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Questions tagged [crime]

For questions dealing with acts that violate the laws of a given legislation.

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How can a renegade coven recruit its members without being discovered?

This is a follow-up question for this one: How can I preserve the long term cooperation of a witch coven? All people in this world are born with some degree of magical power, which increases through ...
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How can I prove that an individual was possessed during the act of committing a crime? [closed]

Devils are alive, and walk among us. This has been known to the human civilization ever since the gates to hell opened up, releasing the Devils upon our world. Although the gate was sealed and the ...
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Would it be possible to distil specific human emotions into an edible drug form?

I am writing a dystopian future where I hope to make it possible that specific emotions can be taken in the form of pills or drug form; or, combined pills taken to form more complex feelings. ...
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How can a coven of crones operate in anonymity?

There is a ritual that allows a mage to steal the soul of another person. This adds their mana to your own, making your magic more powerful. It also extends your lifespan and makes your physical form ...
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How can a criminal organization incentivize its employees to do better while keeping its ruthless image?

SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) is a nefarious organization run by me, a criminal mastermind named Ernesto Blofeld. It has its tentacles in many ...
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Who watches the watchmen?

Background I have a highly industrialized country that is rapidly economically growing, all the while expanding its territory (think along the lines of the USA's territorial expansion between 1820 - ...
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How to detect a “love” potion?

A concoction has been invented that can influence a target to fall in love with an individual. This works in two parts. The user must drink one type of potion to emit certain hormones while the ...
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Everyone can heal very quickly. How does this impact forensics and criminal investigations?

So the central conceit of my story is that everyone has various superhuman powers in modern day America, and one of the powers that everyone has is a superhuman healing factor. Anything we'd classify ...
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Of replicators and postage stamps

It is my assumption that the development of Star-Trek style replicators would cause enormous problems for paper or other physical money/currency or any form of physical object of assigned value. In ...
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Do hostage situation procedures allow for a heist like this? [closed]

I'd like to split this into two questions, to a degree, although one is entirely dependent on the other. Let's say that a group of criminals are trying to rob a place (either a bank or a jewelry store)...
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Can we build a world that is crime-free? [closed]

If we send a whole bunch of people that are highly educated and all have a well-guided moral compass to a distant world, No one commits any crime There is no any mention of any crime After a few ...
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Keeping the Butchers together

A group of space criminals collectively known as the Butchers is gathering enough power to be considered as a serious threat. Although they are nowhere near as powerful as the two major space empires, ...
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In the US, how closely are people who die in a fire investigated? [closed]

Let's say a house burns down and there's a body in the house. The body is badly damaged but roughly matches the sole inhabitant of the house. How much effort is typically required to ensure the body ...
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What kind of poisons could be used in a hospital setting?

In my crime thriller, one of my characters is killed while recovering from a subdural hematoma in the hospital. What kind of poison could be injected into her IV that would cause her organs to shut ...
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What legal action will be taken on me if I kill the alternate myself from other reality? [closed]

so another me from alternate reality comes to meet me and I had to kill him for some reasons and I'm caught by the police. Following scenario takes place in US and our world is unaware of alternate ...
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What's the stealthiest way to knock someone out? [closed]

A sneaky character needs to incapacitate someone. It's a sensitive situation, so this must be done quickly, quietly, and reliably. The target is a healthy human adult. Killing the target is highly ...
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Small flying drones with firearms are legal [closed]

In this hypothetical world which is very similar to our world, small drones carrying light firearms (think handgun) are made legal. They were first mostly used as home security systems. They fly ...
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How to catch a Faceless Man?

Imagine that in modern world, a Faceless Man of Braavos is walking among us. He is able to completely change his appearance in a split second, and, unfortunately, keeps killing people. Would it be ...
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What if hell is real… by necromancy?

This story set in a medieval world, where necromancy is forbidden by law, but openly deployed by the church to simulate hell. There is a dedicated pool of fire just below the church of this kingdom, ...
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What would cause a modern society to discount a real-world, happening-in-plain-sight conspiracy?

Where conspiracy is defined as: an agreement between persons who intend to gain some collective advantage while keeping their agreement secret from the public or from other people affected by it. ...
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Unidentifiable body [closed]

A man is under interrogation: he is a suspect in the case of his ex. She has disappeared a couple of weeks ago, and around the same time the police has found the remainders nearby. Surely, it is not ...
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How can elemental magic aid forensic in a magical murder?

The ideal murder weapon is probably an icicle, because then you can melt the evidence Well, it's far from perfect. At least when magic kicks in. The story is set in this modern world, with elemental ...
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How to track down a killer who can steal DNA using 21st century science? [closed]

Let's say that a youth had been bitten by a radioactive octopus and gained an ability to temporarily splice the host DNA with one or more foreign DNAs. Below is a general breakdown of how this special ...
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How to prevent invisible people from committing crimes?

The year is 2020, 98% of the world population are normal people with normal skills, two percent (2%) are people who have the ability to become invisible at will. The majority of the invisible people ...
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Can I reduce the crime rate by penalizing criminals' children socially?

This is a social engineering method. The government takes background checks very seriously. A person's moral standing is not only determined by the actions of the person themselves, but also by his/...
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How far would information about a criminal spread in Medieval times?

