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In 1998, if someone had told me I would be spending the next eight years of my life involved in injustice, I would have said "You are stark raving mad!". Well, I am here to eat those words.

In 1997, a friend was telling me about twin sisters, Betty Wilson and Peggy Lowe, from Alabama who were arrested and tried for supposedly hiring an alcoholic, drug addict con-man, James Dennison White, to kill Betty's wealthy husband, Dr. Jack Wilson, who was a very well-liked and well-known eye doctor in Huntsville. Both sisters were tried on the same evidence and lying testimony. Betty was convicted and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole because she was a rich bitch and slept with a black man in Alabama. Peggy, the saintly one, was acquitted. The convicted con-man, who never really admitted to killing the doctor, has come up for parole several times but is still incarcerated.

After spending six years studying this case including both trial transcripts, putting up an extensive website (http://hankford.com/bettywilson) and spending the remaining two years putting together a book about this case Killer For Hire - The Final Chapter of the Alabama Twins Murder Case, I, as many others, believe that the real killer of the doctor is walking around free. Neither of the twin sisters had a motive to have the good doctor put away but the doctor's ex-wife and son did.

As time permits, I hope to present other similar cases of injustice along with information on books, movies, TV shows, video games, etc., related to mystery crime. In the meantime please visit http://mysterycrimescene.com/.












Crime Scene Investigation and Forensic Anthropology

Sunday, September 26, 2010



In this program, three distinguished University of Maryland professors, Marilyn London, professor of anthropology, Tom Mauriello, professor of criminology and criminal justice, and Andrew Wolvin, professor of communication, come together to discuss how scientists assist in criminal investigations. They take a look at the lives, research, and education of criminal investigators and forensic anthropologists to show how science is being used to solve crimes.
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Tupac Shakur Famous Crime Scene - ORIGINAL



On the night of September 7, 1996, Shakur attended the Mike Tyson – Bruce Seldon boxing match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. After leaving the match, one of Suge’s associates spotted 21 year-old Orlando “Baby Lane” Anderson, a member of the Southside Crips, in the MGM Grand lobby and informed Shakur. Shakur then attacked Anderson. Shakur’s entourage, as well as Suge and his followers assisted in assaulting Anderson. The fight was captured on the hotel’s video surveillance. A few weeks earlier, Anderson and a group of Crips had robbed a member of Death Row’s entourage in a Foot Locker store, precipitating Shakur’s attack. After the brawl, Shakur went to rendezvous with Suge to go to Death Row-owned Club 662 (now known as restaurant/club Seven). He rode in Suge’s 1996 black BMW 750iL sedan as part of a larger convoy including many in Shakur’s entourage. At 10:55 pm, while paused at a red light, Shakur rolled down his window and a photographer took his photograph. At around 11:00-11:05 pm, they were halted on Las Vegas Blvd. by Metro bicycle cops for playing the car stereo too loud and not having license plates. The plates were then found in the trunk of Suge’s car; they were released without being fined a few minutes later. At about 11:10 pm, while stopped at a red light at Flamingo Road near the intersection of Koval Lane in front of the Maxim Hotel, a vehicle occupied by two women pulled up on their right side. Shakur, who was standing up through the sunroof …
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The Scene Of The Crime Walkthrough



This is a video of Tasselfoot beating Pastel Games’ crime adventure The Scene Of The Crime. Game: armorgames.com

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Books In Sync Recognizes & Honors True Crime Author Douglas Chandler Graham

Douglas Chandler Graham grew up in rural Virginia close to Lakeside Amusement Park. He worked summers at this park from the age of twelve until he was eighteen when he joined the U.S. Army Air Force. Honorably discharged from the military, he became a street cop in Roanoke, Virginia. Over the years, he has been a bill collector, salesman, and postman. After retiring from the Postal Service, he became a certified private investigator and bodyguard. He has lived in Florida since 2000.

