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Do You Know a Psychopath?
Take this quiz to see if someone you know might be a potential psychopath.
Firearm Transfer Screening Quiz
Are you eligible to legally purchase a firearm in the United States? Answer these questions to find out.
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.
Get the Latest Headlines and Criminal Case News
The latest updates on current criminal cases in the news, including background information and chronological events.
Texas Death Row Inmates
A photo of Texas death row inmates from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery.
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.
Serial Pursuit Crime Trivia Quiz
Test your knowledge of history's serial killers by taking this trivia quiz.
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?
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.
What Does it Mean if a Motorcycle Gang is a One...
A descriptive term used to describe motorcycle gangs.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
The Shocking Number of US Motorcycle Gangs
The definition of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs also known as OMGs by the U.S. Department of Justice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Konstantin Fotopoulos
A photo of Florida death row inmate Konstantin Fotopoulos from the Crime and Punishment Florida Death Row photo gallery. Page 114.
Convicted Connecticut Killer Suspected in 7...
On January 30, 2007, William Devin Howell pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in connection with the death of 33-year-old Nilsa Arizmendi.
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.
Quiz: Would You Know a Psychopath if You Met One?
This test could reveal some surprising revelations.
Photo Gallery of Gang Tattoos
Every gang has an exclusive symbol which members often use for tattoos to show devotion to their group.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Are the Gun Laws in Florida?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Florida.
Tupac 2Pac Shakur
On November 18, 1993, Tupac "2Pac" Shakur was arrested for sexually abusing a 19-year-old woman, who
The 8 Victims of Serial Killer Derrick Todd Lee
Derrick Todd Lee, also known as the Baton Rouge Serial Killer, has been linked through DNA to several murdered women in south Louisiana. His victims were all attractive, successful women who had full lives ahead of them, lives that he snatched away.
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 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.
What Are the Gun Laws in South Carolina?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in South Carolina.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Border Brothers
Browse the photo gallery of U.S. gang member's tattoos and find out what the tattoo gang art represents. Page 8.
Understanding Colorado's Gun Laws
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Colorado.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Teardrop Tattoos
Every gang has an exclusive symbol which members often use for tattoos to show devotion to their group. Page 2.
Lip Tattoo
Every gang has an exclusive symbol which members often use for tattoos to show devotion to their group. Page 13.
Do You Know the Current Gun Laws in California?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in California.
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.
Rapper Da Brat - Mug Shot of Shawntae Harris
A gallery of mugshots of famous rappers, hiphop and R&B artists. Page 13.
Finger Tattoos
Every gang has an exclusive symbol which members often use for tattoos to show devotion to their group. Page 14.
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.
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.
How the Dating Game Killer Evaded Justice for...
Rodney Alcala is a convicted rapist, torturer and serial killer who evaded justice for 40 years.
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.
Arizona Death Row Inmates
Photo of Arizona Death Row Inmates from the Crime and Punishment gallery of death row inmates.
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.
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 Maryland?
Maryland does regulate the sale, transfer, rent and possession of regulated firearms, which consist of handguns and assault weapons.
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.
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.
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.
Florida Death Row Inmates
A collection of Florida death row inmates from the Crime and Punishment Florida Death Row photo gallery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Closed Teardrop
Every gang has an exclusive symbol which members often use for tattoos to show devotion to their group. Page 3.
What's Unique About Georgia's Gun Laws?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Georgia.
Aruban Prosecutors Debunks Latest Holloway...
Chief Prosecutor Eric Olthof's office said it is not possible for Jurrien De Jong to have seen what he claims he saw on the night Holloway disappeared.
George Trepal
A photo of Florida death row inmate George Trepal from the Crime and Punishment Florida Death Row photo gallery. Page 344.
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 Tennessee?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Tennessee.
Ted Bundy Trivia Quiz
Test your knowledge about serial killer Ted Bundy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
David Frances
A photo of Florida death row inmate David Frances from the Crime and Punishment Florida Death Row photo gallery. Page 115.
What Serial Killer Ted Bundy Said Right Before...
The final words spoken by Ted Bundy before being executed.
Woman Admits Helping Boyfriend Abduct, Assault...
Nicole Vaisey has pleaded guilty to 10 felonies for helping Stephen Howells abducting, assaulting and making pornography of six minor children.
African American Council Tattoo
Browse the photo gallery of U.S. gang member's tattoos and discover what the artwork represents. Page 4.
7 Disproven Myths about Serial Killers
Much of the information that the public knows about serial killers has come from Hollywood movies and television programs, which have been exaggerated.
Did You KNow the Founder of Sav-a-Lot Was Also...
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The True Story Behind The Jennifer Hudson...
On October 24, 2008, the bodies of Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother were found in the family's home on Chicago's South Side. Shot to death were Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, and her brother, Jason Hudson.
Celebrity Mug Shots
A gallery of celebrity mug shots from an extensive collection of police photos of famous people.
Did a Letter Make Susan Smith Kill Her Children?
Susan Vaughan Smith of Union, S.C. was convicted on July 22, 1995, and sentenced to life in prison for murdering her two sons, Michael Daniel Sith, 3, and Alexander Tyler Smith, 14-months-old.
What Were Oklahoma City Bomber Timothy...
The final words spoken by Timothy McVeigh before being executed.
What Were Condemned Serial Killer John Wayne...
The final words spoken by John Wayne Gacy before being executed.
