While, of course, violent crime such as rape, robbery and murder are WAY up there, I choose Public Corruption. I was the Chief of White Collar Crime in our county's District Attorney's Office for many years. The anguish these crimes cause is immeasurable. When you've had a Roman Catholic Priest cry in your arms you learn how damaging stealing money can be.
The usual response from lay people to such crimes is "it's only money," and, they're right, but when you see the three little old ladies whose retirement fund was systematically looted by their nephew who then dropped dead so I have no one to pay the money back, you get a better idea. (His wife claimed she knew nothing about it. Right - so where did your new kitchen come from and how 'bout all that traveling you did?) The BAST@RD was the Treasurer of a large Town, too and the Town's attorney facilitated it by running it through his Trust Account. The best I could do with him is blow him in to the Bar Association for a slap on the wrist.
Throw in Welfare Fraud in every shape THAT doozie comes in. Do you wonder why your taxes go through the roof? This is one of the reasons. When a Supervisor at the Welfare office manipulates a few pieces of paper to see that her daughter receives a couple hundred of dollars a month she's not entitled to, that hits your pocketbook as well. I could go on all afternoon.
Obviously, violent crime is the worst - like the 22 year old working at a half-way house for Juvenile Offenders. They thought she had some money in her purse so they decided to beat her to death with a table leg. Nice kids. This occurred about a mile from my house. A TABLE LEG!!!
Heard of Love Canal?? That was mine. Politicians and their favorite cronies ALLEGEDLY looted everything they could get out of that money. I could NOT prove it so that was that.
I'm going to stop now - my heart rate is through the roof.