His first book Smoke and Murders is a fictionalized story of the murder of the Hodges family as discovered in the small town of Vinton, Virginia, on August 29, 1994. Most of the characters are composites of people known to the author and, except for the murders; most of the situations are made up. Fascinated by the sequence of events as they unfolded, the author could not get the crime off his mind, and over the years, Smoke and Murders evolved. Urged by family and friends to finish the story, the author hopes that it will spark some interest in the real story of a man he believes was falsely convicted.

Books In Sync Honors Douglas Chandler Graham For Service To His Country In The United States Military.

Three Trailers Down(sequel to Smoke and Murders) by Douglas Chandler Graham is the extended story that began in Smoke and Murders.

Although this may be regarded as a sequel it is a complete novel. After the small town of Vinyard is about to settle down after the murders of an entire family, new problems arise to keep the gossip pot boiling.

The story follows the Lieutenant that ran the Vinyard police department and was caught and fired for multiple criminal offenses.

Intrigue, murders, sex and money drive just about all the characters in Three Trailers Down, at least, the more sophisticated ones. The rest take life as they find it.

Douglas Chandler Graham tried to get dozens of organizations to look at the arrest and trial of Earl Bramblett in the five years after his trial while on death row. All were overloaded with other cases they were working, which should give some indication of justice in America, or the lack thereof. High profile cases give the impression every fact is checked and all evidence is examined. In the dark courtrooms of America "justice" is whatever the court determines, the law be damned. A prime example of this is on the ten year old website allamosa.com.

There was no justice in that trial and it cost Bramblett his life.

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Thriller Books: Enlightening Thoughts

Saturday, September 25, 2010

With the coming of online book stores, avid book readers have various alternatives to choose favorite books. Every passing day, these stores are gaining popularity and are becoming right place for reading and buying books. It is providing space to enhance your knowledge and that also from the comforts of home. Going for them online offers comfort as they allow comparing prices of different books along with a chance to read and post reviews. Even one can download whole book free of cost. These online stores have numerous collections belonging to different civilizations, nations and that too in different languages. They are the ultimate place for enlightenment as they ensure a strong base for the readers all across the world. There are hundreds of online book stores which make it easier for you to access traditional as well as modern books. Earlier it was tiring to visit to individual book shops and many times you cannot find your favorite one. With the increasing demand, the online cheap books stores assure availability of all the books. There are various categories of books such as Business, Computer, Fiction, Travel, Humor, Drama, Sports, Food, Health, History and many more. They are offered at discounts and special incentives which is not possible with the retail book store.


There are several readers who love reading thriller fictions. They like thrill in their lives. The very first thing that these books offer is the ever lasting impression and the excitement. You enjoy them as they take you to the amazing world. It is not that every thriller book has super natural characters. They are also based on suspense, murder, detective, crime, spy or adventure. The thrilling aspects lie in the themes that are mainly non-stop action, uncertain circumstances, terrifying suspense, and the super natural characters. All these make the best thrillers. It is sometime difficult to choose the one which is really horrifying and scary. There is some great horrifying which must be read by the book fans. These are Destination Unknown By Paulo Coelho, Word Without End, The Devil and Miss Prym By Agatha Christie, Playing for Pizza, The Doomsday Conspiracy, The Naming of the Dead, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd By Sidney Sheldon, Relentless, Dragon By Ipsita Roy Chakraverti, The Pillars of the Earth, Sacred Evil: Encounters with the Unknown By Clive Cussler, Exit Music, Eleventh Commandment By Jeffrey Archer, The Tenderness of Wolves, Hercule Poirot, and The Careful Use of Compliments. They are available at attractive price range.


These suspense books ensure sensational thrill and takes you to the real scenario where you can feel the scary situation through which characters are under passing. You can feel chilling experiences once you go through these books. You can browse online shopping portals to find numerous collections which are at far cheaper prices compared to retail outlets. With easier search options, you can look for books by titles, author and publishers. You can also find prices of best thriller book.


