They say that the charm and glitz of glamour and money can make you do anything. That is acceptable but only if it gives you the passion to realize your dreams and make you pine for more. But what happens when this glittering shimmer completely blinds you from reality? The reference here is of celebrities. Yes, they have what it takes to reach the top and live the grand life. Some of them have struggled to reach the position where they are now while some have had sheer luck on their sides. But the big question is what makes them so blinded to reality that they forget to distinguish between right and wrong. Is it the sheer power that comes with their popularity? Or is it the arrogance and vanity that follows? What makes these worshiped celebrities turn into criminals? May be they are no different than the rest of us. Or it might be the advantage of impunity they think they possess. Whatever the reason, punishment is the same and sooner or later, law will get them because law makes no discrimination.
Take a look at top 10 celebrities that have criminal cased impending against them:
1. O.J. Simpson
O.J. Simpson is a retired football player and an actor; he was also elected for Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985. He was charged with death of Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman. Brown was ex wife of Simpson and was stabbed to death and the evidence pointed towards Simpson. This case claimed headlines for almost 1 year and yet he was not pronounced guilty for quite a while. Later a civil court found him guilty for their wrongful death. later in 2006, he wrote a hypothetical book explaining how the killing could have occurred.
2. Robert Blake
Robert Blake is an American actor. He started his career as a child actor and has starred in films like “In Cold Blood”. He married Christian Brando, who had a history of exploiting old men for money. On April, 2002 he was arrested for connection with murder of his wife, the evidence were some stuntmen who told cops that he hired them to kill his wife. This happened when the couple went out for dinner, after leaving, Blake went back to fetch his gun which he left on the table and when returned found his wife dead in the car. He was found guilty and was ordered to pay 30 million dollar to her children.
3. Phil Spector
Phillip Harvey “Phil” Spector is a legendary record producer and has backed many legendary music bands like Beatles, the Ramones and Lke and Tina. In year 2009 he was convicted for murder of actress Lama Clarkson in his California mansion by shooting her. Her body was found slumped in a chair with a gunshot in her mouth that caused her death. However Spector claimed that she was kissing the gun and it was an accidental suicide, but numerous people have claimed that Spector have held them at gunpoint. The emergency call was made by Spector’s driver and he told police that Spector came out of the back door with a gun in hand and was saying that he has killed someone this case was investigated and Spector was sentenced to serve 19 years in prison.
4. Sid Vicious
John Simon Ritchie known as Sid Vicious was an English musician and bassist of rock band Sex Pistols. His girlfriend and manager Nancy Spungen was found dead on October 12, 1978 in their hotel room in Ney York. Vicious told that police that he awoke from a drugged stupor and found Nancy dead with a single stab wound on her abdomen. The knife used was of Vicious himself but he said that they had argument that night but he wound never stab her, he later claimed that he did not remember anything about that night. He later died due to overdose of heroin which her mother gave him intentionally to save him from the horror of returning to jail.
5. Paul Kelly
Paul Michael Kelly was born on August 9, 1899 and at age of 7 he started as a child actor; he won Tony Award for his role in film “Command Decision”. He served 25 months in prison for killing the actor Ray Raymond, who was involved with him in a fistfight. Kelly ended up beating him to death and later married his widow Dorothy Mackaye, she was also briefly imprisoned for being an accomplice in the killing. He died of a heart attack while he was 57 in November 1956.
When it comes to vacationing or even relocating one of the biggest concerns can be the safety of the city in question. In this article we will cover the top ten most dangerous cities and why they are so dangerous. These cities include: San Pedro in Honduras and Juarez in Mexico.
Factors used to write this article: When it comes to determining the top ten most dangerous cities around the world there are a number of factors to take into consideration. Certainly the level of crime is one to consider since it could be something that you will experience firsthand living or vacationing in the city. Another important consideration is the current status of affairs between your native country, such as the United States and Canada, and the country in question. At any given time as a result of current affairs you may find that travel is ill-advised by your government to a specific location due to current relations. In countries that are experiencing civil war, terrorist threats or other political uprisings, it is generally advised to avoid travel.
