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

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Did “Max the Hacker” manipulate autocues and traffic lights?

There is a man who calls himself Max the Hacker. He appears in many Dutch videos filmed in the Netherlands, such as this one in which he shows himself purporting to manipulate news readers' autocues ...
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Does locking your car doors reduce theft?

Almost everyone I know locks their car doors when they leave their vehicle for an extended time. However, I come from a country town and most people in that country town don't lock their car doors and ...
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Are mass murderers in the US mostly white? [duplicate]

http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2014/06/are_most_mass_murderers_really_white.html Before rushing to play pin the tale on the honkey, did anyone bother to check the history of mass killings? ...
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Does a dog provide a reasonable deterrent against house theft?

Is there any evidence to suggest that owning a dog or that evidence of a dog (barking alarm, beware of dog sign) reduce the likelihood of your home being broken into? Example 1: Most burglars do ...
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Can anything remove fingerprints from your fingers?

Here's where it gets interesting; I don't mean erase them from an object, I mean from your fingers directly. Some people claim there is a way to do it, some people claim it's impossible. I have a ...
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Did Michael Jeffery (Hendrix's manager) kill Jimi Hendrix after tricking him into signing an insurance policy?

Michael Jeffery, Jimi Hendrix's manager, tricked Hendrix into signing an insurance contract that pays Jeffery $2 million upon the death of Mr James Marshall Hendrix. A short time later, Hendrix is ...
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Is gun control effective?

I have seen numerous arguments about gun control, in the sense of laws restricting gun ownership or possession, and whether widespread gun possession affects crime rates, and each side is happy to ...
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Are 1 million people a year date raped?

This article claims: Every year, an estimated 1 million people are date raped, and many of them are victims of date-rape drugs, potent mixtures that disrupt the central nervous system. I ...
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Has Jack the Ripper been identified?

British newspaper The Daily Mail published an article claiming that Russell Edwards was able to identify murderer Jack the Ripper thanks to DNA evidence retrieved from a shawl found at one of the ...
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Do home alarm systems reduce burglaries?

Does installing an alarm system in your home have an effect on the number or results of burglaries? I am about to buy a house with an alarm system installed, with a siren/flash light on the front ...
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Does media coverage of mass shootings leads to more mass shootings the same week?

In the end of this video, Dr. Park Dietz says: Because every time we have intense saturation coverage of a mass murder, we expect to see one or two more within a week. Is this true?
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Did a Michigan jewellery store keeper successfully scare off his attackers with a shotgun in 1995?

In an answer to another question, there is a reference to this 2012 Natural News article, which in turn cites this NRA-ILA article, which cites "The Chronicle, Muskegon, MI, 8/23/95": Plans to slay ...
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Is a woman murdered every 20 minutes for dowry?

I stumbled upon this image in Google images: The image links to www.50millionmissing.info, which has, indeed, created that poster. The site is dedicated to Indian women. Wikipedia explains the ...
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Did Gina Grant serve only 12 months in prison for killing her mother?

Today, a professor of ethics was discussing the story of Gina Grant, a straight-A student, aged 14, who stabbed her mother to death by a crystal candlestick with the help of her boyfriend who tried to ...
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Can credit cards be cloned remotely with an RFID reader?

This news story from "13 Investigates" shows Walt Augustinowicz (an RFID expert, and seller of RFID proof pouches) who has a portable reader than picks up credit card details while they are still in ...
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How often do witnesses fail to report violent crimes as they are occuring? [closed]

Have there been any studies or exist any statistics on how often people fail to somehow intervene in the event of an emergency where violence is involved? I'm primarily interested in North America (...
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Will 1 out 4 women be a victim of domestic violence?

In their newest video the "FCKH8" company claim that: 1 out of 4 women will be the victim of domestic violence Is this indeed the case for women in the US?
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Do atheists commit far fewer crimes?

According to a post by latimes.com, "How secular family values stack up": Atheists were almost absent from our prison population as of the late 1990s, comprising less than half of 1% of those ...
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Can a body be dissolved by a few liters or gallons of Hydrofluoric acid?

In the "Cat's in the Bag..." episode of Season 1 of "Breaking Bad," characters are shown with 4 gallon-jugs of Hydrofluoric Acid that they use to dissolve 2 adult corpses. Chemistry is a major plot ...
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Do murderers have “the eyes of a killer”?

Has there been any research in criminology, psychology, or some other related field? Something that shows a correlation between the everyday facial expression someone wears on their face, and whether ...
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Has a programmer ever embezzled money by shaving fractions of a cent from many bank transactions?

There's a popular story that describes a programmer having altered a program at a bank so it diverted fractions of a cent from every transaction to another account (or some variation like multiple ...
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Does Islam lead to higher crime rates? [closed]

I live in a mostly atheistic country. I have often heard the claim that Muslim people commit more crimes than others, especially that they are thieves due to their religion. Is there is any truth to ...
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Does the “chalk code” exist? [duplicate]

I came across this image recently, that claims the existence of a code known by criminals. The post does not mention the area where this code is supposedly used, but it can be inferred it pertains to ...
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Are members of organized rape gangs in the UK mostly of Kashmir / Pakistani origin?

On BBC three's Free Speech, Does ‘rape culture’ exist in the UK?, James Delingpole, Executive Editor Breitbart London made a claim (4:10 mark) that was followed by boos from the audience and a charge ...
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Has hypnotism been used to enhance memory?

Has hypnotism been used to enhance memory? For example if I go to my friend's house, I may forget it's details like how many steps does there have or what color was it's door! This is my conscious ...
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Does a video show Michael Brown robbing a store in Ferguson the day he was shot?