The crime thriller books have a strong story plot with adventurous characters who are plotted for gamesmanship and chasing, with a detective type of element. They are very similar to fiction but the tough, but simple heroic characters are scripted to kill the villains. The hero is plotted to face every danger that comes in his life and he fights back. The main element in the story is the suspense that you don’t know what will happen next. They have story backgrounds stressing on murder mystery, corruptions, supernatural phenomena, etc. They draw interest and create anxiety among the readers to find out what is going to turn out next. It comes in mystery and offers suspense which can be many a time romantic suspense. They have interesting plots, terrifying setting and compelling heroes. These mystery thriller books appeal children and youths as they are more adventurous. There are several best seller books online which can enhance the real facts of life.

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Virtually Dead



Book trailer for Peter May’s latest standalone thriller, Virtually Dead, set in the virtual world, Second Life. www.petermay.co.uk
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CSI Crime Scene Investigation- Semen Glows in Black Light



A crime scene investigation where someone's "social life" is exposed.
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Thriller - Suspense Mystery THRILLER BOOK Trailer, Black Road 2012

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Have you ever wondered--Feared--that something really bad could happen to you? Something uncontrolled and powerful--something invisible and untouchable that would forever take away your possessions and treasures? And--destroy--obliterate your freedom, your family, your past, your present, your future, and your Life? Just how would you handle that? Could you? What if you suddenly had to? See how one human being beat the odds: bad things—financial ruin, unseen opponents, Evil, Fate, and unknown titanic forces—be ready When New Mexico private eye Jack Vane is wrongfully charged with the murder of his much younger Native American wife, he escapes a vengeful ex-girlfriend police lieutenant but learns he is at the center of a sinister global conspiracy and hunted by dark forces in possession of a terrible secret--at risk in a dangerous race between onrushing doom and something malevolently irresistible. Black Road 2012 is a Horror occult science fiction techno thriller novel. It is structured around a lost relic, ancient knowledge, and rival shadow government conspiracies bent on world domination--all racing against a questionable yet ticking prophecy of doom. Hard-boiled detective Jack Vane's personal choices and evolution become all-important, as he travels a horrific path that drags him from the lowest point of waste and despair to the most thrilling heights and blows the lid off the most horrifying secret the world has ever NOT known... Set in New Mexico, BLACK ROAD 2012 ...






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New Mystery Thriller Novel – "On The Grind" - Booksigning

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A book signing in Vero Beach reveals more than Stephen J. Cannel's latest novel, On the Grind. An intimate look at Cannel’s effort to pursue his passion for writing tells of many obstacles.

Cannel, best known for the long-standing detective series, “Rockford Files” also wrote and produced “Hunter”, “The A-team” and “21 Jump Street.” Now he’s into novel writing and hints of his work “Wise Guy” making a comeback.

Author, screenwriter, studio executive, he was nowhere near an overnight success. He sold his studio, and has produced fourteen mystery novels to this date.

I arrived forty-five minutes early for the book signing. A brief article in Treasure Coast Scripps announced that he was going to be there. The small grouping of fold out chairs filled up quickly, and Stephen arrived on time. With casual sheik, he was dressed in form fitting, tasteful jeans and designer sweater.

His shaded glasses made me feel o.k. to take some snapshots.

I’ve always been interested in his work since he is dyslexic like me. I was hoping he would advocate for dyslexia. He did.

Using the same model IBM Selectric, he compensates for his inability to spell. Writing phonetically, he turns his scripts in for computer input.

When asked about spellchecker, he laughed. He replied with a chuckle how his words would be unrecognizable to the spellchecker function.

His talk started out with his first dyslexic barrier of flunking first grade. He would go on to tell the whole story of his struggle within the educational system.

The audience got a kick out of his lighthearted quip about flunking sixth grade. He said it wasn’t so bad since he was the only one amongst all of his friends with a driver’s license. He had also been held back in fourth grade.

Currently, he describes his decision to go to novel writing for the last quarter of his life.

After total immersion in the entrepreneurial and creative aspects of his Hollywood enterprises, he now embraces novel writing. As per the book signing, he focuses on his newest release, On the Grind.

The feeling I got about this man is that he takes life as a series of ongoing challenges. He ventures on to new endeavors guided by his passion for writing, not money.

