Consultant: I’ll Study Crime During Robbery Term


An author and former crime consultant welcomed a nine-and-one-half year bank robbery sentence yesterday in Kansas City, saying it would give him more time to study criminal behavior, reports the Kansas City Star. Bearing the scars of a recent beating in jail, John L. Stanley, 61, said that more must be done to dissuade children from the life of crime that he embraced for years. “I’ve talked to kids about crime across this country and on three continents,” Stanley said. “But there are some things about crime that you can’t understand unless you get into the belly of the beast.”

Stanley is a self-described “master criminal” who purportedly had reformed and often wrote and lectured about crime prevention. Beginning in the 1960s, Stanley was charged and convicted of nonviolent property crimes, mostly theft, passing bad checks, and auto theft. After his release from federal prison in 1989, he began taking criminology courses at the University of Texas in Austin. He worked as a crime consultant to the insurance industry. He was the host of a Sunday evening radio program in Dallas called “Crime Wise With John Stanley.”


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