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Do You Know a Psychopath?
Take this quiz to see if someone you know might be a potential psychopath.
Was Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer Sick or Just...
Jeffrey Dahmer was responsible for a series of gruesome murders of 17 young men in Ohio and Milwaukee.
Firearm Transfer Screening Quiz
Are you eligible to legally purchase a firearm in the United States? Answer these questions to find out.
Ted Bundy: Profile of a Serial Killer
He 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, then he tried to use his victims one more time - to keep himself alive. His plan failed and the world got a glimpse of the true evil inside him.
Common Characteristics of Psychopathic...
The study of the psychopath reveals an individual who is incapable of feeling guilt, remorse or empathy for their actions.
Sharon Linton Rutherford
A 30-year-old female Alabama teacher has been charged with having sex with at least four high school students and involving at least one of them in a plot to kill her husband. Page 141.
Texas Death Row Inmates
A photo of Texas death row inmates from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery.
The Killer Clown: A Profile of John Wayne Gacy
John Wayne Gacy: John Wayne Gacy was convicted of the torture, rape and murder of 33 males between 1972
What Are the Gun Laws in Florida?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Florida.
How One Notorious Serial Killer Got Caught
Ted Bundy's First Arrest: In August 1975 police attempted to stop Bundy for a driving violation. He aroused
Serial Pursuit Crime Trivia Quiz
Test your knowledge of history's serial killers by taking this trivia quiz.
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.
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.
The Latest Headlines and Criminal Case News
The latest updates on current criminal cases in the news, including background information and chronological events.
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.
All About 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 and wounded several others because a demon dog told him to do it.
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 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.
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?
Robert Hendrix
A photo of Florida death row inmate Robert Hendrix from the Crime and Punishment Florida Death Row photo gallery. Page 152.
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 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.
45 of 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.
Quiz: Would You Know a Psychopath if You Saw One?
This test could reveal some surprising revelations.
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's Unique About Georgia's Gun Laws?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Georgia.
4 Classifications of Criminal Offenses
In the United States there are three basic classifications of criminal offenses, also known as crimes.
Any Last Words?
The final words spoken by John Wayne Gacy before being executed.
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.
Tupac 2Pac Shakur
On November 18, 1993, Tupac "2Pac" Shakur was arrested for sexually abusing a 19-year-old woman, who
What Serial Killer Ted Bundy Said Right Before...
The final words spoken by Ted Bundy before being executed.
William Cruse
A photo of Florida death row inmate William Cruse from the Crime and Punishment Florida Death Row photo gallery. Page 69.
What Is a Crime?
A crime occurs when someone breaks the law by an overt act, omission or neglect that can result in punishment.
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.
Do You Know the Current Gun Laws in California?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in California.
Understanding Colorado's Gun Laws
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Colorado.
Pedro Alonso Lopez - The Monster of the Andes
Pedro Alonzo Lopez, known as the ‘The Monster of the Andes,’ was one of history’s most horrific serial killers. He was responsible for the brutal murders of over 350 children. He bragged of his crimes and promised to do it again if ever released from prison. Yet in the middle of the night he was taken from prison to a van then driven to the Colombia border and set free.
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 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.
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.
Photo Gallery of Gang Tattoos
Every gang has an exclusive symbol which members often use for tattoos to show devotion to their group.
The 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.
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.
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.
Jose Villegas
A photo of Texas death row inmate Jose Villegas from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery. Page 327.
All About Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer
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.
Famous Last Words -- George Appel
Convicted murderer, George Appel's final words before being executed.
Profile of Serial Killer Richard Chase
Richard Chase savagely murdered six people, but one has to wonder if others shared some of the blame.
Firearms Transfer Background Check Quiz
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.
Profile of Andrea Yates
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.
Murderers About to Be Executed Say the Darndest...
The final words spoken by Aileen Wuornos before being executed.
Profile of Serial Killer Tommy Sells
Tommy Lynn Sells is a serial killer that stalked and killed his victims starting at age 16 until he was caught 19 years later.
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.
Susan Smith - Profile of a Child Killer
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.
Alex and Derek King
The case of children, Alex and Derek King, is one of the most bazaar murder cases in the history of Florida. The boys confessed to bludgeoning their father to death because they thought he would be mad because they ran away from home.
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.
What are the Gun Laws in Indiana?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Indiana.
Aggravating and Mitigating Factors
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.
What are the Gun Laws in Tennessee?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Tennessee.
Westley Allen Dodd - Child Serial Killer and...
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.
Ted Bundy Trivia Quiz
Test your knowledge about serial killer Ted Bundy.
Florida Death Row Inmates
A collection of Florida death row inmates from the Crime and Punishment Florida Death Row photo gallery.
What it Takes to Get a Job as a Police Officer
Interested in becoming a police officer? This article takes a look at the qualifications, earnings and future career paths for police officers.
