The United States is considered by most of its citizens—and perhaps many in the world—to be at the forefront when it comes to progress in science and medicine. Although scientists working in the United States have made many advances, there have been some ethical concerns along the way.
Those who have the job of carrying out a death sentence often end up in poor emotional shape brought on by the nature of their work.
Democracy is a word that has power to inspire, motivate and substantiate. Democracy is the template for governance because of its focus on equality and freedom. As each phase of history evolves, democracy grows ever more powerful and is the light at the end of the tunnel of oppression.
Specialized courts, which can include drug courts, mental health courts, and domestic violence courts, offer a promising alternative to traditional courts resulting in lower recidivism, cost savings and smaller case loads for traditional courts.
I list the pros and cons of whether we should tax the rich more, giving some of the key arguments made by different sides in the debate.
Darlie Routier is an innocent mother who survived a brutal attack that left her two young children dead. Although there was no discernible motive, no confession, no eyewitnesses, and only circumstantial evidence, Darlie was convicted and sentenced to death. To this day, she maintains her innocence.
When a famous person goes missing, it captures both celebrity culture and our curiosity. Nothing is more perplexing than a missing person's case and in a world where celebrities have little privacy, it's all the more confusing when they simply vanish.
You might think that the Borden axe murders are a pretty open-and-shut case, but why did she do it? Is she a victim of abuse or a psychotic killer, or both? We explore these questions and more.
A quick look into juvenile crime and the courts. Risk factors and what we can do to help prevent juveniles from turning to a delinquent lifestyle.
There are many levels of security in US prisons, ranging from minimum to maximum. Find out what the differences are between the lowest levels of security and the highest.
Small towns are supposed to be safe and idyllic places to live, but is that just a stereotype? Here, we examine the death of Jessica Chambers, the mysterious Be-Lo triple killings and the tragic death of three girl scouts.
Tyarra was 19 years old and had just enrolled in college before she disappeared from her North Carolina apartment. She went to visit a friend in the evening and never came back home. This article goes in depth of her life, disappearance and the theories around her case.
On March 21 of 2019, Sarah Galloway mysteriously vanished from her home near Tucson. She is a 38-year-old woman with Down syndrome.
The name 'George Jung' probably doesn't ring a bell when you first hear it. However, his life story is definitely a very intriguing one. George Jung (aka Boston George) was probably the largest smuggler of cocaine in American history.
Garnell was a young boy in Maryland that disappeared in August of 2001, but the police didn't start looking for him until 2006. In this article, I explain the events leading up to why it took so long for police to realize he was gone.
Amy Archer-Gilligan is a famous female serial killer responsible for the deaths of many of the residents at her Old People's Home. However, at first, no one is the least bit suspicious. Until it is far too late.
This article looks at books that have been written by prisoners who are either still incarcerated or have been previously. The ones in this list are my favorites
The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP). Mentioned by O. J. Simpson during his parole hearing. Everyone should take it. The best prison program.
It can be scary to find out that there is a warrant out for your arrest. A few years ago I found out that I was the subject of a bench warrant. I learned a lot from that experience. Here's what to do if you find yourself in that situation.
Was Michelle Von Emster the unfortunate victim of shark attack, or was something more sinister afoot?
Although the U.S. has more attorneys than any other country, it has the worst legal representation in the world for its citizens. This article discusses why and what you can do to change it. The author describes her own story and the phenomenon known as Legal Abuse Syndrome.
Sandra Butler was a 16-year-old girl who went missing from Sparks, Nevada in 1976. This article discusses what happened when she was last seen and the theories of what people and authorities think happened to this poor girl.
When Betty Gore confronted Candy Montgomery about having an affair with her husband, Candy hacked her friend 40 times with an ax...and got away with it!
The prisoners at Louisiana’s Angola Prison hold rodeos as fund raisers several times a year; the events are often sold out.
Ernest Renan defines what a nation is and how the experiences of a group of people enable them to come together as a nation. According to him, a nation is a soul, a spiritual principle.
Police corruption changes as society changes. However, there are technological advances and training that can help curb corruption.
A biased and sloppy police investigation led to four American sailors spending a decade in jail for a crime they did not commit.
