Questions tagged [criminology]

The study of criminal behavior in both the individual and within a given society.

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Can music incite murder?

From a deleted 700 Club interview archived on the internet archive at http://web.archive.org/web/20000122101421/http://www.cbn.org/the700club/johannamichaelsen.asp Johanna says you can trace ...
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Do Roma people make up 60% of the Czech prisoners?

There is a common belief in Czech society that most of the prisoners in Czech Republic are Roma people. Wikipedia backs it up with a vague reference to a book from 1998: According to Říčan (1998), ...
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Did a thief think he could conceal his identity from security cameras by putting lemon juice on his face?

McArthur Wheeler, a man who robbed two banks after covering his face with lemon juice in the mistaken belief that, because lemon juice is usable as invisible ink, it would prevent his face from being ...
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Do American sanctuary cities breed crime?

Sean Spicer gave a press conference recently in which he gave the distinct impression that sanctuary cities have more crime than other cities because of their sanctuary status. President Trump said ...
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Does the death penalty in California cost more than $300m per execution?

In the talk show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, John Oliver was arguing against the death penalty and showed the following image claiming that the death penalty cost more than $300m per execution ...
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Did an Austrian court require a child to prove that they did not consent to rape?

The Sun's headline says: SHOCK RULING Outrage as Iraqi migrant who raped boy, 10, in ‘sexual emergency’ at swimming pool has conviction OVERTURNED because court couldn’t prove the child said ‘no’ ...
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Are more crimes committed during a full moon?

It is a common belief that more crime is committed during a full moon. I rationalised this by assuming criminals used the increased moon light to aid them in their criminal activities with out really ...
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Have more U.S. senators been arrested for sexual misconduct in bathrooms than trans women?

I just saw this in my Facebook feed, and now I'm curious if it's actually true. Do they actually keep records of this? It seems improbable, just because there are so many more trans women than ...
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Is the USA murder rate at a high? Specifically is it at a 45 year high?

Current US President Donald Trump is on record as repeatedly saying that "The murder rate is the highest it's been in I guess 45-47 years." Is that true?
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Did Robert Putnam find that diversity has “incredibly negative consequences”?

According to a comment on this 9gag post about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcoming immigrants: queen_boxxy 1042 points · 28 Jan 2017 diversity has in fact incredibly negative ...
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Are chain gangs a deterrent to crime?

Various states have or recently had chain gangs, in which groups of prisoners perform physical or menial work in public while wearing chains/shackles. Supporters claim that it acts as a deterrent - ...
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Did a soldier fight off 40 train robbers?

The Art of Manliness website reports Bishnu Shrestha, who had just retired from the Indian army where he served as a Gorkha soldier, held off a horde of robbers that tried to rob a train in India. ...
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Do 1 in 2 Swiss citizens have guns and do they have the lowest crime rate?

I came across a facebook post by an Australian political party that states 1 in 2 citizens in Switzerland have guns Lowest crime rate in the world Are the above two statements true? (...
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Can handcuffs be picked with a single hand while handcuffed?

Many movies and series show people wearing handcuffs picking them using a small hidden piece of metal, like a bobby pin, paperclip, broken glasses, tweezers and more. Can this be done in real life, ...
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Have one in ten women suffered rape in the UK?

A recent survey in the UK claims that about 10% of women have been raped but that most do not report the incident even to friends. In the words of one news report: One in 10 women has been raped, ...
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Do more DUIs occur the morning after drinking rather than the night of?

There have been a few circulations of a claim that more DUIs occur the morning after drinking on certain holidays versus the night of drinking. The idea is that DUIs obtained by unsuspecting people ...
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Did Turkish people commit 70–80% of the rapes in Cologne around the year 1996?

In an interview by the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger from 2016-12-29, the journalist/feminist Alice Schwarzer said (in German): Dass vor 20 Jahren 70 bis 80 Prozent aller Vergewaltigungen in Köln von ...
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Can brain tests on toddlers predict future criminality? [closed]

A study reported in Nature Human Behaviour in 2016 generated a lot of media hype. Typical headlines asserted: The disturbingly accurate brain science that identifies potential criminals while they’...
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Are John Podesta, a number of pizzerias, and DNC members involved in a child-sex ring? [closed]

Wikipedia explains that: Pizzagate is a debunked conspiracy theory started by an alt-right Twitter account and spread by 4chan users and /r/The_Donald forum on Reddit, which alleged that John ...
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Was Fred Hampton murdered?

Multiple films and books refer to the death of Blank Panther Party leader Fred Hampton as a murder or assassination. My understanding is that the police inquest into the raid that resulted in his ...
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Did Muslims in the Middle East cut off the breasts of Christian women?

A Conservative Infidel article from 2014 made a claim (that was repeated in a forum for Americans for Legal Immigration PAC) that: Muslims in the Middle East took Christian girls and cut their ...
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Are democrats more likely to commit crimes then republicans in the United States?

Ted Cruz during in interview with Hugh Hewitt claimed that democrats are more likely to commit violent crime than republicans. He apparently is getting this statistic from a study on three states ...
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Did increase in minimum wage cause a decrease in crime in NYC?

I was recently reading about the pros and cons of increasing the minimum wage. This excerpt is from pro #15 at the bottom of this webpage: Researchers who studied crime rates and the minimum wage ...
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Are there 2-3m illegal migrants with criminal records in the USA?

President-Elect Trump has said that he plans to deport or jail between 2 million and 3 million illegal migrants in the USA who have criminal records. US President-elect Donald Trump has said he ...
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Does a suspect's psychological state after arrest correlate to guilt or innocence? e.g. do only the guilty sleep in jail?

