Myths About Crime We Believe Thanks To Pop Culture

The influence of pop culture is a strange one. Sure, most of us are aware that the majority of movies and TV shows are simply works of fiction, but at the same time we're also convinced that fingerprints solve crimes, serial killers can crack a case better than law enforcement, and you can get away with bad behavior as long as you're the good guy. Now, you might not fall for such fictional trickeries, as we're sure you're already proudly proclaiming in the comment section, but not everyone is as insanely clever as you. Not even serial killers.

Because, thanks to pop culture, a lot of people believe:

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MYTH: CRACKEDCO Serial killers are geniuses. REALITYS It's mostly just the ones they make shows about. The latest studies put the average intelligence

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CRACKED COM TH: State with the most serial killers? Must be Florida, or California. REALITY: It's Alaska. Proportional to its population, Alaska wins

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CRACKEDGON TH: Bonnie and Clyde: The Legendary Bank Robbers. REALITY: They mostly robbed small grocery stores and gas stations. In the four years th

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MY TH: Chloroform can knock you out in seconds. REALITY Nope, try five minutes. While chloroform has been used in murder cases, it doesn't have an imm

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TH: CRACKED Most serial killers had an abusive childhood. REALITY: A whopping 70% of serial killers reported no child abuse. These numbers might inclu

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MYTH: CRACKED IF you get arrested, you can just remain silent and the cops must stop questioning you. REALITY: You have the right to remain silent, bu

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MYTH: CRACKEDGOM Mental illness and gun violence go hand in hand. REALITY: Incorrect. It's estimated that only 4% of all violent gun crimes involve me

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TH: CRACKED Found fingerprints at the crime scene? Bingo! REALITY: There are no true consensus as to how and if fingerprint forensics really work. The

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TH: Gunshots can easily knock you off your feet (and big guns will send you flying across the room). REALITY: If they did, the shooter would be flying

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CRACKEDCO MYTH: Human traffickers are almost always men. REALITY: Female traffickers make up a large part of all human traffickers. 37% of traffickers

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MYTH: Police can't enter your house without a warrant. RELALITY: If they suspect something is wrong, they can. Police are allowed to enter a house if

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MYTH: CRACKED Manson and his posse were serial killers. REALITY: None of them were. Serial murder is defined as the killing of three or more people by

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TH: CRACKEDGO Wait 24 hours before reporting a missing person. 12 Il 10 2 3 REALIMM' Don't. It might be too late. The first 48 hours are crucial. Some

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TH: CRACKED.COM Cops manhandling a suspect in a movie or TV show? It's okay if it's the good guys doing it. REALITY: No, it really isn't. A stuDY of