It's hard to find a much bigger cliche than "you can't judge a book by its cover," but there is no one shape, size or mold by which the typical criminal can be measured or else catching them would be a whole lot easier. Sure, it's awfully tempting to identify those who look guilty or carry a creepy vibe, but sometimes the person you least suspect is who you should truly be leery of.
Recently, hit shows like Breaking Bad, Dexter and Weeds have woven compelling narratives by leading their unsuspecting central characters down a criminal path to create a complex, layered story. In a case of life imitating art, it seems that modern criminals aren't always what they seem. A 2015 Bloomberg Business report highlighted a sharp uptick in elderly crime throughout the world, most notably in South Korea, Japan and the UK.
And it isn't just the elderly who are committing more crimes. Digitally savvy young people have used the internet as a shrouded, anonymous platform for crimes like identity theft and financial fraud. In short, anyone could be up to some nefarious, seedy activities, so trust no one. Okay, so that seems like a bit of an over-reaction, but this list of some of the world's most unsuspecting criminals might just have you looking at some of your friendly neighbors and acquaintances in a bit of a different light.
10 Laurence McCall
9 Yongela Ward
8 Jonathan Lebed
7 Philip Markoff
6 Tween Heist
5 Ron Rocca
4 Senior Jewel Thieves
3 Matthew Weigman
2 The Cambridge Two
1 Anna Gristina
Anna Gristina was a pillar of her neighborhood community in Monroe, NY, a married mother of four and a noted animal lover who had been recognized for her pig rescuing efforts. Ultimately, however, she would be recognized for something far different after being exposed as the head of a multi-million dollar brothel in Manhattan's Upper East Side. Gristina's other identity had remained so shrouded in secrecy that even her husband was blindsided, despite her 15 years as the lead madam of the establishment. Suspected of employing the services of underage prostitutes to service her high-powered clientele, Gristina has since opened up and begun naming names in hopes of cutting her jail time.
Sources: Abc15.com, Businessinsider.com, Ca.complex.com, Foxcarolina.com, Cracked.com, Theguardian.com
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