It is not just a matter of a man’s guilt or innocence, but it is also a matter of ethics when we chose to act as the jury and executioner.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg has lived an incredible life. From her humble beginnings in Brooklyn, NY to her ascendancy to the highest court in the land. Here you will learn about her life and accomplishments.
One of the most baffling crimes in British history took place in a quiet Liverpool neighbourhood in 1931.
Socialism split off into two movements: revolutionary and reformist. Social democracy evolved from the reformist movement.
Over the years our criminal justice system has taken steps to improve the efficacy and reliabilty of its final outcomes. However, several innocent individuals have been incarcerated or executed due to negligence. The "fortunate" ones were able to get exonerated after years of suffering in prison.
September 5 is Jury Rights Day. Do you know that juries have a right to judge the law as well as the accused? Learn how you can nullify victimless crime laws!
As soon as we get through Dillinger's learning curve, we'll see things get a little more professional. Until then, they're lucky that they made it this far.
I want to thank everyone who read my previous hub, 5 Things You Didn't Know About Shoplifting and helped to make it the success it's become. Almost 4 years later, the article has snowballed into a giant question and answer hub and has inspired the...
When facing the executioner, some people are remorseful, some defiant, some courageous, while others even try humour in their final message to the world.
Dreading the long wait and want to know the best time to go to the DMV? Here's how to spend less time twiddling your thumbs in a long line and more time doing anything but sitting at the department of motor vehicles.
Learn about the retirement benefits paid to state elected and appointed officials. Double dipping is rampant. Here is where politicians clean up.
On Christmas Eve, 2002, 27-year-old, Laci Peterson, who was high months pregnant, disappeared and captivated the nation.
This article examines a specific piece of housing legislation, namely AB 2222, which impacts Los Angeles County and beyond.
Shoplifting is a serious crime, however some people do it as a stunt. Have you ever wondered what happens if you get caught shoplifting? Here you will find the answer.
So you work in retail, and get frustrated by the droves coming into your stores taking what they'd like and disappearing into the moonlight. You wish there was something you could do about it. Well, you can.
Short meditation on the current design of the correctional system and the psychological impact of solitary confinement
After Ruth Pelke was viciously murdered by 15-year-old Paula Cooper, Ruth’s grandson, Bill Pelke, forgave Cooper and fought against the sentence that made the teen the youngest inmate on death row.
On January 29, 1979, a teenage girl named Brenda began shooting at an elementary school with a rifle given to her by her father. A songwriter named Bob Geldof heard this news and wrote the song "I Don't Like Mondays" and the song would become an iconic hit for his band, The Boomtown Rats.
Ted Bundy was a bloodthirsty killer. But though many were beginning to suspect it, proving it was another matter back in the 70s—until the discovery of bite mark evidence. With the use of forensic dentistry or odontology, the jury convicted Bundy. Two dentists ended his reign of terror.
The French Revolution was a seminal moment in European history that had wide felt impact. The revolution had its inspiration by way of Rousseau and Locke, two prominent philosophers of the era.
Dianne Masters wanted to divorce her powerful attorney husband, but Alan had too much to lose to let her out of the marriage alive.
Haven't you always wanted to be an expert at spotting counterfeit American money? Well you can now by simply reading this informative article, which includes seven tips for spotting bogus bills.
Ever felt as if "big Brother" might be watching? Well, he is! And he might be watching you. Find out how your personal information becomes public information amid the stroke of a key; and how criminal charges may be forgiven, but never forgotten. Chances are, YOU are at risk if you've ever even been convicted of a misdemeanor...Read on! You might be unpleasantly surprised!
Fascism resulted from Marxists who reacted to World War I contrary to international proletariat loyalty in conformity with nationalist loyalty. As World War I progressed and hardships followed, fascism developed into a political movement.
What so I do if I am stopped by a police officer? What are my rights when confronting law enforcement? Do I still have rights if I am not a legal immigrant?
David Warner was twelve when he disappeared without a trace. No clues, no suspects—he was just gone. This article details his life up to when he vanished and how his family is still hopeful they can get answers after all these years.