Without money as a concern, he’s happy about his life. He turned his back on his father’s wealth, creating the Stephen J. Cannel Studios. During this phase, he pinnacled with a gross income of 0,000,000.

A be-in-the-moment presence created the feeling that he was aware of every nuance in the room.

He engaged the audience by talking with instead of at us. Responding to occasional spontaneous feedback he made the event feel more like a group conversation.

Threading his tales with more of the schooling experience, he talked of high school football as a boon to self-confidence. With graduation just around the corner he came to a possible turn around point.

After a school career amassing a plethora of average to failing grades, he got a B minus on an essay he wrote. The subject matter was Martin Luther King.

Cannel gives much regard for the glint of recognition he finally got from his high school English teacher. Yet the impression I got was one of bitter sweetness. I couldn’t help from feeling that he should have gotten a much better grade, but his reputation had preceded him.

Previous input that would have stifled the spirit of an ordinary person had exposed him to a lot of negativity.

Nobody called him stupid, but rather described him in terms of not applying himself. He was not recognized for his efforts because nobody knew about dyslexia in those days.

He could have taken of a dejected attitude, but seemed thankful for the small successes along the way.

Later on, he submitted his Martin Luther King story to a literary magazine and his piece got accepted.

He played football in college, when enrolled at the University of Oregon. Cannel admitted he wasn’t such a good running back.

His grades weren’t enough to keep him on the university roles. He was “disaccepted” from Oregon University. He laughs now, but before this, he had never heard of the term “disaccepted.”

Early on, Stephen had revealed in a heart-felt acknowledgement, how much he loved his father. Ashe went on to describe an incident about his father’s advocacy, he could hardly stifle his laughter as he spoke. Read on.

After Stephen’s rejection from college, the father had attended a cocktail party where he met a Dean from Oregon University. Stephen came home to be surprised by the sight of his father entertaining the dean in their living room.

Coaxing the dean with one cocktail after another, the father made a step forward to getting Stephen back into college. Although the visitor had no influence in the matter, the father got his foot in the door, and began hammering away at the powers that be.

Amazed at his father’s persistence, Cannel found himself back on the roles at Oregon U. With a sense of relief that he seemed to carry with him all these years, Cannel describes the one big break that he needed.

One day he got called for a meeting with one of his professors. Probably expecting problems due to conspicuous spelling errors, he got a big surprise instead.

You have a gift from God – Never quit writing.

Catapulted by this moment that seems almost cosmic, Cannel took the professor’s advice to heart. But it must have been a heart wrenching decision when Stephen declined an offer from his father. More than ever committed to writing he declined the legacy of a hugely successful Los Angeles enterprise.

While still working for his father, Stephen’s schedule was arduous. Added to the regimen of a full time job, he spent five hours each weekday writing, and seven hours a day on weekends. Yet one screenplay after another came back with an ugly rejection notice.

One particularly cutting incident came in the form of a note on top of his returned manuscript – “This is nothing,” it said.

Now in business with his wife, Marcia, he gives credit where it’s due. His eighth-grade sweetheart, he married her when he was twenty-five. During his now 44-year marriage, four children came along. Yet Marcia was able to fulfill a support position in multifold ways.

With a note of humility, Cannel describes Marcia’s role as proofreader. Birthing and raising four children, she was a bastion of strength. It goes without saying that she was the all around support person in family as well as business matters.

Somewhere during the time of pursuing a break in the writing business, the like-father-like-son imagery comes to mind. Stephen found a little opportunity through a connection with his uncle’s golf buddy, Roger Isenbach. Though round about, his contact with this man led to a new pathway.

Persistence led Stephen to call Isenbach’s office about a manuscript. Only being able to talk to a nice secretary, Cannel was disappointed.

He found out that his screenplay was on the bottom of a stack of fifty others. He then charmed the secretary into moving his manuscript to the top.

Not too long afterwards, he got the appointment to meet with Isenbach personally. Most of the interview surrounded the discussion of Uncle Dick Baker’s golf swing.

When they got down to brass tacks, the advice he got was to forget his career pursuits. Isenbach told Cannel that he was only one of thousands and would never make it.

