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Rap Sheet: Which classic monster is the worst offender?

First Published      Last Updated Oct 28 2013 11:30 am

Disclaimer: The should not be taken as any form of legal counsel or guidance; there may be errors in interpretation of the law and there may be crimes and violations missing from this list. I am not an officer or an attorney; I am a movie fan with a blog.

Since it's almost Halloween, I took on seven classic movie monsters in this week's Rap Sheet — The Wolfman, Frankenstein's monster, Dracula, Gill-man, The Invisible Man, The Mummy and Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde — to find out which blasphemous horror is the worst of the worst. Could it be the patriarch of monster-dom, the dreaded count? Or is there a dark horse in this race?

Place your bets on this monster mash and read on!

Larry Talbot, "The Wolfman" (1941)

Voyeurism • Talbot, with the aid of a telescope, watches Gwen Conliffe in her second-story bedroom.

Homicide • Talbot, as a werewolf, attacks and kills a grave digger.

Obstruction of justice • Talbot cleans up the muddy wolf tracks leading to his window after he kills the grave digger.

Two counts of assault • Talbot, once again in his werewolf state, attacks his father and Conliffe in the woods.

Verdict • At only five crimes, one of the most obviously remorseful monsters in the bunch also has the least number of offenses to feel bad about. Had he not been beaten to death in the woods, Talbot would have served up to life in prison for killing the grave digger, plus 16.5 years imprisonment for everything else. That is one short stint compared to where things go from here.

The monster, "Frankenstein" (1931)

Three counts of homicide • The monster kills Fritz (Henry Frankenstein's assistant), then Waldman (Franksenstein's mentor).Then, upon escaping from the windmill-turned-laboratory, the monster meets a little girl and throws her in a lake, causing her to drown.

Criminal trespass • The monster enters Frankenstein's home, regardless of what fear that would cause.

Assault • The monster attacks Frankenstein, knocking him unconscious.

Kidnapping and attempted homicide • The monster carries Frankenstein to the windmill, from the top of which he then throws the scientist.

Verdict • There's a case to be made whether the monster is competent to stand trial for his seven crimes. Convictions would land him up to three life sentences, plus 31 years imprisonment. Lucky for you, Jim Dalrymple and I are having that argument later this week. Be sure to tune back in to the crime blog when that goes up!

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