technology

The Future of Spying

The safety of many countries depends on their ability to defend themselves, which often requires transporting secret messages. Each country has their own spies that are responsible for obtaining and transferring this information securely. As technology has advanced, much of this secret information is stored in password protected systems. Computers often generate these passwords which… Continue reading The Future of Spying

History

Secret Service Saves

1909 – President William Taft agreed to meet with Mexican President Porfirio Diaz, in Texas and then El Cuidad. As this was to be the first time a US president was scheduled to cross over the Mexican border, it was decided that additional security detail was necessary to counteract the numerous assassination threats. Military troops,… Continue reading Secret Service Saves

History

The US Secret Service – A History of Protection

The most well-known duty of the Secret Service is the role that they play in protecting the country’s presidents, as well as other members of the presidential party. The agency was created in Washington on July 5, 1865 as a part of the US Department of Treasury. In 2003, the Service’s governing body became The… Continue reading The US Secret Service – A History of Protection

Crime Fiction

Crime Fiction – Murder, Mystery and Mayhem

Creative writing genres are numerous, and there are many that have died out over the years. One of those which has maintained a steady popularity in the last two centuries is crime fiction, which continues to appeal to readers’ imaginations. These books are generally centered around crimes, those that commit them and the investigators involved… Continue reading Crime Fiction – Murder, Mystery and Mayhem

History, Real Life Crime

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

Real Life Crime

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

Real Life Crime

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

History

The American Police Force – History of Law Enforcement

Today American citizens could not imagine a society in which the police would not come to their rescue in an emergency. The police force as we know it, however, is a relatively new establishment. During the 1600s and 1700s citizens would rely on the ‘night watch’ to protect them, which consisted of volunteers. At the… Continue reading The American Police Force – History of Law Enforcement

Real Life Crime

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)

Real Life Crime

Rodney Alcala

Rodney Alcala, another name on the list of American psycho-serial killers, a Texan who was found guilty of torture, rape, serial killing and also for providing cannabis to a minor in the 70’s. Alcala was also referred to the ‘Dating Game Killer’ as he appeared on one of America’s most popular dating shows while he… Continue reading Rodney Alcala