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How to Protect Your Packages From Porch Pirates

During the holiday season, chances are you'll get at least one package mailed to your house. Are you worried about package theft? We've got some tips to derail porch pirates.

Arrested Development Rapper Speech Helps Rehab Prisoners Through Music

A new documentary by director Sam Bathrick follows rapper Todd "Speech" Thomas of Arrested Development as he works with inmates in a Virginia jail to create music and change lives.

Take a Stab at Our American Gangsters Quiz

They may have been hard-bitten crooks, but when John Dillinger, Arthur Barker and "Pretty Boy" Floyd were at large, ordinary citizens loved to follow their exploits. Find out what you know about these and other gangsters with our quiz.

Can Red Flag Laws Help Prevent Mass Killings?

Red flag laws allow police to seize the firearms of a person who is viewed as a potential threat to commit a violent act, without charging them with a crime. But how often do they prevent mass killings?

How Young Is Too Young to Be Arrested?

There's a huge police presence in the U.S. school systems today. But has that presence allowed educators to push off their management of school misconduct to the cops?

What Happens if Someone Is Murdered in Space?

As far as we know, it has never happened, but a murder in space would most definitely create numerous jurisdictional, legal and investigative complications.

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.

Mitsuye Endo: The Woman Who Took Down Executive Order 9066

You probably don't know her name, but Mitsuye Endo was the plaintiff in the landmark lawsuit that ultimately led to the closing of the U.S. Japanese internment camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

How and Why Are Documents Redacted?

The big blacked-out sections of the Mueller report are calling attention to redaction. The process of redaction can be sophisticated or simple. And sometimes, not completely fool-proof.

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.

5 Insane Driving Laws You Probably Didn't Know

Cursing during road rage? A ton of trash in your car? Both can get you in trouble if you're not careful. What other crazy driving laws are on the books?

Can a Supreme Court Justice Be Removed?

The Constitution allows Supreme Court justices to be impeached by the House and put on trial by the Senate, but it's only happened once and that was in 1805.

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.

Plain Language Replacing '10-Codes' in Many Police Jurisdictions

Police and fire departments across the U.S. are eliminating jargon like "10-4" in favor of every-day vernacular. And there's a good reason why.

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.

Is It OK to Secretly Record Workplace Conversations?

Omarosa did it, but does that mean you can too — legally that is? A lot depends on which state you live in.

France Cracks Down on Catcalling

The new law is being hailed as a victory for women tired of being harassed on French streets.

Citizen's Arrest? Leave Collaring Criminals to the Cops

Ordinary citizens are allowed to make arrests in every U.S. state, but legal experts warn that it's a risky thing to do.

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.

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