Tag Archives: Crime

today’s birthday: Woodrow Wilson (1856)


Woodrow Wilson (1856)

Wilson served as US president from 1913 to 1921, a period that spanned the country’s involvement in World War I. Following the war, Wilson hoped to achieve world peace through his “Fourteen Points,” but his progressive vision suffered numerous setbacks, and he ended his term incapacitated by a stroke. While trying to implement his plan at the Paris Peace Conference, he became the first US president to travel to Europe while in office. On what rare unit of US currency is Wilson’s image featured? More… Discuss

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this pressed: Argentina’s Senate passes bill to expel foreigners caught breaking the law


Argentina‘s Senate passes bill to expel foreigners caught breaking the law

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Argentina’s Senate has passed a bill to expel foreigners caught breaking the law.

Senators approved the legislation 39-24 on Wednesday.

The bill backed by President Cristina Fernandez is expected to be passed by the lower house as well and turned into law. Fernandez has said there is a growing number of foreigners entering Argentina to commit crimes.

Under the bill, foreigners caught breaking the law can be immediately expelled from Argentina and banned from returning for at least five years. Foreign-born people with legal residence can ask to remain in Argentina to serve out their sentence for the crime.

Argentines are growing increasingly worried about rising crime in their country.

Rights groups say foreigners represent a fraction of law breakers and say the proposed law could leave to unfair treatment.

via Argentina’s Senate passes bill to expel foreigners caught breaking the law.

Global Audit of Violence against Children Paints Grim Picture


Global Audit of Violence against Children Paints Grim Picture

By the age of 20, one in 10 girls has been raped or sexually assaulted, according to new UN figures, while a third of the world’s 15- to 19-year-old girls who have been in cohabiting relationships have suffered emotional, physical, or sexual violence at the hands of their husbands or partners. Boys are also often the victims of sexual violence, though to a lesser extent than girls. For both genders, cyber-victimization is the most common form of sexual violence. Other forms of violence against children are also pervasive, regardless of age, region, religion, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. More… Discuss

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Bonnie and Clyde Ambushed and Killed (1934)


Bonnie and Clyde Ambushed and Killed (1934)

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were notorious robbers who went on a 21-month crime spree in the central US from 1932 to 1934. They captivated Americans during the “public enemy era” and continue to do so today through films and songs. Betrayed by a friend, Bonnie and Clyde were tracked, ambushed, and killed on a desolate stretch of Louisiana highway by a posse of officers using armor-piercing rounds. Though remembered primarily as bank robbers, Bonnie and Clyde actually preferred to rob what? More… Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: BRIXTON RIOT (1981)


Brixton Riot (1981)

In the early 1980s, south London‘s Brixton neighborhood was plagued by severe social and economic problems, including high rates of unemployment and crime and poor housing conditions. In 1981, in an effort to reduce street crime, police began stopping and searching anyone they deemed suspicious—a policy that many residents of the predominantly black community found discriminatory and heavy-handed. Eventually, the angry residents rioted. How many people were injured during the clash? More… Discuss

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: MURDER, INC., MOBSTER LOUIS “LEPKE” BUCHALTER IS EXECUTED (1944)


Murder, Inc., Mobster Louis “Lepke” Buchalter Is Executed (1944)

In the early 1930s, American gangster Louis “Lepke” Buchalter joined “Lucky” Luciano in forming a national crime syndicate. Buchalter came to control the enforcement arm of the Syndicate—Murder, Inc.—which carried out contract killings across the US. He went into hiding during a government crackdown on organized crime in the mid-1930s but eventually surrendered himself, stood trial for various crimes, and was sentenced to die. Which of his associates were executed on the same day as he was? More… Discuss

 

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WORD: PERPETRATE


perpetrate 

Definition: (verb) Perform an act, usually with a negative connotation.
Synonyms: commitpull
Usage: Only a sadistic, depraved person could perpetrate a crime like this. Discuss.

