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  • Unsolved: The Devil You Know

    The body of Fr. Alfred Kunz, his throat slit, was found on the floor of St. Michael School in Dane, Wisconsin, on March 4, 1998. Twenty years later, the murder remains unsolved. Kunz was a conservative cleric and exorcist who clung to the Latin Mass and preached of a vengeful God. Some believed his death was linked to his battle against evil. Others believed his all-too-human flaws were to blame. The murder has never been solved, largely because police spent decades going after the wrong man, teacher Brian Jackson, our investigation found. Police never impounded Jackson’s car or searched it for trace evidence. Within hours of the murder, he was able to drive it out of the school parking lot. One detective who worked on the case for years, Kevin Hughes, set his sights on Jackson and refused to glance in any other direction. Ten years ago, Hughes’ lieutenant told reporters police knew who the killer was, but that the district attorney wouldn’t charge him. Their attempts to build a case against Jackson rather than remaining open to other theories may have allowed valuable clues to go unnoticed, the sheriff acknowledged during Barton’s investigation that became Unsolved: The Devil You Know. After about two years, the investigation stalled. Continuity disappeared as the sheriff’s department assigned new detectives to the case every few years. Over the past two decades, five different people have served as lead investigator. The case file consists of thousands of pages — and counting — snapped into 40 three-ring binders. The sheriff can’t name anyone working for the department today who has read them all.
  • Qatar: The Price of Glory 2015

    The Price of Glory is an HBO Real Sports investigation into Qatar’s plan to achieve international recognition through sport and the price it has exacted in fair play, human rights, and even human lives. Our investigation found that the Qatari sports plan is one of unprecedented ambition and ruthlessness, based on the exploitation of foreign labor on and off the field. To build world-class athletic teams, Qatar has crisscrossed the world, paying athletes from the poorest countries on earth to become naturalized Qatari citizens. Real Sports heard it first hand from an entire team of Bulgarian weightlifters paid by Qatar to assume Arabic identities and represent the Gulf state in international competition. Our story detailed the systemic bribery that allowed this stiflingly hot desert sheikhdom without a soccer tradition to improbably win the right to host the 2022 World Cup. Ten months before a series of arrests of FIFA officials suspected of taking bribes, Real Sports spoke with a former FIFA insider about the corrupt bidding process, and detailed how Qatari officials bought their way to the very top of world soccer by plying FIFA officials on five continents. Off the field, Real Sports documented how Qatar’s sports glory is built on the backs of hundreds of thousands of the poorest people in Asia, imported and indentured to create a lavish World Cup city in the desert. Our team watched workers toil in 117-degree heat and followed them into the decrepit labor camps few outsiders have seen in order to expose the brutal conditions in which they are bonded into effective slavery. Viewers will see why thousands of these migrant workers are projected to die on the job by the time the 2022 World Cup games begin. When we first aired the piece the Qatari government told us changes were coming and that we should stand by. We took them up on their offer and revisited the situation a year later, only to find that none of the changes to the bonded labor system—known as Kafala—had taken place. In fact Nepali migrant workers were even prohibited from returning home after a massive earthquake ravaged their country. Worse still—our follow-up investigation found that some of the top people in Qatari sport weren’t just using their money to buy athletes, they were using it to fund terrorist organizations and invite radical jihadi clerics to speak at their elite sports academy. Our project spanned four years of research, four continents, and scores of interviews with athletes, activists, migrant workers, FIFA insiders, and US government officials.
  • A center and its director

    This entry explored the criminal, clerical and political past of the man chosen to lead The Desmond Tutu Center at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary.
  • Assets of the Ayatollah

    In Iran, one man has final say over all government matters – not its elected president, but the nation’s top religious cleric, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He has ruled the isolated country for nearly a quarter-century, and yet outsiders, and even many Iranians, know little about him. In November, Reuters lifted that shroud of secrecy when it published the first-ever investigation of the Supreme Leader’s business dealings: an explosive three-part series, “Assets of the Ayatollah.”
  • A center and its director

    This entry explored the criminal, clerical and political past of the man chosen to lead The Desmond Tutu Center at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary.
  • District Lets Years of Misconduct Slide

    When Scottsdale Community College fired its music department chair "for purchasing expensive microphones for the college from his son, attempting to cover up the transaction and failing to show up for an electronic music class he was paid to teach," the East Valley Tribune received a tip that the teacher was only part of a bigger story. The investigation uncovered "fraud within the Maricopa County Community College District," including "a performing arts institute that enrolled its professors and clerical employees and their relatives in classes to keep itself operating." There were also major issues in the athletic department, with thousands of dollars missing. Situations such as these had been discovered previously, but the district had taken no action.
  • 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.
  • John Geoghan: Abuser, Inmate, Victim

    "John Geoghan was the face of the sex-abuse scandal that rocked the Catholic Church in 2002. The defrocked priest's record of molesting nearly 150 children over the course of three decades came to symbolize the church's unwillingness to confront the misdeeds of pedophile clerics. Yet the horror surrounding Geoghan took a shocking new turn when he was murdered in his prison cell." Boston Globe reporter Thomas Farragher "set out to investigate how such a thing could have happened to one of the most conspicuous inmates ever to enter the state prison system." Although almost no records were disclosed about Geoghan's death by the Department of Corrections, and despite a warning put out by the prison that any correctional officer who spoke to the media would be fired, Farragher was able to obtain Geoghan's complete disciplinary records, confidential reports on his murder, and even some personal prison correspondence. He also developed sources both inside and outside the prison, including Geoghan's own family members, to construct a portrait of the former priest and the events leading up to his death.
  • Sheik Gilani

    60 Minutes' Crile interviews Sheik Mubarak Gilani, a spiritual leader for a network of Islamic communities in the United States and "the Muslim cleric who Daniel Pearl died trying to interview." Crile asks the question that Pearl intended to ask - whether Gilani is connected to the alleged shoe bomber Richard Reid. Gilani says he does not know Reid; disapproves of some of what Osama bin Laden is doing; and that America is threatened by evil forces that control the minds of human beings.
  • Justice Not served

    WITI-TV reports on a breakdown in Milwaukee County's criminal justice system, which has allowed thousands of convicted criminals to escape their court-ordered punishments in the last decade. The investigation began when WITI reporters came across a number of court files that were missing the so-called "fine and cost commitment," an important part of the paperwork. Clerical errors and staffing shortages caused for the county to lose millions of dollars in uncollected fine revenue. County officials have been aware of the problem for years but did nothing to fix it. Meanwhile, thousands of drunk drivers, drug dealers, and even attempted murderers served no jail time.