What Are the Gun Laws in Kentucky?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Kentucky.
All about Baton Rouge Serial Killer Derrick...
Derrick Todd Lee, the Baton Rouge Serial Killer, was a peeping tom as a child and a serial killer as an adult who managed to escape capture for over a decade
Was Serial Killer Richard Chase Entirely to...
Richard Chase savagely murdered six people, but one has to wonder if others shared some of the blame.
What Are the Gun Laws in Arkansas?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Arkansas.
What Are the Gun Laws in Louisiana?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Louisiana.
See What Landed Brenda Andrew on Death Row
See how this cheating wife went from teaching Sunday school to manipulating her lover into murdering her husband in order to get his life insurance money.
Learn About Arsenic Serial Killer Velma Barfield
Velma Barfield was a 52-year-old grandmother and serial poisoner who used arsenic as her weapon.
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.
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.
Bonnie and Clyde Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of the notorious crime couple Bonnie and Clyde.
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.
How a Nurse and Serial Killer Made Victims of...
Kristen Gilbert was a bright, attractive, well-trained nurse who, in 2001 was found guilty of killing her patients at a Veterans Administration medical center.
Purchasing a Gun in Ohio? Here's What You...
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Ohio.
What Are the Gun Laws in Kansas?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Kansas.
Defense Claims DNA Points to Killer Other Than...
An attorney for Lonnie Franklin Jr. said DNA found in two cases points to prolific killer Chester Turner, a claim the prosecution calls outlandish.
What Is a Misdemeanor?
Find out what 'misdemeanor' means from the About.com Crime & Punishment site.
What Are Pennsylvania’s Gun Laws?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Pennsylvania?
What Are the Gun Laws in North Carolina?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in North Carolina.
What Are the Gun Laws in Arizona?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Arizona.
What Are the Gun Laws in Texas?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Texas.
Lester Bower
A photo of Texas death row inmate Lester Bower from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery. Page 18.
The True Story Story of Bonnie Parker and Clyde...
Bonnie and Clyde were notorious outlaws, robbers, and criminals who made headlines across the country during the Great Depression.
Suzanne Basso
A photo of Texas death row inmate Suzanne Basso from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery. Page 13.
Third Man Charged With Kidnapping, Murder in...
A man previously charged with two counts of rape in the Holly Bobo case has now also been charged with premeditated murder and aggravated kidnapping.
Women on Death Row in California
Janeen Snyder and her lover Michael Thornton kidnapped, sexually assaulted and then murdered at 16-year-old girl that was on her way to school.
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.
What Are the Gun Laws in New Mexico?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in New Mexico.
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.
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.
Daniel Acker
A photo of Texas death row inmate Daniel Acker from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery.
Judge Rejects Reduced Bail, Treatment for...
The attorney for a 12-year-old accused in the Slender Man stabbing case wants her to go to a private treatment facility at her parents' expense.
What Are Oklahoma’s Gun Laws?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Oklahoma.
Profile of Larry Swartz: The 'Sudden Fury'...
The profile of a troubled boy who snapped one night and murdered his parents.
What Are the Gun Laws in Virginia?
Answers to frequently asked questions about Virginia gun laws.
Murderers About to Be Executed Say the Darndest...
The final words spoken by Aileen Wuornos before being executed.
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.
The Unsolved Case of The Black Dahlia Murder
The death of the woman known as the Black Dahlia remains one of Hollywood's longest running mysteries and one of the most gruesome of the 1940s.
Serial Killers Couple Ray and Faye Copeland
Why Ray and Faye Copeland, both in their 70s, went from being loving grandparents to serial killers who used the clothing of their victims to make a warm winter quilt to snuggle under is a story both morbid and perplexing.
Last Words of Death Row Inmate William Rousan
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.
Serial Killer Nicknames Quiz
See if you can correctly match the nicknames of serial killers with the killers real names.
What Are the Gun Laws in Iowa?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Iowa.
Young Jeezy
Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy was arrested with guns in South Beach, Florida after an alleged shooting took place. Page 11.
What Are the Gun Laws in Mississippi?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Mississippi.
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.
Guy Alexander
A photo of Texas death row inmate Guy Alexander from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery. Page 2.
How Donald "Pee Wee" Gaskins Became an Escape...
All through Gaskins life he had what he described as, 'them aggravated and bothersome feelings,' that seemed to push him into criminal activity. He found little relief from the feelings until September 1969, when he picked up a female hitchhiker in North Carolina...
Kelly Garcia
English teacher Kelly Ann Garcia was arrested for allegedly molesting a 16-year-old student at Hastings High School in Houston, Texas. Page 11.
What are the Gun Laws in Indiana?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Indiana.
Allen Guy
A photo of Texas death row inmate Allen Guy from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery. Page 3.
Kelly Allen
A photo of Texas death row inmate Kelly Allen from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery. Page 4.
10 Movies About the Most Notorious American...
Movies based on the cases of some of the most notorious serial killers in U.S. history.
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.
What is Stockholm Syndrome?
A bank robbery in Stockholm, Sweden unconvered a mechanism for survival many who are in hostage-related situations turn to in order to manage the complete feeling of fear and terror.
Linda Carty
A photo of Texas death row inmate Linda Carty from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery. Page 37.
10 Ways Identity Thieves Get Your Information
When someone fraudulently used your personal identifying information to their own purposes, that is identity theft.
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.

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