Chapter 10 Bad Guys Do This for a Living… So Don’t Get Cocky
“Obviously crime pays, or there’d be no crime.” – G. Gordon Liddy
Habitual criminal statutes, sometimes known as “3‐strikes and you’re out” laws, are designed keep individuals that society is unable to rehabilitate off the streets. In 2006, Daimon Monroe (aka Daimon Hoyt) was tried in the state of Nevada under a habitual criminal statute after being convicted for more than 30 felony counts in three different jury trials. He had previously been convicted of 15 felony counts in a criminal case in 1992, two additional felony counts in 1993, and two more in 1996. While most of his convictions were for commercial burglaries, one was for being an ex‐felon in possession of a firearm while another was for evading police during a car chase that resulted in a rollover crash. According to court documents, after completing his second prison stint in 2001 Monroe returned to his life of crime almost immediately after being released, stealing more than $2,000,000 worth of cash and merchandise in several hundred burglaries before he was caught again in 2006. District Court Judge Stewart Bell sentenced Monroe to life in prison without the possibility of parole for his crimes. But, that’s not the end of his story… After being locked away he was later tried and convicted for soliciting the murder of the judge along with a prosecutor and the police detective who had investigated him.
What do you do for a living? You might be an accountant, architect, lawyer, IT professional, or engineer, someone for whom a harsh words or a pink slip are the worst things you might expect on the job. Or, maybe you’re a doctor, someone who’s seen the impact of violence from time to time, but who hasn’t really experienced homicidal violence directed against you up close and personal. Or, maybe you’re in the “fighting” profession, say a martial arts instructor, Olympic judo practitioner, professional boxer, or MMA competitor or coach, but that’s really more of a sport than the real thing isn’t it? Or, maybe you actually are a violence professional, say a soldier, law enforcement officer, bodyguard, or bouncer. In that case you’ve definitely got an inkling for what violence is all about, likely including firsthand experience, but then again your rules of engagement tend to drive far different constraints and outcomes than the guys who make a living by breaking the rules that polite society operates under. Whoever you are, whatever you do, we think it’s a safe bet that you don’t operate outside the law. You go to school or hold a regular job, perhaps more than one.
You go to work, pay your taxes, and except for the occasional speeding ticket or parking violation generally lead a forthright lifestyle. Certainly you don’t commit felonies for a living. You are the good guy (or gal), and that’s a good thing. But, if you find yourself tangling with someone who has a different worldview, someone who sees you as a resource to take or an obstacle to overcome, it is vital to understand that person isn’t like you. They think differently, act differently, and operate in an entirely different manner. To put it another way, you might be a professional criminal if:…
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