Crime Trivia

100+ Best Crime Trivia Questions & Answers

Mike Oberman

Updated: June 30th, 2023

Discover fascinating facts about crime and criminals with these 107+ mind-boggling crime trivia questions. From notorious assassinations to infamous criminals, this trivia collection will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Assassinations Trivia

Question: In 2008, Ingrid Betancourt was released after being held captive by FARC guerillas for 6 years. Where do FARC operate?

Answer: Colombia

Question: In what year did convicted murderess Ruth Ellis infamously become the last woman to be hanged in Britain?

Answer: 1955

Question: Who was arrested in public toilets on Hampstead Heath in September 2008 for possession of Classes A and C drugs?

Answer: George Michael

Question: Whose unjust hanging eventually caused the British parliament to abolish capital punishment?

Answer: Timothy Evans

Question: What name was given to the serial murderer who terrorised the Whitechapel area of London in the late 1880s?

Answer: Jack the Ripper

Question: Who did Leon Czolgosz assassinate in the first half of the 20th century?

Answer: President McKinley

Question: Who killed John Lennon?

Answer: Mark Chapman

Question: Who did John Hinckley try to kill in the '80s?

Answer: Ronald Reagan

Question: How old was Lee Harvey Oswald when he allegedly shot JFK?

Answer: 24

Question: Which US President was assassinated in 1865 by John Wilkes Booth?

Answer: Abraham Lincoln

Infamous Trials Trivia

Question: When O.J.Simpson was convicted of armed robbery in 2008, it was 13 years to the day that he'd been acquitted for what?

Answer: Murder

Question: How many people in total died when Karst Tates attempted an attack, in his car, on the Dutch Royal Family in 2009?

Answer: 6

Question: The body of which alleged assassin was exhumed in October 1981, for confirmation of identity?

Answer: Lee Harvey Oswald

Question: The last person to be burned at the stake in Britain was Christian Murphy in 1789. What was her crime?

Answer: Forging coins

Question: Which country's Prime Minister was shot dead in 1986 whilst walking home from the theater?

Answer: Sweden

Question: For what crime were the Tolpuddle Martyrs convicted?

Answer: Taking an illegal oath

Question: Where is the present HQ of Interpol?

Answer: France

Question: In 1973, which Royal escaped a kidnap attempt in the Mall?

Answer: Princess Anne

Question: In which city did Al Capone establish his criminal organization?

Answer: Chicago

Question: On what charges was Lord Haw Haw tried at the end of WWII?

Answer: Treason

Criminals & Scandals Trivia

Question: Which elder statesman of pop wrote the book 'Inside Information' telling of his time spent in Pentonville?

Answer: Hugh Cornwell

Question: Following a 2008 Crimewatch appeal, Paul Hutchinson was charged with a murder that took place how many years previously?

Answer: 25

Question: Now generally known as 'Jack the Ripper', how was the mass murderer known at the time of his crimes?

Answer: Whitechapel Murderer

Question: What was the surname of Alexander, the former spy who was murdered in London in late 2006?

Answer: Litvinenko

Question: What profession was Harold Shipman, convicted of 15 murders but probably guilty of about 250?

Answer: Doctor

Question: In August 2009, what charges was Emmerdale star Lewis Linford cleared of?

Answer: Sexual assault

Question: In the UK, what percentage of crimes are committed by men?

Answer: 80

Question: How were the notorious Andreas and Ulrike better known in the 1970s?

Answer: Baader-Meinhof

Question: Which outlaw's trademark was a homemade metal helmet?

Answer: Ned Kelly

Question: Which real-life criminal is portrayed by Johnny Depp in the 2009 movie 'Public Enemies'?

Answer: John Dillinger

Terrorist Organizations Trivia

Question: In 2009, 11 members of the notorious Gooch Gang were found guilty of various. Where were they based?

Answer: Manchester

Question: In which city did Radovan Karadzic face trial in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in 2008?

Answer: The Hague

Question: Which serial killer claimed he was commanded to kill by a demon that possessed his Neighbor's dog?

Answer: David Berkowitz

Question: Which group claimed responsibility for the bombing of the Danish Embassy in Pakistan citing a cartoon as the reason?

Answer: Al-Qaeda

Question: In March 2009, which country saw a 17-year-old shoot dead 15 pupils and teachers at his former school?

Answer: Germany

Historical Crime Trivia

Question: In recent years, which criminal activity has been prevalent around the African country of Somalia?

Answer: Piracy

Question: In 2009, which former Olympic champion was sentenced to 4 years for fraud and money laundering?

Answer: Tim Montgomery

Question: What's the name of the woman who was held captive by her father for 24 years in a concealed basement in Austria?

Answer: Elisabeth

Question: With which infamous news story of the 20th century are the names Bernard Barker and Frank Sturgis linked?

Answer: Watergate scandal

Question: What's the name of the son of Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett Majors who was arrested in 2008 on drug charges?

Answer: Redmond O'Neal

Criminal Personalities Trivia

Question: Which murderer was the first to be caught by the use of ship-to-shore telegraph?

Answer: Dr Crippen

Question: Who is the most sued man in English legal history?

Answer: Ian Hislop

Question: In 1943, which Hollywood actor was charged with and acquitted of three counts of rape?

Answer: Errol Flynn

Question: Who was arrested in Miami in 1969 for allegedly exposing himself on stage?

Answer: Jim Morrison

Question: Which serial killer led a commune which called itself 'The Family'?

Answer: Charles Manson

Question: In which scandal of the 20th century were Bob Haldman and John Ehrlichman involved?

Answer: Watergate

Question: In which country saw its Prime Minister kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in 1978?

Answer: Italy

Question: In the '70s, whose downfall did the Watergate scandal ultimately bring about?

Answer: Richard Nixon

Question: Who was Vice President of the US when the Watergate Scandal was uncovered?

Answer: Gerald Ford

Question: Which former Olympic gymnastics champion was convicted of shoplifting in 2002?

Answer: Olga Korbut