Robert Campbell
A photo of Texas death row inmate Robert Campbell from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery. Page 46.
The Appeals Process Stage of a Criminal Case
Anyone convicted of a crime has the right to appeal that conviction if they believe a legal error has occurred.
Robert Hansen Mug Shot
Most serial killers do not look like killers, until they are caught, then the evil in their faces is all you see. Here is a collection of some of the worse serial killer's pictures with a brief description of their crimes. Page 38.
Final Statement of Daniel Wayne Cook
Daniel Wayne Cook came up with every excuse to avoid execution, but seemed to run out of words when the day finally arrived. Page 11.
Last Words of Death Row Inmate Dennis McGuire
McGuire struggled for 24 minutes before he died after receiving a lethal injection of midazolam and hydromorphone, a combination never before used in U.S. executions.
The True Story of The Black Dahlia Murder
The case remains one of Hollywood's long-running mysteries and one of the most gruesome of the 1940s.
What Are the Gun Laws in Arizona?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Arizona.
Bonnie and Clyde Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of the notorious crime couple Bonnie and Clyde.
Final Statement of Jerry Martin
Up until his death, Jerry Martin insisted that he did not mean to kill a guard that got in his way when he attempted to break out of prison. Page 3.
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.
Arizona Death Row Inmates
Photo of Arizona Death Row Inmates from the Crime and Punishment gallery of death row inmates.
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.
Final Statement of Michael Lee Wilson
The final words of killer Michael Wilson was full of love, but there was no apology. Page 2.
Final Statement of Anthony Rozelle Banks
Anthony Banks was sorry for the terrible things that he did to others during his lifetime. Page 4.
Heather Shelton
Heather Shelton, a 22-year-old teacher's assistant at a North Carolina high school was charged with sexual activity with a 19-year-old student. Page 142.
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.
Final Statement of Yokamon Hearn
Yokamon Hearn sat on death row for 14 years for the random carjacking and murder of a 23-year-old man who was about to wash his car. Page 12.
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 You Should Know Before Purchasing a Gun in...
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Michigan.
What Is the Crime of Battery?
Find out what the crime of 'battery' is from the About.com Crime & Punishment site.
Final Statement of Samuel Lopez
Samuel Lopez was sentenced to death on June 25, 1987, for the brutal beating, rape and murder of a 59-year-old grandmother. Page 14.
What are the Gun Laws in Iowa?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Iowa.
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.
Celebrity Mug Shots
A gallery of celebrity mug shots from an extensive collection of police photos of famous people.
Final Statement of Andrew Cook
Andrew Cook could not forgive himself, much less ask for forgiveness, for murdering two young adults he chose at random. Page 7.
The Final Statement of Steven Thacker
In his final minutes, Steven Thacker asked for forgiveness from the families of those he murdered. Page 5.
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.
Death Row Inmate Darlie Routier - Guilty or...
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.
The Trial Stage of a Criminal Case
A criminal trial is scheduled if a defendant continues to plead not guilty after the preliminary hearing and plea bargain negotiations have ended.
Female Criminals, Murderers, Rapists,...
An alphabetical listing of female criminals, murderers, rapists, kidnappers and thieves profiled on Crime and Punishment.
Smart, Good Looking and Deadly: Who Was the...
Philip Markoff was tall, nice looking, a medical student and engaged. Most believed he had the world in his hands, but then the unthinkable happened.
The Final Statement of Beunka Adams
Beunka Adams served eight years on death row in Texas before being executed in April 2012. Page 18.
Final Statement of Carl Blue
Carl Blue was looking for forgiveness in his final statement before being executed for the brutal murder of his ex-girlfriend 19 years earlier. Page 8.
Multiple Murderers
Based on the patterns of their murders, multiple killers are classified into three basic categories -- mass murderers, spree killers, and serial killers.
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.
The Sentencing Stage of a Criminal Case
A defendant who pleads guilty or is found guilty by a jury in a criminal trial faces sentencing for the crime by the judge.
Final Statement of Frederick Treesh
Treesh believed drugs led him to the gurney of the execution chamber in a Ohio prison. Page 6.
What are the Gun Laws in Texas?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Texas.
Purchasing a Gun in Ohio? Here's What You...
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Ohio.
Final Statement of Robert Gleason Jr.
Robert Gleason vowed to keep killing unless he got the death penalty. In his final words he told the world how he really felt. Page 9.
Daniel Acker
A photo of Texas death row inmate Daniel Acker from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery.
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.
Juan Alvarez
A photo of Texas death row inmate Douglas Armstrong from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery. Page 11.
Women Who Kill Their Children
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.
Duke Lacrosse Team Rape Scandal
On March 13, 2006 members of the Duke University lacrosse team held a party at an off-campus house and hired two strippers to perform, specifically requesting that they be white or hispanic. When neither of the two dancers who showed up were white, they reportedly became the target of racial slurs by some of the players. One of the dancers later claimed she was raped in a bathroom by three of the team members.
