Engineering is generally regarded as a profession of integrity. There are, however, exceptions.
Every year, a handful of engineers end up on the wrong side of the law, for offenses ranging from trade secret theft and spying to computer hacking and bank robbery. Because they’re a clever bunch, engineers tend to gravitate toward intellectual crimes, but a few have been known to cross over into violence, ranging from assault to murder.
Here, we’ve collected photos of some of engineering’s best-known offenders. From cloak-and-dagger spies to passionate pepper sprayers, we present some of the most notable, and strangest, of engineering’s malefactors.
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Murder (or Self-Defense)
Nearly 30 years after shooting four men he thought were trying to mug him on a New York subway, Bernhard Goetz’s name is still remembered internationally. Goetz, who held a BS in electrical and nuclear engineering from New York University, was acquitted of attempted murder and first degree assault charges, according to Wikipedia, but was convicted of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree.
(Source: Google Images/Time.com)