Criminal Justice Degrees Guide

10 Politicians Who’ve Done Time

Despite the depressingly high rate with which most crooked politicians are able to skirt the big house, there are some public office-holders who find themselves behind bars after a series of ethically questionable dealings. Impropriety is happily bipartisan, though it’s also somewhat dull: almost all of these men all did time for taking money that wasn’t theirs. Still, it’s somewhat refreshing to know that, at least some of the time, guilty politicians are forced to pay for their crimes. Now if only they’d behave well all the time.

  1. Bob Ney: The Jack Abramoff scandal wound up affecting lobbyists, politicians, and staffers at all levels — Tom DeLay is still dealing with the fallout — but Congressman Bob Ney, R-Ohio, was the only one to quickly be sentenced to spend time behind bars. Ney was already infamous on Capitol Hill for being the brain to say that French fries be renamed "freedom fries" on the House of Representatives food menus, but he would go on to more notorious heights. He was pegged for receiving cash gifts for political favors, and he resigned in fall 2006 as the House Ethics Committee began to investigate him. He pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including conspiracy and fraud, and served 17 months of a 30-month sentence. Ney was remarkably forthcoming about his experience in the 2010 documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money.
  2. Bill Janklow: The governor and attorney general of South Dakota before acting as one of the state’s representatives to Congress, Republican Bill Janklow only served that body for a year before tragedy struck. In August 2003, Janklow was involved in a car accident while drinking and speeding (investigators pegged his speed around 63 mph in a 55 zone). He struck and killed a motorcyclist. The trial revealed that he was a regular speeder, and had been stopped but not ticketed on multiple occasions because of his office. He was sentenced to 100 days in jail but released after 30 to perform community service for the duration. He resigned from Congress as a result.
  3. James Traficant: Congressman James Traficant, D-Ohio, did not play well with others. He was expelled from Congress following his conviction on a variety of money-related crimes, including racketeering, submitting phony tax returns, taking bribes, and, weirdly, making his aides perform basic chores on his Ohio farm and his Washington, D.C., houseboat. (That just seems mean, you know?) Even crazier, Traficant ran as an independent while incarcerated and got 15 percent of the vote, meaning people in Ohio must have frighteningly low standards for office-holders. He was in prison from 2002 to 2009.
  4. George Ryan: The Republican governor of Illinois from 1999 to 2003, Ryan started out as a crusader for human rights, enacting a moratorium on the death penalty in 2000. Before he left office, he commuted the sentences of state death row inmates to life terms, and he pardoned four more. Yet he had to leave office because of a string of scandalous investigations relating to bribes that greased the process by which unqualified truck drivers were acquiring licenses. He went to prison in 2007 and is set to be released in 2013.
  5. Dan Rostenkowski: A Democrat from Illinois, Dan Rostenkowski served in the House of Representatives from 1959 to1995, a stunning 36 years. He eventually chaired the Ways and Means Committee and was integral in President Reagan’s tax policies. However, he was hit in the 1990s by allegations of impropriety and involvement in the Congressional Post Office scandal, which dealt with politicans using the CPO to launder money (e.g., making cash bribes look like stamp purchases). He pleaded guilty in 1996 to mail fraud and spent 15 months in federal prison.
  6. Pat Swindall: Pat Swindall only served four years in the House; that was all it took for the Alabama Republican to do some dirt. He was convicted of perjury in a money-laundering case and served a year in prison, and years later he found himself in trouble again.
  7. Don Siegelman: Alabama Democrat Don Siegelman was a lifelong politician, serving as secretary of state, attorney general, lieutenant governor, and governor for the state during his career. His string of luck came to an end in the ’00s, though, as he was indicted on bribery and fraud charges for accepting campaign donations in exchange for favors. However, his conviction drew controvery because of potential connections to Bush-appointed prosecutors who had intentionally taken a tough stand on Democrats. He served time but was released to pursue his appeal.
  8. Fred Richmond: New York Democrat first faced criminal charges in 1978 for soliciting sex from a 16-year-old boy. That wasn’t the one that undid him, though; the charges were dropped when Richmond consented to counseling. In 1982, he pleaded guilty to marijuana possession and tax evasion, and he consequently resigned his office in the House of Representatives. He was sentenced to a year but served nine months in prison.
  9. Duke Cunningham: Duke Cunningham, R-California, was in the House of Representatives from 1991 to 2005. In his final year, it came to light that he’d underreported his 2004 income (which is something the federal government doesn’t, you know, let you do) and had taken more than $2 million in bribes. Yikes. He was hit with charges including conspiracy, fraud (wire and mail), and tax evasion. He pleaded guilty and resigned his office. In 2006, he was sentenced to eight years and change, and he should see free sunlight in 2013.
  10. Edwin Edwards: After serving in the House of Representatives, Republican Edwin Edwards went on to earn four terms as governor of Louisiana. He dealt with allegations of financial impropriety almost from the start, and was indicted in the mid-1980s on bribery charges that he managed to beat. His shady ways caught up with him in the late 1990s, though. A 1998 indictment led to conviction on counts of fraud, racketeering, money laundering, and extortion, among others. He entered prison in 2002 and was released on January 13, 2011, with the provision that he finish his sentence in a halfway house.