The Netflix documentary Making a Murderer grabbed the attention of the world with it's portrayal of convicted murderer Steven Avery as a man who was falsely imprisoned.
Humans are social creatures, so isolating someone from contact with others can have profound and negative psychological effects.
Over the years there has been a call for a national referendum in order to make laws the PEOPLE wanted. There is a good reason why it is not in the Constitution but there are ways around it.
The Tate-LaBianca murders shocked the nation. Fifty years later, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca are the forgotten victims of the Manson Family.
Nannie Doss killed many people, the last of which was her fifth husband, Samuel Doss. She was probably laughing during—and definitely after—each murder. Hence she got her nickname: the Giggling Granny.
When a serial killer is captured, we can rest easy knowing they will spend the rest of their lives in prison. But will they? What happens when they're released to kill again?
Writing a bill for the Texas Legislature is simple if you know how to navigate the process. This article explains that process and provides insight on the best way to author a bill for Texas law.
This article describes the creation and evolution of the Federal Aviation Administration. It is the government agency that is most concerned with air safety and security.
Some people tell us that if the government would just get out of the way, corporations would solve all our problems.
Mass incarceration has taken a toll on our communities and economy. This article discusses informative data concerning non-violent offenses and its contribution to poverty and unemployment increases.
How much abuse must a woman endure before she can turn on her violent partner, perhaps kill him, and use a self-defence plea?
This is done in specific proceedings while adhering to common procedural rules. In this model, decisions normally come into effect inter parties.
Joan Risch went missing in the '60s and nobody seems to know exactly what happened. The evidence points to a number of theories ranging from a kidnapping to a woman purposefully disappearing. In this article, I'll discuss all the evidence and theories as to what happened to Joan.
Should judges be appointed or elected? Events suggest even secret selection is better than being voted onto the bench by the public.
"There's something about a man in uniform." For those who have done nothing more than enjoy the view, there is a lot more to consider before making a decision to be a part of all the uniform entails.
Trina Garnett, a schizophrenic, has spent 40 years in prison against the wishes of her judge, over an accident that occurred when she was only 14.
Learn about the rules of apprehension, some little-known facts about shoplifting, and get answers to shoplifting FAQ's from a former loss prevention employee with 16 years of experience.
HH Holmes was the world's first serial killer, hiding his crimes under the cover of the World's Fair in Chicago.
The pardon is one of the most far-reaching powers that an American president has in his possession. This article gives an overview of this important presidential power.
The murder of Nipsey Hussle captured the attention of the world. Within days, the Los Angeles Police had a suspect in custody by the name of Eric Holder. But is he really the one who killed the California-based rapper?
When working to reduce crime which method is more effective, punishment or rehabilitation? What is Rehabilitation? What is Punishment?
There are many reasons to declare a mistrial and the impact can be devastating to the prosecution and to the public. Take an in depth look at why mistrials happen and the effect they have.
Leonard Peltier is a Native American who has spent more than four decades, and counting, in prison for a crime he almost certainly did not commit.
Billy King Rat Wright was a sectarian serial killer and alleged British agent who enjoyed carte blanche to carry out his terror campaign in Mid-Ulster. All that was to change when he entered the H-Blocks and became a target of an elite INLA unit.
An overview of the Liberal Laws (based on Common Law) governing the Public Rights of Way in Britain to cross private land for access to the British countryside; with a summary of the origin, history and struggle by activists to get ancient rights into modern legislation for the benefit of Ramblers.
The Cecil, renamed The Stay on Main has undergone a few revamps, the latest of which includes a turn as micro-apartment housing. Read on for the creepy history of the former hotel and what the future holds for it.
A Recap of the Crime of Kidnapping and Murder of a 17 yr. old Mississippi Girl, Shondra May...A Case Still Unsolved.
When someone says the word "prison" we immediately have associations and assumptions about what it is like based on media portrayals and pervasive stereotypes.
Californians are used to high taxes, but the latest gas tax increase by Governor Brown is faced some stiff resistance.
Was Gypsy Blanchard really a cold-blooded killer or did she orchastrate the death of her mother in order to free herself from the abuse she was getting in order for her mother to use her for profit?
