Real Life Crime

Vienna: A Drug Trafficker’s El Dorado

Prior to 1914, few governments regulated narcotics, and many modern controlled substances were readily available to much of the world’s population. For a time, cocaine was a readily accepted ingredient in both soft drinks and children’s cough suppressants. Sigmund Freud lobbied for its use as though he had a significant financial stake in the global… Continue reading Vienna: A Drug Trafficker’s El Dorado

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The Sicilian Mafia Wars

From their origination in the 19th century doing some low level crimes such as cattle theft, extortion and election slugging, Cosa Nostra or the Sicilian Mafia came a long way by really expanding their operations in the 20th century. Let’s explore the Sicilian Mafia at their peak and how the maxi trial took place. Sicilian… Continue reading The Sicilian Mafia Wars

Conspiracies, Real Life Crime

Sicilian Mafia (Organised Crime)

The Sicilian Mafia is an infamous crime syndicate that is known worldwide, with their perceived lifestyle portrayed in different movies such as, ‘The Godfather,’ and ‘Goodfellas.’ The Sicilian Mafia gained a lot in terms of money and power, ruling through death contracts and creating fear in the hearts of the people of Sicily. The prominence… Continue reading Sicilian Mafia (Organised Crime)

Police Life, Real Life Crime

Interpol

In 1923, in Vienna, Switzerland, the International Criminal Police Commission, the ICPC, was created by police authorities during the International Criminal Police Congress of that year. Prior to its creation, there had been a few attempts at building a cooperative force between nations regarding criminal law enforcement. Interpol’s main headquarters are today housed in Lyon,… Continue reading Interpol

Real Life Crime

The Wonderland Murders

Murder is a horrible part of our society, and it seems to be commonplace these days. People commit murder for a variety of reasons: some due to mental illness, others over gang turf, even road rage and jealousy have been the cause. But revenge was the supposed motive in one of the most brutal multiple… Continue reading The Wonderland Murders

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My Training to be a Secret Agent…

…is nonexistent.  Or, is it? After all, isn’t that exactly what a secret agent might say? First, I would like to correct the misnomer, at least from the CIA’s perspective, that its field employees are called “officers,” not “agents.” I will agree, though, that “secret officer” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Sounds… Continue reading My Training to be a Secret Agent…

Real Life Crime

Jeffrey Dahmer – The Milwaukee Cannibal

Serial killers have long held a macabre sort of fascination with people. Writing letters to them in prison, collecting ‘killer’ trading cards and otherwise obsessing over the depravity of these individuals has become big business over the years, and there are plenty of serial killers to study. One of the most prolific and nausea inducing… Continue reading Jeffrey Dahmer – The Milwaukee Cannibal

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Psychological Profiling – Serial Killers Caught by Behaviour Analysis

The FBI’s use of psychological profiling, referred to as behaviour analysis by agents, has both supporters and non-supporters. Despite opinions to the contrary, the FBI’s attempt at ‘delving into the criminal’s mind’ has proven to be successful in helping to catch several notorious killers, including: Ted Bundy One of the most infamous serial killers in… Continue reading Psychological Profiling – Serial Killers Caught by Behaviour Analysis

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Psychological Profiling – Inside the Mind of a Criminal

Psychological, or criminal, profiling was informally used as early as the 1880s, when two physicians attempted to determine who Jack the Ripper was using clues from the crime scene. Its first official use was during an investigation in the United States, which helped to capture ‘mad bomber’ George Metesky. The bomber had who had eluded… Continue reading Psychological Profiling – Inside the Mind of a Criminal

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The Zodiac Killer – An Unidentified Menace

A serial killer that operated in Northern California during the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Zodiac Killer named himself in a series of taunting letters sent to the local press. Authorities have attributed seven confirmed victims to the unknown murderer, which includes two survivors. In his letters, however, the killer claimed to have been… Continue reading The Zodiac Killer – An Unidentified Menace