 

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: ALPHONSE “AL” CAPONE (1899)


Alphonse “Al” Capone (1899)

Chicago in the 1920s was a city of vice, corruption, and murder, with gangster leader Capone at the forefront. During Prohibition, Capone operated and organized speakeasies, and his control soon extended to gambling, brothels, and politics. “Scarface” Capone had his rivals murdered, and he forcibly controlled election results throughout Chicago. At the peak of his power, he was arrested—ironically—for tax evasion. He served time in the new Alcatraz prison before being released for what reason? More…

 

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: ENNIS COSBY MURDERED DURING ROBBERY (1997)


Ennis Cosby Murdered during Robbery (1997)

In 1997, Ennis Cosby—son of actor Bill Cosby—was driving to visit a friend in Los Angeles, California, when his car got a flat tire on the highway. As Ennis changed the tire, a man with a gun approached him, demanded money, and shot him in the head. The case remained unsolved until the National Enquirer received a tip linking Mikhail Markhasev—an 18-year-old gang member with a history of racist attacks—to the crime. What shocking thing did Markhasev do while serving his life sentenceMore… Discuss

 

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: MAFIA BOSS SALVATORE RIINA APPREHENDED AFTER 23 YEARS IN HIDING (1993)


 

 

 

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Mafia boss Totò Riina behind bars in court after his arrest in 1993 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Mafia Boss Salvatore Riina Apprehended after 23 Years in Hiding (1993)

 

Riina started out as a mafia hit man and ascended the ranks, becoming a feared leader of the Sicilian Mafia. When control of the heroin trade in Sicily led to fierce rivalry among the Mafia clans, Riina—known as “The Beast”—orchestrated the murders of high-profile public officials while living in hiding for 23 years. His tactics were unusual—mafia bosses tended to be highly visible in their communities while keeping their violent activities under the radar. How did the police finally find him? More… Discuss

 

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: SERIAL KILLER DOCTOR HANGS HIMSELF IN HIS CELL (2004)


Serial Killer Doctor Hangs Himself in His Cell (2004)

To English doctor Harold Shipman, the fundamental medical principle of “first do no harm” apparently meant little. After practicing medicine for decades, he aroused suspicion in 1998, when it emerged that he was named the sole beneficiary in a deceased patient’s will—a will that Shipman turned out to have forged. He was arrested and ultimately convicted of killing 15 patients, but he is suspected of more than 200 murders. The final life he took was his own. How did “Dr. Death” kill his victims? More…

 

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: GEORGE JOSEPH SMITH (1872)


George Joseph Smith (1872)

Smith was the English serial killer and bigamist behind the “Brides in the Bath” murders, a case that was a breakthrough in forensic investigation. Suspicions arose when three women were found dead in their bathtubs within three years—and each one had left money to her husband. However, none of the victims showed signs of violence. Smith’s perfect crime unraveled when the Detective Inspector was able to link him to each woman, and the pathologist determined that Smith had done what to them? More…Discuss

 

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News: PIRACY PAYS OFF FOR CRIMINAL UNDERWORLD


Piracy Pays Off for Criminal Underworld

A joint World BankUN Office on Drugs and CrimeInterpolstudy estimates that between 2005 and 2012 acts ofpiracy brought in $339 million to $413 million in ransompayouts. Most of this money goes not to the pirates themselves but to the financiers behind them. These kingpins then use their ill-gotten gains to fund both legitimate business activities as well as various criminal operations, including further piracy, human trafficking, and drug and arms dealingMore… Discuss

 

Today’s Birthday: THE KRAY TWINS (1933)


The Kray Twins (1933)

Partners in crime, twins Reginald and Ronald Kray were the foremost perpetrators of organized crime in London’s East End during the 1950s and 60s. The brothers managed to escape justice for some time, thanks in part to their intimidation of witnesses, political connections, and quasi-celebrity status as nightclub owners. Eventually, however, their luck ran out. In 1969, they were sentenced to life in prison for the murders of George Cornell and Jack McVitie. Why was Reginald eventually freed? More… Discuss

 

Today’s Birthday: BONNIE PARKER (1910)


Bonnie Parker (1910)

Bonnie Parker was the female half of the notorious Depression-era criminal duo “Bonnie and Clyde.” She met Clyde Barrow in 1930 and soon became his lover as well as his partner in crime. In 1932, the pair began a 21-month crime spree—ended when they were killed in a police ambush—that involved robberies, shootouts, and murders. Their activities were widely publicized, and they soon became America‘s most famous and romanticized outlaws. Why did Clyde never make an honest woman of Bonnie? More… Discuss