Crime

People themselves can often be the most bizarre phenomenon off all. And when they go bad, the crimes they commit inspire awe in all of us.

The Boston Strangler – serial killer terrorizes Boston killing 13 woman in unsolved crime wave (1962)

Between June 14, 1962 and January 4, 1964, 13 single women in the Boston area were victims of a deranged serial killer, or serial killers, who seemed to take pleasure in strangling his victims. While the police did not see all of these murders as the work of a single individual, the public believed all of the murders were related and that a monster was running rampant through their city. All of the victims were murdered in their apartments, had been sexually molested, and were strangled with articles of clothing. With no signs of forced entry, the women apparently knew their assailant or, at least, believing them to be an apartment maintenance man, delivery man, or some other service man, had voluntarily let him in

Inside the Mexican drug cartels – how to live rich in a poor country

About the Mexican drug cartels Drug cartels, criminal organizations developed primarily for the purpose of promoting and controlling drug trafficking operations, have expanded into other criminal areas including arms dealing, prostitution, racketeering, extortion, assassinations, and human slavery. Whereas they once agreed to cooperate with each other in the production and distribution of drugs (i.e. a true cartel), they now war with each other on a regular basis in a battle that has cost an estimated 700,000 lives.  Their geographical boundaries, which once stopped at the Mexican border, have expanded into Africa, South America, Europe, and of course, into the lands of their nearest neighbor, the United States.  Their profits from their criminal business are enormous.  In the suburban town of Badiraguato, near the center of the

British celebrity Jimmy Savile – Britain’s most prolific sexual predator

Long known to be an odd and eccentric character, famous British celebrity Jimmy Savile was accused of sexually abusing hundreds of children and raping more than thirty people during his tenure as Britain’s popular media personality. The abuse, in which nearly 75% of the victims were children, spanned a period of six decades from 1955 to 2009 and was carried out at children’s hospitals, schools, and on the sets of television productions, including BBC's studios. It is believed that occasionally, other “pedophile” celebrities, such as flamboyant pop musician Gary Glitter, are alleged to have participated with or accompanied Savile in his acts of abuse. According to a report released in early 2013, called Giving Victims a Voice, 450 victims came forward to allege incidents of sexual abuse or

Russian Business Network

Introduction The Russian Business Network, or RBN, has been described as "the baddest of the bad".  Based in St. Petersburg Russia, it offers web hosting services and Internet access to all kinds of criminal organizations who conduct objectionable activities such as (but not limited to) spamming, child pornography, malware, software piracy vaults, phishing, and yes, identify theft.  More recently it has developed partner and affiliate marketing techniques in many countries to provide a method for organized crime to target victims internationally.  For as little as $600 per month, it will host any criminal organization willing to pay for the service and in return, offers them "bulletproof hosting".  Its global cybercrime activities are estimated by the US Treasury to be worth more than the global illegal drugs

MS-13 Gang – the most violent and dangerous gang in the U.S.

The Mara Salvatrucha 13 or "MS-13" gang The MS-13 gang, aka Mara Salvatrucha 13, is one of the most violent, dangerous gangs in the United States - and one of the most well-organized.  The MS-13 gang consist of cliques, or factions, located throughout the United States and is unique in that it retains is ties to its El Salvador counterparts.  With cliques in Washington DC, Oregon, Alaska, Arkansas, Texas, Nevada, Utah, Oklahoma, Illinois, Michigan, New York (large contingent in Long Island), Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Canada, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and several other South American countries, MS-13 is truly "international" - and the first gang to be categorized by the United States as an "organized crime" entity. How to recognize MS-13 gang members MS-13 Gang members sport numerous

Spring Heeled Jack

Spring Heeled Jack Spring Heeled Jack - was he a creature, an alien, or a plain-old man wearing a strange costume and a powerful, hidden jumping apparatus?  During the 1830's, this 'man' terrorized England.  Described as tall, thin, powerful, wearing a black cloak, the man could jump 20 to 30 feet vertical with ease.  It was reported that he had large pointy ears and nose, with red (or orange) glowing eyes, and capable of spitting an odd white and blue flame from his mouth. The Early Sightings The first Spring Heeled Jack sighting may have occurred in September of 1837 in London, England.  A businessman was returning home from work late at night when a mysterious figure vaulted over the railings of a nearby cemetery.  The railings were

OJ Simpson murders – who killed Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman?

Bodies of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman found On June 13, 1994, a couple in Los Angeles were puzzled after their dog, a small white Akita, returned home with blood on his paws. The couple took the dog back outside and followed it as it led them directly to a neighbor's home – Nicole Simpson. Peering inside the gate they could see blood, lots of blood, and Nicole’s lifeless body lying on the private sidewalk that led to her front door. When officers from the LAPD arrived on the scene, they discovered a second body which was later identified as 25-year-old Ronald Goldman. The four responding officers – Phillip Vannatter, Ronald Phillips, Tom Lange, and Mark Fuhrman, locked down the scene and began searching the premises. In

