My Only Weakness Is A List Of Crime

crime (n.)
mid-13c., "sinfulness, infraction of the laws of God," from Old French crimne "crime, mortal sin" (12c., Modern French crime), from Latin crimen (genitive criminis) "charge, indictment, accusation; crime, fault, offense," perhaps from cernere "to decide, to sift" (from PIE root *krei- "to sieve," thus "discriminate, distinguish").

But Klein (citing Brugmann) rejects this and suggests *cri-men, which originally would have been "cry of distress" (Tucker also suggests a root in "cry" words and refers to English plaint, plaintiff, etc.).

Meaning "offense punishable by law, act or omission which the law punishes in the name of the state" is from late 14c. Sense of "any great wickedness or wrongdoing" is from 1510s. The Latin word is glossed in Old English by facen, which also meant "deceit, fraud, treachery." Crime wave first attested 1893, American English.

True Crime books at Goodreads

  • Raw Deal: A Question Of Consent
  • The Cove
  • Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills
  • A River Below
  • Making a Murderer
  • Blackfish
  • The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
  • Virunga
  • Shoah
  • O.J.: Made in America
  • Night and Fog
  • M
  • The Look of Silence
  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father
  • The Act of Killing
  • The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On
  • 13th
  • LA 92
  • The Times of Harvey Milk
  • Time: The Kalief Browder Story
  • Badlands
  • The Thin Blue Line
  • Zodiac
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • The Keepers
  • Tower
  • The Staircase
  • At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal
  • Breathless
  • In Cold Blood
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • Let the Fire Burn
  • Vengeance Is Mine
  • Shadow of Truth
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Monsieur Verdoux
  • State of Siege
  • Bus 174
  • Night Will Fall
  • The Two Escobars
  • Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
  • West of Memphis
  • Devil's Freedom
  • Murder on a Sunday Morning
  • Stemple Pass
  • The House I Live In
  • Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
  • The Murder of Fred Hampton
  • Lorena
  • The Central Park Five
  • Brother's Keeper
  • The Hunting Ground
  • Fruitvale Station
  • Capturing the Friedmans
  • Elephant
  • The Imposter
  • Angst
  • Wormwood
  • Bloody Sunday
  • Taxi to the Dark Side
  • The Invisible War
  • Terror at the Mall
  • Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.
  • Deliver Us from Evil
  • The Man Who Saw Too Much
  • One Day in September
  • Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
  • I Am Evidence
  • Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine
  • Tickled
  • The Apple
  • Last Day of Freedom
  • One Year in a Life of Crime
  • All This Mayhem
  • Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
  • Jonestown: Terror in the Jungle
  • Boys Don't Cry
  • Peace Officer
  • Fantastic Lies
  • Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple
  • Heavenly Creatures
  • Almost Holy
  • Emanuel
  • A Man Vanishes
  • The Deathmaker
  • Bowling for Columbine
  • Paradise Lost 2: Revelations
  • The Fear of 13
  • The Killing of America
  • Speaking Is Difficult
  • American Dreams (Lost And Found)
  • Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie
  • The Seven Five
  • Waco: The Rules of Engagement
  • Cartel Land
  • Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland
  • Disgraced
  • Bronson
  • Gideon's Army
  • Incident at Oglala