This article provides a list of some of the most notorious serial killers in the history of the United States. Body counts weren't emphasized in this story, instead the infamous nature of these dastardly criminals.
For years, the city of Chicago has been completely controlling the influence upon Illinois government. Most of Illinois counties are actually Republican majorities, but due to the large populations within the few Democratic counties in the state,...
A sweet, kind 10 year old boy in Nevada went missing in 1983 on his way to school. Police didn't even begin to look for him until he was missing for a whole week! This article tells what happened on that day before he disappeared, and why the police didn't do their job.
From its humble beginnings in the 1790s to present day, Labor Unions have had a profound impact in the workplace.
How William Dorr crossed the country to commit a remarkable murder. A tale of greed, incest, and homicide.
African American Sheriff “Big A” Underwood tackles enormous obstacles to score an arresting victory in the Deep South, where he proudly wears the badge.
Delving into a few examples of faulty capitalist practices in our culture that most of us subscribe to.
There is no question Judge, now Justice Neil Gorsuch was very well qualified to sit on Supreme Court. Nevertheless, he was still the wrong pick if you want a Court to make even-handed decisions.
Modern slavery is a complex issue that plagues the entire world. Many countries have created legislation to combat it. To comply with these laws, companies can choose to hire auditors. However, these audits are often ineffectual.
The Crumlin Road Gaol saw approximately 25,000 political prisoners pass through its grim doors, in its 150-year life as a prison.
The framers knew a lot more than current anti-gun lobbyists and representatives will admit. Plus, many anti-gun claims about the Founding Fathers’ intentions are refuted by words of their own writing.
A brief, comprehensive view on the history of the penal system in America, from its very beginnings to an overview of its current standings.
Logan Schiendelman was 19 when he went missing from Tumwater, Washington. With a severe peanut allergy and without his EpiPen, his family worried about his survival. Around when he went missing, there was a lot of family drama stirring up and some wonder if that could have led to him running away.
Article about how to conduct a stakeout and how a typical stakeout is conducted by professionals. Conducting a stakeout is serious business. Only conduct stakeouts with the full consent of local polic
Your first trip to the El Paso County CJC can be not only unpleasant, but also pretty intimidating. Here are a few guidelines to follow, and what to expect when you get there.
Ted Kimble wanted his wife dead so he could collect the life insurance, so he convinced his brother Ronnie Kimble to do it for him.
Crystal and Ken had been friends since they were small, but on the night of November 16, 1991, the friendship would come to a horrific end.
Offender profiling allows the police to narrow down their list of suspects. There are two main types of offender profiling: the top-down and the bottom-up approaches. Both methods can be effective tools but also have their limitations.
Do you have the time that will be necessary to competently prepare your case? Will you have the ability to follow written instructions, and can you work by yourself to prepare your case? If your answer to these questions was "Yes" then you should be competent enough to be your own representative in a courtroom.
Instead of spending time in jail, inmates can serve their sentence in a college writing class at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
Remembering two tragedies that shook the orderly university community of Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, in the 1980s: The Hendricks murders in 1983 and the S&S Liquor Store murders in 1988.
This article provides a list of the nonlethal weapons used by the police and/or the military. This compilation also may include devices or substances that can be used for personal self defense.
This article details why neither a purely socialistic nor capitalistic society can function properly and that elements of both methodologies must be present for a healthy society.
Many people are unaware that prisons actually have libraries. I wrote another essay similar to this one, but hope to take a slightly different angle here. Prisons are required to have libraries...
Personal safety is something that we are all concerned with on some level. We would all like to think that we are safe while on the job, but that isn't always the case. The following stories detail instances in which workplace danger was hiding in plain sight.
On December 15, 1994, Joann and Alex Katrinak went missing. Four months later their bodies were found. Patricia Rorrer was convicted of murdering the mother and son, but there's overwhelming evidence indicating that she's innocent.
Leonarda Cianciulli became a serial killer and a cannibal in an attempt to protect her family. Unfortunately, she was able to kill multiple innocent victims before she was finally snatched by the police. She was anything but sorry for her crimes.
