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Joseph Wood
A photo of Joseph Wood from the Crime and Punishment gallery of death row inmates . Page 104.
Do You Know a Psychopath?
Take this quiz to see if someone you know might be a potential psychopath.
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,
Common Characteristics of Psychopathic...
The study of the psychopath reveals an individual who is incapable of feeling guilt, remorse or empathy for their actions.
Firearm Transfer Screening Quiz
Are you eligible to legally purchase a firearm in the United States? Answer these questions to find out.
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.
How One Notorious Serial Killer Got Caught
For months authorities from Utah, Washington, and Colorado worked together to find the serial killer named
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.
Texas Death Row Inmates
A photo of Texas death row inmates from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery.
Get the Latest Headlines and Criminal Case News
The latest updates on current criminal cases in the news, including background information and chronological events.
What Are the Gun Laws in Florida?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Florida.
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.
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.
Serial Pursuit Crime Trivia Quiz
Test your knowledge of history's serial killers by taking this trivia quiz.
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.
Arizona Death Row Inmates
Photo of Arizona Death Row Inmates from the Crime and Punishment gallery of death row inmates.
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 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.
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.
Photo Gallery of Gang Tattoos
Every gang has an exclusive symbol which members often use for tattoos to show devotion to their group.
What Serial Killer Ted Bundy Said Right Before...
The final words spoken by Ted Bundy before being executed.
4 Classifications of Criminal Offenses
In the United States there are three basic classifications of criminal offenses, also known as crimes.
Do You Know the Current Gun Laws in California?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in California.
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 Most Common Criminal Offenses?
Crimes can be committed against persons or property, but all crimes carry a punishment for those who break the law.
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.
Understanding Colorado's Gun Laws
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Colorado.
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.
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.
James Duckett
A photo of Florida death row inmate James Duckett from the Crime and Punishment Florida Death Row photo gallery. Page 90.
Quiz: Would You Know a Psychopath if You Met One?
This test could reveal some surprising revelations.
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.
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.
Tupac 2Pac Shakur
On November 18, 1993, Tupac "2Pac" Shakur was arrested for sexually abusing a 19-year-old woman, who
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Gun Laws in Tennessee?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Tennessee.
What Is a Crime?
A crime occurs when someone breaks the law by an overt act, omission or neglect that can result in punishment.
What's Unique About Georgia's Gun Laws?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Georgia.
How Many Kids a Year Are Abducted?
Facts pertaining to child abductions in the United States.
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.
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 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.
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.
Ted Bundy Trivia Quiz
Test your knowledge about serial killer Ted Bundy.
What Is the Crime of Battery?
Find out what the crime of 'battery' is from the About.com Crime & Punishment site.
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.
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.
What Are the Gun Laws in Kentucky?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Kentucky.
Wendi Andriano
A photo of Wendi Andriano from the Crime and Punishment gallery of death row inmates . Page 6.
Florida Death Row Inmates
A collection of Florida death row inmates from the Crime and Punishment Florida Death Row photo gallery.
Katie Rees
A gallery of celebrity mug shots from an extensive collection of mug shots of the rich and famous. Page 158.
What Are the Gun Laws in Arizona?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Arizona.
What Were the Last Words of Convicted Murderer...
The final words spoken by Gary Gilmore before being executed.
Murderers About to Be Executed Say the Darndest...
The final words spoken by Aileen Wuornos before being executed.
What are the Gun Laws in Indiana?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Indiana.
What Happened to Pregnant Marine Wife Erin...
A Marine base neighbor of Erin Corwin may have been the father of her unborn child and took steps to cover up his affair before his wife found out.
Brian Womble
A photo of Brian Womble from the Crime and Punishment gallery of death row inmates . Page 103.
What Were Oklahoma City Bomber Timothy...
The final words spoken by Timothy McVeigh before being executed.
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.
Where Is Oregon Mom Jennifer Huston?
The mother of two young sons, Jennifer Huston, 38, disappeared while running errands for her family on Thursday, July 24, 2014 in Dundee, Oregon.
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.
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.
Did You KNow the Founder of Sav-a-Lot Was Also...
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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 Pennsylvania’s Gun Laws?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Pennsylvania?
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.
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.
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.
What Were Condemned Serial Killer John Wayne...
The final words spoken by John Wayne Gacy before being executed.
Final Statement of Michael Lee Wilson
The final words of killer Michael Wilson was full of love, but there was no apology. Page 2.
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 Are Oklahoma’s Gun Laws?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Oklahoma.
