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  1. Charles Manson was an infamous American criminal. He was the founder of Manson Family, a hippie group, involved in several high profile murder cases like Hinman murder case, murder of film actress Sharon Tate and supermarket executive Leno LaBianca. The son of a prostitute, he became involved with a number of burglary cases when he was very young. During his stay in Washington, D.C’s National Training School for Boys, a caseworker perceived him as aggressively antisocial. He spent a major part of his life at different juvenile centres and prisons for his connection with offences like burglary,
  2. Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer was an American serial killer and a sex offender. Nurturing animal fascinations since childhood, he was always attracted by animal anatomy especially bones. Coming from a disturbed family, his youth was plagued by excessive drinking and drugging thereby making him a loner and giving rise to such instincts. Having committed heinous crimes, he is believed to be inflicted with necrophilia and came to known as the “Milwaukee Cannibal”. Abandoned by family for his weird habits and behavior, he resorted to such nerve wrecking practices. Exhibiting homosexual instincts, he is be
  3. Andrew Cunanan was an American spree killer, who committed suicide after killing five people in a span of three months including the fashion designer Gianni Versace. He was a brutal murderer which is quite evident from the way he took the lives of his victims. His aggressive temperament and unpredictable behavior resulted in the horrible acts of murder he committed. He was an intelligent but dishonest child who grew up to be an unstable teen because of the dysfunctional relationship between his parents and his confusion regarding his own sexual orientation. With growing age he was drawn toward
  4. Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria often referred as the ‘King of coke’ was a notorious Colombian drug lord. He was considered as the most flagrant, influential and wealthiest criminal in the history of cocaine trafficking. The ‘Medellin Cartel’ was formed by him in collaboration with other criminals to ship cocaine to the American market. The 1970s and 1980s saw Pablo Escobar and the ‘Medellin Cartel’ enjoying near monopoly in the cocaine smuggling business in the U.S. shipping over 80% of the total drug smuggled in the country. He earned billions of dollars and by the early 90s his known estimated
  5. Nick Name: Lady Killer, The Campus Killer, Ted Birthday: November 24, 1946 Nationality: American Famous: Murderers Serial Killers Sun Sign: Sagittarius Died At Age: 42 Also Known As: Theodore Robert Bundy, Theodore Robert Cowell Born In: Burlington Famous As: Serial Killer Height: 1.78 M Family: Spouse/Ex-: Carole Anne Boone Father: Johnny Culpepper Bundy Mother: Eleanor Louise Cowell Died On: January 24, 1989 Place Of Death: Florida State Prison Cause Of Death: Execution Ted Bundy, also known as Theodore Robert Bundy, was an American serial killer and ra
  6. Criminal Behavior The average person may ask: Why would anyone even want to commit a crime? This question is at the root of crime and psychology. Criminal psychology is a study of intentions and behavior. Legal practitioners require a grasp of human motivation at its most basic and most debased in order to render fair judgment. Forensic psychologists as well as other mental health professionals are often called upon to help clinically evaluate the mental states of people who cross the law. Criminal profilers are often well studied in the science of human behavior, trying to understan
  7. Religion and crime Different religious traditions may promote distinct norms of behaviour, and these in turn may clash or harmonise with the perceived interests of a state. Socially accepted or imposed religious morality has influenced secular jurisdictions on issues that may otherwise concern only an individual's conscience. Activities sometimes criminalized on religious grounds include (for example) alcohol consumption (prohibition), abortion and stem-cell research. In various historical and present-day societies, institutionalized religions have established systems of earthly justice that
  8. Reports, studies and organizations There are several national and International organizations offering studies and statistics about global and local crime activity, such as United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the United States of America Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) safety report or national reports generated by the law-enforcement authorities of EU state member reported to the Europol. Offence in common law jurisdictions In England and Wales, as well as in Hong Kong, the term "offence" means the same thing as, and is interchangeable with, the term "crime", They are
  9. Classification by mode of trial The following classes of offence are based on mode of trial: Indictable-only offence Indictable offence Hybrid offence, a.k.a. either-way offence in England and Wales Summary offence, a.k.a. infraction in the US Classification by origin In common law countries, crimes may be categorised into common law offences and statutory offences. In the US, Australia and Canada (in particular), they are divided into federal crimes and under state crimes. Other classifications Arrestable offence U.S. classification In the United States since 1930
  10. Categorisation by type The following classes of offences are used, or have been used, as legal terms of art: Offence against the person Violent offence Sexual offence Offence against property Researchers and commentators have classified crimes into the following categories, in addition to those above: Forgery, personation and cheating Firearms and offensive weapons Offences against the State/offences against the Crown and Government/political offences Harmful or dangerous drugs Offences against religion and public worship Offences against public justice/off
  11. History Some religious communities regard sin as a crime; some may even highlight the crime of sin very early in legendary or mythological accounts of origins – note the tale of Adam and Eve and the theory of original sin. What one group considers a crime may cause or ignite war or conflict. However, the earliest known civilizations had codes of law, containing both civil and penal rules mixed together, though not always in recorded form. The Sumerians produced the earliest surviving written codes. Urukagina (reigned c. 2380 BC – c. 2360 BC, short chronology) had an early code that has
  12. Natural-law theory Justifying the State's use of force to coerce compliance with its laws has proven a consistent theoretical problem. One of the earliest justifications involved the theory of natural law. This posits that the nature of the world or of human beings underlies the standards of morality or constructs them. Thomas Aquinas wrote in the 13th century: "the rule and measure of human acts is the reason, which is the first principle of human acts" (Aquinas, ST I-II, Q.90, A.I). He regarded people as by nature rational beings, concluding that it becomes morally appropriate that they sh
  13. Criminalization One can view criminalization as a procedure deployed by society as a preemptive harm-reduction device, using the threat of punishment as a deterrent to anyone proposing to engage in the behavior causing harm. The State becomes involved because governing entities can become convinced that the costs of not criminalizing (through allowing the harms to continue unabated) outweigh the costs of criminalizing it (restricting individual liberty, for example, to minimize harm to others). States control the process of criminalization because: Even if victims recognize their o
  14. Definition England and Wales Whether a given act or omission constitutes a crime does not depend on the nature of that act or omission. It depends on the nature of the legal consequences that may follow it. An act or omission is a crime if it is capable of being followed by what are called criminal proceedings. History The following definition of "crime" was provided by the Prevention of Crimes Act 1871, and applied for the purposes of section 10 of the Prevention of Crime Act 1908: The expression "crime" means, in England and Ireland, any felony or the offence of utterin
  15. Crime In ordinary language, a crime is an unlawful act punishable by a state or other authority. The term "crime" does not, in modern criminal law, have any simple and universally accepted definition, though statutory definitions have been provided for certain purposes. The most popular view is that crime is a category created by law; in other words, something is a crime if declared as such by the relevant and applicable law. One proposed definition is that a crime or offence (or criminal offence) is an act harmful not only to some individual but also to a community, society or the state ("a p
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