Organized Crime in the 1920’s and Prohibition

What a time the 1920’s was, with the party atmosphere it was certainly a time of great criminal activity, with the prohibition laws in America and the world in an economic depression. The people turned more and more to criminal activity, organized criminals such as the American mobsters and European crime syndicates thrived, most common … Read more Organized Crime in the 1920’s and Prohibition

When the Killing of Martin Luther King Shook the World

While many of the more spectacular 20th century crimes make great movies and make exciting headlines and stories, not all acts done by criminals have any social importance.  But the killing of Martin Luther King is far more than just a senseless gunning down of a Baptist minister.  It is safe to say that along … Read more When the Killing of Martin Luther King Shook the World

The Stealing of the Mona Lisa

mona lisa There are some 20th century crimes that are so exotic and amazing that they seem to be scripts for a fantastic movie even more than a real crime.  The robbing of Fort Knox or the escape from Alcatraz would fit in that description.  And certainly, when it comes to a story of a fantastic crime that baffled authorities and that remains one of the most astounding feats of criminal genius, the stealing of the Mona Lisa has to rank as one of the best.

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The Power of Organized Crime in America

There is something about the American mindset that occasionally makes heroes out of criminals.  From Jessie James to Al Capone, as much as our law enforcement no doubt wishes it would not happen, infamous criminals fascinates the public.  That quirk of the American psychology is one reason that organized crime is mixed into our culture … Read more The Power of Organized Crime in America

Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre – The Bloodiest Valentine Day 1929

Many prohibition era criminals have become folk heroes and topics of popular movies such as Pretty Boy Floyd and Al Capone.  But the rule of organized crime particularly in large urban cities like Chicago is well known.  And the viciousness of the battles between warring factions of prohibition gangs was just as real and bloody … Read more Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre – The Bloodiest Valentine Day 1929

Cybercrime and How to Stop It.

crimeThe internet has been one of the most important technical innovations in history.  The way we all have access to an entire world of information and entertainment right through our computers is nothing short of phenomenal.  But as it often happens, anytime something that creates as much opportunity as the internet does comes along, so do the criminal element to exploit it for wrongdoing.  “Cybercrime” is the buzzword that has been created to describe crimes that happen to good people through the internet.  And while most cybercrime occurs quietly in an unnoticed way, it is one of the fastest growing kinds of criminal activity in the entire history of 20th century crime.

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Crimes at the Highest Level of Government

Unfortunately, criminal activity is not just limited to what we commonly think of as the “criminal element”.  Many times, people who are at high levels of power and trust take advantage of the authority they have and commit crimes that can be every bit as destructive as any bank robber or car thief.  In the early part of the 1970s, crime at high levels reached its zenith when the it was uncovered that criminal activity had been conducted by the President of the United States, Richard Nixon and his staff and action would have to be taken to bring to justice those involved.

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