CRIME & CRIME PREVENTION

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Extortion

Extortion, in common law, an act of a public official who uses his or her position to obtain money or property illegally.

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  • How Manhunts Work
    How Manhunts Work

    The hunt for the brothers Tsarnaev may have been the most intense one that Boston has seen in a long time, but law enforcement agencies have been practicing the art of getting their man (or woman) for centuries. See more »

  • How Narco Tanks Work
    How Narco Tanks Work

    Drugs are serious business, especially in Mexico. In fact, Mexican cartels have gone to great lengths to protect their turf, building Mad Max-style armored vehicles. What's the deal with these so-called narco tanks? See more »

  • How Pirates Work
    How Pirates Work

    Aye, matey! Hold on to your peg leg as we look at how pirates work, whether they're robbing and plundering in the 17th century or the 21st. We'll look at past and present definitions of piracy and the laws that deal with modern pirates. See more »

  • How Police Sketches Work
    How Police Sketches Work

    Police sketches may be a routine part of law enforcement investigations, but they've been key to solving some extraordinary cases. How do forensic artists create these renderings, and how reliable are they, really? Find out in How Police Sketches Work. See more »

  • How Prison Telecommunications Work
    How Prison Telecommunications Work

    Prisons spy on inmates' telephone conversations to make sure the crooks aren't trafficking drugs or organizing gang riots from behind bars. But does this monitoring infringe on their rights? See more »

  • How Prisons Work
    How Prisons Work

    As an abstract term, prison is quite simple, but for anyone who has ever done time, it's incredibly complex. Learn what life is like inside prisons in the United States. See more »

  • How Serial Killers Work
    How Serial Killers Work

    What makes a person not only murder, but murder multiple people over days, weeks and even years? There's a special name for these types of murderers: serial killers. See more »

  • How Street Gangs Work
    How Street Gangs Work

    According to a 2005 report by the Department of Justice, there are at least 21,500 gangs and more than 731,000 active gang members in the United States. Learn how and why street gangs form. See more »

  • How Terrorism Works
    How Terrorism Works

    Long before Sept. 11, governments, guerrillas, freedom fighters and insurgents were hijacking planes, plotting to blow up the British parliament and generally sowing fear to achieve an objective. So why is defining terrorism so hard? See more »

  • How the Future Crime Database Will Work
    How the Future Crime Database Will Work

    The police knock on your door, and a knot forms in your stomach when you're told the reason for the handcuffs: You're being arrested for a crime you haven't committed -- yet. See more »

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