The Inquisitr reports that there is a conspiracy theory regarding the alleged robbery by shooting victim Michael Brown. The theory claims that the video, claimed by the police to prove Brown robbed a ...
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Do involuntary “microexpressions” betray liars?

I believe that it is Paul Ekman who is primarily responsible for suggesting that when people lie, their faces exhibit fleeting "microexpressions" that reveal their underlying beliefs. It would be a ...
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Was Elizabeth Báthory a serial killer? [closed]

I've read in countless magazines that Countess Elizabeth Báthory (1560-1640) was the most prolific serial killer and it is taken as accepted. But it might also be possible that Bathory was framed! ...
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Do removable faceplates on car stereos deter theft?

Everyone has probably seen a car stereo head unit with a removable face plate; the idea being you can take the faceplate with you to deter theft. The claim is specifically made in this product ...
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Can a Bitcoin Exchange manipulate the exchange rate in a way that defrauds its users without consequence? [closed]

Bitcoin is an Internet currency with no centralized bank or agency underpinning it. I only recently heard about it and I've been trying to understand how it works and if it is safe, however this is a ...
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Does China have the death penalty for spammers?

Does China have the death penalty for spammers? Example claim: Welcome to the United States of Canada. Chinese law, for example, permits executions for sending spam, and harvesting of the guilty ...
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Can acts of IP piracy be more beneficial than harmful?

There are several claims that piracy of Intellectual Property (IP) can help sales more than it hurts them. For example, Edmund McMillan of Team Meat states in an interview at IGN: McMillen ...
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Are there between 100,000-300,000 child sex slaves in the United States today?

Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore state this as part of the "Real Men Don't Buy Girls" campaign. CNN - There's between 100,000 and 300,000 child sex slaves in the United States today," Ashton Kutcher ...
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Were US crime rates significantly lower in 2011 than in 1992?

While watching this video, it makes the claim at about the 12 minute mark that US crime rates are lower across the board. It then shows a graph that lists various violent crimes with numbers in ...
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Were thousands of people executed by “Breaking On the Wheel” for copying fabrics in pre-revolution France?

An article by Rick Falkvinge best categorized as political opinion / commentary on copyright enforcement claims that: A few centuries ago, the penalty for unauthorized copying was breaking on the ...
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Does an average criminal with a gun hit a running human target only with 4% probability?

The Live Well Naturally website says in an article entitled "9 crucial tips written by a cop. This might save someone's life.": If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ...
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Did any satanic cult ever commit organised ritual murders or sacrifices?

In Manhattan Beach, CA in 1983 members of the McMartin family were accused of a variety of abuse charges against the children in their care. It was reported that the children: "were ...
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Will a warming climate cause more crime?

The Register reports, somewhat skeptically, that an american consultant has produced an analysis claiming that climate change will lead to an increase in crime. The paper, published in the Journal ...
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Does lengthening prison sentences reduce crime rates?

I have heard time and again that increasing the length of prison sentences produces little or no improvements in crime rates. It is said that increasing the probability of arrest after a crime has ...
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Does being abused make someone more likely to be an abuser?

Does being the victim of abuse make someone more likely to commit abuse? This is sometimes called the "Vampire theory", with the analogy that being bitten turns you into a vampire. As an example, ...
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Are the innocents in US prison a single digit percentage?

There is controversy on whether there are a few percents of innocent people in US jails or much less. For example according to the Innocent project Q. How many innocent people are there in prison? ...
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In the USA, are there more African American men in prison than in college?

I read in a book that "as the next millennium begins, there are more young black men in prison than in college." Jury Nullification by Clay S Conrad (Kindle edition, Dec 2013 loc: 343). (First ...
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Have Iceland's police only ever shot one person dead?

Is it true that Iceland's police force(s) have only shot and killed one person ever? Bloomberg reports (December 3, 2013): Icelandic police shot dead a man who refused to stop firing at them with ...
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Does the extent of illiteracy in children correlate with future criminality?

Neil Gaiman recently made what has been hailed as one of the best commencement speeches ever at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts (reported here, available as a book here). In it he talks about ...
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During the decade of the Clinton ban on semiautomatic rifles and high-capacity magazines, did crime not go down?

Source: USA Today, Opposing view: Eliminate 'gun-free zone' regulations Larry Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America, made a claim: During the decade of the Clinton ban on ...
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Has New York City's Stop and Frisk program resulted in a reduction in crime?

On August 12, 2013, Mayor Bloomberg said: Our crime strategies and tools – including Stop-Question-Frisk – have made New York City the safest big city in America. [...] As a result, today ...
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Do men with no prior exposure to child pornography go on to harm children once exposed?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22726004 UK government advisor John Carr, of the Council on Child Internet Safety, claims in a radio interview: Mr Carr said there was "no question" that some men who ...
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Was the NAACP slow in acting for the rights of Sherman Ware?

In What the NAACP can learn from George Zimmerman, George Zimmerman's brother Robert Zimmerman Jr. claimed that the organization was slow to act on the beating of homeless African-American Sherman ...
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Did Hugo Chávez have a net worth of 2 billion dollars at the time of his death?

I've seen this now numerious times, Analysts say Leftist leader had 'amassed private fortune of $2 billion' - Dailymail.co.uk And, that's a pretty sly way to say that "someone said". But, is it ...
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Does prison work reduce recidivism?

I'm having difficulty finding statistics comparing the recidivism rates of regular prisoners and the ones that worked while serving the sentence. I can't remember where but I've read that "specialists ...