Apotex founder Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey Sherman, were discovered dead at their home on December 15, 2017
Charles Manson was a violent criminal who convinced others to murder. God never wanted Manson to commit atrocious acts of violence. He wanted him to love his fellow man, not kill them.
“The Six Conundrums of socialism” has been around for years. Lefties, righties and libertarians have bunked, debunked and rebunked it. Now it’s your turn everyone.
In the summer of 1946 twelve year old Muriel Drinkwater took a short cut through the woods and was brutally murdered. Labelled 'The Red Riding Hood Murder' it has remained an unsolved crime.
Here is a summary of the main for and against arguments used in regard to socialism, presented in the form of a pros and cons list.
This article is about Lansing State Penitentiary's J.A.I.L program, otherwise known as "Scared Straight".
An in-depth look at prevention, treatment, and risk assessment as it relates to juvenile delinquency.
How the government's General Motors Tarp bailout skirted and ignored the rule of law and economic common sense. With 2013 updates for GM bailout details.
The United States of America, a country with 5% of the world's population, houses 25% of its prison population. How did it come to this? Let's take an in-depth look at the American prison system.
Being caught shoplifting is one of the most frightening things that can happen to the average person. The embarrassment alone will be devastating, but handcuffs, jail and court are no fun, either.
They disappeared as teenagers in the 1980s. Today, if alive, they may be wives, husbands, fathers, mothers - possibly even grandparents.
Once the country learned her story, Colleen Stan's experience was considered to be "unparalleled in FBI history." Here is the story of the girl who spent more than 7 years locked in a box under a bed.
In the mid-eighteenth century, social philosophers began arguing for a more rational approach to criminal punishment: This article describes that turning point in the history of criminology.
Joseph Pikul was a controlling and abusive man. When his wife Diane Pikul grew tired of his tirades and decided to divorce him, he murdered her instead.
The greatest document ever written? That can be debated forever, but the test of time has proven that the United States Constitution is, at the very least, one of the more important documents ever written. Read about the influences behind this great piece of work.
Ted Bundy's reign of terror may have begun during his teenage years with a many as a 100 murders, experts say. Lynda Ann Healy was one of his victims.
Do you think capital punishment should be abolished? Let's take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of capital punishment (death penalty).
The heartbreaking stories of decades-old homicide and missing persons cases classified as present day cold cases.
This blog is about the French special forces, otherwise known as the Group d'intervention de la Gendamerie nationale.
In the early morning of August 14, 1936, 22-year-old Rainey Bethea was hanged in Owensboro, Kentucky before an admiring crowd of 20,000 people.
What happened to Maura Murray? In February 2004 the 21-year-old was said to be last spotted near a car accident in New Hampshire. Some speculate her disappearance could be connected to alleged serial killer Israel Keyes. Here are the theories vs. facts.
Based on the advice of a career criminal I received at the beginning of my nine year prison sentence, and my personal experience. This may save your life!
On June 5, 2002, fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. Elizabeth was kept chained, dressed in disguise, and repeatedly raped.
Anjette Lyles was known for her good cooking but no one could have suspected the deadly recipes she was brewing up for her loved ones.
It’s one thing to say that the Constitution lists our rights; it’s quite another to say that the Constitution is the source of those rights. So, do we get our rights from the Constitution? The simple answer is "no." The Constitution merely recognizes our rights and secures. Ultimately, our most cherished liberties come from God.
Propaganda has blinded us and prevented us from seeing the true pros and cons of Communism and Capitalism. Let us dive deep into the roots of Capitalism, Socialism and Communism to understand them.
All over the Western world, people are losing their enthusiasm for democracy. Election turnouts are dropping, suggesting the democratic system is not important to large numbers of people.
The strange case of Dr. John Hill and Joan Robinson Hill. John's affair with the thrice-divorced Ann Kurth was the beginning of the end. Joan died suddenly in 1969 at age 38.
An overall look at the Hospital and Morgue program, which is often a court-ordered punishment for a DUI offense. Includes personal reflections on my experience with this program and its psychological impact.
Here is a summary of the pros and cons of the death penalty, and an opportunity for readers to share their views.
Prison inmates continue to escape prison in hopes of being free and hiding out in some exotic location.
