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The accidental death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab on August 7, 2016, at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City sent shockwaves through the local community and marked a heart-wrenching chapter for the Schwab family.

By Marie Look

By now, it's probably a familiar sound: jarring, ear-splitting tones that sound from your mobile device. Known as an AMBER Alert, these emergency notifications can be pivotal in finding abducted children. Named after Amber Hagerman, the system started in 1996.

By Yara Simón

Gary Francis Poste made headlines after his death as the suspected Zodiac Killer. But is there enough evidence to finally close this case?

By Sascha Bos

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In November 1984, at the age of 17, Lisa McVey Noland was riding her bike home from work in Tampa, Florida, when she was abducted by a serial killer.

By Sascha Bos

What does Spider-Man do when he sees someone commit a crime and there are no police officers around to help? He swings in, wraps the wrongdoer in his web and leaves them hanging from a telephone pole until the cops take over.

By Seth W. Stoughton & Caroline McAtee

Dive into the world of La Cosa Nostra. Discover its origins, impact, and intriguing aspects of this infamous organized crime syndicate.

By HowStuffWorks

Explore the enigmatic Bonanno Crime Family. Discover its origins, criminal operations, and intriguing legacy in organized crime.

By HowStuffWorks

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Navigating copyright law has never been more confusing. With the onslaught of AI in art and content, is copyright law now as good as dead?

By Robert Mahari, Jessica Fjeld & Ziv Epstein

Junko Furuta was a Japanese schoolgirl, brutally raped and killed by four young men, who received shockingly light sentences. How did they get off so easily?

By Dave Roos

Because of the murkiness of maritime law, it's hard to pursue crimes committed on cruise ships. What makes it so easy to get away with a crime on the high seas?

By Julia Layton

Now that former President Donald Trump has been indicted by the Justice Department, what happens to his Secret Service detail? Would he get protection if he goes to prison, too?

By Dave Roos

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Former President Donald Trump was arraigned but didn't have his mug shot taken. Why not, and what's the deal behind this police photograph?

By Patrick J. Kiger

The arrest warrant issued today for Russian President Vladimir Putin will not guarantee his arrest and it will not bring the children home, but it's a start.

By Stefan Schmitt

Five of the 10 Sodder children disappeared after the family home went up in flames in 1945, but their bodies were never found. Strange theories have abounded ever since. So, what happened to them?

By Kate Morgan

The reproduction of books, movies and songs is closely protected by copyright law, but intellectual property in the public domain can be used by anyone for free.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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The court heard oral arguments Oct. 31, 2022, in two cases that could end the use of race as a factor in college admissions decisions. How could this also affect affirmative action in the military?

By Travis Knoll

A Netflix docuseries about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is one of its most-watched shows ever. We reviewed FBI files of his case instead and got a chilling look at what drove him to kill.

By Suzie Dundas

Taste the rainbow or a dangerous additive? Skittles contain titanium dioxide, which some say causes health problems in humans. So, why is it still on the ingredient list?

By Laurie L. Dove

While the U.S. is in full support of investigating Vladimir Putin's war crimes in Ukraine, it's long opposed the International Criminal Court at The Hague. But why?

By Patrick J. Kiger

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People have been raising alarms about the potential for nonconsensual, surreptitious collection and testing of DNA for years, but will genetic paparazzi with DNA collection kits become as ubiquitous as those with cameras?

By Liza Vertinsky & Yaniv Heled

H.R. 8, which passed the House last year, would eliminate private gun sale loopholes and require nearly universal background checks. But it faces difficult odds of passage in the Senate.

By Patrick J. Kiger

ADX Florence is the only federal "supermax" prison in the U.S. and home to a rogue's gallery of notorious criminals. What's it like to serve time there?

By Dave Roos

Now that we're working at home more often than before, we may have got to know our neighbors better — and found out they're very noisy during the day. So, how can you get them to quiet down?

By Dave Roos

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U.S. President Joe Biden accused Vladimir Putin of committing genocide in Ukraine. But who really determines whether a genocide is occurring, and how?

By Patrick J. Kiger

Arne Johnson stabbed a man to death in 1981. His intended legal defense? Guilty by reason of demonic possession. Did it work?

By John Donovan