Of course when I saw that headline online, I had to read on. Much to my surprise, the story wasn't about American criminals. This story generated out of Sweden, where it appears baby boomer men over there are causing the crime rate to skyrocket.
In 2001, the number of suspects in criminal investigations over the age of 50 was about 11,000. By last year, the number had increased to 21,000.
Law enforcement officials blame the lawlessness on the fact that the older generation is more active because they're traveling more and getting married later in life. They also grew up during a time of large scale social upheaval with more drugs about and less social control
And check this out: Fishing offenses are at the top of the list of crimes committed by the more mature Swedish criminal at 42 percent.
Meanwhile, 33 percent are suspected of indecent exposure offenses and another 33 percent of drunk driving.
In addition, 28 percent have purchased sex and 19 percent are under suspicion for other various sexual offenses.
Only 1.5 percent of the mature suspects are involved in aggravated robbery and one percent are under suspicion of mugging or burglary.
Only two Swedes over 50 have been caught actively defacing public property.
Well, the Swedish boomers have nothing on the boomers over here. Did you know America's Top CEO's (all boomers) earned $5.4 billion in 2009 as a result of corporate greed?
Here are the Top Ten Highest Pad CEO's according to Forbes magazine:
Richard Fairbank, age 55, Capital One Financial, earned $249 million
Terry Semel, age 63, Yahoo, earned $230.5 million
Henry Silverman, age 65, Cendant, earned $139.9 million
Bruce Karatz, age 60, KB Homes, earned $135.5 million
Richard S Fuld, Jr., age 60, Lehman Bros. Holdings, earned $122.6 million
Ryan R. Irani, age 71, Occidental Petroleum, earned $80.7 million
Lawrence J. Ellison, age 61, Oracle, earned $75.3 million
John W. Thompson, age 57, Symantec, earned $71.8 million
Edwin M. Crawford, age 57, Caremark Rx, earned $69.6 million
Angelo R. Mozilo, age 67, Countrywide Financial, earned $68.85 million
Is there really any comparison?