15 Most Bizarre Laws That Are Still on the Books

Browsing lists of outdated laws and statutes can feel a bit like reading The Onion: Surely, these can’t be real. Can they? The answer: yes, yes they can. Some places don’t always enforce older laws, but that doesn’t mean they’ve gone away. As a result, many people wind up breaking laws every day without trying, and while doing things they wouldn’t consider illegal or even dangerous. If you break any of these, you might be able to get off with a warning. Still, why take a chance?

  1. Easy on the horn: The city code for Little Rock, Arkansas, reads in part: "No person shall sound the horn on a vehicle at any place where cold drinks or sandwiches are served after 9:00 p.m." The mind reels. Was there an epidemic of horn honking at sandwich shops that threatened the public peace? Was service that bad? Plus, the modifier’s a little iffy: does the law mean you can’t honk after 9 p.m., or that you’re prohibited from honking at any time of day when at a shop that sells sandwiches past 9? Better just stay out of Little Rock altogether.
  2. God and guns: Chalk it up the fact that Tennessee’s constitution was drawn up a couple centuries ago, but there are some weird stipulations included. Members of the clergy aren’t eligible for seats in state congress because they "ought not to be diverted from the great duties of their functions." On the other hand, "No person who denies the being of God, or a future state of rewards and punishments, shall hold any office in the civil department of this State." So basically you need to believe in God — or at least an afterlife based on moral living — but not actually be a preacher. You’re also forbidden from holding office if you participate in a duel. Good to know.
  3. Hands on the bars, son: The citizens of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, take their bicycle safety seriously. Riders aren’t allowed to "proceed in any street in the city by inertia or momentum" with their feet off the pedals. In other words, no coasting, you rotten kids, with your happiness and care-free ways. Riders also have to keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times. As expected, tricks are also a no-no, as is letting someone ride on the handlebars.
  4. Working blue: There’s apparently a law in Michigan (whether it’s state or local is fuzzy) that prohibits people from swearing in front of women and children. Presumably, women and children are themselves allowed to swear, just not in the presence of their colleagues or while looking in a mirror.
  5. They shoot horses, don’t they?: In Reno, Nevada, it’s illegal to conduct or participate in a marathon dancing contest or marathon walking contest where participants receive money for their involvement. In other words, you can still hold marathons for charities, or just for fun (if you’re crazy), but if you set it up as a contest that pays out cash and prizes, you’re in for legal trouble.
  6. Is that a rifle in your pants, or …?: Kentucky law prohibits someone from carrying a concealed weapon that’s more than six feet long. Now, laws regulating concealed weapons are good things, but isn’t this a redundant statute that just defies common sense more than anything? How is someone supposed to conceal something that’s more than six feet long on their person? Heck, even a weapon longer than two feet provides logistical concerns; six feet is taller than most men. Kentucky, maybe think things through next time.
  7. Love, honor, and obey upon pain of death: New Hampshire lawmakers really wanted to make sure their citizens respected the institution of marriage, so rather than offer counseling services or talking to people about how to find the right person without settling for something less, they decided to make adultery illegal. Not just that, but the original penalty for cheating on your spouse was 39 lashes! In 1992, the penalty was adjusted to a monetary fine up to $1,200, but the act is still illegal. They’re talking about changing that, but for now, watch out.
  8. Don’t drink and … stand: Texans love their beer, but some of them at one point decided to make sure we all enjoy it responsibly. There’s a law there that says you can’t take more than three sips of beer at a time while standing. The purpose of this is anyone’s guess; maybe it forces drunks to more carefully plan their drinking-and-walking excursions in hopes of reducing fights? Regardless, if you’re in the Lone Star State and in the mood for a cold one, be sure to grab a chair.
  9. B-I-N-G-No: A North Carolina law stipulates that bingo games can’t run longer than five hours unless they’re being held at a fair. You also can’t have more than two sessions per week, so, uh, pick your battles.
  10. Don’t even pretend to kill that animal: Making it illegal to torture, mutilate, or sacrifice an animal in the presence of a minor is one thing; that makes a certain amount of sense, since it deals with messing with a kid’s head. But it’s just as illegal to simulate any of that, as well. Which raises the question: who would simulate it? Who would think it was fun or worthwhile to pretend to kill an animal in front of a child? How weird is that? You’d have to be determined to traumatize the child but not actually hurt the animal, which seems like the kind of moral line that would elude anyone in this situation.
  11. Bad news for zombies: If you’re ever in Rhode Island, try not to mutilate or disable someone, especially with your hands or mouth. The penalty for doing so — including biting off limbs — can be up to 20 years in prison. Cutting makes sense; that is to say, it’s an understandable thing to prohibit. But the fact that someone had to write down "Please do not chew anyone’s arm off" really makes you wonder what’s going on in Rhode Island.
  12. Pipe down: Fans of the sweet science have to watch what they say in Louisiana: spectators and managers are legally prohibited from mocking boxers at a match, not to mention quoting the odds of the fight. Anyone who does so will be kicked out and (maybe) charged. Advice: save the insults for your blog.
  13. Down in the dumps: Oregon laws prohibit the improper disposal of human waste. That by itself isn’t too weird, but it’s the manner in which they make the claim that raises eyebrows. Specifically, Oregonians are banned from tossing containers of urine or other waste beside the highway, or even just gently placing them there and driving away. We’ve finally tamed the frontier.
  14. Not even in a barrel: As much as you might want to take your gun with you when you go fishing — and who doesn’t? — it’s best to leave it at home, especially in Wyoming. Their law reads, "No person shall take, wound or destroy any fish of Wyoming with a firearm of any kind or nature." So if the fish aren’t biting, that doesn’t mean you can start to waste them with a semi-automatic; it just means to try again later.
  15. Ring in the new year by 11 p.m., or else: Devils Lake, North Dakota, has a law on the books regulating the use of fireworks. Specifically, it states that you can only shoot them off between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m., presumably to curb late-night noises. However, that makes for a pretty lame New Year’s Eve. People probably still fire them off up to midnight and after, but doing so means running afoul of the law. That’s a risky proposition in the state adjacent to Deadwood.

