History, Real Life Crime

Future of Interpol

Having been around for the better part of a century now, one would think that Interpol had garnered some respect around the world. This may be true in the case of most member police departments that utilize the services of the Interpol system, but Interpol has faced some harsh critiques of late. Some of the… Continue reading Future of Interpol

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Charles Manson

Born out of wedlock to a teenage mother in 1918, and at first not even given a name, Charles Manson would eventually grow into a very disturbed adult, in whose name, murders were committed. He gained a ‘following’ of loyal subjects who believed in his wild ‘Helter-Skelter’ ideals, and his claims that a race war… Continue reading Charles Manson

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Psychological Profiling – Serial Killers Caught by Behavior Analysis

The FBI’s use of psychological profiling, referred to as behavior analysis by agents, has both supporters and non-supporters. Despite opinions to the contrary, the FBI’s attempt at ‘delving into the criminal’s mind’ has proven to be successful in helping to catch several notorious killers, including: Ted Bundy One of the most infamous serial killers in… Continue reading Psychological Profiling – Serial Killers Caught by Behavior Analysis

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Psychological Profiling – Inside the Mind of a Criminal

Psychological, or criminal, profiling was informally used as early as the 1880s, when two physicians attempted to determine who Jack the Ripper was using clues from the crime scene. Its first official use was during an investigation in the United States, which helped to capture ‘mad bomber’ George Metesky who had eluded New York investigators… Continue reading Psychological Profiling – Inside the Mind of a Criminal

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The History of the FBI – Growth and Expansion

For the first 15 years after its inception, The Bureau was a shadow of the organisation it has grown to be. Investigators received very little training, and often displayed a lack of discipline. Political corruption also dictated who was hired, promoted or transferred. Despite these setbacks, it continued to grow and received jobs which were… Continue reading The History of the FBI – Growth and Expansion

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Wayne Williams – Serial Killer or Incorrectly Accused?

In 1982, Wayne Bertram Williams was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murders of two men in the Atlanta area. After his incarceration he was branded as the man behind ‘The Atlanta Child Murders,’ as the killings stopped once he was behind bars. Prosecutors were unable to charge Williams with the killing of the 27… Continue reading Wayne Williams – Serial Killer or Incorrectly Accused?

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Ted Bundy – The Embodiment of Evil

As one of the most notorious serial killers and rapists in America’s history, Ted Bundy’s story has been the subject of many novels and films. He was born in Burlington, Vermont on November 24, 1946 and was raised as the adopted son of his grandparents, believing that his mother was his sister. He later described… Continue reading Ted Bundy – The Embodiment of Evil

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Jack the Ripper – The Victims of a Monster

Although the number of people that Jack the Ripper really killed is unknown, the deaths of five women have been attributed to him. They are now referred to as the ‘five canonical victims,’ and their murders occurred between August 31st and November 9th, 1888. Mary Nichols Believed to have been the first of the victims,… Continue reading Jack the Ripper – The Victims of a Monster

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Corruption in High Places

The New York City police was officially formed in 1845. Before its inception, however, crime had been controlled by an informal justice system. As early as 1846, police officials were given permission to arrest anybody who looked like they were about to commit a felony, and this system of ‘preventing’ crimes continued into the start… Continue reading Corruption in High Places

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New York City Underworld – 19th Century Corruption

In the 19th century, New York City became a center for immigrants that had come to the city looking for a better life. Most of them settled on or near ‘Five Points,’ the intersection of five streets in Lower Manhattan. This area became associated with some of the deepest levels of poverty in the entire… Continue reading New York City Underworld – 19th Century Corruption