Bind, Torture, Kill – BTK serial killer terrorizes Wichita, Kansas

The deaths of Joseph and Julie Otero and their children On January 15, 1974 shortly before 4:00 PM, three young children arrived home from school in Wichita, Kansas to find their father, Joseph Otero, mother, Julie Otero, and their two siblings Josephine (age 11) and Joseph II (age 9) strangled to death in their home.  Joseph was found lying face down on the floor with his hands and feet bound with a cord that had been ripped from a Venetian blind from one of the rooms.  Julie was found in the bedroom, lying on the bed, bound in a similar manner.  Both appeared to have been strangled by a strip of cord cut from the Venetian blind.  The police were summoned to the 803 North Edgemoor

Green River Killer – Gary Ridgway murders nearly 50 prostitutes in the Seattle-Tacoma area

Introduction The crimes, methods, and bizarre behaviors of serial killers never cease to amaze us. Sadly, the most interesting cases are typically the ones that baffle authorities and allow the killer to ply his trade unhindered, upping his body count as the murderous days tick by. The name of this case derives from the Green River, a river that begins in Washington State and empties into the Puget Sound in Seattle. Near the river is the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SeaTac), built in 1942. As with any international airport, the area around it quickly grew as businesses sprouted to cater to the many travelers who crossed through its gates. One major throughway that runs near the airport is Aurora Avenue.  Just off the Pacific Coast Highway, Aurora Avenue is

Coral Watts – the Sunday Morning Slasher

A Killer is Born On November 7, 1953, Richard Watts, an Army soldier stationed in Killeen, Texas, and Dorothy Mae Young gave birth to a baby boy they named Carl Eugene Watts. Once year later, in 1954 they again conceived a child, this time a daughter they named Sharon Yvonne Watts. By 1955, Richard and Dorothy Mae divorced leaving Dorothy to care for the two young children. The turmoil that was to become common in the Watts household had already begun at a young age. After the divorce, Dorothy moved with her children to Detroit, Michigan where she held a job teaching art classes. By this time, Carl, who talked with a Southern drawl, was known as "Coral", a name he eventually legally adopted and the name

The Washington Sniper

The Killings Begin On Wednesday October 2, 2002, the windows of Michael's craft store in the wealthy town of Wheaton, Maryland were shot out at 5:20 PM. It would be the only shot fired that was a miss.  Less than an hour later a killing spree would begin that would terrorize the Washington D.C. area for the next 22 days. At 6:04 PM that same day, James Martin, a program analyst at NOAA, was killed by a single shot while walking across a nearby grocery store parking lot. He had stopped at Shoppers Food Warehouse to buy groceries for his church. The sniper apparently got a good night's rest and then woke up early the next day to begin a series of killings which would total 5 deaths

Son of Sam – David Berkowitz

The Terror Begins The Son of Sam saga began on July 29, 1976.  Donna Lauria (18) and Jody Valenti (19) were sitting innocently in their car outside Lauria's Bronx apartment when Donna noticed a man peering into the car window.  "Who is this guy?  What does he want?" Donna never lived to hear her questions answered.  David Berkowitz pulled his .44 caliber Charter Arms Bulldog pistol out of a paper bag and fired five times into the car.  Donna died instantly.  Jody survived the attack and was able to give the first vague description of a man that was soon to be known as the .44 caliber killer(police were able to obtain evidential bullets from the shooting).  Police surmised that the attack was a mob (organized

Ilsa Koch – the Witch of Buchenwald

Ilsa Koch, wife of the German commander of the Buchenwald concentration camp from 1939 to 1942, Colonel Karl Koch, was notorious for her perversion and cruelty. Known as the Witch (or Bitch) of Buchenwald, she acquired the reputation of a sadist and nymphomaniac beating the prisoners with her whip and requiring that they participate in bizarre orgies. Her atrocities were so gruesome, even the Nazis were appalled. Buchenwald was one of the first and largest German concentration camps, located on a wooden hill near Weimar, Germany. Riding around the Buchenwald concentration camp in scanty attire, prisoners were severely beaten when caught staring at her. A confidential Nazi S.S. report called her “the most hated person at Buchenwald, and a perverted, nymphomaniacal, power-mad demon.” Cruelty aside, she

Belle Gunness – First Female Amercian Serial Killer

Belle Gunness, a homely Norwegian immigrant from Chicago, desired to be married. She also desired money. In an attempt to satisfy at least one of those wishes, Belle ran an advertisement in 1906 editions of area Chicago newspapers. “Comely widow desires to make the acquaintance of a gentlemen equally well provided, with view of joining fortunes. No replies by letter considered unless sender is willing to follow answer with personal visit. Triflers need not apply.” In the early 1900’s, Belle owned a hog farm in rural Indiana where she raised her three children, Lucy, Myrtle, and Philip. Physically very strong, she was quite capable of manhandling the strongest of men and in fact, she may have killed both of her husbands – motivated in these cases by

Griselda Blanco – the Miami Godmother

During the 1970’s and early 80’s, the illegal drug trade in Miami took a profound change in direction, a change that directly impacted the city. As the rich “elite” of Miami spread the gospel of cocaine, the prices dropped and cocaine quickly took the lead as the drug of choice for most users in the United States. This lead to a “boom” in sales that resulted in an endless stream of money funneling into Miami. The amount of money involved and its impact on the city of Miami is often underestimated.  For instance, the construction of most of Miami’s high rise buildings was financed from the excess money as drug smugglers poured their money into legitimate businesses. One of the Miami smugglers was particular notable,