In a worldwide catastrophe, every single murderer and rapist just vanished from the world at the same time. Nothing left behind, either dust, clothes, or whatever they were carrying at the moment.

There were millions of witnesses. People on the subway saw their fellow commuters go voosh right in front of them.

The criteria is as follows:

  • Murder: Willingly and consciously terminating the life of another breathing human, regardless of any secular justification (war, legal executions, etc). Abortions are out, since fetus don't breathe. Vehicle accidents are also out, unless the vehicle driver had the intent of driving to kill (e.g. Terrorist drive-thru)
  • Rape: Forced genital intercourse with another breathing human that is either unwilling or unable to give consent regardless of gender. Again, regardless of legal standings of a particular country. Any intercourse that is not genital on genital is disregarded.

But how many people did vanish that day? How to estimate this quantity?

P.S.: I am going to post other questions regarding this event, but the Stack rules say "One question per post."

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    $\begingroup$ Going to need specific criteria for what determines whether someone is a murderer or a rapist. Not exactly a fun jaunt into philosophy, but is it by legal definition? If so, which countries laws? Is a soldier a murderer? Someone who kills in self defense? Maybe I'm just quibbling. $\endgroup$ – Onyz Aug 23 '18 at 13:45
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    $\begingroup$ Same thought here. In some countries (I'm thinking of parts of Africa and Asia), the husband still owns his wife and can do whatever he wants to / with her. There cannot be rape in a marriage because the wife has no legal right to decline. $\endgroup$ – Elmy Aug 23 '18 at 13:49
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    $\begingroup$ @Onyz yeah... a one night stand between two consensual drunks now gets the guy thrown out of college when she has second thoughts a few days later. $\endgroup$ – RonJohn Aug 23 '18 at 13:51
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    $\begingroup$ So I just pay some random hobbo 10.000$ to kill my boss. Will I dissapear, or only the murederer? that could have a huge impact, as lot of polotical people will dissapear... $\endgroup$ – Kepotx Aug 23 '18 at 14:08
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    $\begingroup$ Any intercourse that is not genital on genital is disregarded (as rape) That would leave an incredible range of truly violent actual rapes excluded. Rape is an act of violence, not intercourse. I'm frankly offended by your definition. $\endgroup$ – StephenG Aug 23 '18 at 20:15

Up to a quarter of the men, depending on the country. Over half the men in Papua New Guinea, if you believe that article.

In the cosmic justice sense, it is hard to distinguish murder from deaths in war. There are a lot of soldiers who may be disappearing. Not only with regard to the US, there are also, particularly in Africa, very serious wars of relatively recent vintage. Hard to find numbers on 'how many people in the Congo have killed someone', but since millions in that country have died violently over the last 20 years, there are probably a lot of 'murderers' out there.

Deaths in war also bring up some good questions. Who takes the hit for a submarine launched Tomahawk missile? The crewman who hits the red button? The CO of the sub? The planner who picked the target? Clinton/Bush/Obama/Trump for approving the strike? Could be everyone who has ever worked in the Pentagon and White House disappearing.

Also, depending on your take on the 'abortion is murder' argument, a quarter or more of women in the developed world might disappear also. Alternately, perhaps only the involved doctors would disappear.

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    $\begingroup$ The UK doesn't consider women capable of rape. Those figures might be a lot higher $\endgroup$ – nzaman Aug 23 '18 at 15:09
  • $\begingroup$ @nzaman I mean, they send women to jail for that in the UK, so I don't know what you are talking about. $\endgroup$ – kingledion Aug 23 '18 at 15:13
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    $\begingroup$ Sexual assault, not rape. They may be prosecuted, but they don't show up in the "rape" statistics $\endgroup$ – nzaman Aug 23 '18 at 15:38

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