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A Public Health Approach to the Violence Epidemic In the United States Violence is among the biggest health threats in the United States. Interpersonal violence has invaded homes, schools, and streets everywhere, reaching what public health experts now conclude are epidemic proportions. Everyone is affected, but the group most affected is youth.

Interview with "Subway Vigilante" Bernhard Goetz

Gun Control -- After the Columbine school massacre, many legislators called for renewed efforts to limit the sale of handguns, particularly to minors.

A matchmaker faces fraud charges, but are all dating services bad? An insider tells all.

Private Eyes -- TV shows and movies glorify the occupation, but the reality is that private investigators are hard-working stiffs who prosper via persistence and perseverance

Diane Whipple -- A 33-year-old lacrosse coach, was killed by her neighbor's dogs in the hallway of her apartment building in SF. The dogs' owner, Marjorie Knoller claimed she tried to stop the dogs.

Red Zone: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of the San Francisco Dog Mauling by Aphrodite Jones
January 2001, Diane Alexis Whipple bled to death in the hallway of her apartment building when mauled by two Presa Canarios, a vicious breed of attack dog imported from the Canary Islands. Jones shows the mauling was part of a story involving obsession, bestiality, and illegal dog rings. The neighbors, lawyers Marjorie Knoller and Robert Noel, were keeping the dogs for a leader of the prison gang the Aryan Brotherhood, Paul "Cornfed" Schneider.

In dressing rooms of department stores, there are signs posted. SHOPLIFTERS WILL BE PROSECUTED. Shoplifting costs retail millions annually, which you pay. Thieves take things because they're worth money or useful. Kleptomaniacs don't steal all the time and they don't steal everything. They go years between episodes. Kleptomaniacs steal on impulse. They feel tension before the theft, and pleasure or relief at the theft. 3 arrests of star-studded shoplifters: Hedy Lamarr, Bess Myerson, and Winona Ryder. The 1988 scandal of Bess Myerson, Miss America 1945. She faced charges for bribery and conspiracy for hiring a judge's daughter to influence the judge to rule for her lover in his divorce.

17 people found dead in a truck's trailer. They were among the illegal immigrants locked in for a trip to Houston. Two others died later. Karla Patricia Chvez left her home in Honduras when she was 15, guided across the Mexican border by immigrant smugglers to seek a more prosperous life in the US.

is sitting at a conference table across from his newly hired public relations agent trying to explain how he lost his life. In less than a year, Bob Eisen 's gone from being the man to call to make things happen in Boca Raton to the man to pity, even scorn. He's lost his license to practice law, his reputation, his spotless record, millions of dollars and he may lose his freedom on charges that he stole from a trust account to fuel his gambling habit.

When does a snapshot of a mother breast-feeding her child become kiddie porn?

During the mid to late '70s, as a photography professor at Cornell University, was scorned by friends, accused of child pornography and fired after exhibiting photographs of her son, husband and father inlaw in the nude that showed close upsof the men's penises and testicles, her husband with an erection, and son in natural, childlike self exploration. The chair of the art faculty told her she could not photograph male genitalia and stay at Cornell.

Why are women drawn to men behind bars? Ian Huntley, the man charged with the Soham murders, gets bundles of fan mail every day. Meanwhile, more than 100 British women are engaged or married to men on death row in the US.

True Stories of Crimes Committed by Clumsy Crooks and Foolish Felons

For those not lucky enough to be born here, the American Dream commands a hefty price-sometimes life itself.

Dominick Dunne says the rich and famous are different from ordinary folks especially when it comes to crime. Dunne June 25, 2002 -- Dunne's Book:

Justice: Crimes, Trials, and Punishments -- A Father's Account of the Trial of His Daughter's Killer

The End Of The Dream -- Thanksgiving eve, 1996, in Seattle, the biggest bank robbery in US history was under way. The robbers fled with over $1.08 million. The heist was linked to a charismatic robber, known as "Hollywood," who had eluded police for 4 years, robbing 18 banks, but this was his last. -- A Modern-day Robin Hood -- The Dream Unravels Read Chapter 1 of Ann Rule's book on the Scott Scurlock case: 'The End of a Dream' -- Part I -- Part II

Knife culture

Soldier of Fortune Magazine, Inc. appeals a $9.4 million jury verdict against it in a wrongful death action brought by the son and mother of a murder victim. Soldier of Fortune acted gross negligence publishing a classified advertisement for an assassin to kill her.

