The deposed Last Emperor of China was so used to having his needs catered to that whilst an imprisoned war criminal, it was observed that he had never brushed his teeth or tied shoelaces himself. Upon his release, others noticed that he would forget to flush the toilet and close doors behind him en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puy…
Physical attractiveness has a significant influence on judges sentencing. The more unattractive the criminal, the higher the sentence. Results of three studies show a minimum increase of 119.25% and a maximum increase of 304.88%. thelawproject.com.au/insi…
In Vietnam, there are lawful vigilantes called "Street Knights" who patrol the streets and fight criminals vietnaminsider.vn/street-…
The U.S. Supreme Court has only tried one criminal case in its history, a 1906 contempt of court case against a Tennessee sheriff who ignored court rulings for the rights of a black man and allowed a mob to lynch him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The Swiss Banking Act made it a criminal offense to disclose the account information and activity of Jewish clients to Nazi Germany affiliates during World War II en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fed…
An outlaw isn't any mere criminal, but rather a criminal who has been sentenced to be "outside of the protection of the law". He has no right to trial, and can be killed or persecuted by anybody. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out…
In U.S. criminal cases, more than 90% of defendants plead guilty rather than go to trial uscourts.gov/about-federa…
Karl Marx distinguished between the proletariat, who create the wealth of a society, and the lumpenproletariat, who are criminals, extremely poor and unemployed. He considered the latter to be devoid of class consciousness and didn't believe they'd be involved in overthrowing the bourgeoisie. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lum…
In 1981 Irish criminal Martin Cahill broke into the home of film director John Boorman and stole a gold record he had been awarded for the Deliverance soundtrack. In 1998 Boorman directed The General, starring Brendan Gleeson as Martin Cahill, which features a depiction of the burglary. tampabay.com/archive/1999…
Today I learned of Pride, a 1998 Japanese historical drama depicting Japanese prime minister and convicted war criminal Hideki Tojo as a family man who defended Japan and Asia from Western colonialism but was ultimately hanged by a vengeful United States. It was one of the most popular Japanese films of 1998. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
The "Holbrook Holiday" is a creative punishment invented by an Ohio judge. Instead of a standard jail term, he takes a holiday away from the criminal for the next several years by making them report to jail for the holiday abcnews.go.com/US/ohio-ju…
Dorothy Stang, an American nun who dedicated her life to preserving the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. She helped the poor by teaching them how to harvest products from the forest and sought to protect peasants from gangs working for farmers. She was murdered by criminals hired by a rancher. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dor…
Scotland has an additional criminal verdict known as the 'barstard verdict' or 'not proven' as well as 'guilty' and 'not guilty'. The 'barstard verdict' can be used the jury when they feel the person is guilty, but not enough proofs have been shown by the crown. (It is treated as an aquittal). theconversation.com/scotl…
The University of Tennessee’s Anthropological Research Facility (β€œThe Body Farm”) covers 2.5 acres surrounded by a barbed-wire fence, and is used to study body decomposition as well as aid in criminal investigation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
A married Secret Service agent had trouble extraditing a hacker from Romania, so he pretended he was a woman, flirted for 7 months online, and nabbed the criminal when he flew to Boston with 3 boxes of grape-flavored condoms. cnbc.com/id/102114351
The United States Government encouraged Nazis to emigrate to the states and compensated them in exchange for foreign intelligence. Many of them were war criminals, yet they faced little to no punishment and were allowed to live out the rest of their lives in America ips-dc.org/the_cias_worst…
The Unabomber was a "criminal mastermind" who went to extraordinary lengths to erase any trace of physical evidence within his explosives. He ripped the skins off batteries to make them untraceable. He also avoided commercial glue and instead made his own epoxy by melting down deer hooves. npr.org/2017/08/22/545122…
When Radovan KaradΕΎiΔ‡ went into hiding, he became Dr. DabiΔ‡. He lost 20 kilos. He grew a long white beard, changed his accent and was living in the open and working as a healer. He even went on TV shows without anyone knowing that he was the most wanted war criminal from the former Yugoslavia vanityfair.com/news/2020/…
Australia's first cops were all criminals. Our first police force was made up of 12 of the best behaved convicts. worldatlas.com/articles/w…
Today I learned of the "Battle of London Airport" in 1948, where the officers of the "Flying Squad" learnt of a plot to steal bullion from the airport by drugging the guards. In response they replaced the guards and pretended to be drugged, then awoke leading to a violent fight with all criminals being caught airportstransfer.com/inde…
Maya Moore, the best women’s basketball player in the world, retired early to fight for criminal justice reform. She helped overturn a wrongly convicted man who served 22 years of a 50-year sentence. His name is Jonathan Irons. time.com/5770359/wnba-may…
A 'master-mind' cyber-criminal, who was on the FBI's most wanted list, was arrested when detectives were able to figure out his laptop password. It was the name of his cat, followed by 123 telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
A Florida man accidentally locked his 1 yr old daughter in his car, and 5 prisoners out on work detail used a coat hanger to break her out. The mother who took a video of it said: "Them prisoners bust that s*** right open, so thank god for the criminals in the world." nbc-2.com/story/39976783/…
