Do you care about unfairness?
Are you concerned by discrimination based on race, gender, wealth or looks?
Are you a writer, student, artist, or public speaker interested in examples of bias in the criminal justice system?
If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, you’ve come to the right place. Welcome!
I’m Karl Schonborn – a criminologist, true-crime author, and TV producer. I studied at the foremost criminology center in the country located at the U.of Pennsylvania in Philly. I earned a PhD there and had classes with Marvin Wolfgang and Thorsten Sellin. They’re respectively, the Dean and Father of American Criminology.
As a professor I specialize in the Law Enforcement part of crim. The other two areas are Courts and Corrections (prisons mostly). I’ve written five academic books and taught thousands of students.
Besides these books, I’ve written the two books noted below for general readers, and I hope they interest you.
At this website I offer useful tips and tutorials for writers, journalists, students of crim and criminal justice. This site started out as a place for me to share information about bullying, especially that triggered by lookism. But now the site contains information from bias (beyond bullying) to bloodletting (an everyday word for violent crime).
This is because I’ve started to research the notion of privilege as it relates to violent crime. Many scholars focus on how the under-privileged are routinely discriminated against by the crim justice system. This is important work.
My focus here, though, is on the flip side of the topic. It’s on how the system treats the over-privileged. These are almost always white men who are either wealthy, gifted (athletically, intellectually), or ambitious and well-connected. They often-as-not get acquittals or lenient sentencing for heinous crimes like murder.
Privilege is a vital topic these days, and it needs more attention. If you agree or are and advocate for bias awareness and research, join my mailing list and receive a freebie. Along with journalists, true-crime writers, and crim students, you should find this website interesting.
Click on the links below that interest you the most – from BULLYING TO BLOODLETTING:
This is a comprehensive site with much information about privilege, discrimination, and criminal justice. Here are some good places to start.
Interested in developing your skills regarding criminology research, crime writing, or sleuthing (whether you suspect you’re dating a baddie or a sex offender’s moved into your neighborhood)? That and more in my new series of criminology research tutorials.
My first non-academic book, Cleft Heart, is a memoir of how I went from being bullied for my unintelligible cleft-palate speech to debating at Yale alongside former Secretary of State, John Kerry.
Not just any celebrities, but anti-bully heroes, and those who’ve overcome the odds to find fame in a beauty-obsessed world. That includes:
- those who are allies to those with cleft palates, such as John McCain
- high achievers who didn’t let a birth defect stand in their way, such as Joaquin Pheonix, Stacy Keach, and Peyton Manning
I’m also a painter, and many classic celebrities are depicted in my Heroes, Villains and Fools life-sized painting series.
Abusers, bullies, psychopaths, criminal masterminds and more. I’m driven to call attention to those who take advantage, from white collar criminals to hackers to serial killers. This includes celebrity villains like OJ Simpson and fun takes on pop culture, Scariest Horror Villains of all time?
I write about bullies and those in the crusade against them.
- List of anti-bullying organizations
- Much like McGruff the crime dog, my pooch is my cyberbullying mascot. Monte’s his name, and he’s out to spread awareness of this growing problem.
- Because I was born a cleft, I do all I can to support those born with birth defects, and to defend them from bullies. (My cleft palate resources list may be particularly helpful to parents.)
This work-in-progress is about the highly privileged white killers and everyday psychopaths I’ve had the misfortune to know as friends or acquaintances. They posed a shocking challenge to my beliefs. I had to lose some of my idealism or risk losing my wife, even my life.