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Firearm Transfer Screening Quiz
Are you eligible to legally purchase a firearm in the United States? Answer these questions to find out.
Do You Know a Psychopath?
Take this quiz to see if someone you know might be a potential psychopath.
Characteristics of the Psychopathic Personality
The study of the psychopath reveals an individual who is incapable of feeling guilt, remorse or empathy for their actions.
What Did These Killers Say Right Before Being...
Here are some of the most outrageous, bizarre last words spoken by criminals about to be executed.
Follow Current Criminal Cases and Investigations
The latest updates on current criminal cases in the news, including background information and chronological events.
Haunting Stories About Alcatraz and Its Ghosts
Visitors, security guards and Parks Service employees have reported hearing unexplained sobbing, clanging pipes, walking into 'cold' spots and even seeing ghostly inmates wandering through the corridors of one of the toughest prisons in U.S. history.
Texas Death Row Inmates
A photo of Texas death row inmates from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery.
Ted Bundy: Profile of a Serial Killer
Ted Bundy was attractive, smart, and had a future in politics. He was also one of the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history. Ted Bundy screamed his innocence until his death in the electric chair became imminent,
Celebs Looking Their Worst in This Mug Shot...
Browse the mug shots of famous people, sport stars, music icons, television personalities, models, and more and see what they did to get arrested.
Serial Pursuit Crime Trivia Quiz
Test your knowledge of history's serial killers by taking this trivia quiz.
What Exactly Is a Crime?
A crime occurs when someone breaks the law by an overt act, omission or neglect that can result in punishment.
Women Arrested for Indecent Behavior With Kids
A photo gallery of female teachers, mothers and caregivers who have been charged with anything from inappropriate behavior with minors to having sex with young students.
What You Can and Can't Have In Your Carry-On...
Find out the new regulations on what can and cannot be carried onto US airplanes, including recent changes to the TSA policies.
What Are the Most Common Criminal Offenses?
Crimes can be committed against persons or property, but all crimes carry a punishment for those who break the law.
Children Who Kill Their Parents
Youth parricide is an unpredictable, shocking crime that often results in deep regrets and a lifetime of painful guilt in the child that killed their parents. Understanding why children kill their parents is still a big question among child psychologist and criminologists.
Can You Pass a Firearms Background Check?
Thinking about purchasing a gun and wondering if you will pass the background check. This quiz may help you determine if your firearm transfer will be denied.
10 Reasons You Can Be Denied a Firearm Transfer...
If you try to buy a firearm and have to submit to a background check, there are many reason why your firearm transfer might be denied.
US Airline Regulations - Personal Items...
Before you pack, find out what the US Airline regulations are regarding personal items that can be carried on a flight, which need to be checked, and which items are prohibited.
Snoop Dogg Mug Shot
A gallery of mugshots of famous rappers, hiphop and R&B artists who have been charged with crimes of all levels including murder, money laundering and child pornography. Page 12.
What Are the Gun Laws in Louisiana?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Louisiana.
How One Notorious Serial Killer Got Caught
For months authorities from Utah, Washington, and Colorado worked together to find the serial killer named
4 Classifications of Criminal Offenses
In the United States there are three basic classifications of criminal offenses, also known as crimes.
What Are the Gun Laws in Florida?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Florida.
Profiling Pedophiles: What Characteristics Give...
The pedophile can be anyone but there are some characteristics that many of these predators share that offer indicators to adults that their child may be in danger.
How This Canadian Woman Became a Serial Killer
One of Canada's most infamous female convicts, Karla Homolka, was released from prison after serving a short 12-year sentence for her involvement in drugging, raping, torturing and killing young girls over a decade ago. The dead teens included her own young sister whose innocence was offered by Homolka to her boyfriend as a gift.
What Are the Gun Laws in Tennessee?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Tennessee.
Profile of Idaho Teen Killer Sarah Johnson
Sarah Johnson showed no outward signs of the evil that she was capable of, but when she got angry at her parents over their dislike of her boyfriend, it all came out.
Why the Case of the Zodiac Killer Remains...
The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer whose brutal murders, cryptic letters and haunting phone calls terrorized California residents and challenged investigators for over 30 years.
All About Serial Killer Dean Corll and the...
Dean Corll was a 33-year-old electrician living in Houston, Texas, who, with two teen accomplices, was responsible for kidnapping, torturing, raping and murdering at least 27 young boys in Houston in the early 1970s.
Home Crime Safety Quiz
How safe is your home from intrusion by criminals? Answering these 20 questions can help you discover if you have some holes in your safety plan.