10 Impressive Heists that Shocked the World

If you’re a fan of the Oceans Trilogy, then you probably appreciate the complicated planning and execution required of a good heist. Just like with anything else in life, it takes quite a bit of work to come away from an endeavor with enough money, or loot, to become financially set. Only a few have had the rare combination of guts and brains that enabled to them to pull it off — at least until an enterprising investigator figured them out. Here are 10 impressive heists that shocked the world.

  1. DB Cooper Hijacking: DB Cooper holds the distinction of being responsible for the only unsolved US aircraft highjacking. He pulled it off on November 24, 1971, beginning on a Northwest Orient flight from Portland to Seattle. Cooper, who appeared to be in his mid-40s, did it in style, wearing a suit, dark coat, sunglasses, tie and mother of pearl tie clip. His announcement of the hijacking to the flight crew was as subdued as his appearance — he simply slipped a note to a young flight attendant indicating that he had a bomb in his briefcase and demanded $200,000 in unmarked bills and two sets of parachutes, which were delivered upon arrival to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Cooper and the crew then agreed to fly to Reno, and not long after takeoff, he jumped out of the plane, vanishing and leaving behind only two of the four parachutes he requested, his tie and mother of pearl tie clip. Despite an extensive manhunt, he was never found, though a portion of the ransom — $5,880 in dollar bills — was recovered on the banks of the Columbia River in 1980. Today, the true whereabouts and identity of Cooper remain unknown despite several men being suspected and others coming forward through the years.
  2. Schiphol Airport Truck Hijacking: Not every heist is as unique and well-planned as Cooper’s, but sometimes less is more. The Schiphol Airport truck hijacking on February 25, 2005 came with an estimated loot of $118 million in uncut diamonds, and all it took was a stolen KLM truck, stolen KLM uniforms and, of course, guns. The thieves drove up to the truck that was carrying the stones — which was en route to a plane bound for Antwerp — forced the drivers onto the ground face-first, jumped in and took off. Police believed, because the thieves’ knowledge of the truck and its precious cargo, that they received inside assistance. In fact, one of the men performed a test run two weeks prior to the incident, stealing a KLM truck different from the one they used during the robbery. The preparation paid off, as none of the trucks’ cargo has been recovered and nor have any of the thieves been caught.
  3. Antwerp Diamond Center Heist: The diamond trade has long been a mainstay of Antwerp, making it the perfect town for one-stop heisting. The Antwerp Diamond Center was the target of thieves on February 16, 2003, when 123 of 160 vaults were plundered and more than $100 million in gems were stolen. The job was apparently so fruitful and easy that the remaining vaults were left untouched because the thieves couldn’t handle any more material. No one knew about the massive breach in security until the next day, when workers stumbled upon the ransacked area, which was littered with gold, money, cut and uncut diamonds and jewels. Investigators determined that it was an inside job undertaken by people familiar with the complex security system and the contents of the vault. After DNA was taken from the vault and a half-eaten sandwich found in a bag dumped by the thieves alongside a road, the heist was traced to a group of thieves named The School of Turin — one member was a diamond merchant who worked in the Diamond Center and had seen the vaults several times before. Even though law enforcement found the culprits, they have yet to recover the diamonds.
  4. Harry Winston Heist: On December 4, 2008, more than $100 million in jewelry was stolen from the Paris branch of Harry Winston, one of the world’s most famous jewelers. Four armed men — three of whom were cleverly disguised as women, wearing long tresses and winter scarves — stormed into the store and left with bags full of diamonds, rubies and emeralds. Authorities suspected it was an inside job because the robbers knew the names of employees and exhibited knowledge of the store. In June of 2009, 25 people were arrested in connection with the heist and some jewelry was recovered. It was good news for Harry Winston, which endured another robbery just 14 months earlier when $20 million in jewelry was stolen.
