Browsing: Crime

A Brief History On November 14, 2013, Canadian law enforcement struck a major blow against child pornographers when the outcome of Project Spade, a three-year operation which resulted in the international arrests of 348 criminals and the rescue of 383 exploited children and child sex slaves, was officially made public.  Digging Deeper The operation began when the Toronto police got wind of a purveyor of child pornography and grew to involve the law enforcement agencies of 50 countries.  Of the children rescued, 330 came from the United States.  Oftentimes the children were filmed running and playing naked rather than engaging in sexual acts. …

A Brief History On November 5, 2009, Fort Hood, Texas became the scene of the worst slaughter of U.S. military personnel at an American installation when Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist of all people, went on a murderous shooting spree that left 13 dead and 32 wounded.  Digging Deeper On the morning of the fateful day, Hasan gave away his furniture and handed out copies of the Koran.  He then armed himself with a 5.7 mm FN pistol, went to the Soldier Readiness Center, shouted “Allahu Akbar!” (Arabic for “God is Great”) and spent the next ten minutes shooting his comrades.  Hasan…

A Brief History Today, November 4, 2014, voters in Cleveland, Ohio have the opportunity to vote against one of the more Orwellian aspects of modern society: red-light cameras. Digging Deeper As the son of a former police captain who is adamantly opposed to these eye sores, I am briefly presenting some of the many reasons to vote “Yes” on Issue 35 in today’s election in Cleveland, Ohio and “Yes” on Issue 99 in today’s election in Maple Heights, Ohio. The question on the Cleveland ballot asks, “Shall the Charter of the City of Cleveland be amended to add new Chapter…

A Brief History On October 29, 1390, Paris, France got its first taste of professional witch hunting when the first of two witchcraft trials began in the French capital.  Religious persecution of witches was nothing new, with records of arraignments by ecclesiastical authorities going back to 1275, but now the secular authorities, i.e. the state authorities, were involved.  History and Headlines Note:  Exactly 302 years later, on October 29, 1692, the Court of Oyer and Terminer in Salem, Massachusetts was dissolved after having presided over the infamous Salem Witch Trials. Digging Deeper This particular case involved two women who had conspired with the devil to create…

A Brief History On October 17, 1931, Mobster Al “Scarface” Capone was convicted of income tax evasion and later sent to Alcatraz Federal Prison.  Authorities had long sought to arrest and convict this famous gangster for the murders, extortion and bootlegging he was involved in, but they never had enough evidence. Finally, law enforcement hit on the idea of going after him on income tax evasion. It is not a surprise that a career criminal would have income-reporting irregularities, but what about seemingly non-criminal people?  Here we look at  9 celebrities, not from the criminal underworld, who have had problems…

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