Real Life Crime

Richard Cottingham

When it comes to the presence of prolific serial killers, America has produced them in abundance over the years. For example, let us look at Ted Bundy - a lawyer by profession, Bundy was on the charm offensive when it came to the opposite sex. He always made a lasting impression on women. Unfortunately, this… Continue reading Richard Cottingham

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Joseph D. Ball – Alligator Man

Also known as the Alligator Man, Joe Ball was an American serial killer who killed more than twenty women in the 1930’s. Background Ball served his country in Europe during the First World War between 1914 and 1918. Once he returned home, he became a bootlegger and began selling alcohol illegally to anyone who could… Continue reading Joseph D. Ball – Alligator Man

History, Real Life Crime

Mary Frith (aka Moll Cutpurse)

This is the story of a 16th century woman who was anything but typical and backward. For the distinctive characteristics she had it wouldn’t be wrong to call her way ahead of her times especially for a lady back in the day. The woman gained herself many names due to her rebel disposition. Mary Frith… Continue reading Mary Frith (aka Moll Cutpurse)

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London’s East End – Crime in the 1800s

During the 19th century, London’s East End was one of the poorest, most overcrowded areas in the country. Docks and factories were located close by, but the high number of people that needed jobs meant that they were hard to come by and employees were significantly underpaid. This created many social and health problems which… Continue reading London’s East End – Crime in the 1800s

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Real Life Gentlemen Thieves

1. Black Bart (Charles Earl Boles) Revenge can become the catalyst for an upstanding member of society to discard their ethical values, and begin a life of crime. After he refused their offer to buy his land, banking giant Wells Fargo cut off the water supply to Charles Boles’ California gold mine shortly after the… Continue reading Real Life Gentlemen Thieves

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The Gentleman Thief – A Suave and Sophisticated Criminal

A gentleman is viewed as an elegant, charming individual normally with impeccable manners and high moral values. Like everybody else they set their values personally, and there are times when they may contradict the rest of their demeanour. The ‘gentleman thief’ is one of the most enchanting character types in books and films. His persona… Continue reading The Gentleman Thief – A Suave and Sophisticated Criminal

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FBI Quantico Training

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was officially founded in 1908 as the Bureau of Investigation, or BI and then became the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1935. The training facility at Quantico was first opened in 1972 and occupied 385 acres at the time of opening, it has since expanded to 547 acres. The FBI… Continue reading FBI Quantico Training

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The Sicilian Mafia Today

From their origins in the 19th century doing some low level crimes such as cattle theft, extortion and election slugging, Cosa Nostra or the Sicilian Mafia came a long way by really expanding their operations in the 20th century. Let’s explore the Sicilian Mafia at their peak and how the maxi trial took place. Sicilian… Continue reading The Sicilian Mafia Today

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Sicilian Mafia (Organised Crime)

The Sicilian Mafia is an infamous crime syndicate that is known worldwide, with their perceived lifestyle portrayed in different movies such as, ‘The Godfather,’ and ‘Goodfellas.’ The Sicilian Mafia gained a lot in terms of money and power, ruling through death contracts and creating fear in the hearts of the people of Sicily. The prominence… Continue reading Sicilian Mafia (Organised Crime)

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Theft of Mona Lisa (Paris 1911)

More than 100 years ago, in August 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen off the walls of the Louvre in Paris. The famous Leonardo da Vinci painting wasn't recovered until two years later, in December 1913. It is one of the most popular paintings in the history of art. Artists from all over the world… Continue reading Theft of Mona Lisa (Paris 1911)