Browsing: Crime

A Brief History On September 5, 1698, Czar Peter I of Russia (Peter the Great) enacted a tax on beards.  This tax targeted the nobility in an effort to “westernize” Russia and proved highly unpopular.  Many laws in the US have also been unpopular, and today we ask you to tell us which law you think is the worst law in US history, giving you some samples to choose from. Digging Deeper “Blue Laws” against Sunday business practices Income Tax in 1861 and again in 1909 with the 16th Amendment Insanity defense Mandatory use of automotive seat belts, first in…

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A Brief History On September 2, 1984, Sydney, Australia was the scene of a major shoot-out between rival motorcycle gangs Bandidos and Comancheros.  Contrary to the popular opinion that mass shootings only occur in the US, a total of 7 people were killed and 12 were wounded in the incident known as the “Milperra massacre.” Digging Deeper Apparently the answer to our question is that, “Yes, other countries do have motorcycle gangs.”  Our previous article, Mass Shooting…in Canada??? tells the story of another such motorcycle gang related mass shooting, this time in Canada. In fact, Wikipedia has an article about…

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A Brief History On August 31, 2006, the Norwegian police announced the recovery of Edvard Munch’s famous painting, The Scream, which had been stolen in 2004.  A reward equal to around $313,000 US probably helped them catch the thieves, but many other crimes go unsolved.  How many crimes?  Read the list below to get a sobering idea about how many crimes in the US go unsolved. (Note: Data varies with source.) Digging Deeper Murder-   50% Rape-       30% Robbery-  27% Burglary-  14% Car theft-  12% Arson-      21% Do any of these meager solving percentages surprise you?  Which one surprises you the…

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A Brief History On August 23, 1305, William Wallace, a military leader of the Scots against English rule was executed in the English style of execution for traitors, being drawn and quartered! Digging Deeper Far from seeking a humane way to execute people, the English of 1305 were looking for a way for execution to have a chilling and preventative effect on any would-be traitors. In the 1995 movie, Braveheart, Wallace is depicted as courageously defying his executioners and screaming, “Freedom!”  The reality was far worse than depicted in the film.  Wallace was hanged until almost dead.   He was then…

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A Brief History On August 17, 1998, US President Bill Clinton admitted in a taped deposition that he had am “improper physical relationship” with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, a lie that led to his impeachment. American Presidents have been involved in many scandals over the years, and here we list some of those, inviting our viewers to chime in and rank those executive misdeeds from bad to the worst. (See our many other articles about political scandals.) Digging Deeper Andrew Jackson was married to an already married woman and was a veteran of 100 duels, including killing a man…

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