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

Real Life Crime

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

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

Books, Life

Holiday Gratitude: There’s Two Os in “Goose”

Did I ever tell you about last Thanksgiving, when I made dinner for my writing group in a 12th-century Austrian castle? Keep scrolling for photos of our spread atop the dining hall’s 17-century furnishings. I’ve also included an incredible recipe I stole from Jamie Oliver’s website fair-and-square. Go ahead and peek, I’ll wait here for… Continue reading Holiday Gratitude: There’s Two Os in “Goose”

Conspiracies

The Fluoride Conspiracy – Mass Sedation?

One would think that fluoridating public drinking water isn’t something to be concerned about. The US has been adding fluoride supplements to public drinking supplies since 1945 and it is generally accepted by the American people. In fact, there are 25 total countries in the world that add fluoride to their public water systems on… Continue reading The Fluoride Conspiracy – Mass Sedation?

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

Cop Comedy and Funny Dicks

One of the most common threads between all the cops I know is our dark, gallows sense of humor. There are some distinct differences between the things patrol cops and detectives see and have to laugh about. --Patrol Cops-- Uniformed cops pushing black-and-white bumpers around the town are true first responders.  They show up to… Continue reading Cop Comedy and Funny Dicks

Real Life Crime

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

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

Memes, Pranks, and the Hilarity of Group Humiliation

Cops, collectively, are a really witty, hilarious group of people.  In the right environment, most of us coulda been stand-up comics, but the context and backdrop required to get us going is usually so dark and tragic that only serial killers would watch and laugh.  Wait, maybe we could use that as a some kinda… Continue reading Memes, Pranks, and the Hilarity of Group Humiliation

Real Life Crime

Wayne Williams – Serial Killer or Incorrectly Accused?

In 1982, Wayne Bertram Williams was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murders of two men in the Atlanta area. After his incarceration he was branded as the man behind ‘The Atlanta Child Murders,’ as the killings stopped with him behind bars. Prosecutors were unable to charge Williams with the killing of the 27 boys,… Continue reading Wayne Williams – Serial Killer or Incorrectly Accused?

Police Life

The Future of Modern Policing

The increase in technology, in recent decades, has helped to change the nature of crimes in the modern world. Traditional crimes such as burglary, street violence and theft have decreased, and others, such as cyber-crime and fraud, have become more frequent. The police have had to adapt to the way they investigate these cases, using… Continue reading The Future of Modern Policing