot to death seven co-workers, and wounded the woman he stalked for years.



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

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



Aryan Brotherhood

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



What are the Gun Laws in Indiana?

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Indiana.



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

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



What is Stockholm Syndrome?

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



What Is the Crime of Battery?

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

Find out what the crime of battery is, the different types of battery charges with examples and common defense strategies used in battery cases.



How Many Did Israel Keyes Kill?

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



From Atkins to Yates: Women Who Committed...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



The Different Types of Domestic Abuse

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



What Are the Gun Laws in Iowa?

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Iowa.



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

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



Why the Case of the Zodiac Killer Remains...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



Serial Killer Anthony Sowell Seeking a New Trial

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



Learn about the Trial Process in a Criminal Case

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



How the Dating Game Killer Evaded Justice for...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



What Are the Gun Laws in Florida?

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Florida.



A Mother Who Killed Her 4-Day-Old Infant Gets...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

A woman who almost got away with killing her 4-day-old infant son, attempted to kill her infant daughter and was caught and found guilty of both crimes.



Profile of Joseph Michael Swango

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



Aryan Brotherhood Use of Nazi Symbols

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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



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

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



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

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.



Arguments For and Against the Juvenile Death...

2017-01-18T11:20:01Z

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.