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

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

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)

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

Real Life Crime

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

Real Life Crime

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

Real Life Crime

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

History, Real Life Crime

The Murders Committed by the Manson ‘Family’

In the late 1960s, Charles Manson formed a Californian cult, known as the Manson Family. A group of his followers became hunted nationwide, after they committed a series of murders, orchestrated by their leader. The murders were highly publicized, because of their gruesome manner, and the inclusion of several well-known public figures. Manson had convinced… Continue reading The Murders Committed by the Manson ‘Family’