I've been doing IR CCTV for years and if your perp wears a grey hoody and
grey sweats you'll be lucky to get a grainy, fuzzy photo of a guy who could
be the Unabomber (especially if he wears shades). At least the wildlife
still camera traps have resonable resolution but if detected are stolen or
smash up very nicely.
My view? Stalkers demand ambushing and nothing less. It's probably one of
the fundamental pillars of human intelligence - learning to reverse predate.
Some anthros believed that happened when our ancestors realized that those
marks the saw on the ground would lead to food. We moved from senses such
as smell to visual senses, like following footprints in the snow. Our eyes
improved, our noses got less sensitive and we began to kill anything we
could find at either end of those tracks, mammoth or mouse.
That's why when it comes to burglars staking out your house, you gotta catch
'em and learn 'em. Nail 'em up. Nail some *sense* into them! If that's too
extreme for your taste, stun batons, baseball bats, and golf clubs all work.
I'll bet you could even use a rope net jungle snare and play "Misery" with
them until the police come to get them. Or maybe even "Pulp Fiction" or
"Deliverance" if your tastes run that way.
You've got the right idea. It's a number one dopey thing to do. But I doubt
he would go down for only manslaughter. Maybe if it's Christmas Eve and the
DA just won the lottery and felt generous.
It's murder one because a) he came here and asked for advice on how to do it
and b) was told of the legal jeopardy issues by many posters. If he still
built his sashocuter after knowing all this, it's premeditated murder. It's
almost a text-book example of premeditation. We're the meditating part.
While human beings get hot enough to kill over property crimes, the cold
dispassionate law doesn't see it that way. Still, I believe it's not an
insignificant number of murders that are committed every year over property
crimes, and IIRC they are a close second domestic abuse murders.
Some of those killings are truly manslaughter where no one started out with
an intent to kill but some guy catches some other guy stealing his brand new
(insert stealable item name here) and brains him with a piece of rebar that
was just lying around. Could be murder two, could be manslaughter. Depends
how many whacks he gave him, etc. I wonder how many people have met their
maker at the end of a section of rebar? I'll bet it's more than 100.
A while back there was a news story about a local machine shop owner
who killed a burglar who broke into his business one night. The dead
perp was found with a screwdriver in his cold dead hand. No charges
were brought against the machine shop owner and there were no more
reported burglaries of his business.
Booby traps are illegal per se and have been since, I dunno, the Norman
Conquest. Irrespective of whether anyone is hurt by a booby-trap, its mere
presence is a crime!
There are many people who could legally enter your property without your
permission - or even without your knowledge - and should not be fearful of
injury. These people include:
* A police officer with a valid warrant,
* A firefighter or other emergency worker,
* A child - who has no criminal liability
* A civil trespasser trying to get out of the cold
* Postal or utility workers,
* Game wardens in search of an injured animal
* ANYONE who can claim exigent circumstances; that is, where a life was in
danger. This could be as simple as a frantic citizen searching your yard for
a 2x4 to pry open a smashed door for the auto collision in front of your
Note that ALL of the above almost always have a legal right to be in your
yard or even your house. Without your knowledge or permission.
It would be legal (and probably cheaper) to simply erect burglar bars on the
windows. Or get a dog.
I caught part of one of those cops shows some time back and the police
were after a drug dealer. After the police smashed their way into the
alleged drug dealers apartment and apprehended him, one of the criminal
charges was "Making it difficult for police to break in." I was
astonished at that and left wondering what jurisdiction it was that had
such a law? I wonder if there is a requirement in that jurisdiction
that citizens provide a special key to government agents so they may
easily bypass their burglar bars?
It wouldn't be too hard to reinforce a door such that the cops couldn't
knock it down with the stuff they normally carry (solid steel fire door,
refinforced door jambs set in concrete, bars, etc.).
They'd have to call the fire department, which is terribly embarrassing.
The cops would not be in a good mood once they DID get in.
I had never heard of such a criminal charge. It reminded me of a law
here in Alabamastan where those caught with illegal drugs are charged
with "Failure to affix a tax stamp" I have actually asked a couple of
sheriffs where such tax stamps can be purchased? One didn't know if the
stamps were available and another said they were. It's not illegal for
law enforcement personnel to lie to a citizen. :-)
I noticed recently that folks like Blago and a number of other were
convicted of lying to FBI agents. I thought the Jon Benet Ramsey case
proved that you didn't EVER have to talk to a law enforcement officer if you
chose not to. How stupid can you be to not only talk to them, but lie to
them? Rod Blago stupid, apparently.
I had run some lag bolts through the side of the door. I came home one
weekend to find the house next to me burned down and my door frame
chopped up. The door did not budge until they chopped out the frame. I
had a fire idling in the wood stove (a little chimney smoke) and they
came in to investigate.
> The cops would not be in a good mood once they DID get in.
I wasn't in such a good mood either.
On Sun, 24 Oct 2010 06:43:48 -0700 (PDT), " email@example.com"
Yes! 1986 in Miami.
But don't be 'stoooopid' and try it, you will not get off like this
Post a sign: "Can you catch bullets in your teeth" <G>
Are you planning to be home when this happens? That's the only way you
could claim a no-retreat "castle defense." Otherwise it sounds just like
pre-meditated murder which. Depending on how ugly you are (jury sympathy
factor) and the length of your criminal record, a window-sash electrocuter
could get you the death sentence.
Ironically, in the State of Florida you get a choice of deaths and
electrocution is one of them but probably not by window sill, though. You'd
need Johny Cochrane to get you off on a charge like that and that's ain't
happening 'cause he be DEAD. (But his chain of law firms took a long time
figuring that out, judging by their TV ads.)
add a nightime bsecurity camera and record all activity. catch your
neighbor vandalyzing proscute him.
thats far better than being charged with murder if a kid happens to
get shocked and killed...
then it would be you in legal trouble
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