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  • Serial Secrets: Catching a Killer

    "Serial Secrets: Catching a Killer" chronicles a Vermont police investigation into the mysterious disappearance of a suburban couple. Bill and Lorraine Currier were abducted from their Vermont home and brutally murdered by a serial killer. He would evade authorities for more than year. In that time, he would kill again. My coverage was the first to reveal his identity and how dangerous he really was. Despite being stonewalled at every turn, I was able to bring viewers exclusive reports that eventually sparked debate about the use of unnamed sources and the public's right to know details about an ongoing criminal case. The FBI has since revealed that Israel Keyes planned his murders years in advance, burying "kill kits" across the country. He confessed to murdering at least eight victims over the past decade before committing suicide in December. The details of his kills still haunt Vermonters today.

    Tags: Serial killer; Murder; Unnamed Sources

    By Jennifer Reading

    WCAX-TV (Burlington, Vt.)

    2012

  • The Pearl Project

    The Pearl Project spent more than 3 year investigating the 2002 kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. The investigation found that the kidnapping and murder was a multi-faceted, at times chaotic conspiracy. While only four men were convicted by Pakastani courts in the kidnapping and murder, the Pearl Project has identified 27 men who played a part in the events surrounding the case. It concluded that nearly half of those implicated in Pearl's abduction-murder remain free.

    Tags: Daniel Pearl; Pearl Project; Kidnapping; Pakastani; Wall Street Journal

    By Asra Q. Nomani; Barbara Feinman Todd

    Georgetown University

    2011

  • Japan: Hiding America's Children

    The story of 15 American fathers whose children were spirited away by their Japanese mothers. ABC News uncovered how these women have used the Japanese government's protection to keep their children hidden. FBI warrants, Interpol notices, U.S. custody decisions - none are recognized or enforced by the Japanese courts or law enforcement, leaving the fathers essentially helpless when it came to exercising their parental rights once the children were kidnapped to Japan.

    Tags: abduction; Japan; United States; children

    By Abbie Boudreau; Sarah Netter; Thomas Gubar; Jonathan Banner

    ABC News

    2011

  • The Pearl Project

    An investigation of the 2002 kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. The investigation found that the kidnapping and murder was a multifaceted, at times chaotic conspiracy. While only four men were convicted by Pakistani courts in the kidnapping and murder, the Pear Project has identified 27 men who played a part if the events surrounding the case. It concluded that nearly half of those implicated in Pearl's abduction-murder remain free.

    Tags: Daniel Pearl; kidnapping; murder; Wall Street Journal; conspiracy; investigation

    By Asra Q. Nomani; Barbara Feinman Todd

    Georgetown University

    2011

  • Walking into Danger

    The unprecedented investigation takes an in-depth look at child abduction in Chicago. The reporters found that every other day a stranger tries to lure or force a child into a building or vehicle. Furthermore, the majority of these predators avoided prison time due to breakdowns in the legal system.

    Tags: child abduction; kidnapping; sex offender; youth; predator

    By David Jackson; Gary Marx

    Chicago Tribune

    2010

  • The Stolen Child

    This is a story of the disappearance of Misty Copsey; currently it remains a cold-case left unsolved. A fall afternoon in 1992, the day Misty never came home from the county fair. This series sheds “new light on an investigation plagued by police blunders”. It also “uncovered the malignant impact of an intrusive bystander’s obsession and exposed the foibles of small-town cops whose missteps and misstatements went unchallenged for two decades”.

    Tags: police; law enforcement; kidnapped; Diane Smith; Puyallup; police department; runaway; vanish; abduction; evidence; investigation

    By Sean Robinson

    News Tribune (Tacoma, Wash.)

    2009

  • To Catch a Baby Broker

    The 18-month investigation looked into complaints about international adoption and the people who take advantage of unsuspecting, emotional adoptive parents. It focused on Guatemala's then-private adoption system, which was compared to a baby farm with allegations of fraud, extortion and baby selling.

    Tags: adoption; Guatemala; baby; undercover; abduction; children; fraud; extortion

    By Victoria Corderi; Benita Alexander-Noel; Leonor Ayala; Robert Brandel; Alvaro Trenchi

    NBC News

    2008

  • Teens and Strangers

    Children are taught to avoid strangers and dangerous situations, and should have these lessons ingrained by the time they are teenagers. The Early Show drove around in a van, attempting to lure teenagers - including students at Princeton University- into the car to find out just how well those lessons are learned, and how easy or difficult it would be to get a teenager to exhibit poor judgment. Using cover stories including being a film crew seeking young people for a commercial, and posing as a police officer, the show lured people into the van.

    Tags: abduction; kidnapping; strangers; lure; The Early Show

    By Susan Koeppen; Robert Powell; Michael Bass; Bob Davis

    CBS The Early Show

    2006

  • The CIA's Secret War Against Terrorism

    This series examines the inner workings, successes and failures of the CIA's covert campaign to capture or kill suspected terrorists. It exposed the existence of secret prisons in Eastern Europe, the death of a detainee in Afghanistan, the existence of intelligence centers around the globe, and the abduction of a radical cleric in Milan.

    Tags: CIA; war on terror; war on terrorism; detainees; covert action; intelligence; prisons; torture; Afghanistan; terrorists

    By Dana Priest

    Washington Post

    2005

  • "Lost Kids"

    Child safety advocates say that a child is lost in the U.S. every 40 seconds. It often takes hours for them to be found and reunited with a parent. The Early Show did an experiment with a child actor in a New York City park and found that more people stopped to help a lost dog than a lost child. Experts say people are often afraid to approach strange children in public for fear of being misidentified as paedophiles.

    Tags: Child safety; abductions; ID tags; day-care safety

    By Susan Koeppen;Robert Powell

    CBS News

    2005