Investigative Reporting

May 7, 2012
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May 7, 2012 Special to Crime Magazine “Shadow People” — the term refers to hallucinogenic figures glimpsed by methamphetamine addicts after days without sleep. But, in reality, it’s the addicts themselves who are living in a shadow, growing in numbers, becoming an alarming...
Jan 30, 2012
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Special to Crime Magazine An excerpt from the recently released book Scapegoat: The Chino Hills Murders and the Framing of Kevin Cooper by J. Patrick O’Connor, editor of Crime Magazine.  Published in January of 2012 by Strategic Media Books, Scapegoat is available at...
Oct 13, 2009
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Updated January 14, 2007 Kelly Michaels The Wee Care case that sentenced Kelly Michaels to prison for 47 years was typical of the child-abuse hysteria that gripped the United States in the 1980s. At the peak of the frenzy of the great day-care witch hunt, it was the day-...
Oct 10, 2009
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June 20, 2007 An excerpt from Ron Chepesiuk's Drug Lords: the Rise and Fall of the Cali Cartel, chronicling how the longest running and most important investigation in DEA history began. Originally published in 2005 in paperback by Milo Books, the book has been expanded...
Oct 10, 2009
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Updated June 20, 2007 Jason Wayne McVean The great Southwest manhunt of 1998 came to a quiet close on June 10, 2007.  by Hal Mansfield The Great Southwest Manhunt of 1998 came to an end on June 10, 2007, not with blazing gunfire, but when a solitary cowboy got...
Oct 10, 2009
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Updated Oct. 16, 2006 Mary and Robert Halsey The courtroom testimony of twin 8-year-old boys – a concoction of fantasy and fear – led to a life sentence for Robert Halsey in 1993. In 2004 the National Center for Reason and Justice took up his case, but all of its appeals...
Oct 10, 2009
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April 14, 2003 JonBenet Ramsey by Ryan Ross Copyright by Ryan Ross. 2003. All rights reserved. Related Story: The Murder of JonBenét Ramsey by JJ Maloney and J. Patrick O'Connor Editor's Note: On July 9, 2008, Boulder County District Attorney Mary Lacy stated that...
Oct 10, 2009
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The FBI's vaunted crime lab is a scandal of atrocious forensic science. Its "junk science" permeates the U.S. criminal justice system as it bogus "findings" routinely punish the innocent and set the guilty free, affecting thousands of lives in the process. by John F. Kelly...
Oct 10, 2009
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Could a Midwestern resort town with a struggling economy be bamboozled out of $25 million by a chain-smoking, fancy-dressing New Yorker? Yes. So how much time did this flimflam man get? Six months. by Ronald J. Lawrence Prologue When Harvey Martin Zelin came to the Lake of...
Oct 10, 2009
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Downtown Pacific MO Lawyers don't always confine their differences to the courtroom. Attorney Joseph Langworthy's murder was a cold-blooded execution paid for by an attorney so well connected that the chief of police "lost" all the evidence in the case for over a year. by...

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