Crime & Crime Prevention

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The Ambush and Death of Gangster John Dillinger

Dillinger was named Public Enemy No. 1 by the FBI, but, in the end, it was a woman who set him up and brought him down.

Jeffrey Epstein's Death Highlights the High Rate of Suicide In U.S. Jails

The suicide rate in American jails is triple that of the general population. It comes down to something called "the shock of confinement." What is that and how can suicides be prevented in jails?

Who Watches Neighborhood Watch Programs?

The National Neighborhood Watch Program was originally established in 1972 as a local response to neighborhood crime. How has the idea evolved over time?

6 Famous Literary Forgeries and How They Were Discovered

Forgery is one of the most difficult crimes to successfully carry off. But these six sure tried. What tripped them up?

Prison Food Is Way Worse Than You'd Expect

The food we're feeding those incarcerated in the U.S. prison system is not only bad for their health, but it's also bad for John Q. Taxpayer's wallet.

Nearly Half of All Americans Have a Family Member Who's Been Jailed

A new groundbreaking study shows how widespread incarceration in the U.S. really is.

Why Did the Harts Deliberately Drive Their Family Over a Cliff?

A new serial podcast delves into the tragic deaths of at least six members of the Hart family, whose SUV was driven off a cliff in California in early 2018.

How to Safely and Anonymously Report Sexual Assault

One out of every six American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape, and many are afraid to or don't know how to report it.

What's It Like to Have a Serial Killer for a Dad?

Melissa Moore struggles to reconcile the normal experiences of growing up with her father, Keith Hunter Jesperson, with the realization that he was also the Happy Face serial killer. And she wonders if being a psychopath could be hereditary.

Burke and Hare: Murderers for Money and Science

William Burke and William Hare cut out the middleman in the early 19th-century Scottish grave-robbing game.

Why Do Ordinary People Commit Acts of Espionage?

Political ideology serves as a motivator for some people to commit espionage, but it's not the only factor at play when someone decides to spy.

What to Do If a Loved One Goes Missing

In the vast majority of cases, a child, parent, spouse or friend who goes missing returns home unharmed. But if they don't, would you know what to do first?

What Should You Do If There's an Active Shooter in the Office?

An active shooter situation at work may not be common, but you should really know how you'd handle it before it happens.

Do Psychics Ever Really Break the Case?

Psychics often try to help police solve crimes, but how many times are they really successful?

What Is MS-13 and Why Is It So Scary?

President Donald Trump says if the U.S. just deports members of the MS-13 gang, the country will be much safer. But is it really that simple?

Inside the CIA's Treasure Trove of bin Laden Files

From public letters to anime porn, the 470,000 public files offer a window into the last years of al-Qaida mastermind Osama bin Laden.

Murder Memorabilia: Killers' Items You Can Own

Where do we draw the line between interesting and appalling?

How the Second Amendment Works

For the first 100 years, this amendment got little attention. But since the 20th century, Americans have been vigorously debating what exactly the "right to bear arms" means.

Three Serial Killers of Gay Men Still on the Loose

Gay men have been the target of many serial killers. The cases often go unsolved because men fear they'll be outed as gay if they talk. Do you hold the lead to solve one of these crimes?

The Twisted Tale of a Racist Law Still on the Books

The Mann Act was passed in 1910 and even though it's been used legitimately, it's also been abused to nab men of color like Jack Johnson and Chuck Berry.

Defining 'Suspicious Behavior' Without Bias Is Harder Than You Think

High-profile cases over the past few years have shown the benefits — and pitfalls — of asking the public to report any suspicious activities they notice to the police. When does that tip over into racial or ethnic bias?

How Drug Courts Work

Drug courts have changed the lives of the thousands of people who've "graduated" through the program. But how exactly do the judges, rehab facilities and counselors facilitate these courts, and do they deter repeat offenders?

Slavery is Alive and Booming Worldwide

If you thought slavery ended with the ratification of the 13th amendment, think again. Slavery is flourishing across the globe.

How Well Has Strict Gun Control Worked in Australia?

Australia hasn't had a mass shooting in 22 years; the U.S. has had dozens during that same time.

Why Do Mass Shootings Keep Happening in U.S. Schools?

Is there something about American suburban high school culture that makes it fertile ground for school shootings? One researcher says 'yes.'


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