David James Sydney Gottfried was born in the Republic of Ireland, but moved to South London as a child in 1939 and started using the name Godfried. He appeared in juvenile court at 12. He was twice jailed for robbery in the 50's. In 1963 he stole a van, assaulted and robbed a 60-year-old woman. He became an international double-dealer as the owner of a casino and nightclub. His deals involved fake scotch, violent hookers, counterfeit money, mobsters, diamonds, Swiss banks, and scams against Americans. His younger brother James Eric Gottfried, a serial rapist and murderer hung himself in a Greek jail in 1987. Gottfried has been on the FBI's wanted list since 1989 for a million-dollar bank fraud run by the Mafia.

The Master Con Man: The True Adventures of Slippery Syd Gottfried by Robert Kyriakides

Near my house we had drive-by killings, run-by killings, sneak-up killings, gunfights and battles, car chases. We had drug killings, vengeance killings, killing of witnesses, accidental killings, and killings that enforce values. We have had so many killings that our own values have been blasted askew.

Robert A. Amico, his wife Barbara, and their sons, Robert J., Gregory L. and Richard N., built, marketed, arranged financing and sold over 230 houses in 9 NY towns. Over half of the properties sold at twice their market values. A federal grand jury indicted 9 people and a mortgage brokerage firm on charges related to building scheme. The 9 defendants pleaded guilty in exchange for testifying against the Amicos.

The men and women at the Elizabeth Detention Center 8 miles from the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island have no known criminal records. They are émigrés who arrived at Kennedy and Newark airports without proper documents, requesting asylum. Some have been held for 2 years. The center had a riot over inhumane treatment 4 years ago.

The hatred many Americans expressed for John Walker Lindh seems to go beyond his actual crimes.

Violence at Mardi Gras -- Seattle -- 5 nights of Mardi Gras 2001 degenerated into into rioting, vandalism and brutal assaults. Chaos consumed Pioneer Square on "Fat Tuesday" and one man was mortally wounded.

Oswald: A brother's burden -- Robert Oswald has stood steadfastly by his family name in the shadow of that infamous day in Dallas.

In 1965 Valerie Solanas wrote "Up Your Ass" and asked Andy Warhol to produce it; he lost her script. 3 years later, paranoid and delusional, Solanas stalked him and shot him in the chest. He survived but never fully recovered. He died in 1987, partly due to complications from the wounds he had suffered 19 years.

Shoplifting For Thrills -- Winona Ryder. After a week long trial and a little more than a day of jury deliberations, Ryder was found guilty of two felonies, grand theft and vandalism at a Saks Fifth Avenue store. Defense attorney, Mark Geragos, called 4 witnesses. Ryder's trial focused attention on those who shoplift. Prosecutor Ann Rundle said probation, community service and restitution are probable penalties for Ryder. Cleptomaniacs And Shoplifters Anonymous (CASA).

Tonya Harding

Revisiting Famous Crimes

Cruising for A Bruising -- Japan's salary menhave become targets of jokes, jeers-and assaults.

Crime is the #1 issue in America today, but violent crime rates are dropping. Does this mean that the worst is behind us, or the calm before the storm?

Impostor targets female athletes -- Posing as reporter, he deceives collegians nationwide.

How could 28 watercolors that were almost certainly not authentic Georgia O'Keeffe paintings sell for $5 million to hang on the walls of a Kansas City museum?

Can the sum of our ideas be reduced to "intellectual property"? Or should all information, all knowledge, be set free? What is at stake in the legislative battle over the ownership of culture? The Atlantic Monthly Company

Should the People Who Raised Matthew Propp Go to Jail for Kidnapping Him?

More Rights Made Us Less Free -- Due process has run amok, smothering the abilities of authorities to follow their instincts and get things done. The Atlantic Monthly

Will global warming inflame our tempers? -- Over the last 10 years, hot temperatures caused increases in aggressive, violent behavior, including violent crime. On average there were 215 murders and assaults per 100,000 people each year 1950 - 1995. For every 1% Fahrenheit increase the murder and assault rate per 100,000 increased 3.68, with 270 million people, that translates to about 9,900 more murders and assaults.

On November 25, 1999 a five-year-old Cuban boy, Elian Gonzalez,was rescued from the shark-infested waters off Florida. He soon became the focus of a social and political firestorm that would transfix the U.S. and rock Miami's Cuban-American community to its core.

A heartwarming tale of Christmas in a foreign land where, if you've been naughty, Saint Nick and his friends give you an ass-whuppin'

An examination of the life of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, his cases, and his controversial fight for doctor-assisted suicide.

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Anne Marie Smith Discusses Her Relationship With Gary Condit

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