1. San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Congratulations San Pedro Sula, it’s been nominated the murder capital of the world. While recent number are difficult to obtain, a study reported that a total of 1,143 murders were committed in 2011 in a city of 719,447 people. That’s 159 people killed for every 100,000 residents. That’s a murder rate 40 times higher than the average U.S. city, and 8 times higher than the most dangerous city in America (New Orleans).
Even the U.S. peace corps could not halt the crimes, the forces withdrew from Honduras after one member of the peace corps was shot in the leg in San Pedro Sula. Perhaps even more alarming is a study by the United Nations indicating that the city’s murder rate has more than doubled in the period from 2005 – 2010. Like many struggling Latin American countries, San Pedro Sula’s spike in extreme violence is largely a product of the drug trade, mixed with extreme poverty and high levels of corruption.
Squeezed out by President Calderon’s War on Drugs, many traffickers have set up shop in Honduras, leaving a trail of bloodshed and lawlessness in their wake. One doctor tells the story of how she was receiving 3 patients with gunshot wounds, only for a gunman to drop in and shoot them before casually walking away.
This data was compiled by the Citizen Council for Public Security, Justice, and Peace, a Mexican authority. The organization used intentional homicide statistics from 2012 to draw comparisons, focusing on cities in North, Central, and South America. Middle Eastern cities were not included.
Homicides: 1143 (2011)
2. Juarez, Mexico
Once known as the murder capital of the world, Mexico’s Ciudad Juárez has recently seen a 40 percent decline in murders. When this city was among the most murderous in the world, the morgue ran out of room, the corpses stacked to the ceiling in the wheezing walk-in freezers. Medical examiners, in plastic boots, performed a dozen autopsies a day as families of victims waited outside in numbers sufficient to require a line.
Between January and September of 2012, 681 murders were reported in Ciudad Juárez. While not a low number by anyone’s count, the murder rate is climbing down from 1,571 during the same time in 2011, according to statistics compiled by Molly Molloy, a researcher at New Mexico State University.
Hopefully things will start to improve as there is an apparent end in the war between the Sinaloa and Juárez, with Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s Sinaloa cartel taking control of the Mexican border city, according to Dr. Kathleen Staudt, professor of political science at the University of Texas-El Paso.
While the number of murders has dropped significantly over the last year, probably due to thousands fleeing the place and the monopoly of a major drug cartel, the situation in Juárez remains bleak. There is simply no telling when a major gang leader could be caught, an event which will surely set into motion another struggle for control over the drug trade and the city.
Calderon says that homicides across Mexico are decreasing, but suspicions linger because his government refuses to release nationwide data.
Homicides: 1571 (2011)
More Information about the War in Juarez:
Ciudad Juárez has been a front for one of the most brutal drug wars in history. Beginning in 2008, the four-year-long war has produced a horrifying number of recorded (with several unrecorded)casualties – 1,623 in 2008; 2,754 in 2009; 3,115 in 2010; 2,086 in 2011 ; and – thus far – 542 casualties in 2012. According to Juarez municipal officials, this past August recorded 34 murders – which is the lowest monthly death toll recorded in five years.
Over four years ago – in the midst of a Mexican drug war – El Pasoans also felt the negative impacts of the chaos that ensued as a result of the Drug War. Normally, El Pasoans would conduct everyday activities by traveling to-and-from Ciudad Juárez; people shopped, visited relatives and worked in the once-flourishing city. Once disaster struck, it became difficult to stray away from old habits, and in some cases, the possibility of being able to avoid the city was just not possible.
This strong relationship between El Paso and Juarez led to turmoil for many. Since many El Pasoans were unable to cut ties completely from Ciudad Juárez, they felt the same ramifications. News of assaults, kidnappings and deaths seemed to reach everyone. Families struggled with the very real possibility that someday it could be their family members or friends seen hurt, missing or dead in the news the following day. Unfortunately, for many, that possibility was already a reality.