One of my characters is an assassin and mercenary. He's killed plenty of nobles and participated in a couple wars all across the continent. For the story to work, I need other criminals to know who he ...
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Can estrogen be used to lower the criminal rate of a civilization?

I'm imagining a civilization trying to lower the criminal rate as low as possible in order to become a peaceful place. Suppose the criminal rate of that virtual civilization currently is not awfully ...
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How to organize crime?

A middle income country with weak institutions, which is heavily dependent on tourism and trade for its foreign currency, has a problem with rising crime rates. There are many petty criminals from ...
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How can you punish someone without causing suffering? [closed]

Imagine a world where any human suffering caused by other humans creates demons in the world. A cruel word may spawn a mischievous sprite. A murder may create a prowler that would crawl the streets ...
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Can crime still exist if mages can see the past?

In my world one of the branches of magic is Sight; foresight, farsight and hindsight. Foresight is basically the gift of prophecy. It's limited in that the world doesn't exist in a fixed timeline, so ...
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Freelance detectives

Bad guys will do bad things, no matter how far in the future we go to. Even with space travel and other lifeforms to live alongside humanity, crime will rear its ugly head no anywhere, anytime. So ...
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Could this villainous urban development scheme be easily detected?

THE SCENARIO: I've been inspired by shows like The Shield and The Wrong Mans to come up with my own (even more flamboyantly evil) development scheme, to use as the backdrop for the action in a low sci-...
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Which businesses/industries can easily and efficiently launder money? [closed]

In a world roughly like ours, I have $millions per year, variable, in illegal income that I want to launder through a legitimate business. I want to be able to scale the business up and down to fit ...
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Criminal justice if people could live arbitrarily long lives

In modern society the main punishment for a crime is either imprisonment or financial penalty. Even if you're a billionaire, a 20 year prison sentence isn't something to brush off, and a large fine ...
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An unusual crime-and-punishment scenario - is it plausible?

In this scenario, there is a particular regime wherein the punishment for any and all violent crime is the same- a single gash to the neck. Upon pronouncement of guilt by the crown or a recognized ...
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Surveillance: Big Brother Is Watching

Say there was a totalitarian regime that controlled 1 billion people. The GDP is ~$50,000 per capita. This regime has nigh on total control over them, however, rebels are still considered a serious ...
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Do children have to pay for their parents’ crimes? [closed]

Question: Do children have to pay for their parents’ crimes? This is a follow up question to my previous question (Who owns genes?), but with some added stuff. In this world, they also have memory ...
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Why won't police help? [closed]

I am writing a book where time travelers want to kill me because I foil their plan in the future. Luckily I find out before it's too late. Obviously, the best plan to protect myself from future ...
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Telepath wants to steal money morally [closed]

Let's say we have a simple Telepath (mind control and reading). This Telepath is not interested in being a superhero. He doesn't want to mess around with stopping criminals and stuff because he has a ...
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Slum City: A Successful War on Drugs

In my story, there is a city which has fallen from grace and is embroiled in gang wars, drug cartels, and other generally high crime rates. When the main characters come in, the condition has been ...
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In a world with a robot police force, how will criminals adapt?

My question was inspired by that one on robot police Imagine a world where police is mostly operated by robots, at least for the simple operations that does not need high-level decisions. Of course, ...
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Could large but sparsely populated country control its borders?

Suppose there's a country which is very large by land area, (close to the size of Brazil), but which has a very small population (1.5 million). Majority of the population lives in a several high ...
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Transform an island to a large scale prison

In a society with near future levels of technology, the crime rate reached a high degree and the government decided to transform an island (which was a city) into a large prison, or an exile/...
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Would policemen still be around if one must have their limbic system partially removed?

Year 2023 C.E. crimes rate soar in every parts of US and there are corruption at every corners of the once mightiest nation in the world. The new president elect Mr. User6760 (wins 540 votes before ...
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How would psychics employed by Customs or the Coast Guard use their abilities?

I have a question for those familiar with the dark arts. I am looking for answers from people with knowledge of clairvoyance and psychic abilities (no matter how they came upon this knowledge!) to ...
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Slum City: What Causes Drug Addiction and Drug Cartels

In my story, there is a city which has fallen from grace and is embroiled in gang wars, drug cartels, and other generally high crime rates. How can I plausibly explain this transition? What causes ...
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In a Westworld-esque Park, How Do I Prevent Humans Killing Each Other?

For those who have (for some unfathomable reason) not yet watched the HBO series or the 1973 original, Westworld is a robotic amusement park, populated by incredibly lifelike machines (hosts) where ...
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How to design a sort of semi-innocuous penal district?

Setting: Partially rebuilt post apocalyptic world Technology: Comparable to early 21st century Affluence: First-world equivalent Capital city with a few million people Extra info concerning ...
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How can I apply SIMPLE unique nicknames for criminals in a rather gigantic world?

At the beginning of my worldbuilding, I thought it would be nice to bond nicknames for characters of either highlighted importance or supernatural power. This naturally appearing differentiation is a ...
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What impact would a society that had no imprisonment have on the people in it?

Let's say that you have a society where imprisonment was either impossible (no room, or maybe if one person was locked away, the entire society would collapse because everyone had a designated role ...