Home Safety Screening Quiz
How safe is your home from intrusion by criminals? Answering these 20 questions can help you discover if you have some holes in your safety plan.
Glen Rogers
A photo of Florida death row inmate Glen Rogers from the Crime and Punishment Florida Death Row photo gallery. Page 300.
Tupac 2Pac Shakur
On November 18, 1993, Tupac "2Pac" Shakur was arrested for sexually abusing a 19-year-old woman, who
Was Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer Sick or Just...
Jeffrey Dahmer was responsible for a series of gruesome murders of 17 young men from 1988 until he was caught on July 22, 1991, in Milwaukee.
Understanding Colorado's Gun Laws
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Colorado.
Photo Gallery of Gang Tattoos
Every gang has an exclusive symbol which members often use for tattoos to show devotion to their group.
Flashback: Son of Sam Killer David Berkowitz
David Berkowitz, better known as Son of Sam, is an infamous 1970s New York City serial killer who killed six people because a demon dog told him to.
The Killer Clown: A Profile of John Wayne Gacy
John Wayne Gacy, known as the 'Killer Clown,' was convicted of the torture, rape and murder of 33 men between 1972 until his arrest in 1978.
Victim Kills Attacker Who Could Be Serial...
A West Virginia woman who fought back and killed her attacker she met online may have stopped a prolific interstate serial killer in his tracks.
Serial Killer Photo Gallery
Most serial killers do not look like killers, until they are caught, then the evil in their faces is all that you see. Here is a collection of pictures of some of the worst serial killers in U.S. history and descriptions of their crimes.
Do You Know the Current Gun Laws in California?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in California.
What Are the Gun Laws in South Carolina?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in South Carolina.
Profile of Larry Swartz: The 'Sudden Fury'...
The profile of a troubled boy who snapped one night and murdered his parents.
Famous Mugshots Quiz
This quiz presents the police mugshots of famous celebrities who were arrested and some of the most infamous criminals in history. How many can you identify?
ADX Supermax Inmates
The federal Supermax prison in Florence, Colorado houses the most dangerous criminals, spies and foreign terrorist. Here is the list of the high-profiled inmates currently doing hard time in one of the toughest prisons in the world.
Ted Bundy Trivia Quiz
Test your knowledge about serial killer Ted Bundy.
What Is a Misdemeanor?
Find out what 'misdemeanor' means from the About.com Crime & Punishment site.
What's Unique About Georgia's Gun Laws?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Georgia.
Aryan Brotherhood Tattoos
Browse the photo gallery of U.S. gang member's tattoos and find out what the tattoo gang art represents. Page 7.
Rapper Da Brat - Mug Shot of Shawntae Harris
A gallery of mugshots of famous rappers, hiphop and R&B artists. Page 13.
Aryan Brotherhood
Browse the photo gallery of U.S. gang member's tattoos and find out what the tattoo gang art represents. Page 5.
What Is a Felony?
Find out what 'felony' means from the About.com Crime & Punishment site.
Why Do Mass Murderers Kill?
Based on the patterns of their murders, multiple killers are classified into three basic categories -- mass murderers, spree killers, and serial killers.
Border Brothers
Browse the photo gallery of U.S. gang member's tattoos and find out what the tattoo gang art represents. Page 8.
Learn How to Appeal a NICS Firearm Transfer...
If you fail a background check and receive a firearms transfer denial from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) you can appeal the decision.
Test your knowledge of famous criminal cases
How much do you know about the most famous crimes and criminals in history?
Daniel Lugo
A photo of Florida death row inmate Daniel Lugo from the Crime and Punishment Florida Death Row photo gallery. Page 219.
Did a Letter Make Susan Smith Kill Her Children?
Child killer Susan Smith lived in a delusional world of lies and deceit that eventually led to the murder of her children. Page 2.
What You Should Look for to Detect Counterfeit...
The public has a role in maintaining the integrity of the U.S. currency. You can help guard against the threat from counterfeiters by becoming more familiar with United States currency.
Aryan Brotherhood Use of Nazi Symbols
Browse the photo gallery of U.S. gang member's tattoos and find out what the tattoo gang art represents. Page 6.
Grandel Gang - Cardinal Tattoo
Browse the photo gallery of U.S. gang member's tattoos and find out what the tattoo gang art represents. Page 9.
How Donald 'Pee Wee' Gaskins Became a Serial...
Donald 'Pee Wee' Gaskins was the most prolific serial killer in South Carolina history. Once his brutality was unleashed, he knew no boundaries, torturing, killing, cannibalizing victims, both male and female.