Celebrity Mug Shot Gallery
Browse the mug shots of famous people, sport stars, music icons, television personalities, models, and more and see what they did to get arrested.
What are the Gun Laws in South Carolina?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in South Carolina.
Harvey M. Robinson
For two years Harvey Robinson stalked, raped and killed residents of Allentown, Pennsylvania, making him one of the youngest serial killers in U.S. history.
Miranda Rights and Warning
The landmark Miranda v. Arizona ruling established that statements made by a suspect in police custody cannot be used against him if the police have not advised him he has the right to remain silent.
Suzanne Basso
A photo of Texas death row inmate Suzanne Basso from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery. Page 21.
What Are the Gun Laws in North Carolina?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in North Carolina.
Beunka Adams
A photo of Texas death row inmate Beunka Adams from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery. Page 2.
The Plea Bargain Stage of a Criminal Case
Due to the overburdened criminal justice system, the vast majority of criminal cases are settled through a process known as plea bargaining.
The 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 and dramatized for entertainment purposes, resulting in a significant amount of misinformation.
The End of Sadistic Killers Karla Homolka and...
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?
Profile of Serial Killer Rodney Alcala
Rodney Alcala is a convicted rapist, torturer and serial killer who evaded justice for 40 years.
Ian Brady
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.
Anthony Haynes
A photo of Texas death row inmate Anthony Haynes from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery. Page 134.
The Dear John Letter Sent by Tom Findlay - Page 1
This is the Dear John letter that John Findlay gave to Susan on Oct. 17, 1994. Many believe it is what motivated Susan Smith to kill her children. Page 4.
Final Statement of Marvin Lee Wilson
Marvin Lee Wilson was executed for killing a man who he believed snitched on him and he paid the price with his life. But he didn't go quietly. Page 13.
Gary Carl Simmons Jr.
Gary Simons sat on Mississippi's death row for 16 years before being executed on June 20, 2012. His final words were gentle, but his crime was barbaric. Page 15.
Robert Towery
Robert Towery was on Arizona's death row for 20 years before his execution in March 2012. Here are his final words. Page 24.
Susan Smith - Narcissistic Delusions
Child killer Susan Smith lived in a delusional world of lies and deceit that eventually led to the murder of her children. Page 2.
Final Statement of Michael Selsor
Michael Selsor sat on Oklahoma's death row for 36 years before being executed in May 2012. Page 17.
Puffy, P. Diddy, Sean Combs
Puffy Combs was indicted on various weapons violations and bribery stemming from an investigation into a shooting incident in a New York City nightclub in December 1999. Page 6.
Charles Chi-tat Ng: Profile of Sadistic Killer
Charles Ng participated in the kidnapping, sadistic torture, slavery, rape and murder of numerous victims in one of the most infamous and costly murder cases in American history.
Final Statement of David Gore
While waiting for the lethal injection to kick in, David Alan Gore asked for forgiveness for his atrocious crimes. Page 22.
Aryan Brotherhood
Browse the photo gallery of U.S. gang member's tattoos and find out what the tattoo gang art represents. Page 5.
Who Was the 'Sudden Fury' Killer?
The profile of a troubled boy who snapped one night and murdered his parents.
Serial Killer Kristen Gilbert
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.
Herbert Richard "Herb" Baumeister
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Final Statement of Jan Michael Brawner
Jan Brawner was on death row for 10 years before being executed for murdering four people, including his 3-year-old daughter. Page 16.
Final Statement of Thomas Kemp
Thomas Kemp showed no remorse for killing people, in fact during his trial he said his biggest mistake was not killing his accomplice. His final words back up that attitude. . Page 19.
What Are Oklahoma’s Gun Laws?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Oklahoma.
Malia Brooks
Malia Brooks, a former elementary school teacher and mother of two, pleads guilty to performing lewd acts on a person under 14 years of age. Page 12.
What Are the Gun Laws in Alabama?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Alabama.
What Are Pennsylvania’s Gun Laws?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Pennsylvania?
What Is Stalking?
Any unwanted contact between two people that directly or indirectly communicates a threat or places the victim in fear can be considered stalking.
John Adams
A photo of Texas death row inmate John Adams from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery. Page 4.
Serial Killers Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris
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.
African American Council Tattoo
Browse the photo gallery of U.S. gang member's tattoos and discover what the artwork represents. Page 4.
The Bail Stage of a Criminal Case
Posting bail is usually required before someone who has been arrested can be released from jail to await trial.
What Are the Gun Laws in Arkansas?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Arkansas.
Final Statement of Shannon Johnson
Delaware death row inmate Shannon Johnson, who did not appeal his sentence, was executed after being on death row for six years. Page 20.
How to Appeal a Firearm Transfer Denial
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.

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