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.
What Are the Gun Laws in North Carolina?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in North Carolina.
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.
What You Should Know Before Purchasing a Gun in...
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Michigan.
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.
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 Louisiana?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Louisiana.
Who Was the Shoe Fetish Slayer?
Jerry Brudos was a shoe fetishist, serial killer, rapist, torturer and necrophiliac who stalked women around Portland, Oregon in 1968 and 1969.
What Are the Gun Laws in Kansas?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Kansas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Final Statement of Anthony Rozelle Banks
Anthony Banks was sorry for the terrible things that he did to others during his lifetime. Page 4.
What Are the Gun Laws in South Carolina?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in South Carolina.
Bonnie and Clyde Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of the notorious crime couple Bonnie and Clyde.
James Brown - Celebrity Mug Shot
Browse the pictorial gallery of mug shots of celebrities and find out what they did to get arrested.
Why Rae Carruth Killed His Child's Mother
Former wide receiver with the Carolina Panther will spend the next 18 to 24 years behind bars for conspiring to murder Cherica Adams, who was seven months pregnant with his child.
What Are the Gun Laws in Iowa?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Iowa.
The Final Statement of Steven Thacker
In his final minutes, Steven Thacker asked for forgiveness from the families of those he murdered. Page 5.
What Are the Gun Laws in Alabama?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Alabama.
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.
Daniel Acker
A photo of Texas death row inmate Daniel Acker from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery.
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 Caylee Marie Anthony Case
On June 15, 2008, Cindy Anthony called 9-1-1 in Orlando, Florida to report that her daughter, Casey Anthony, had stolen a car and some money. She called back later to report that her granddaughter, Casey's daughter, 2-year-old Caylee Marie Anthony was missing and had been missing for more than a month.
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.
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.
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 Maryland?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Maryland. Page 2.
Aryon Williams
A photo of Aryon Williams from the Crime and Punishment gallery of death row inmates . Page 102.
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 Debra Brown Started Her Killing Spree at...
Debra Brown became involved in a master/slave relationship with killer and rapist Alton Coleman and the two went on a killing, raping and torture spree.
Brian David Mitchell
A look at the life of the Brian David Mitchell, a preaching drifter that was arrested and charged with the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart in 2003.
The Final Statement of Beunka Adams
Beunka Adams served eight years on death row in Texas before being executed in April 2012. Page 18.
Beunka Adams
A photo of Texas death row inmate Beunka Adams from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery. Page 2.
Teardrop Tattoos
Every gang has an exclusive symbol which members often use for tattoos to show devotion to their group. Page 2.
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.
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.
Lloyd Duest
A photo of Florida death row inmate Lloyd Duest from the Crime and Punishment Florida Death Row photo gallery. Page 91.
Franklin Alix
A photo of Texas death row inmate Franklin Alix from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery. Page 8.
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.
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 Virginia?
Answers to frequently asked questions about Virginia gun laws.
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.
Michael White
A photo of Michael White from the Crime and Punishment gallery of death row inmates . Page 101.
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.
What Are the Gun Laws in Arkansas?
Frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Arkansas.
Laura Whitehurst
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. Page 2.
What Are the Gun Laws in Missouri?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in Missouri.
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.
Suzanne Basso
A photo of Texas death row inmate Suzanne Basso from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery. Page 21.
John Adams
A photo of Texas death row inmate John Adams from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery. 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.
What Is a Felony?
Find out what 'felony' means from the About.com Crime & Punishment site.
Are You Ready for a Firearms Transfer...
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.
What Are the Gun Laws in New Mexico?
Answers to frequently asked questions about the gun laws in New Mexico.
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.
Why Police Read Your Miranda Rights When You...
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.
Bill Gates
A gallery of celebrity mug shots from an extensive collection of mug shots of the rich and famous. Page 90.
Debra Milke
A photo of Debra Milke from the Crime and Punishment gallery of death row inmates . Page 59.
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.
Women Serial Killers in the U.S.
Female serial killers can be equally as cruel and ruthless as their male counterparts as the following profiles will show.
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.
Thomas West
A photo of Thomas West from the Crime and Punishment gallery of death row inmates . Page 100.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Juan Alvarez
A photo of Texas death row inmate Douglas Armstrong from the Crime and Punishment Texas Death Row photo gallery. Page 11.
Daniel Cook
A photo of Daniel Cook from the Crime and Punishment gallery of death row inmates. . Page 16.
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