What Are the Gun Laws in North Carolina?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in North Carolina.
How Ian Brady Became One of Great Britain's...
Ian Brady and his girlfriend Myra Hindley were British serial killers, responsible for a series of child murders that became known as the Moors Murders.
Flashback: Alex and Derek King
Alex and Derek King confessed to bludgeoning their father to death because they thought he would be mad because they ran away from home.
New Mexican Mafia Tattoos
Browse the photo gallery of U.S. gang member's tattoos and find out what the tattoo gang art represents. Page 12.
Finger Tattoos
Every gang has an exclusive symbol which members often use for tattoos to show devotion to their group. Page 14.
Florida Death Row Inmates
A collection of Florida death row inmates from the Crime and Punishment Florida Death Row photo gallery.
What Are Pennsylvania’s Gun Laws?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Pennsylvania?
Arizona Death Row Inmates
Photo of Arizona Death Row Inmates from the Crime and Punishment gallery of death row inmates.
Grandel Gang Tattoo
Browse the photo gallery of U.S. gang member's tattoos and find out what the tattoo gang art represents. Page 10.
Lip Tattoo
Every gang has an exclusive symbol which members often use for tattoos to show devotion to their group. Page 13.
Did You KNow the Founder of Sav-a-Lot Was Also...
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11 Women Who Are On Death Row for Killing Their...
The nation is always shocked by criminal cases such as Andrea Yates, a mother of five who methodically drowned all of her children in a bathtub then calmly called police, but mothers killing their children are more common than we might think.
What Ever Happened to the Monster of the Andes?
Pedro Alonzo Lopez, known as the ‘The Monster of the Andes,’ was responsible for the brutal murders of over 350 children.
De Mau Mau Gang
Browse the photo gallery of U.S. gang member's tattoos and find out what the tattoo gang art represents. Page 11.
Celebrity Mug Shots
A gallery of celebrity mug shots from an extensive collection of police photos of famous people.
What Are the Gun Laws in Kentucky?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Kentucky.
The Charles Manson Family
In 1969 Charlie Manson emerged from his prison cell onto the streets of Haight-Ashbury and soon became the leader of followers who became known as The Family. Here is a picture gallery of many of the Manson Family members with brief descriptions of their roles as Manson followers.
Just How Insane Was Serial Killer Albert Fish?
Albert Fish is known for being one of the most vile pedophiles and killers of all time. After his capture he admitted to molesting over 400 children and tortured and killed several others. Fish was a small, gentle looking man who appeared kind and trusting, yet once alone with his victims, the monster inside him was unleased - a monster so perverse and cruel, his crimes seem unbelievable. He was eventually executed and according to rumors, he turned his own execution into a fantasy of pleasure.
What Are the Guidelines for Issuing an Amber...
When children disappear, sometimes an Amber Alert is issued and sometimes it is not.
Quiz - Is Your Child Ready To Be Left Alone?
A tool to help measure a child's readiness to safely taking care of themselves at home alone.
Purchasing a Gun in Ohio? Here's What You...
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Ohio.
The Twisted Case of Charles Manson and His...
Manson ordered Family members to go commit one of the most atrocious crimes America had ever seen.
James Rose
A photo of Florida death row inmate James Rose from the Crime and Punishment Florida Death Row photo gallery. . Page 301.
How Richard Ramirez Became Known As 'The Night...
Satanic worshipper, serial killer and rapist, Richard Ramirez, was named The Night Stalker, after terrorizing Los Angeles during a year long killing and raping spree that resulted in his conviction of 43 counts, including 13 murders and other charges including burglary, sodomy, and rape.
What Possessed This Serial Killer to Dismember...
When police went to Ed Gein's Plainfield, Wisconsin farm home to investigate the disappearance of a local woman, they had no idea they were about to discover some of the most grotesque crimes ever committed. Gein's crimes went down in history as some of the most disgusting ever uncovered that encompassed murder, grave robbing and cannibalism.
What Are the Gun Laws in Maryland?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Maryland. Page 2.
The 10 Stages of a Criminal Case
If you have be arrested for a crime, you are at the beginning of what could become a long journey through the criminal justice system.
How Sadistic Killers Karla Homolka and Paul...
After years of torturing, raping, and killing young girls for sexual pleasure, the deadly couple, Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo, land in jail. But was justice served?
What Are the Gun Laws in New Mexico?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in New Mexico.
Is the West Virginia Penitentiary (Moundsville)...