  5. ABN Amro Bank Heist: In early March of 2007, a man who went by the intriguing name of Carlos Hector Flomenbaum managed to steal $28 million in diamonds from the ABN Amro Bank in Antwerp. The heist was a year in the making for Flomenbaum, who charmed employees and ultimately won their trust, as he was given a special key to access his diamonds when he pleased. Almost four years later, authorities still haven’t uncovered his true identity. Bank employees described him as gray-haired, six-foot-three inches tall and between 55 and 60 years old. He spoke English with an American accent, often wore a baseball cap and used an Argentinean passport. A fascinating character to say the least.
  6. Central Bank of Iraq Heist: The largest bank heist of all-time was orchestrated by one of the world’s biggest criminals. During the lead -up to the US invasion of Iraq, Saddam Hussein ordered for approximately $1 billion to be taken from the Central Bank of Iraq and given to his son Qusay, who would oversee the loading of three large trucks. According to Saddam, the action was taken “to protect this money from American aggression.” About $650 million was later found by US troops in the walls of Saddam’s palace. Of course, both Qusay and Saddam were later killed — in the dictator’s case, it was for reasons far worse than stolen money. Note: Given that Saddam was despot, his action may not have technically been a “heist.” Regardless, most Westerners would consider it stealing.
  7. Dar Es Salaam Bank Heist: Post-Saddam Iraq was the setting of another massive bank heist, though the almost $300 million in US dollars taken was only a fraction of what Saddam snagged four years earlier. It transpired on a July morning when employees were arriving for work. They discovered three of their colleagues, who happened to be guards, were missing and had left the front door open. Financial transactions in Iraq have mostly been done in cash since the US-led invasion, so robberies such as this one have become common. With the near-anarchy and poverty of the country, it’s not difficult to understand why they occur.
  8. Mona Lisa Heist: The Mona Lisa is an iconic painting that any serious art collector would love to own. On August 21, 1911, Vincenzo Peruggia , a custodian at the Musee du Louvre in Paris, took what would become his most valuable possession. He did it by hiding in the closet during closing time, eventually walking out with the painting hidden beneath his coat. The Italian immigrant later claimed that he had taken it for patriotic reasons in an effort to ensure Leonardo’s painting was put on display in his homeland, though he was caught when he tried to sell it to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. The painting was displayed throughout the country before it was returned to France in 1913, and Peruggia was lauded by Italians for his supposed deed.
  9. Gardner Heist: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston currently boasts a collection of 2,500 works of art, but it’s best known for the heist of 1990. Early on March 18th after the city’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities were winding down, thieves dressed as police officers handcuffed two security guards and walked out with thirteen works of art worth more than $500 million — the largest art theft in American history. Included in the bundle were Rembrandt’s Storm on the Sea of Galilee and Johannes Vermeer’s The Concert. More than 20 years later, the frames still hang empty in the museum and the thieves have not been caught, though some have hypothesized that gangster Whitey Bulger or a faction of the IRA were behind it.
  10. Stardust Heist: He didn’t come away with a mind-blowing amount of money, but there’s something to be said for the simplicity and efficiently with which Bill Brennan heisted from the Stardust Resort and Casino in September of 1992. The then-cashier at the casino loaded up a backpack and left unchecked during his lunch break and never returned. He did it alone, it wasn’t elaborately planned, and to this day, nobody knows his whereabouts. Considering the suffocating security presence at most casinos and the elaborately schemed heists that have failed in the past, Brennan, though a bad guy, deserves a bit of credit.