3. Sana’a, Yemen
Yemen is an area that has often made government warnings as the U.S. department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid travel to the area. Constant political turmoil puts Sana’s the capital city of Yemen at the top of the list for areas within Yemen that should not be frequented. As protesters and government forces often clash many confrontations escalate out of control within minutes. As confrontations over politics continue the U.S. government has not only warned for citizens to avoid travel to the area but they have also advised those in Yemen to flee the country immediately while they are still able. The current gross domestic product per capita of Sana’s in Yemen is the forty-seventh lowest globally at $1,283 USD and just over seventeen percent of the population lives on less than $1 per day. The adult mortality rate per 1,000 for Sana’s is 357. The adult literacy rate is just over thirty seven percent.
The Yemen government is taking measures to decrease the carrying of guns, especially AK-47 machine guns, which can be intimidating to foreigners who visit the country. Many Yemenis consider a gun a basic part of their dress code, no different that traditional — dagger that many wear in their belts. They are worn as a symbol of pride and tradition, never to be used. While in Sana’a, I only say one citizen carrying an AK-47 in a traditional Yemeni restaurant.
There are still some military checkpoints at night in the City, and ones on the highway when you travel to the north. Apparently you are supposed to have some sort of travel permit when my client took me for a drive to see some of the northern villages. However, when we encounter the 1st checkpoint, he was able to talk us through without one. In a sense, the checkpoints make the country even safer, no different than the high presence of police in US cities.
4. Acapulco, Mexico
A second Mexican city has landed on the world’s most dangerous cities list – Acapulco. While it used to be a favorite vacation spot to check out scantily clad co-eds from neighboring places, it is now more famous and notorious for being the scene of a couple of the most bloodcurdling murders in the world.
Who can focus on the beauty of its picture-perfect beach when there were bloody, dismembered bodies taking precedence. News of such hideous crimes befalling the city has made the world sit up and recognize that what used to be a world-renowned tourist resort is now a place of fear, drug violence, and crime.
Homicides: 1,170 (2011)
Crimes happen mostly in working class neighborhoods that are just a few miles away from the luxury apartments, the vacation homes and the international franchise stores that line Acapulco’s coastal strip.
5. Maceio, Brazil
Maceió is the capital of the state of Alagoas in northeastern Brazil. It boasts some of the most gorgeous laces in Brazil and fantastic food (the tapiocas made with polvilho azedo and grated coconut or carne de sol and queijo de coalho, also known as “the crêpes of the Northeast,” are superb)…and some of the most original public telephones in Brazil! Brazilian creativity at its best! The beaches in town are polluted, unfortunately, but you can drive south to some of Brazil’s best beaches.
There is a lot to do at Maceio’s beaches. The best sightseeing experience is to take a boat out to the natural pools. There are colorful reefs off the coast of Maceio, and at low tide they turn into swimming pools. These pools are great for snorkeling and diving. Most Maceio beaches also have surfing, wind-surfing, jet skis and kite surfing. Then again, you can always just sit in the shade of a palm tree and sip a liqeuer.
The urban Maceio beaches are crowded but lots of fun if you like a party atmosphere. If you want peace and quiet, there are also remote beaches a little way from the city where you can be all alone. This Maceio Brazil guide tells you where to go and when.
But…the gorgeous beaches and the parties never add up to the significant crime in the city. Government officials eager to attract tourism point out that residents are killing each other, not outsiders, and that the killing mostly occurs in the favelas (slums), and not in picturesque beauty spots. Still, being the 2nd most violent city in the world isn’t exactly a selling point when it comes to tourism.
Brazil as a country is notorious for having high crime rates. While some of this is hype, and conditions have improved recently, the country has a history of political instability, and high incidents of violent crimes.
Murder caught on tape! The victim is the man in black shirt seated and the man in yellow shirt is the principal of the crime. The boy who arrives on a bicycle is the murderer. The murder was because of debts with drugs.
Theft can be defined as an illegal taking of another person’s property. The crime is synonymous with embezzlement, robbery, looting, burglary and larceny. Here are just 10 fascinating cases where thieves done things that were out of the ordinary.
1. Stolen Lion Carcases:
Some people steal money, others steal valuables. 5 Ohio men stole dead lions once they heard that police were shooting them down. They proceeded to then lift the lion into their SUV and drove away. They now face 6 months in jail and $1000 fine.
2. Charlene Doell:
Doell was the financial administrator for Saskatchewan College of Physical Therapists in Saskatoon, Canada. Instead of writing cheques to different parties as requested by employer, she wrote the cheques to herself. She scammed and stole $80,000 from her employee. Doell is most likely going to serve 8 months in jail.