One of the most violent prisons in history is one of the top spots for those interested in haunted places.
The Last Words of Executed Prisoners
The last words of criminals about to be executed not only represent how they wish to be viewed after their death, but it is also the final step before the actual execution begins.
Luis Caballero
A photo of Florida death row inmate Luis Caballero from the Crime and Punishment Florida Death Row photo gallery. Page 44.
From Atkins to Yates: Women Who Committed...
An alphabetical listing of female criminals, murderers, rapists, kidnappers and thieves profiled on Crime and Punishment.
What Happens in the Sentencing Stage of a...
A defendant who pleads guilty or is found guilty by a jury in a criminal trial faces sentencing for the crime by the judge.
What Are the Gun Laws in Iowa?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Iowa.
Was Serial Killer Richard Chase Entirely to...
Richard Chase savagely murdered six people in what was described as the most grotesque murders the officials had ever witnessed.
How Westley Allan Dodd Became "One of the Most...
In the year of 1989, in two separate incidents, Westley Allen Dodd sexually assaulted and killed three boys ages 11, 10 and four. His methods were so heinous, forensic psychologists dubbed him one of the most evil killers in history.
What Are the Gun Laws in Virginia?
Answers to frequently asked questions about Virginia gun laws.
Understanding Connecticut's Gun Laws
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Connecticut.
What Are the Gun Laws in Arizona?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Arizona.
The Most Evil Pedophiles and Child Killers
Profiles and information about some of the most horrific pedophiles and child killers.
The Murder of Bridgett Frisbie
A 17-year-old high school student was gunned down by her good friend because he feared she would ruin his chances for a career in the armed forces.
Ruth Ann Moorehouse
In 1969 Charlie Manson emerged from his prison cell onto the streets of Haight-Ashbury and soon became the leader of followers who became known as the Family. Here is a picture gallery of many of the Manson Family members with brief descriptions of their roles as Manson followers. Page 24.
What Are Oklahoma’s Gun Laws?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Oklahoma.
Learn More About the Appeals Process in a...
Anyone convicted of a crime has the right to appeal that conviction if they believe a legal error has occurred.
What Are the Gun Laws in Maine?
No state permit is required to purchase a rifle, shotgun, or handgun. Dealers must keep a record of all firearm sales, rentals or loans.
Latest Developments in the Case of Wife Killer...
On Dec. 4, 2004 Jennifer Corbin was found shot once in the head in her Buford, Georgia home with a handgun beside her. Her 7-year-old son discovered her body and reportedly told police that his dad, Dr. Barton Corbin, had killed his mom.
The Case of Stacey Lannert
On July 4, 1990, in St. John, Missouri, Stacey Ann Lannert, age 18, shot and killed her father, Tom Lannert, who was asleep in the family's home. In her statement to the police, Stacey claimed that her father had sexually abused her. She was arrested, tried, and found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.
How the Dating Game Killer Evaded Justice for...
Rodney Alcala is a convicted rapist, torturer and serial killer who evaded justice for 40 years.
Teardrop Tattoos
Every gang has an exclusive symbol which members often use for tattoos to show devotion to their group. Page 2.
Green River Killer: Gary Ridgway
Gary Ridgway, known as the Green River Killer, went on a 20-year killing spree, making him one of the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history.
How Charles "Lucky" Luciano Became an Infamous...
A profile of gangster Charles. Crime.
10 Movies About the Most Notorious American...
Movies based on the cases of some of the most notorious serial killers in U.S. history.
How Do You Know What You Can Carry On an...
Avoid hassles when checking in at the airport. Before you fly, find out if the items you are bringing are permitted or prohibited in your carry-on or checked luggage.
Mary Brunner
In 1969 Charlie Manson emerged from his prison cell onto the streets of Haight-Ashbury and soon became the leader of followers who became known as the Family. Here is a picture gallery of many of the Manson Family members with brief descriptions of their roles as Manson followers. Page 23.
Puffy, P. Diddy, Sean Combs Mugshot and...
Puffy Combs list of arrests continues to grow, starting with various weapons violations stemming from a shooting incident in a New York City nightclub in December 1999, to his 2015 arrest for assault. Page 6.
What Was the "Mississippi Burning" Case?
A civil rights movement in 1964, named Freedom Summer, was a campaign launched to get African Americans in the southern United States registered to vote. Thousands of students and civil rights activists, both white and black, joined the organization, Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) and traveled to southern states to register voters. In was in this atmosphere that three civil rights workers were killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan.