10 Funniest DUI Videos on the Internet

Getting a DUI is never fun, but the experience can be made even worse if your drunken behavior randomly reappears on a cable television program and YouTube. Thanks to modern technology, any embarrassing moment caught on camera could become the next viral sensation. The following hilarious DUI videos feature drivers who had a few too many, providing entertainment for future television and internet audiences. Warning: the language in some of these videos would make a drunken sailor blush.

    1. More Curse Words than Casino: During Mr. Turner’s drunken incoherent, profanity-laced tirades, he makes several memorable quotes, most of which make little or no sense. For example, he says (this is a paraphrase) that he understands that he had been driving under the influence, but he understands that he wasn’t also driving. What? Exactly.

    1. Sobriety Tests are for Sissies: According to this guy, anyway. Instead of submitting to one, he gets tasered more than once and takes it like a man, though it ultimately leads to his arrest. Sure, it’s the same result that would’ve occurred with a sobriety test, but the cop wouldn’t have learned his lesson that way.

    1. Breathalyzer Swig: Drinking can certainly skew your perception of things. On the other hand, it can also enhance your sense of humor. It’s possible that both apply here, as this old man provides comic relief for the cops, putting their Breathalyzer to good use.

    1. Belligerent Blonde: As the narrator indicates during the video, sobriety tests aren’t always necessary. With a little common sense, you can tell whether or not most people are too drunk to be driving. In this case, it seems as though the cops are trying to create a funny DUI video — they do just enough to drive the sassy blonde over the edge.

    1. Drunk Woman vs. Four Cops: Few things are more entertaining than angry drunks. This woman puts on quite a show while giving four cops — and the cameraman, who’s apparently overweight — hell during her arrest. It takes all four of them to pick her up and put her in the back of the sheriff’s car, and by the end of the ordeal, all of them know exactly where they stand with her.

    1. Riding While Under the Influence: Whether you’re using something with four wheels or four legs to get from point A to point B, it’s never wise to get sloshed before your journey. Believe it or not, you can be charged with a DUI for riding a horse while under the influence, as evidenced by the man in this video. His blood-alcohol level was a staggering three times the legal limit when he saddled up.

    1. Field Sobriety Faceplant: This one is short, sweet and hilarious if you appreciate good slapstick humor. Prior to performing his walk-and-turn test, this man dispenses some early punishment upon himself by diving face-first into the parking lot. If you think dealing with a massive hangover is bad, imagine dealing with a massive hangover and the after-effects of this spill the next morning — or whenever you’d wake up.

    1. Harvey Wallbanger: Your day already sucks when you’ve been taken to the police station for a DUI. Falling head-first into the wall after dropping your license — while exposing your butt crack — is adding injury to insult. If you can’t even control yourself enough to stay in the room while attempting to stand up, you should just end the ordeal and request solitary confinement.

    1. Legend of the Fall: Here, the cops do a pretty good job of allowing the driver to 1) prove he’s under the influence of something and 2) administer his own punishment. The poor guy seems to do significant damage to his ankle based on the way he’s reeling in pain.

    1. An Itch That Can’t Be Scratched: You can’t help but feel a little sorry for this man as he struggles with the torture of not being able to itch his hotspot — unless, of course, you’re the cop, who giggles while the man squirms and creatively attempts to ease his discomfort. Good lowbrow stuff.

