Was Michelle Von Emster the unfortunate victim of shark attack, or was something more sinister afoot?
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!
The study of criminological theory is an opportunity to analyze crime through explanations for the creation of criminals and criminal behavior. Each theory explains a reason for crime.
The legalization of marijuana is gaining momentum globally as more communities are seeing the positive effects of cannabis-related products—both medicinally and economically.
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.
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.
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.
Apotex founder Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey Sherman, were discovered dead at their home on December 15, 2017
Short meditation on the current design of the correctional system and the psychological impact of solitary confinement
Californians are used to high taxes, but the latest gas tax increase by Governor Brown is faced some stiff resistance.
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.
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!
When facing the executioner, some people are remorseful, some defiant, some courageous, while others even try humour in their final message to the world.
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.
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.
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?
It took nearly 50-years to identify Reet Jurvetson's body. It was then, a homicide investigation clicked into full gear.
The Constitution of the USA does not strictly forbid political parties, and yet its writers cautioned heavily against the danger that such parties posed to the stability of the State.
Not every location or person has access to or can afford a professionally prepared custody evaluation. Here is how you might do one for yourself.
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!
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.
Socialism split off into two movements: revolutionary and reformist. Social democracy evolved from the reformist movement.
They disappeared as teenagers in the 1980s. Today, if alive, they may be wives, husbands, fathers, mothers - possibly even grandparents.
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
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.
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.
The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP). Mentioned by O. J. Simpson during his parole hearing. Everyone should take it. The best prison program.
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.
Should judges be appointed or elected? Events suggest even secret selection is better than being voted onto the bench by the public.
If you've been arrested for drunk driving in Florida, know what to expect from the police and the court system.
African American Sheriff “Big A” Underwood tackles enormous obstacles to score an arresting victory in the Deep South, where he proudly wears the badge.
This article examines a specific piece of housing legislation, namely AB 2222, which impacts Los Angeles County and beyond.
A brief, comprehensive view on the history of the penal system in America, from its very beginnings to an overview of its current standings.
An in-depth look at prevention, treatment, and risk assessment as it relates to juvenile delinquency.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When it comes down to it, criminals protect themselves. They will do whatever it takes to keep themselves out of prison, even if that means ratting out fellow criminals.
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.
This article is about Lansing State Penitentiary's J.A.I.L program, otherwise known as "Scared Straight".
An open letter to remind our elected officials of how our government works and why we have checks and balances.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Police corruption changes as society changes. However, there are technological advances and training that can help curb corruption.
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.
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.
When someone says the word "prison" we immediately have associations and assumptions about what it is like based on media portrayals and pervasive stereotypes.
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?
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.
"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.
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.
With budget cuts and many in-patient facilities being closed down, mental health consumers are finding themselves caught up in the criminal justice system.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
This paper considers the current punitive justice model in comparison with procedural, moral and restorative justice models in an attempt to discover applicability as well as validity based on psychological models of behavior and interaction. Further examination is presented regarding applicable candidates and relevant crimes as well as the benefits and risks associated with them.
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.
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.
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.
The Johnson Amendment is part of the tax code. It protects both churches and society by prohibiting churches from endorsing political candidates.
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
A Recap of the Crime of Kidnapping and Murder of a 17 yr. old Mississippi Girl, Shondra May...A Case Still Unsolved.
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.
Humans are social creatures, so isolating someone from contact with others can have profound and negative psychological effects.
A brief introduction into the "how" behind crime. The three elements that must be present for a crime to occur.
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.
There are many fugitives still on the run across the world that law enforcement is trying to recapture.
Prison inmates continue to escape prison in hopes of being free and hiding out in some exotic location.
A biased and sloppy police investigation led to four American sailors spending a decade in jail for a crime they did not commit.
The United States government shutdown has an impact on every American and not just federal workers. It affects everybody and everything, including the food you eat and even your weather reports.
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.
More than seventy years have passed since the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) were created to help countries rebuild, and stabilize their economies.
Do you think capital punishment should be abolished? Let's take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of capital punishment (death penalty).
How William Dorr crossed the country to commit a remarkable murder. A tale of greed, incest, and homicide.
Some people tell us that if the government would just get out of the way, corporations would solve all our problems.
How much abuse must a woman endure before she can turn on her violent partner, perhaps kill him, and use a self-defence plea?
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.
Is Thomas Malthus' theory on the growth of the population suitable for the Caribbean society? Malthus predicted the positive checks that will occur if countries do not take into consideration his preventative checks that will reduce the population growth rate and end overpopulation. He failed to take into consideration the possible advances in technology and education that have allowed countries to cope with the growth rate of their population.
One of the most baffling crimes in British history took place in a quiet Liverpool neighbourhood in 1931.
On average, there are 90,000 missing peeple in the U.S at any given time. Many of which will never be found
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.
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.
A clause-by-clause review suggests how misguided about climate change United States law makers might be.
The Pentagon ordered an audit of its efficiency...and tried to bury the report when it turned out the military could trim $125 billion over 5 years. We need that money for healthcare and education.
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.
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.
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.
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,...
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.
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.
Murders are always brutal and disturbing. These killings left police stumped and questions lingering for decades. These are five of the most vexing murder mysteries of all time.
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.
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.
A list containing the most famous and the most leading international arbitration institutions in the world.
The legalization of hemp has opened numerous possibilities for products that can cross state lines—but only if they can get the labeling and ingredient lists right.
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.
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.
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.
The prisoners at Louisiana’s Angola Prison hold rodeos as fund raisers several times a year; the events are often sold out.
This is done in specific proceedings while adhering to common procedural rules. In this model, decisions normally come into effect inter parties.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eighty-six years later, convincing evidence has been given that Susie's brother Alexander Williams, did not commit a murder he was electrocuted for. Alexander was a black minor at the time of death. He was convicted and put to death by an all-white male jury, without fully comprehending why.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Capital punishment is a current and emotive topic in US media. How is it that public perceptions of the death penalty can be influenced and in turn shape public policy?
"Mumia is an adroit interpreter of the signs of the times and even in his extremely vulnerable position has never hesitated to speak truth to power." Carolina Saldana
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.
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.
On Christmas Eve, 2002, 27-year-old, Laci Peterson, who was high months pregnant, disappeared and captivated the nation.
Dana Ewell needed money for drugs, alcohol, and partying but the only work he was willing to do for it was mastermind the murder of his parents and sister.
Dianne Masters wanted to divorce her powerful attorney husband, but Alan had too much to lose to let her out of the marriage alive.
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.
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...
Instead of spending time in jail, inmates can serve their sentence in a college writing class at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
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.
Now deceased, Glasgow's very own Godfather, Arthur Thompson, was one of the most vicious and ruthless gangsters Glasgow had ever seen.
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.
Learn about the retirement benefits paid to state elected and appointed officials. Double dipping is rampant. Here is where politicians clean up.
“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.
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.
Delving into a few examples of faulty capitalist practices in our culture that most of us subscribe to.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
HH Holmes was the world's first serial killer, hiding his crimes under the cover of the World's Fair in Chicago.
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.
When working to reduce crime which method is more effective, punishment or rehabilitation? What is Rehabilitation? What is Punishment?
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.
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.
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.
Joy Davis Aylor was angry about her her husband's affair, so she hired a man to kill the woman and later attempted to kill the man she claimed to love.
From its humble beginnings in the 1790s to present day, Labor Unions have had a profound impact in the workplace.
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?