3. Danwine Dewayne Renard:
Renard is a prisoner in Missouri. From his jail cell he was able to steal the identities of residents in Madison and St. Clair counties. He was also able to open accounts in their names. The theft scheme totalled $200,000. Renard was sentenced to 12 more years in jail.
4. Tina M. Jacobsen:
A woman from Neenah was charged on 3 felony counts of theft. She embezzled over $500,000 from the blood bank. She had used fraudulent expense reimbursements and drafted cheques to herself. I wonder why they called after $500,000 was missing?
5. Tomas Hvozdar:
This is a case of moral debate. Hvozdar has a dying step daughter at home. He is also distraught about losing his daughter. He stole the donation box totalling around $3,000 as a result. He wanted to use that money for food. Intentions were good, but did Hvozdar have to go through such extremes to get money?
Many parents increasingly wonder if they are raising future serial killer with growing gun incidents in schools and mounting murder cases committed by teenagers and preteens. They try to assess their own parenting skills to get to the crux of their children’s problems and anger. The mother of Dylan Klebold (Columbine Shooter) wrote an essay in O Magazine where she described her shock and horror over her son’s actions. She never believed her son would be capable of hurting more or less kill innocent bystanders.
The truth of the matter is that many children, especially teenagers, are getting a hold of illegal firearms and other weapons. Many city streets and schools are becoming increasingly unsafe as gun and weaponry laws are becoming too lenient. Furthermore, many parents are overlooking signs of depression, rage, harassment and abuse in their own children. Here are 10 cases where teenagers and preteens became premeditated murderers.
1. Tim Kretschmer:
A 17 year old teenager went into his former high school in Winnenden, Germany on March 11, 2009 and fatally shot and killed 9 students, 3 teachers and 3 bystanders before pulling the gun on himself. He was recovering from psychiatric treatment for depression when the shooting took place. The day before the shooting occurred, Kretschmer announced his plans on an internet chatroom. His failing grades which prevented him from pursuing an apprenticeship was the probable trigger of the horror.
2. Jeffrey Weise:
On March 21, 2005, Jeffrey Weise (16) killed his grandfather and his grandfather’s girlfriend. He proceeded to enter his school in his grandfather’s police car where he fatally shot and killed 5 students, 1 teacher and 1 security guard before turning the gun on himself. The cause of his actions was mainly bullying and taunting.
3. Dylan Klebold & Eric Harris:
Dylan Klebold along with Eric Harris went into Columbine High School on April 20, 1999 and fatally injures 12 classmates and 1teacher/coache. 21 others were injured in the shooting; many of whom are scarred and damaged by the events to this day. Both Harris and Klebold were clearly disturbed and depressed individuals. They were bullied throughout his high school. Videos of both students illustrate that the event that transpired at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999 were deliberately planned for months. Diaries and belongings recovered from their rooms also illustrate dissatisfaction with life and school.
4. Kelly Ellard:
14 year old Reena Virk was often ostracized and bullied by others in her school. She often desperately sought to be accepted by others. She smoked marijuana, drank alcohol and disobeyed her family to look cool. On November 14, 1997, Virk was invited to a party near the Craigflower Bridge where she consumed too much alcohol. While there, she was swarmed by a group of 8 teenagers who resorted to bullying and to taunting her. Kelly Ellard and Warren Glowatski, two members of the group of teenagers, proceeded to follow Virk as she walked away. Both Ellard and Glowatski beat Virk and forced her to take off her shoes. Ellard, who was 15 years old at the time, forced Virk under water and subdued her until she was dead. During trial, Ellard was noted for her sarcasm and tantrums. She failed to realize the brunt of her actions. After 3 trials, Ellard was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2005 with chances of parole in 7 years.
5. Joshua Phillips:
Joshua Phillips was convicted for murdering his missing 8 year old neighbour, Maddie Clifton in 1998. His mother found the body taped to Phillips’ bed seven days after the Clifton went missing. Phillips was sentenced to life imprisonment without chances of parole. He never stated why he committed the murder.
