The assumptions that there is nothing new regarding crime and corruption and that these plagues are an inevitable part of the human experience are clouding an important change: the ascent of the mafia state, an old player that has gained renewed potency.
Kidney theft is a venerable urban legend. The origins of urban legends are notoriously difficult to identify but in the case of kidney (or other organ) theft, the rumors seem to have preceded the real-life cases by some years.
It is time to use the full weight of the United States government to bring an end to the drug activity in Venezuela, and protect the beleaguered opposition which it is now clear is simply being silenced and sidelined by a criminal government.
It's neither an accident nor a surprise that the National Rifle Association and ALEC have been close allies all along." It has become a symbol of opposition to government, in other words, as an argument for fewer laws and regulations.
This gangster is haunted, literally. Keyhole begins with an inversion -- a group of criminals have to fight their way past a police barricade into a house -- and only gets stranger from there.
A child trafficking ring uncovered by Mexican police in mid-January in Guadalajara, Jalisco, has not only operated since the 1980s, a decade earlier than previously reported, but has also provided hundreds of children to adoptive families in other countries.
What child won't cherish the memory of a photo of him or herself strapped into an electric chair?
Today is the opening of what is formally called the "National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement," but called by most, simply, "the Mob Museum."
This political love-fest between Governor Chris Christie and these people begging him to run for president is going to end abruptly when the big guy realizes something that others have realized before him.
Until we can eradicate the dishonest and corrupt unions while keeping the honest ones, municipalities in particular will continue to suffer, as will the rest of the workers and American economy.
After drug trafficking, the trafficking of humans ties with arms sales as the most lucrative business for the organized crime industry.
Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the 19 murders allegedly committed by James "Whitey" Bulger is that he performed the killings himself. For many Americans, this self-reliant brand of homicide harkens back to a simpler, more disgusting time.
What is it about rats that incline juries to believe them? There is virtually no empirical and anecdotal evidence from which to try to draw conclusions, even tentative ones.
Ramping up for the 2016 Rio Games, Brazil is promoting tax incentives that allow companies and individuals to invest a portion of their income taxes in programs connected to Olympic sports.
With Brazilians recovering from carnival hangovers the sports world is feeling the lingering effects of a game fixing case local media are calling the Whistle Mafia.