10 Most Corrupt Police Forces in the World

Just about every country deals with corruption in one way or another, but some can’t even trust the people whose sole job is to protect them. All around the world, police forces have been plagued by deep-rooted corruption and criminal activity that have hurt society and endangered its citizens. Many policemen are underpaid and turn to corruption to make more money, but their selfish deeds have wreaked havoc on countries that desperately need help. Here are the 10 most corrupt police forces in the world:

  1. Haiti: Haiti is notorious for having one of the most corrupt police forces in the world. The Haitian police have negatively influenced society and Haitian culture with their unethical practices for quite awhile. In recent years, the Haitian National Police have violated various human rights and broken numerous laws, such as kidnapping, drug trafficking and police brutality. They have even resisted preventing or responding to gang-related violence. The lawlessness of the HNP appears to have died down slightly after the catastrophic earthquake in January 2010, but only time will tell if it will stay this way.
  2. Mexico: Mexico has one of the most corrupt police forces in the world and it continues to get worse every day. Crime is at an all-time high in Mexico City and border towns, but many police officers are only making it worse. Mexican police turn to corruption to find other means of money because the pay is low. Police will bribe criminals and extort tourists and have been known to give victims the option of “plata o plomo,” which means they can either accept a bribe or be killed. Mexican police also work with drug cartels to protect them and enforce drug trafficking. They often ignore reported crimes and do not investigate them, often imprisoning innocent citizens to cover up their dirty work.
  3. Kenya: Kenya has one of the most corrupt police forces in the world. According to a Transparency International repot, an astounding 92 percent of Kenyans ranked their police as the most corrupt and many of them have paid a bribe to Kenyan police within the last 12 months. Citizens are bribed into paying police for access to various services, such as Customs, healthcare, police, education, registration and permits, and even utility services. Kenyan police have even targeted Somali refugees who’ve crossed the border in desperation by raping, beating and blackmailing them.
  4. Uzbekistan: The Ministry of Interior (MOI) controls the police in Uzbekistan, which has a long history of corruption. The Uzbekistan police have been known to detain citizens to extort bribes and take away their human rights. Police brutality and bribery have also been committed by Uzbekistan law enforcement. Bribery is used in Uzbekistan for just about everything – traffic stops, civil lawsuits and even admission to leading educational institutions. With the rise of the bribery system, police protection does not come free to the people of Uzbekistan.
  5. Burma: Burma is another country with a troubled police force. Corruption among police is nothing out of the norm here. The Burma police force has been known to make victims pay for criminal investigations and often extort money from civilians. Burma is ruled by a highly authoritarian military regime, which has a direct hold on the police force and the rights of citizens.
  6. Iraq: The Iraqi police have had a long history of corruption and, despite funds and retraining efforts, they’ve managed to maintain their corruption. Iraqi police continue to be highly sectarian and participate in kidnappings, ransom payments and bribery. They have proven to be ineffective at controlling terrorism efforts and protecting civilians in the ways they need to be.
  7. Somalia: The Somali police force is one of the most corrupt agencies in the world. This war-torn country continues to face a great deal of adversity and civilians are at the greatest risk. Somali police have been known to be ineffective and crooked. Because they are underpaid, many Somali police officers steal, extort, bribe and harass individuals to get money. They’ve also had a history of police brutality and often ignore societal violence. In 2009, nearly 1,000 Somali police officers went missing after receiving extensive training funded by the German government. It is believed that the police officers escaped to join the Islamist militia Al-Shabaab.
  8. Afghanistan: Afghanistan has had one of the most corrupt police forces in the world, and it seems like it’s only getting worse with time. Graft has made it impossible for Afghan police to improve and effectively do their job, but corruption is witnessed within the police force, as well. Afghan police have been known to extort money and inflict violence on civilians at police checkpoints around the country. Police also bribe civilians into paying them for their release from prison or to avoid arrest. Although police corruption has gotten slightly better with international efforts and retraining, it continues to suffer at the whim of governmental corruption and power.
  9. Sudan: Sudan is one of the most corrupt countries for various reasons. Not only has their former president Oman Al-Bashir been indicted for war crimes and genocide, but this nation suffers from a corrupt police force. Sudanese police have been known to extort bribes from civilians in order to supplement their incomes. Police rarely file reports or investigate crimes, and often use violence and retaliation against people who complain about police abuses.
  10. Russia: Russian government is no stranger to corruption, especially within its police force. Within recent years, facts have surfaced about the corruption and crimes being committed by Russian police officers. Police brutality, extorting bribes and arresting innocent citizens are all crimes that have been committed among Russian police forces. In order to ensure monthly quotas and make ends meet, Russian police turn to corruption and bribery.

