No Regrets and Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files, by Ann Rule

By Ann Rule

A ship's pilot mythical for directing great freighters in the course of the narrows of Puget Sound, Rolf Neslund used to be a proud Norwegian, a ladies' guy, and a loved resident of Washington State's idyllic Lopez Island. almost indestructible even into his golden years, he made electrifying headlines greater than as soon as: after a boat he was once helming crashed into the hovering West Seattle Bridge, inflicting thousands in damages; and following his inexplicable disappearance at age eighty. was once he a suicide, a guy damaged by means of one expensive misstep? Had he run off with a lifelong love? Or did a path of grotesque facts bring about the house Rolf shared together with his spouse, Ruth? On an island the place each person inspiration they knew their buddies, the veneer of the Neslunds' marriage masked a convoluted case that took decades to resolve. And, certainly, a few nonetheless think that the previous sea captain will come domestic in the future. "The Sea Captain" is a vintage story as blood chilling as homicide itself. besides six different both riveting, distinctive debts of destruction and homicide dedicated with no judgment of right and wrong or remorse, Ann Rule takes readers into scary locations they by no means may have imagined in No Regrets.

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99 This has in turn fuelled suggestions that even organized crime is better thought of not as a closed, directed enterprise, but as an open activity or method, culture, system or form of power into which a range of actors can tap. 108 As Southerland and Potter note: € viewed from a distance, criminal enterprises might give the impression of producing a very high volume of illicit activity, which because of its prevalence seems highly organized, and … appears to be a single organization or several very large organizations.

144 But this description overlooks the transac34 THE STRATEGIC ORGANIZATION OF CRIME tional nature of corruption, which exchanges an illegal or illicit exercise of governmental discretion (whether in a position of public office or private authority) for a criminal rent. Corruption subverts the exercise of governmental power through threats and/or payments, giving privileged access to public contracts, protecting criminals from law enforcement or targeting a criminal group’s rivals. In some cases, criminal groups use corruption to influence the way that the state defines and regulates criminal activity, to their advantage.

As Adam Elkus notes of Mexico: Much of the violence associated with the drug war is … vicious gang warfare, mutilation and beheadings, and bizarre pseudo-religious sects known as narcocultos. Such behaviors were once common in Europe—the Thirty Years’ War being the most prominent example—and do not change the fact that deliberate policy and strategy guides the violence, not mass brutality. 95 Still, it is one thing to say that crime—and associated violence—is rationally planned by individuals, and another to say that it is systematically, collectively organized.

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