It took nearly 50-years to identify Reet Jurvetson's body. It was then, a homicide investigation clicked into full gear.
Is Area 51 just a ruse from the government? Is it really as special and secretive as they say it is? What if there was an area close by that is even more secretive that might actually have a crashed UFO in the base?
Prohibition was a big part of American history with a lot of negative results. Despite all these negative results, was the main reason for its repeal the broken state of the economy?
Jennifer was just 11 years old when she vanished less than five minutes from her home. She was in Reno, Nevada and had made this trip many times before, but this time something went wrong.
I have previously written about my prison stay, more of a what to expect type hub. This is written to give a little more in depth view of how to handle yourself and avoid potential pitfalls.
Serial killers have shaped the FBI's behavioral analysis unit, for the better. The real Mindhunters have been able to better understand killers and why they kill like they do.
According to Jennifer Truman of the U.S. Department of Justice, "During 2010, U.S. residents age 12 and older experienced an estimated 18.7 million violent and property crime victimizations (2011). While this rate is down from previous years, this...
In in 1907, former Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes said, “we are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is...” In this article, I provide some of the antecedents for Hughes' view as well as the consequences for such a view. In short, Hughes' quote reflects the view of the "living constitution," the idea prevalent among judicial activists that the constitution is not a set of fixed principles; rather, it's a document that should evolve with society.
If you've been arrested for drunk driving in Florida, know what to expect from the police and the court system.
A 9-year-old girl went missing from her home after answering the door when a mysterious man came knocking. Her sister witnessed her and the man, who called himself Uncle Joe, talking through the door before she opened it and was grabbed.
The population of our federal prisons continues to swell, and more people are faced with doing time. No one is prepared for this experience their first time.
She may have been born poor, but Pat Allanson didn't intend to die that way, even if it meant murdering her in-laws and others to get there.
The Johnson Amendment is part of the tax code. It protects both churches and society by prohibiting churches from endorsing political candidates.
Mackenzie Lueck, 23, vanished on June 17, 2019, from Salt Lake City, Utah. During an intensive investigation of Lueck’s disappearance, police made a grisly discovery on Friday, June 28.
Libertarian anarchists see a “voluntary libertarian government” as an oxymoron. But if it’s non-aggressive and voluntarily funded would it still be an oxymoron?
Being in prison is totally unlike life on the outside so it’s best to be prepared for being incarcerated; some well-heeled criminals even hire prison coaches.
This article presents the features of Obama Care as upheld by the Supreme Court. It covers aspects of the law including: no pre-existing conditions, patients bill of rights, your health care dollar, senior care, individual mandate, and more.
A 24-year-old woman disappeared off of a Disney cruise ship. Surrounded by mystery and possible cover-ups, this case has never been solved. In this article, I cover all the information I could find from several sources. The question remains: what happened to Rebecca?
Darlie Routier is on death row. Some parts of her trial were less than clear cut. Does she deserve a retrial? Let's investigate the evidence.
A brief introduction into the "how" behind crime. The three elements that must be present for a crime to occur.
Death penalty opponents often ask "but what if we execute the wrong person"? In this essay I argue that the death penalty is just, even at the risk of wrongly accusing and executing an innocent man.
Universal Basic Income, or UBI, as an idea has been picking up a lot of steam lately. As with any revolutionary idea, there are supporters and there are detractors. Learn the facts about UBI!
A list containing the most famous and the most leading international arbitration institutions in the world.
An open letter to remind our elected officials of how our government works and why we have checks and balances.
Nobody left Bart Corbin alive. In 1989, he murdered a girlfriend. In 2004, he murdered his wife Jennifer Corbin before she divorced him.
Capitalism and Free Enterprise are two terms that Americans often swallow as a single pill, but are they different, and are they poison if they both go down the hatch together? Mel thinks out loud.
On average, there are 90,000 missing peeple in the U.S at any given time. Many of which will never be found
John Wayne Gacy is one of the worst serial killers in U.S. history. The brutality of his crimes stunned even seasoned detectives. He sexually assaulted and killed 33 young men for his own pleasure and buried 29 of them under his crawl space. He was executed by lethal injection on May 10, 1994.