One little glimmer of hope came from the interview – he got the name of an agent.

She was an ordinary person, had no big names to her credit. But she loved Stephen’s work.

Her hook was making great cookies. She was beloved by all around the lots of Paramount Studios. Why? Because she always distributed dozens of her cookies to the food tables.

One thing led to another, and eventually to Warner Brothers.

His first work for Warner Brothers was “Adam 12”. More credits to his name – “Beretta” with the help of Roy Higgins, “Ba ba Black Sheep,” and as mentioned earlier “Rockford Files.” I felt a smile go through the audience at this point.

He was loving his life in contrast to the seventies when he was basically unrecognized. Now accolades came his way on a daily basis. He embraced the word “brilliant” as music to his ears.

In 1980, he ran his own studio, which grew to be the third largest amongst 2100 other enterprises. He had other studios dotted around Europe, when another change came about.

He attributes this success to the good people who he hired. They carried him, and went on to work for other big studios after Cannel left the business for greaterwriting pursuits.

That’s when he wrote his first book as a litmus test for novel writing. With fourteen novels under his belt, he says he likes novel writing best. He has more freedom to develop his characters within a novel.

On The Grind is his current promotion, and is coupled with other acting, and directing gigs upcoming. This book is about how Los Angeles incorporated itself through annexing small town communities.

These already developed little burgs came complete with court systems and police departments. Numerous power players from corrupt little town groups comprised early L.A. From this scenario a mystery thriller evolves.

The interesting fact about the inception of his novels is brilliantly simple. He looks at his surroundings and sees much through the eyes of a dyslexic. I call it the subjective experience. When he’s pursued the facts behind the events he’s perceived – he’s got his novel.

At the end of Stephen J. Cannel’s talk, I went around to the other side of the room hoping to purchase a copy of On the Grind, but they were all sold out.

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Gory Crime-Scene Cleanup

Sunday, September 19, 2010



What's the worst thing you can imagine? An inside look at a gruesome job few people could stomach. Taboo: Jobs : WED NOVEMBER 14 10P et/pt : channel.nationalgeographic.com
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When a life ends in the worst possible way, and after the police and coroner have left, someone still has to clean up. See all National Geographic videos: video.nationalgeographic.com
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Movie Review - Bone Collector(1999) A Drama - Mystery - Thriller Picture by Jeffery Deaver

The Bone Collector is a 1999 drama-mystery-thriller film starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. The movie was based on a crime novel written by Jeffery Deaver, concerning the quadriplegic detective Lincoln Rhyme. It was the first book of the Lincoln Rhyme series.

A quadriplegic ex-forensics specialist, Lincoln Rhyme (Denzel Washington) and a patrol police, Amelia Donaghy (Angelina Jolie), team up to solve a series of murders all related to a serial killer by his signature: a single shard of bone is took from each of the sufferers. Rhyme is bed-ridden, but communicates with Amelia through phone as she examines the numerous crime scenes and collects evidence and reports back to him. Lincoln is completely oblivious to Amelia's astonishing good looks - they operate on a completely professional point, and Lincoln's almost morbid interest in her is based on her professionalism and flair for crime solving.

The murderer fakes as a New York cab driver, and kidnaps and kills those who get in his taxi. The first two sufferers are a married couple named Alan and Lindsay Rubin, who get a taxi home but then find themselves kidnapped by the assassin. Amelia uncovers Alan's body covered in a Civil War-era railroad bed. She also discovers a piece of shellfish, which eventually leads Amelia - working with Rhyme - to Alan's wife, and a piece of paper. The detectives find Mrs. Rubin, too late, at a steam junction in a below ground services area of a building in the financial district, secured using old handcuffs or shackles at the mouth of a pipe which emits steam. She has been scalded to demise from the steam. The executioner has also removed a bit of flesh and bone from her arm. Amelia uncovers another piece of paper at the scene.