Generally, it is an accepted fact that if someone was planning to commit a crime, he will have planned it well and only then he will try to execute the plan. However, this is not always true as the following ten criminal acts will prove:
This article is a continuation of the first article on Top 10 dumbest criminals.
1. Hickory North Carolina:
Donny Guy robbed two cash registers from a restaurant and vanished. Not for too long though. The cops only had to follow the trail of the white register tape all the way to his home, where he was trying to break open the registers!
2. Pennsylvania USA:
Allen Koch walked up to the Citizens and Northern Bank at 12.01pm wearing a ski mask and gloves and holding a gun. Unfortunately the bank was closed and he was unable to enter it. His license plate was noted by the bank employees and he was arrested on the charges of attempted robbery.
3. Manizales, Colombia:
This thief chose the wrong house to rob! It was the home of Christian Garces, a Pan-American karate champion and her fellow karate instructors and trainees. They caught him and beat him up, and hopefully scared him for life.
4. Windsor, Ontario:
Daniel Glen did not want to rob a store which did not have enough money to make it worthwhile. Hence he called up the sales clerk to find out how much money there was in the cash register. When he walked in to rob the cash register, the police were ready and waiting for him.
5. Wolverhampton, England:
Clive Halford was an experienced criminal, but his greed did him in. He loaded his stolen truck with 18 pallets of stolen nickel and copper. But the truck could not take the load and the suspension broke. Obviously he had not learnt his lesson from an earlier theft where his car’s suspension had broken down due to the load of stolen goods.
There are certain criminals that were given the death penalty because they were connected with unforgivable crimes.
1. Carlos De Luna
Carlos De Luna was found under a truck when Wanda Lopez was killed in a gas station. De Luna told the judge that Carlos Hernandez was the person they were looking for but despite the other man’s colorful criminal record, they ignored his pleas. De Luna was executed in 1989.
2. Larry Griffin
Larry Griffin was arrested after Quintin Moss was shot to death in 1980. Even though his fingerprints could not be found at the crime scene, other evidence was allegedly found against him. He was executed in 1995 and 10 years later a professor declared that Larry was indeed, innocent.
3. Ruben Cantu
Ruben Cantu and David Garza robbed two men at gunpoint in 1984. One of the victims panicked and started looking for his pistol because of which the two boys started shooting and killed him. Even though no evidence was found, Cantu was convicted and executed.
4. David Spence
David Spence was convicted on the grounds that he raped and killed three girls in Texas. The man received the death penalty even though no concrete evidence was found against him.
5. Jesse Tafero
Jesse Tafero, Walter Rhodes and Sonia Jacobs were found by three police officers in 1976. Rhodes says that Tafero then shot at the two officers. He also said that the other two were responsible and he was released after about 20 years from jail. Tafero was executed in 1990 but it was recently found that Rhodes had shot at the officers, not him.
We all know about serial killers like Jack the Ripper and Charles Manson but there are some that are virtually unheard of. However, this does not mean that they weren’t as ruthless or heartless- just that they managed to remain in the shadows.
1. John Robinson
According to research, over 11 women have been linked to this serial killer- they are either missing or dead. He carried out these murders over a course of 16 years and made sure that some of them would never be found. Robinson had four children and was passionate about two things- murder and money.
2. Larry Eyler
Larry Eyler attacked his victims and killed them on highways which is why he was referred to as the Highway Killer. He would lure men towards secluded area, beat them up and murder them. His victims were almost always disemboweled. Eyler eventually confessed that he had killed 21 people.
3. Peter Kurten
Kurten killed young women every week during 1929. The bodies would be found horribly mutilated and slashed to death. He confused the police and made it seem like he was helping them find the bodies. This serial killer killed over 30 people but allegedly said that he would have liked to kill more simply because he enjoyed it.
4. Arthur Shawcross
After a brief stint with the army, Shawcross returned to America and married four different women over the years. He started killing young boys and girls in 1972- he would take them to isolated areas and strangle them to death. He spent 15 years in jail after which he started killing prostitutes.
5. Bobby Joe Long
Long would first rape women and then murder them- he took nine lives in 1 year. He was very accident prone when he was growing up and his mother was overly protective of him. By the time he was arrested, he had killed 9 and raped 50 women.