ODB Russell Jones
Ol' Dirty Bastard (ODB) was a rap and hip-hop artist who was in and out of prison during his celebrity years. Page 9.
What You Should Know about Stalking
Any unwanted contact between two people that directly or indirectly communicates a threat or places the victim in fear can be considered stalking.
Closed Teardrop
Every gang has an exclusive symbol which members often use for tattoos to show devotion to their group. Page 3.
What Are the Gun Laws in Arkansas?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Arkansas.
What Are the Gun Laws in Kansas?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Kansas.
What Is the Crime of Battery?
Find out what the crime of 'battery' is from the About.com Crime & Punishment site.
Learn About Arsenic Serial Killer Velma Barfield
Velma Barfield was a 52-year-old grandmother and serial poisoner who used arsenic as her weapon.
Daniel Acker
A photo of Texas death row inmate Daniel Acker from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery.
Why You Might Need to Pay Bail to Get Out of Jail
Posting bail is usually required before someone who has been arrested can be released from jail to await trial.
House Where Somer Thompson Died Burned in...
The house where Jarred Harrell lured 7-year-old Somer Thompson to her death has been destroyed in a training exercise for Orange Park firefighters.
What Makes the Aryan Brotherhood One of the...
The Aryan Brotherhood is a notorious prison gang whose powerful reach goes far beyond the prison walls and into mafia circles.
Do I Have to Show the Police My ID?
Do I have to show the police my ID?
A Quick Summary about Women on Death Row
Only a small percentage of the death row population in the United States are women and an even smaller percentage are executed.
Serial Killer Nicknames Quiz
See if you can correctly match the nicknames of serial killers with the killers real names.
Did Darlie Routier Kill Her Sons?
Darlie Routier sits on death row in Texas for the murder of her children. Many questions have come up since her trial. Was she railroaded? You decide.
What Are the Gun Laws in Texas?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Texas.
Profile of Serial Killer -- Michael Ross
The story of confessed serial killer Michael Ross is a tragic tale of a young man who came from a farm life he loved, but he cannot remember the abuse he suffered as a child. It is also a tale of this same man who, driven by sexually violent fantasies, brutally raped and murdered eight young girls. And finally it is a tragic tale of a judicial system that is riddled with imperfections in its responsibility of deciding life or death.
Who Was the Hillside Strangler?
Angelo Buono, Jr. was, along with his cousin Kenneth Bianchi, one of the Hillside Stranglers who went on a two month rape, torture and murder spree in 1977, in California.
James Duckett
A photo of Florida death row inmate James Duckett from the Crime and Punishment Florida Death Row photo gallery. Page 90.
Tracy Beatty
A photo of Texas death row inmate Tracy Beatty from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery. Page 15.
Kosoul Chanthakoummane
A photo of Texas death row inmate Douglas Armstrong from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery. Page 40.
How Andrea Yates Ended Up Drowning Her Own...
A profile of Andrea Yates, her life, her marriage to Rusty Yates, and the tragic events that led up to her drowning her five children.
Why Juries Must Weigh the Aggravating and...
When deciding the sentencing for a defendant who has been found guilty, jurors in most states are asked to weigh the aggravating and mitigating circumstances of the case.
Andrew Lukehart
A photo of Florida death row inmate Andrew Lukehart from the Crime and Punishment Florida Death Row photo gallery. Page 220.
Meet Notorious Contract Killer Richard Kuklinski
Richard Kuklinski was one of the most diabolical self-confessed contract killers in American history, who took credit for over 200 murders, including the murder of Jimmy Hoffa.
Black Widow Serial Killers
Female serial killers can be equally as cruel and ruthless as their male counterparts as the following profiles of black widow killers will show.
Nannie Doss
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Suzanne Basso
A photo of Texas death row inmate Suzanne Basso from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery. Page 13.
How Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris Became...
In late October 1979, California authorities were busy hunting down and capturing The Hillside Strangler, Angelo Buono. In the meantime, two more equally barbaric killers had teamed up to fulfill a prison time fantasy - to kidnap, rape, torture and kill a girl for each teenage year. This is their story.
How Diane Downs Tried to Murder Her Three...
Diane Downs was found guilty of shooting her three children in 1984 because her boyfriend did not want to be a father. She maintains her innocence.
Mansfield Reformatory: Haunting Ghost Stories
Mansfield Reformatory in Mansfield Ohio was built as a reform school for troubled boys. Since its closure, rumors of the spirits of tortured inmates who died in the prison fill the halls with restless energy, unable to escape the prison's bars.
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