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.
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.
Socialism split off into two movements: revolutionary and reformist. Social democracy evolved from the reformist movement.
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 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.
Short meditation on the current design of the correctional system and the psychological impact of solitary confinement
The prisoners at Louisiana’s Angola Prison hold rodeos as fund raisers several times a year; the events are often sold out.
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.
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.
When working to reduce crime which method is more effective, punishment or rehabilitation? What is Rehabilitation? What is Punishment?
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,...
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.
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.
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.
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.
When facing the executioner, some people are remorseful, some defiant, some courageous, while others even try humour in their final message to the world.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now deceased, Glasgow's very own Godfather, Arthur Thompson, was one of the most vicious and ruthless gangsters Glasgow had ever seen.
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 brief, comprehensive view on the history of the penal system in America, from its very beginnings to an overview of its current standings.
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...
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.
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?
Nieko Lisi disappeared from New York when he was 18 years old. His mother continues to search for answers to the mysterious circumstances surrounding the disappearance of her child. The last person to see Nieko is also dead.
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.
Learn about the retirement benefits paid to state elected and appointed officials. Double dipping is rampant. Here is where politicians clean up.
LaQuanta was just 19 when she disappeared after leaving with a friend. She was an aspiring forensic scientist and had a full scholarship to college. It is believed the police did little to help find her, and her mother is hopeful that she's still alive.
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.
Kyle Fleischman was just 24 when he went missing after a night at the bar. It’s suspected that he was murdered while attempting to walk home, but he has never been found. Possible robbery or gang activity could be involved, but nothing solid has ever been announced.
Some people tell us that if the government would just get out of the way, corporations would solve all our problems.
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.
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.
Was Michelle Von Emster the unfortunate victim of shark attack, or was something more sinister afoot?
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.
A brief introduction into the "how" behind crime. The three elements that must be present for a crime to occur.
Regina Bos was a local Lincoln, Nebraska, woman who went missing without a trace in 2000. This is the case that got me interested in missing persons because she was my family and she has never been found.
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.
Californians are used to high taxes, but the latest gas tax increase by Governor Brown is faced some stiff resistance.
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?
This is done in specific proceedings while adhering to common procedural rules. In this model, decisions normally come into effect inter parties.
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.
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.
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
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.
They disappeared as teenagers in the 1980s. Today, if alive, they may be wives, husbands, fathers, mothers - possibly even grandparents.
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.
The Black Dahlia is the nickname given to Elizabeth Short. Her naked body was found severed in half on the streets of Los Angeles, California. This article talks about who she was before being remembered as just a murder victim.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On any given day, there are approximately 90,000 active missing person cases in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) at the FBI. Here are 10 missing persons whose families are desperately searching for them.
African American Sheriff “Big A” Underwood tackles enormous obstacles to score an arresting victory in the Deep South, where he proudly wears the badge.
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?
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!
Adults Americans have the right to go missing, but they may still need help. On any given day, nearly 100,000 people are listed as active missing in the FBI database in the United States. What happens when someone is entered into the NCIC database?
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.
With budget cuts and many in-patient facilities being closed down, mental health consumers are finding themselves caught up in the criminal justice system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Tate-LaBianca murders shocked the nation. Fifty years later, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca are the forgotten victims of the Manson Family.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Christmas Eve, 2002, 27-year-old, Laci Peterson, who was high months pregnant, disappeared and captivated the nation.
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.
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.
One of the most baffling crimes in British history took place in a quiet Liverpool neighbourhood in 1931.
The Johnson Amendment is part of the tax code. It protects both churches and society by prohibiting churches from endorsing political candidates.
HH Holmes was the world's first serial killer, hiding his crimes under the cover of the World's Fair in Chicago.
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.
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.
Dianne Masters wanted to divorce her powerful attorney husband, but Alan had too much to lose to let her out of the marriage alive.
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.
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.
Nobody knows exactly how many pregnant women are missing and murdered, but there are too many. Here are the stories of 4 of those women.
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?
Ever see the acronyms MAP or AOA on social media and wonder what they stood for? They are used as a codified language by an ever-growing online cabal of child abusers to identify themselves. If this is too shocking, discontinue reading. But if you care about kids' safety online, read on.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
This article is about Lansing State Penitentiary's J.A.I.L program, otherwise known as "Scared Straight".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
On average, there are 90,000 missing peeple in the U.S at any given time. Many of which will never be found
A little girl vanished in a city park after an unidentified man abducted her in a red van with a sliding door.
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.
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.
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.
A Recap of the Crime of Kidnapping and Murder of a 17 yr. old Mississippi Girl, Shondra May...A Case Still Unsolved.
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.
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.
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!
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?
An open letter to remind our elected officials of how our government works and why we have checks and balances.
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!
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.
On March 21 of 2019, Sarah Galloway mysteriously vanished from her home near Tucson. She is a 38-year-old woman with Down syndrome.
Tragedies can affect communities and society as a whole. The AMBER Alert system is dedicated to Amber Hagerman, who disappeared at age 9. The Black and Missing Foundation was inspired by the missing Tamika Huston. Sometimes it only takes one person to make a difference that impacts us all.
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 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.
Should judges be appointed or elected? Events suggest even secret selection is better than being voted onto the bench by the public.
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.
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 Crumlin Road Gaol saw approximately 25,000 political prisoners pass through its grim doors, in its 150-year life as a prison.
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?
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...
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.
An Irish immigrant from a good family turned his back on respectability and became a vicious hoodlum in the 1920s.
A list containing the most famous and the most leading international arbitration institutions in the world.
One of the most horrifying crimes comes about when a doctor, trusted at the deepest physical and psychological levels, exploits their position.
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 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.
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.
Nobody left Bart Corbin alive. In 1989, he murdered a girlfriend. In 2004, he murdered his wife Jennifer Corbin before she divorced him.
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.
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.
Humans are social creatures, so isolating someone from contact with others can have profound and negative psychological effects.
If you've been arrested for drunk driving in Florida, know what to expect from the police and the court system.
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?
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.
Police corruption changes as society changes. However, there are technological advances and training that can help curb corruption.
In the summer of 1968, the body of a small child was found in a derelict house in Newcastle. A few months later, a second was discovered. Both toddlers had been murdered. Within days of the second killing, the murderer was unmasked as an 11-year-old schoolgirl, Mary Flora Bell.
An in-depth look at prevention, treatment, and risk assessment as it relates to juvenile delinquency.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
How William Dorr crossed the country to commit a remarkable murder. A tale of greed, incest, and homicide.
This article consists of arguments in defense of imposing capital punishment. Countries that use the death penalty often have more security and economic growth, and I believe that capital punishment must be implemented to execute true justice.
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.
How much abuse must a woman endure before she can turn on her violent partner, perhaps kill him, and use a self-defence plea?
The heartbreaking stories of decades-old homicide and missing persons cases classified as present day cold cases.
Apotex founder Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey Sherman, were discovered dead at their home on December 15, 2017
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.
This blog is about the French special forces, otherwise known as the Group d'intervention de la Gendamerie nationale.
Seven-year-old Karen went missing in 1996. She was taken outside of her apartments, and police think her case is connected to Esther Galaz, who was also taken from her apartment and found murdered in the same area. Karen has not been found.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.