A common cop procedural trope suggests only the guilty sleep in jail. It shows up in Law and Order: SVU (S6E04), award winning movies, and even articles about poker tells. The guilty, or so the ...
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Is it safer to NOT light your house at night?

At some point, I read a news report that investigators found out it is actually safer not to light your house when you are not there or when asleep. It mentioned that thieves found very dark places '...
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Did witchcraft testing inevitably result in death by either drowning or execution?

From a speech by Australian politician David Leyonhjelm, but I've heard it elsewhere many times: The senator borrowed other stories from history in the speech, opening with details of the old ...
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Has anyone innocent ever been arrested because of contraband that was planted in their luggage?

There is a question on travel.SE asking what to do if some culprit planted contraband in your luggage. There are some links provided to cases where this is suspected to have happened. Being able to ...
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Is it illegal for regular US citizens to possess or read the Podesta emails published by WikiLeaks?

While referring to the the Podesta emails which were leaked by WikiLeaks this week, CNN's Chris Cuomo said on live TV: Also interesting is, remember: It's illegal to possess these stolen ...
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Did Saddam Hussein have a secret torture chamber in New York City?

The NY Post reported this week that Saddam Hussein had a secret torture chamber in New York City between 1979 and 2003. The sources the paper cites are two "anonymous officials". The paper does not ...
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Was Princess Diana murdered? [duplicate]

Was there foul play involved with the fatal car crash that killed Princess Diana? It seems that the best conclusion was that their BMW was speeding on that night to try and escape from aggressive ...
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Do immigrants to the US commit less crimes that native born Americans? [closed]

In 2015, Donald Trump suggested in a speech that Mexican immigrants to the US were bringing crime. In response, several reporters denied it, such as the Washington Post data show that new ...
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Are fat people kidnapped less frequently?

This has been on T-shirts, in a Minions meme, and even some Q&A sites: Fat people are hard to kidnap. While the B-flick method of kidnapping (knock 'em unconscious and then carry the mark) is ...
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Are African Americans victims of a disproportionate number of police killings?

Many people are currently arguing that African Americans are being killed by police disproportionately to their percentage of the US population. An example of the claim is given at Mapping Police ...
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Was child porn found in the possession of Michael Jackson?

A recent article in the Daily Mail states: Michael Jackson was found to have a sizable collection of pornographic material at his Neverland Ranch in 2003 according to police reports cataloging the ...
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Is this graph of “mass shootings” backed up by reliable data?

There's this graph on the internets: But I was unable to find any sources of the data. Most of the sites that present the graph seem to be politically oriented. Is this backed by any hard data?
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Would anyone other than Hillary Clinton be imprisoned for improper data access? [closed]

It's a common claim in social media that Hillary Clinton should be convicted of criminal charges and sentenced to a prison term because of how she accessed classified information. A notable claim to ...
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Has a bone marrow transplant caused confusion in criminal investigations?

Dr. Azita Alizadeh wrote an 'Ask a geneticist' column about how patients with a bone marrow transplant will end up with at least two different sets of DNA in their body - DNA from their blood (which ...
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Are 1 in 5 college women raped?

In this article, it is claimed that 1 in 5 college women are raped (at least around the 2013-2014 time period). I have heard the claim repeated from other sources (such as the BBC, which was ...
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Is the bible the most shoplifted book?

Looking at several 'fun facts' pages, the claim of bible being the most shoplifted book appears on several of them. Example 1, Example 2, Example 3 Example 4 The Bible, the world's best-selling ...
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Are there more pedophiles in the Catholic Church than other religions, or professions [closed]

Are there more pedophiles per capita in the Catholic Church than other religions, or in other professions in general? If so, what is the evidence. This seems like a very difficult thing to really know ...
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Have only 5% of U.S. inmates received a trial?

According to this article, 95% of inmates in the U.S. have never received a trial, choosing a plea bargain to avoid potentially punitive sentencing if found guilty. The reality is that almost no ...
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Do private prisons have 49% more inmate-on-staff attacks than publically run prisons?

Peter Wagner writes in Section III: The Prison Economy: Percent more inmate-on-staff assaults in privately run medium and minimum security prisons than in publicly run facilities: 49% Is that data ...
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Has Cologne's city council declared the town center a “no-go” zone for women?

According to Daily Mail, the Cologne town center has been declared a No-Go Zone for women. Cologne town centre has been called a 'no-go area' by its own city council. Are there any statements from ...
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When they say “error rate” for identifying hand writing, do they mean false positives, false negatives, or both? [closed]

With regards to verifying a person's signature, this book states (page 429) The error rate was 6.5 percent for the experts and 38.3 percent for nonexperts. What exactly does the error rate ...
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Has a serial killer ever targeted a policeman's family?

It's an astoundingly common trope in TV and films for the 'third act' to be taken up with the serial killer antagonist kidnapping or targeting the protagonist's daughter/son/wife, etc. Obviously the ...
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Is the Stockholm Syndrome a real effect?

BusinessInsider writes in Stockholm Syndrome could be a Myth: The New Yorker's new profile of kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart makes an intriguing point about Stockholm Syndrome: It isn't a ...
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Do car alarms provide a significant reduction in automobile theft?

Noise That movie got me thinking, because it makes a number of claims about car alarms that jive with my personal feelings about them. They're noisy, obnoxious, tend to go off at night, and are ...
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Do professional assassins exist?

It's a common trope in movies that certain people, either spies or mercenaries, specialize in assassination. (An apparently well-paying but wearing specialty, since generally the assassins are freshly ...
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Is kidney theft happening in real life?

From time to time, we heard about spine-chilling stories of kidney theft in various forms. There's some competing views out there, but I don't know which one to believe. One negative point of view is ...