10 Worst Killings Committed in the Name of Love

We all know love can make you do some crazy things, but killing in the name of love is a whole other story. Every day there are plenty of murders committed out of passion, jealousy and obsession. It’s truly hard for the average person to wrap their brains around murdering anyone, let alone your husband, wife, children or anyone you love, but it happens more than you’d expect. Here are the 10 worst killings committed in the name of love:

  1. Man Kills Wife’s Teen Lover: In March 2007, Eric McLean committed a murder out of love — in an effort to save his marriage. McLean shot and killed 18-year-old Sean Powell, who was having an affair with his wife. McLean claimed he accidentally killed the young boy when he was waiting in his car outside of McLean’s house so that he could see his former high school student teacher and married lover. McLean felt that Powell was stalking his wife, and when he refused to leave his property, McLean threatened him with a rifle by pointing it at him inside the car. Then, Powell grabbed the barrel of the gun and McLean accidentally shot him. McLean called 911 and admitted to killing Powell. Although prosecutors pinned McLean as a cold-blooded killer, his defense was strong. In 2008, McLean was convicted of reckless homicide with probation, and in 2009 he won a custody battle over his sons.
  2. Skydiver Falls to Death by Love Rival: Els Clottemans and Els Van Doren had more in common than just their love for skydiving. The two Belgian women also shared a lover, Dutchman Marcel Somers. On Nov. 18, 2006, Clottemans, Van Doren and a plane full of skydivers went for a jump over eastern Belgium at 30,000 feet. Van Doren jumped a second too late and did not participate in airborne stunts with the others, but when it was time to open the parachutes, Van Doren’s parachute and safety chute did not open, and she plunged to her death. It became apparent that Clottemans was a suspect when she tried to kill herself hours before talking to the police for the second time. She sent anonymous letters to Van Doren’s husband, made anonymous phone calls to Somers and attempted suicide before trial. The parachute bag and helmet that Van Doren wore that day were investigated and used in court as evidence that the equipment had been tampered with. Video footage from a camera mounted on Van Doren’s helmet was viewed in court, as well. In October 2010, the jury agreed Clottemans killed her out of jealousy and with hopes to have Somers all to herself. They found her guilty of the murder and she was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
  3. Teen Love Triangle Turns Deadly: Girls have fought for boys’ attention for the longest time. But catfights that turn deadly don’t usually happen to teenagers. Florida teens Sarah Ludemann and Rachel Wade knew about this all too well. The two girls had been fighting over 19-year-old Josh Camacho, who was two-timing them for months. Ludemann and Wade had it out for one another, participating in vicious taunts and harassing text messages, voicemails and Facebook posts that led to the final fight. In April 2009, Ludemann received a violent threat from Wade that was left on her voicemail. Wade threatened to murder Sarah in the message. Ludemann and her friends got in her father’s minivan to go fight Wade, but she wasn’t aware that Wade was armed. The two girls charged each other, and Wade pulled out a steak knife and began stabbing Ludemann, eventually piercing her heart and killing her. Wade’s attorney claimed that she brought the steak knife as a means of self-defense, but the jury didn’t buy it. In September 2010, Wade was found guilty of second-degree murder and was sentenced to 27 years in prison.
  4. Mother Kills Brain-Damaged Son: Mothers will do anything for their children, but this woman took her love to the extreme. In 2008, Frances Inglis, a London resident, killed her 22-year-old son Tom by injecting him with a lethal dose of heroin. Before his death, Tom was in a vegetative state and had severe brain damage from falling out of a moving ambulance in 2007. Inglis felt that her son was suffering from severe pain and the only way to end his "living hell" was to take it into her own hands. After one failed attempt to kill her son with heroin, Inglis tried again. While Tom was lying in his hospital bed, Inglis injected her son with enough heroin to make him overdose and die. She was found guilty of murder and attempted murder and was given a life sentenced and ordered to serve a minimum of nine years. However, her sentenced was reduced to five years in 2010.
