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The real criminals in society are those who have stolen the wealth of the world from the people. Angela Davis
The best minds will tell you that when a man has begotten a child he is morally bound to tenderly care for it, protect it from hurt, shield it from disease, clothe it, feed it, bear with its waywardness, lay no hand upon it save in kindness and for its own good, and never in any case inflict upon it a wanton cruelty. God’s treatment of his earthly children, every day and every night, is the exact opposite of all that, yet those best minds warmly justify these crimes, condone them, excuse them, and indignantly refuse to regard them as crimes at all, when he commits them. Your country and mine is an interesting one, but there is nothing there that is half so interesting as the human mind. Mark Twain, Letter from the Earth
There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic. The boundary between them is not clearly defined. Albert Camus
Lex Luther – the greatest criminal mind of our time. Superman 1978 starring Marlon Brando & Gene Hackman & Christopher Reeve & Ned Beatty & Jackie Cooper & Glenn Ford & Trevor Howard & Margot Kidder & Jack O'Halloran & Valerie Perrine & Terence Stamp et al, director Richard Donne, Lex
In 2009 eighteen-year-old student Gemma Barker invented three fictitious boys. In disguise as these boys Gemma seduced two of her best friends. The Girl Who Became Three Boys, Channel 4 2012
This is a story of sex and deception, a story that made headlines around the world. It’s a story of a crime that begins on social networking sites. The victims were two innocent teenage girls. ibid.
Jessica, Alice and Gemma became close friends. ibid.
Aaron’s Facebook page presented a picture of a fit and attractive young man. ibid.
Gemma decided that Jessica ought to have a boyfriend of her own; one new Facebook account later and she’d created Luke Jones, a friend of Aaron. ibid.
By the end of 2009 Gemma had two alter-egos: Aaron Lampard and Luke Jones complete with Facebook pages and networks of fictional friends. ibid.
Gemma pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault and one of fraud ... Gemma was sent to prison for two and a half years. ibid.
I’m not working class: I come from the criminal classes. Peter O’Toole
Fundamentalists long for the return of a more moral America, an America that may never have been. All around them they see what they perceive as declining morality and spirituality. They reason that if humans share ancestry with the other animals, we have no reason to behave as anything other than animals. This view neglects the fact that humans are the only known animals with the ability to contemplate the consequences of their own actions. It also fails to recognize that there is a great deal of good in the world, the nightly news notwithstanding. Crime existed long before the theory of evolution, even before the writing of the Bible, and biologists do not like crime any more than the creationists do. Evolutionary theory is not a license to run amok, and neither is a belief in the literal interpretation of the Bible a guarantor of moral behaviour. Tim Berra, Evolution & the Myth of Creationism
For if you suffer your people to be ill-educated, and their manners to be corrupted from their infancy, and then punish them for those crimes to which their first education disposed them, what else is to be concluded from this, but that you first make thieves and then punish them. Thomas More, Utopia
Crime is no longer a matter of busting heads and blowing up banks; crime now is too subtle, too complex, too creative an activity to be left in the bungling hands of the common criminal. Gangsters BBC 1975-1978 starring Maurice Colbourne & Adhmed Khalil & Elizabeth Cassidy & Saeed Jaffrey & Alibe Parsons & Paul Barber & Robert Lee et al, writer Philip Martin, directors Alastair Reid & Roger Tucker & Kenneth Ives, adapted from Play For Today s1e3, Rafiq to Kuldip
Today, Britain’s most qualified criminal was released form Wandsworth Prison. While serving his sentence he has gained a staggering 428 educational qualifications. The Comic Strip Presents ... Didn’t You Kill My Brother? Channel 4 1985
The worst thing you can ever do in a criminal fraternity is be successful. Billy Blundell
What are we here for eh if we don’t make our mark ... It’s the buzz. Building a team. Finding the job, planning the job. Carrying it out. It’s the camaraderie. Trusting other men with everything you know. With your life. Great Train Robbery II: A Copper's Tale ***** Bruce Reynolds, BBC 2013
Cars, crumpet and crime. Bruce Reynolds
My life is financed by crime. His crime. The Sopranos s3e12: Amour Fou starring James Gandolfini & Lorriane Bracco & Edie Falco & Michael Imperioli & Dominic Chianese & Steven van Zandt & Tony Sirico & Robert Iler et al, Carmela to priest
There are far bigger crooks than my husband. Sopranos s6e3: Mayham starring James Gandolfini & Lorriane Bracco & Edie Falco & Michael Imperioli & Dominic Chianese & Steven van Zandt & Tony Sirico & Robert Iler et al, Carmela to Shrink
I was with the Philadelphia police attempting to understand why the city has one of the highest rates of violent crime and homicide in America. Louis Theroux: Law and Disorder in Philadelphia, BBC 2008
‘They are people who made bad decisions, bad choices, and now they have to survive’. ibid. rozzer
Among industrialised nations, America has a unique and fraught relationship with its system of criminal justice. It’s a country preoccupied with the threat of crime, and also how to protect itself against it. Politicians run for office based on how tough they will be on crime. Many states still have the death penalty and there is a policy of mass incarceration that far outstrips any other country on earth. Louis Theroux, Life on the Edge: Law & Disorder, BBC 2020
He who profits by a crime, commits it. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
He who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it. Lucius Annaeus Seneca
A crafty knave needs no broker. Horace
No-one ever suddenly became depraved. Juvenal A.D. 60 - c.130, Satires II
The worst crime is faking it. Kurt Cobain
Obviously crime pays, or there’d be no crime. G Gordon Liddy
Crime doesn’t pay. FBI slogan & carton detective Dick Tracy
Crime does not pay ... as well as politics. A E Housman
Crime isn’t a disease, it’s a symptom. Cops are like a doctor that gives you aspirin for a brain tumour. Raymond Chandler
The real significance of crime is in its being a breach of faith with the community of mankind. Joseph Conrad
I hate this ‘crime doesn’t pay’ stuff. Crime in the United States is perhaps one of the bigger businesses in the world today. Peter Kirk
Law enforcers trust their gut more than the evidence: Criminal Justice is bullshit. Penn & Teller: Bullshit! s8e7: Criminal Justice, Showtime 2010
Crime in America is down; in fact it’s been going down since the 1980s. And the prison population is bigger than ever. ibid.
We spend more than $50 billion keeping people in jail. ibid.
Justice takes a back-seat to body count. ibid.