True Crime Japan: Thieves, Rascals, Killers and Dope Heads: True Stories From a Japanese Courtroom [EPUB]

True Crime Japan: Thieves, Rascals, Killers and Dope Heads: True Stories From a Japanese Courtroom [EPUB]
True Crime Japan: Thieves, Rascals, Killers and Dope Heads: True Stories From a Japanese Courtroom by Paul Murphy
2016 | EPUB | 3.4MB

A middle-aged carpenter beats his 91-year old mother to death and goes to work the following day, leaving the body for his wife to find. An 82-year old woman is jailed for 10 months for stealing fried chicken. Like nearly all defendants in Japan, they both plead guilty.

What happens between plea and sentencing is the subject of True Crime Japan. In this fascinating crime book journalist and longtime Japan resident Paul Murphy provides a glimpse of Japanese society through a year's worth of criminal court cases in Matsumoto, a city 140 miles to the west of Tokyo. The defendants in these cases range from ruthless mobsters to average citizens, often committing similar crimes in rather different ways, and for different reasons. Based on court hearings and interviews with the defendants, their families, neighbors and lawyersMurphy explores not only the motives of offenders, but the culture of crime and punishment in Japan.

The resulting true crime book provides a lens through which to view this honor-shame based, conformist culture, and shows how, in its role within that culture, the court system reveals Japan to be, surprisingly to some, a land of true individuals.

Confessions of a Second Story Man: Junior Kripplebauer and the K & A Gang [EPUB]

Confessions of a Second Story Man: Junior Kripplebauer and the K & A Gang [EPUB]
Confessions of a Second Story Man: Junior Kripplebauer and the K & A Gang by Allen M Hornblum
2013 | EPUB | 2.8MB

From the 1950s to the 1970s, from Bar Harbor to Boca Raton, the raging crew known as the K&A Gang robbed wealthy suburban residences with assembly line skills of breaking, entering, and bagging the loot - be it rare coin collections or priceless paintings. The gangs success infuriated homeowners up and down the East Coast, while baffling police. Confessions of a Second Story Man follows the gang as they move in and out of homes, courtrooms, and prisons, and even go on the run.

Author Allen Hornblum tells the strange but true story through interviews, police records, and historical research. Readers will marvel at the techniques of ringleader Junior Kripplebauer, who became one of the FBIs most wanted men, and his wife, Mickie, who would don her black wig and go out and rob homes on her own when she was bored.

Finally, Hornblum describes the transformation of the K&A Gang from a group of blue collar thieves to their work in conjunction with numerous organized crime families and their help to make Philadelphia the meth capital of the nation. It is a compelling read about a fascinating bunch of hoodlums.

Forensics Demystified [EPUB]

Forensics Demystified [EPUB]
Forensics Demystified by David Fisher, Barry Fisher, Jason Kolowski
2006 | EPUB | 2.88MB

INVESTIGATE FORENSICS without the latex gloves and magnifying glass Get up to speed quickly on the fascinating field of forensics -- even if you don't have formal training, unlimited time, or a genius IQ. Forensics Demystified offers an effective, enlightening, and entertaining way to learn this intriguing science.

First, you'll get an introduction to the various aspects of forensic science as well as some details on its beginnings. Next, you'll learn about crime scene investigation, forensic pathology, and DNA. Other topics covered include firearms and toolmarks, drugs and toxicology, forensic psychiatry, and much more. Featuring end-of-chapter quizzes and a final exam, this book will teach you the fundamentals of forensics in no time at all.

This hands-on, self teaching text offers:

  • An easy way to understand forensics
  • Illuminating text and illustrations from three forensic professionals with more than 49 years of experience combined
  • A quiz at the end of each chapter to reinforce learning and pinpoint weaknesses
  • A final exam at the end of the book
  • A time-saving approach to performing better on an exam or at work
  • A foreword by NYPD Crime Lab Director, Dr. Peter Pizzola

Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced student, Forensics Demystified is your shortcut to a working knowledge of this important science.

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