The killer then abducts an NYU undergraduate. He is taken to a ruined slaughterhouse where he is tied to a pole and gutted with a knife, and left for rats to feed on. Amelia and Rhyme, using the clue left by the assassin at the sight of Lindsay Rubin's demise, find the victim, but again too late to rescue him. Again, the executioner has took a piece of the victim's bone. Amelia is able to collect the data, including another scrap of paper. The pressure of the tense inspection and practical challenges to both Amelia's and Rhyme's involvement with the case are having grave impacts on Rhyme's fitness and steadiness.

chasing piecing together the message the murderer was sending using the scraps of paper, Amelia and Rhyme are led to an old book of short stories, which in turn leads them to the slayer's next victims, a grandfather and granddaughter tied to a pier as the tide rises. The girl is rescued, but her grandfather dies. At the scene, Amelia finds another bone, an old police badge, and an old subway map. These clues, and an earlier hint left by the assassin at the sight of Mrs Rubin's death lead Amelia to an discarded subway stop, in which Amelia sees a few numbers which have been tampered with to spell out Rhyme's police badge number. Amelia then figures out that the bone collector is following Rhyme.

The bone collector arrives at Rhyme's home, and after murder Rhyme's nurse Thelma (Queen Latifah) and Captain Howard Cheney (Michael Rooker) it is revealed that he is the medical technician who cares for Rhyme's medical tools. The technician, Richard Thompson (Leland Orser), is an ex-forensic police who wants settle scores because in the past, Rhyme's testimony helped condemn the assassin of planting false proof at crime scenes. The consequence is that Richard was brutalized in jail and his life ruined. Still then, Rhyme manages to jam Richard's hand by flapping his bed horizontal, and in effort to free himself, Richard pulls Rhyme with him and they both collapse to the floor. Rhyme then manages to bite Richard in the neck, causing huge bleeding. Richard once again manages to release himself, grabbing a large knife and about to kill Rhyme, Amelia suddenly appears with a gun, killing him before he has a chance to deliver the fatal stab.
The picture ends at a Christmas celebration at Rhyme's apartment with his sister and niece coming to visit him along with Amelia, Dr. Barry Lehman (John Benjamin Hickey), Kenny Solomon (Mike McGlone), Paulie Sellitto (Ed O'Neill) and his family, Eddie Ortiz (Luis Guzman) and his mother, and Lincoln's new nurse.

It was released on 5th November, 1999. Based on 82 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, The Bone Collector has an average approval rating of 28%, with an average score of 4.2/10. It is like Pavement (2002, Darrell James Roodt).

Mitchell John is a new writer. Her main job is writing articles about movies. MItsha writes on movie reviews and the trend.

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This summer, greed, murder and paranoia take first class seats on NIGHT TRAIN, a taut, new thriller starring Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon, Saw), Leelee Sobieski (88 Minutes, The Wicker Man) and Steve Zahn (Management, Joy Ride). National Entertainment Media brings this nail-biting suspense film in the vein of Shallow Grave and The Ninth Gate to audiences as a simultaneous direct-to-DVD and Blu-ray release (.98 SRP each) that promises a one-way ticket to terror. Rent it May 29 at Blockbuster stores and Blockbuster Online! How far would you go to have everything you desire? Christmas Eve when a veteran conductor (Glover), a young pre-med student (Sobieski) and a struggling salesman (Zahn) discover a dead body onboard a night train, the three strangers find themselves on a collision course with destiny. Among the deceased mans possessions is a mysterious box, which fascinates their attention. Upon looking inside, they see a treasure so valuable that the three conspire to hide the body and split the fortune themselves. This decision sets in motion a tense game of obsession and deceit, where greed betrays reason and morality gives way to temptation. With local authorities at every stop and an assortment of suspicious passengers along for the ride, can the three strangers overcome their fixation with the coveted box or will they delve even deeper into the trenches of depravity? Bonus features on both the DVD and Blu-ray editions of NIGHT TRAIN include a Making of featurette ...


