Who doesn't love a bizarre true crime story? The proliferation of documentary series, podcasts, and other true crime tales prove humans have an unorthodox fascination with crime stories. Whether it's twists in true crime stories, crazy loopholes in the law, or the implausible details of a jaw-dropping case, the world of crime can captivate, horrify, and amaze.
Beyond the gruesome details, strange facts and figures about crime in the United States may surprise you. For instance, there's a national park in the US where murder is technically legal. If you've ever wondered what type of vehicle is the most frequently stolen, or how many states have no laws against necrophilia, then check out what statisticians and researchers have confirmed regarding true crime trivia.
Hanging Is Still Legal In Washington, New Hampshire, And Delaware
With the advent of lethal injection in 1977, administering a concoction of drugs replaced hanging as a form of execution in the United States - except in Washington, New Hampshire, and Delaware. Despite execution hangings being legal in these three states, none have occurred in the US since 1996, and that one took place in Delaware.
Delaware now officially recognizes lethal injection as its primary method of execution, but this excludes anyone sentenced to hanging before the 1986 law change.
If done correctly, hanging should cause near-instantaneous death, but it could also leave a victim in agonizing pain for many minutes. Over the years, there was much debate over the safest form of execution. Most current methods can result in a botched execution.
Male-Identifying Individuals With Less-Common Names Tend To Commit More Crimes
Considering the adage "It's all in a name," it's not a bad idea to consider the future when naming a child. In 2009 a study revealed uncommon male names have a correlation with crime rates. The statistics come from a list of more than 15,000 names of people involved with a crime.
According to the study, Michael "was the least likely name to have an association with juvenile delinquency," whereas Tyrell had a much lower rating on the point scale, and thus could more likely have a connection to juvenile crime. Two economists at Shippensburg University who performed the study, Dr. David E. Kalist and Dr. Daniel Y. Lee, concluded, "Regardless of race, juveniles with unpopular names are more likely to engage in criminal activity."
Anchorage, AK, Is One Of The Most Dangerous Cities In America
Anchorage is the largest and allegedly most dangerous city in Alaska. According to a 2011 FBI crime report, which Forbes later compiled into a list, Anchorage was also one of America's most dangerous cities. Anchorage, AK, was fifth on the list, following cities such as Detroit, MI; Flint, MI; and Memphis, TN.
The criteria for the list comprises cities with a population of more than 200,000; categories for violent crimes include homicide, robbery, and aggravated assault. Anchorage clocked in with 813 reported crimes per 100,000 city residents. In addition to the overall higher crime rate, rape is reportedly higher in Anchorage than elsewhere in Alaska. Moreover, property crime and methamphetamine use remain significant problems.
The Honda Accord Continues To Be The Most Stolen Vehicle
The 1996 Honda Accord is a reasonably priced vehicle with a reputation for endurance and sustainability. The Accord is also a favorite car among thieves in the US. For several years, the Honda Accord was at the top of the list as the most stolen car, particularly older models, as they do not have the same advanced security as newer cars.
A Honda spokesman said in a statement regarding the theft of Accords:
While we cannot completely account for criminal behavior, it is important to note that the Accord has been one of the most popular vehicles in the US for over 30 years, and in 2013 it was the best-selling new car to individual American buyers. Quality, reliability, and durability are hallmarks of the Honda brand, and more Honda vehicles sold in the last 25 years are still on the road than any other brand.
The car being such a best-seller only corroborates its reputation as the most stolen vehicle in the US.