In China there is a legal punishment called Death sentence with reprieve in which death row inmates are freed under supervision. After two years, the criminal will either be executed if they committed more crimes, given a life sentence or a fixed term sentence if they behaved lawfully. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Sovereign immunity means that as head of the state Queen Elizabeth 'cannot commit a legal wrong and is immune from civil suit or criminal prosecution'. As well as this, the Queen also benefits from diplomatic immunity. britishheritage.com/can-q…
Damnatio ad bestias, Latin for β€œdamnation to the beasts,” was a type of Roman capital punishment in which criminals and others were executed by wild animals, such as lions and bears. factsanddetails.com/world…
Johann Trollmann who was a gypsy boxing champion put in a labour camp in Nazi Germany, was forced to fight against a feared ex-criminal and prison guard and won despite being malnourished and exhausted. The still bitter prison guard sought revenge by murdering Johann with a shovel later. fightland.vice.com/blog/g…
In America, Squirrels have caused more power outages than cyber-criminals, with 9-21% of all outages across the country attributed to the. bloomberg.com/news/articl…
Today I learned of Du Yuesheng, a Triad boss who was granted the rank of general in the Nationalist Chinese army after he ordered his gang to massacre 1000s of communist supporters. He then became head of the Opium Suppression Bureau, which he used to seize opium to be sold by his own criminal organization. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Du_…
In the 1920s Helene Adelaide Shelby patented a device to help obtain criminal confessions. The suspect was confronted by a human skeleton with glowing red eyes and the interrogator would talk through the skeleton via megaphone. A camera in the skull would record the confessions. atlasobscura.com/articles…
When cyber criminals made off with $81m (and almost got away with $1bn), Bangladesh Bank was using second-hand switches worth $10 and had no firewalls in place. arstechnica.com/informati…
The American Service-Members' Protection Act, nicknamed the "Hague Invasion Act" and passed in 2002, instructs the US military to use any means necessary to free US officials imprisoned for war crimes by the International Criminal Court. theguardian.com/film/2002…
Okinori Kaya, who was sentenced as a war criminal after WW2, was appointed as Japan's Minister of Justice 1963 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oki…
Encrochat was a encrypted messaging network, that run on custom phones, used by criminals to plan drug deals, murders and extortion plots. Each phone costed €1000, plus €1500 for a contract of six months, and had a β€œpanic button” that would erase all data. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enc…
Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" music video was intended to be Western themed, until Michael who had recently seen The Godfather with director Colin Chilvers decided that it should instead be featured around 1930's Gangsters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smo…
A 7-year-old boy named Zhenya Tabakov was posthumously awarded Russia’s Order of Courage. He died defending his older sister from being assaulted by a criminal in their home. Zhenya stabbed him with a kitchen knife and he let his sister go. She ran for help. The criminal stabbed Zhenya 8 times. real-life-heroes-and-good…
Marvel, DC, and other major comic book publishers adopted the "Comics Code" in 1954. Under the Code, criminals could not be depicted sympathetically, and police, judges, and government officials could not be shown as corrupt. The code was revised over time and was abandoned in the 2000s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Every human being has a unique microbial identity. A microbial "trace" is left of us as we move about that is as unique a fingerprint and could one day be used in criminal forensics and bio-metric security. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Today I learned of the Johnson gang. Travelling criminals from Gloucestershire, UK who specialised in stealing fine art and antiques from English country manors over a period of 20 years. The goods they stole are valued between Β£30 - Β£80 million. The gang were sentenced to a total of 49 years in prison in 2008. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The church of Scientology ran a criminal operation to purge unfavorable records from 136 government agencies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
It is a criminal offence in the United Kingdom to intentionally drive through a puddle and splash someone, which carries fines of up to Β£5000 (about US$6500) theworldnews.net/gb-news/…
The common criminal name is Jeremy protection1.com/criminal-…
In a 2017 criminal case, the US government put the secrecy of its hacking tools above all else. Prosecutors chose to drop all charges in a case of child exploitation on the dark web rather than reveal the technological means they used to locate the anonymized Tor user. arstechnica.com/tech-poli…
Al Capone’s ledgers, which led to his conviction, were actually inadmissible in court because the statute of limitations expired, but Capone’s lawyers were not competent in criminal tax law and did not object to their admission. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_…
Lucy Lawless is fascinated by the criminal justice system, and goes to court on her days off to sit in the witness gallery and observe trials in progress. huffingtonpost.ca/entry/w…
Motobu Choki. A legendary Karate master who tested his combat prowess by fighting criminals in the Red Light Districts of Japan. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mot…
In 1885, British Criminal John "Babbacombe" Lee survived 3 attempts of excecution by hanging. He was dubbed 'The Man Who Could Not Be Hung'. His sentance was changed to 'Life in prison' and was released 22 years later. bbc.co.uk/insideout/south…
The Netherlands has such a low crime rate, it imports criminals from other countries such as Norway to fill their jails due to a lack of prisoners. theguardian.com/world/201…
Criminals in ancient Athens were most commonly executed via crucifixion ("the board"), but the government allowed the condemned to drink hemlock instead if they personally purchased the poison greecehighdefinition.com/…
Indo-Canadian organized crime groups (of Indian origin) are the third major homegrown organized crime problem in Canada, next to outlaw motorcycle clubs and Native American criminal organizations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…

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