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Exploring the History of Criminology

Saturday, September 4, 2010

To many people interested in the roots and origin of Criminology, Lombroso is considered to be the father of the science, meaning that he explored it and examined it from many angles in order to expose it. It was first used by a law professor in Italy, Raffaele Garofalo, who actually used the Italian term for the word, criminologia. A French anthropologist also used the term around the same time as Garofalo, who referred to the term as criminology. There are some who believe that it is possible that the study of bumps on an individual’s skull, referred to as Phrenology, is a better mark of representation when it comes to the scientific origins of the term. Lombroso is considered to be the father of criminology because of the many advances that he attempted to make in the field. If not for him, criminology might not be as developed as it is today.

Over time, many different theories were composed as to what caused criminal behavior. These theories have their roots in biology, psychology, and society, to name a few. Over time, by using these foundations for new theories, different schools of thought began to emerge. Through these different schools of thought, the theoretical science of the criminal element could be rationalized. Individuals often debate in order to attempt to define the reason for crime, so that it may then be eliminated by solving the problem of what causes crime. By identifying and responding to the motivator for crime and deviant behavior, more effective measures of social control could be put into action. Currently, we are able to take care of the symptoms of crime. For example, we have police officers who catch criminals. When found guilty by a panel of their own peers, the criminal will go to jail. That takes the criminal out of society. However, there are new criminals emerging every day. We have learned to treat the symptoms, the individual criminals, but we have not yet been able to determine the instigating factor in these developments.

Throughout the history of criminology, this is the main goal of the science. Since it is a theoretical science, all of the theories that correspond to the topic cannot immediately be proven as accurate or inaccurate, merely theoretical. However, the continuous effort of individuals to idealize the workings of the individual and society have been transformed and re-defined since the beginning use of the term. If the history of criminology shows us anything, it is that the human nature to establish right from wrong and the differences between individuals distinguishing the difference is virtually a timeless theme, at least since its birth. By continuously researching and documenting the variables and changes within society and crime, people who are interested in criminology can line up the theories with the established facts. After this is done, it is possible to sit down and analyze the coinciding factors in order to determine the best course of action when it comes to evolving society so as to limit crime and intolerance as much as possible.

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What is Criminology?

When people look into criminology, they may initially be surprised by how expansive the field is. Anyone that is at all associated with the scientific study of crime, the relationship between the criminal and his or her environment, and society’s reaction to crime would have some sort of placement within the scene of Criminology. In some instances, criminologists are researchers that are trying to find the common links between deviant behavior and the environment, in order to try to pinpoint what it is that causes or perpetuates crime.


There are currently a number of different theories that attempt to explain, through the process of science, what it is that causes a crime to take place. These theories began to emerge in earnest in the middle of the 1800’s. Over the course of the next 200 or so years, new theories began to spring up and eventually they began to involve genetics, hormones and biological makeup. Previously, theories of criminology rested heavily on society and the environment’s effect on the individual as a source to either push an individual into crime or away from crime.


There are three distinct schools of thought when it comes to criminology. One of the first schools of thought, the Classical school believes that utilitarian philosophy is the supporting notion of criminology. They argue that individuals have free will and can decide for themselves what is right and what is wrong. The hedonistic, or self-indulgent, side of the body must be balanced against the rational of the individual. When the hedonistic side wins, crime may ensue. Rational is the side of the individual that would consider the penalty of the crime and, if the punishment is severe enough, is believed to be the piece of the individual that would keep them from crime by looking at the costs. Positivists are those who believe that the factors that contribute to the criminal’s propensity to go against the law do not rest within their own control. Rather, elements such as society or the person’s chemical makeup do.


These are things that are considered to be outside the control of the individual, but are still things that may play what Positivists claim as the biggest part of the responsibility when a criminal has committed a crime. In the Chicago school of thought, individuals believe that criminals are a result of the disorganized environments from which they come. Later, this definition was extended to include the belief that older generations taught younger generations about the role of crime. It is then fair to say that these individuals believe that crime is a social occurrence only where the social makeup of the area is broken down and unequal.


Crime is often considered to be a blemish when it comes to the society of an area. It causes people to fear when they should not have to. Criminologists are, in their own way, attempting to determine what causes a crime or instigates that type of behavior in a person in order to limit the amount of crime that takes place.


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