Most criminals are caught either because they were not careful enough or because the authorities were too smart. However, the following murders have not been solved till date.
1. The Seewen Murders
These murders took place in 1986 when five members of a particular family in Switzerland were killed. Even though the police suspects Carl Doser, no concrete evidence has been found as such. The gun shots were extremely accurate and most of the victims were shot through the head.
2. Bob Crane
Robert Crane was a part of the successful sitcom called Hogan’s Heroes. He was loved by the audience but they did not know that he had been battling with sex addiction for years. He was found dead in 1978 and even though a man named Carpenter was connected with the crime, the murder remains quite a mystery till date.
3. Dian Fossey
Dian Fossey dedicated her life to stop the practice of poaching in Africa because of which she became quite famous. She was killed in 1985 and was found with a machete stuffed into her skull. Even though the staff members at the research center were arrested, nobody was prosecuted.
4. Julie Ward
Julia Ward was an avid wildlife photographer and was found dead in Kenya in 1988. When her body was found, it was charred and was buried in the reserve.
5. Amber Hagerman
Amber Hagerman was 10 years old when she was kidnapped and murdered. Terapon Adhahn was arrested in 2007 but he was let go because nothing solid was found. There is nothing scarier than an unsolved murder but what is even more terrifying is the thought of a free serial killer who enjoys victimizing young children.
Most of you will be horrified to learn that certain people actually come together to work towards scamming auto insurance companies and because they need a scapegoat, you may be their next victim.
1. Paper Accident
This fraud is kick-started when a dishonest person approaches that industry which looks into the repair and maintenance of cars. He tells them that he would like to be associated with such an accident that will make sense or exist nowhere else but on legal documents and papers. Because insurance companies tend to involve themselves only when the claim is above and beyond 1000 dollars, these criminals get away with it.
2. Hit and Run
The criminal will orchestrate a seemingly real hit and run accident and go running to your insurance company. You will have no choice but to pay up the required amount.
3. Swoop and Squat
The swindler will run towards a car that is moving at a great speed and suddenly come to halt, that is, squat, in front of it. An involved individual will appear in his car out of no where and move adjacent to the victim’s who will then try to keep himself from having an accident. The worst part is that chiropractors and doctors are usually involved in such cases.
This criminal in this case will move towards you and force you to have an accident. This is usually done in such intersections that are confusing simply because they have too many lanes and turns. Therefore, when you are traveling on such a street, make sure a car doesn’t overtake you from your left and force you to collide into them.
This technique is usually carried out during that time of the day or year when nobody really drives about. This is because the criminals want to make sure that there are no eye witnesses around. The swindler will patiently wait at the mouth of the intersection and smash his car into a passing vehicle. They will then allow their own ‘witnesses’ to speak to the authorities and you will be in major trouble.
A criminal lawyer is one who will support you if you get into a horribly tangled mess which seems to get even more complicated as you reach its centre.
1. Christine Hernandez
Christina Hernandez understands that when legal issues are at hand, it is essential to be working with an attorney that not only understands the situation fully but also knows how to get rid of it in practically no time. She taught for over a decade before she decided to enter the field.
2. Harlan D. Mitchell
This lawyer works in Alabama and graduated with an impressive degree from Athens State College. He operated and maintained a number of businesses before starting his own law firm for about 7 years.
3. Roger P. Foley
Foley prides himself to be an efficient and approachable criminal lawyer who is always one step ahead of the game. Many clients feel embarrassed to open up to their lawyers but Foley assures them that he will counsel them through the process, if that’s what they need. The legal system he works under strongly believes that if the client wants to win, he must disclose everything and anything related to the case.
4. Gary Cole
Gary Cole has fought a number of cases because of which he has ample experience in the field of criminal law. He knows that body language plays a major role in uncovering the truth and therefore, allows his clients to react as and when they feel comfortable. He will stand by you no matter what the degree of your offence is and will make sure that you walk out with dignity.
5. Don Waggoner
Don Waggoner works in Florida and works under the national association in the country. He is known for his services at the trial stage and has proved his mettle during such cases that involve capital murders, drug trafficking and vehicular homicide.