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.
Was Michelle Von Emster the unfortunate victim of shark attack, or was something more sinister afoot?
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.
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.
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...
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.
Police corruption changes as society changes. However, there are technological advances and training that can help curb corruption.
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.
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.
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.
This article is about Lansing State Penitentiary's J.A.I.L program, otherwise known as "Scared Straight".
Now deceased, Glasgow's very own Godfather, Arthur Thompson, was one of the most vicious and ruthless gangsters Glasgow had ever seen.
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.
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.
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,...
Humans are social creatures, so isolating someone from contact with others can have profound and negative psychological effects.
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.
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.
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?
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?
On average, there are 90,000 missing peeple in the U.S at any given time. Many of which will never be found
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...
A clause-by-clause review suggests how misguided about climate change United States law makers might be.
When someone says the word "prison" we immediately have associations and assumptions about what it is like based on media portrayals and pervasive stereotypes.
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 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.
Do you think capital punishment should be abolished? Let's take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of capital punishment (death penalty).
This article examines a specific piece of housing legislation, namely AB 2222, which impacts Los Angeles County and beyond.
How William Dorr crossed the country to commit a remarkable murder. A tale of greed, incest, and homicide.
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.
A list containing the most famous and the most leading international arbitration institutions in 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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
HH Holmes was the world's first serial killer, hiding his crimes under the cover of the World's Fair in Chicago.
"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
Dianne Masters wanted to divorce her powerful attorney husband, but Alan had too much to lose to let her out of the marriage alive.
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.
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.
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.
The prisoners at Louisiana’s Angola Prison hold rodeos as fund raisers several times a year; the events are often sold out.
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.
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.
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.
The Johnson Amendment is part of the tax code. It protects both churches and society by prohibiting churches from endorsing political candidates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
If you've been arrested for drunk driving in Florida, know what to expect from the police and the court system.
When working to reduce crime which method is more effective, punishment or rehabilitation? What is Rehabilitation? What is Punishment?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
Learn these simple tricks that will get you excused from jury service. You'll never have to worry about receiving a jury summons in the mail again!
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.
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.
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.
Some people tell us that if the government would just get out of the way, corporations would solve all our problems.
Learn about the retirement benefits paid to state elected and appointed officials. Double dipping is rampant. Here is where politicians clean up.
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.
Californians are used to high taxes, but the latest gas tax increase by Governor Brown is faced some stiff resistance.
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.
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.
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.
On Christmas Eve, 2002, 27-year-old, Laci Peterson, who was high months pregnant, disappeared and captivated the nation.
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.
An in-depth look at prevention, treatment, and risk assessment as it relates to juvenile delinquency.
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.
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.
Nobody left Bart Corbin alive. In 1989, he murdered a girlfriend. In 2004, he murdered his wife Jennifer Corbin before she divorced him.
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.
They disappeared as teenagers in the 1980s. Today, if alive, they may be wives, husbands, fathers, mothers - possibly even grandparents.
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.
The legalization of marijuana is gaining momentum globally as more communities are seeing the positive effects of cannabis-related products—both medicinally and economically.
“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.
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.
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 Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP). Mentioned by O. J. Simpson during his parole hearing. Everyone should take it. The best prison program.
A biased and sloppy police investigation led to four American sailors spending a decade in jail for a crime they did not commit.
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.
From its humble beginnings in the 1790s to present day, Labor Unions have had a profound impact in the workplace.
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.
This is done in specific proceedings while adhering to common procedural rules. In this model, decisions normally come into effect inter parties.
How much abuse must a woman endure before she can turn on her violent partner, perhaps kill him, and use a self-defence plea?
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?
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.
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.
African American Sheriff “Big A” Underwood tackles enormous obstacles to score an arresting victory in the Deep South, where he proudly wears the badge.
With budget cuts and many in-patient facilities being closed down, mental health consumers are finding themselves caught up in the criminal justice system.
It took nearly 50-years to identify Reet Jurvetson's body. It was then, a homicide investigation clicked into full gear.
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.
Instead of spending time in jail, inmates can serve their sentence in a college writing class at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
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?
Apotex founder Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey Sherman, were discovered dead at their home on December 15, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Should judges be appointed or elected? Events suggest even secret selection is better than being voted onto the bench by the public.
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.
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.
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.
A brief, comprehensive view on the history of the penal system in America, from its very beginnings to an overview of its current standings.
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.
One of the most baffling crimes in British history took place in a quiet Liverpool neighbourhood in 1931.
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!
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.
Delving into a few examples of faulty capitalist practices in our culture that most of us subscribe to.
A brief introduction into the "how" behind crime. The three elements that must be present for a crime to occur.
A Recap of the Crime of Kidnapping and Murder of a 17 yr. old Mississippi Girl, Shondra May...A Case Still Unsolved.
Here is a summary of the pros and cons of the death penalty, and an opportunity for readers to share their views.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prison inmates continue to escape prison in hopes of being free and hiding out in some exotic location.
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 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.
Short meditation on the current design of the correctional system and the psychological impact of solitary confinement
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
When facing the executioner, some people are remorseful, some defiant, some courageous, while others even try humour in their final message to the world.
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?
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!
An open letter to remind our elected officials of how our government works and why we have checks and balances.
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.
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.
There are many fugitives still on the run across the world that law enforcement is trying to recapture.
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.
Socialism split off into two movements: revolutionary and reformist. Social democracy evolved from the reformist movement.
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.
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.