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

Crime Fiction

Crime Fiction – sub genres

The Cozy Mystery (Cozies)  The storylines behind these mysteries are like detective crime novels, except for the fact that profanity, sex and violence are downplayed (or approached in a humorous manner). The community in which the investigation takes place tends to be very small, and the detective is an amateur (normally female). They are well-known… Continue reading Crime Fiction – sub genres

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

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

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

Real Life Crime

Unsolved Crimes – Murders that Haunt the American Nation

One of the most life changing events, for anybody, is to have a loved one brutally murdered. If the killer is never found, those closest to the victim continue to suffer as justice never prevails. America has had many unsolved crimes over the years, with some of the most publicized including: JonBenet Ramsey In December… Continue reading Unsolved Crimes – Murders that Haunt the American Nation

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

History

Interpol

In 1923, in Vienna, Switzerland, the International Criminal Police Commission, the ICPC, was created by police authorities during the International Criminal Police Congress of that year. Prior to its creation, there had been a few attempts at building a cooperative force between nations regarding criminal law enforcement. Interpol’s main headquarters are today housed in Lyon,… Continue reading Interpol

History

Canadian Mounties – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police

The purchase of the North-West Territories by the Dominion of Canada resulted in the need for a patrol along the border. A mounted force of between 100 and 150 men was recommended to keep the peace. These were first called The North West Mounted Rifles and then renamed The North West Mounted Police in 1873… Continue reading Canadian Mounties – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police