  5. Mother Kills Children by Rolling Car into Lake: In an attempt to mend a broken relationship and be with the man who didn’t want a ready-made family, Susan Smith killed her two sons by rolling her car into the John D. Long Lake in South Carolina with her children inside. Smith made up a story for police, saying that a black man carjacked her and drove away with her children in the car. She and her husband appeared on TV several times and asked the community to join forces to look for her vehicle and the man that Susan had described as the carjacker. During police investigation, Smith became more and more suspicious because of her demeanor, inconsistent stories and failed polygraph tests. Lead investigators believed she knew where her children were and that she was responsible for their disappearance. Just nine days after the disappearance of her two sons, Susan Smith admitted to what she had done. Smith was charged with two counts of murder and sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison.
  6. Mom Kills Three Children in Murder-Suicide Pact with Husband: One of the worst murder-suicides done in the name of love happened to a Saguenay, Quebec family on New Year’s Eve in 2008. That night, Cathie Gauthier and her husband, Marc Laliberté, killed their three children by poisoning them with a mix of Gravol, an anti-nausea medication, and a tranquilizer. Marc Laliberté committed suicide by slitting his wrists and died of blood loss. On January 2, Gauthier was found in the family home with her right wrist slashed after she called 911. Although Gauthier claimed the murder-suicide pact was completely her husband’s plan and he was responsible for the children’s deaths, prosecutors argued that she was the one who bought the medication that poisoned her children and was just as much of an equal participant as her husband. Gauthier was found guilty in the premeditated murders of her three children and was given a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.
  7. Mom Attempts to Kill Three Kids for Lover: With hopes of getting back with a man who never wanted children in his life, Diane Downs shot all three of her children, killing one. Downs came with a plan to tell police that a stranger had tried to carjack her, shot her in the arm and shot her three kids near Springfield, Oregon. She was able to escape and get to the McKenzie-Willamette Hospital with her children in the back. Her second child was already dead when they arrived at the hospital. Downs was treated for a gun wound in her left forearm. During police investigation, Downs retold the story and retraced her steps in a peculiar manner. Video footage captured her laughing as she described the traumatic details and her story didn’t seem to add up. Police discovered that Downs had been seeing a man in Arizona, who made it very clear he did not want to be with someone who had children. Police started to think this was Downs’ motive for murder and attempted murder. The key testimony that put Downs behind bars was her oldest daughter’s words that confirmed her mother was the one who shot all of them and killed her sister. Downs was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.
  8. Woman Kills Love Rival: Things can get deadly when two women are fighting over a man. This was the case for Shawna Nelson and Heather Garraus, who both were involved with a Fort Collins, Colorado, police officer, Ignacio Garraus. Ignacio Garraus had a three-year long affair with Nelson and even fathered a child with her, but broke things off one month before the shooting. On Jan. 23, 2007, Heather Garraus was brutally shot execution style by someone wearing a mask, who yelled, "You ruined my life. Get on the ground." Soon after Garraus was found dead, police immediately started focusing on the only person who would have a motive to kill her — Nelson. DNA tests, gunshot residue, matching tire tracks and a number of other compelling evidence linked Nelson with the murder. In 2008, Nelson was found guilty of first-degree murder and was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.
  9. Woman May Get Death Penalty for Killing Love Rival: Some love-triangle slayings involve more than just the love rival. In 2009, Joshua Damien Fulgham and his mistress Emilia Carr kidnapped his wife, Heather Strong, by strapping her to a chair and suffocating her with a plastic bag. The duo then buried Strong’s body in the backyard of Carr’s mother’s home. Her body was discovered about a month later. In 2010, a jury found Carr guilty of first-degree murder and kidnapping and recommended that the Florida woman get the death penalty. Fulgham is on trial for the same charges and awaits his sentencing.
  10. Teen in Student-Teacher Love Triangle Killed: A love triangle turns deadly when an Arizona teenager was caught in bed with his high school teacher by her fiance, Sixto Balbuena. Balbuena, a Navy sailor, found Tamara Hofmann and Samuel Valdivia naked in her home and he proceeded to stab Valdivia. He claimed that when he entered the home he heard a noise and grabbed a kitchen knife, fearing for Hofmann’s safety only to find them together. Balbuena said he never meant to kill Valdivia, and only wanted to teach him a lesson, but a fatal stab to the stomach left him dead. Balbuena was guilty of second-degree murder and received a 10-year prison sentence in 2010.