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  • "Coming Home: The Army's Fatal Neglect"

    Reporters expose a string of suicides and murders among soldiers returning to Fort Carson from Iraq. They explain problems with the "Army's healthcare system" and allege that the deaths are preventable with the right treatment and care.
  • The Killing Fields

    An investigation on murders of women with records of prostitution reviewed hundreds of homicide records and unclassified deaths, showing that more than eighty percent of the murders remain unsolved.
  • Von Maur Shootings

    In December 2007, a young man killed eight people then himself with an assault rifle at the Von Maur department store in Omaha. It was the largest mass murder in state history, a story that made national news. But when other media moved onto other stories, a team of World-Herald reporters spent much of 2008 digging into the issues surrounding such an astonishing act of violence. Some of their findings include: emergency responders were delayed getting to victims due to miscommunications by 911 dispatchers, a troubling suicide spike, and the depth of the gunman's psychological problems.
  • The Grim Sleeper

    Pelisek's story details a secret the Los Angeles police were shielding from the public: "that a serial murderer had begun killing Angelenos since 1985, taking a 13-year hiatus before recently resuming his bloody assaults almost exclusively in a poor, black sector of the city." DNA evidence linked a single killer to several murders of mostly young women, drug users and prostitutes. It was Pelisek that informed families of some of the victims that their daughters' murder was the work of a serial killer.
  • The Daughters of Juarez

    The book investigates the series of murders that have been occurring to women and girls in Juarez, Mexico for over ten years. The authors also explore the impact that NAFTA has had on the local economy.
  • House of Death

    A ruthless Mexican drug cartel was found to be executing people at a place called the House of Death. The U.S. government had confirmation of these killings through a recording given by a government informant, and let more people die be murdered until two DEA were targeted. Reports showed that the U.S. knew that several murders were going to take place, and did nothing to stop them.
  • Deadly Secrets

    This series profiles Robert Zarinsky, "one of New Jersey's most notorious killers," who has yet to be caught. It also :revealed startling evidence linking Zarinsky to a series of unsolved murders from the 1960s and 1970s."
  • The Big Eddy Club

    The book re-investigates the "stocking stranglings, the murders of seven white women in Columbus, Georgia, that took place over an eight-month period 1977-8." The author has collected fresh evidence that the convicted Carlton Gary, may be innocent.
  • "Greekgate" and "Italygate"

    Two pieces aired on Al Jezeera's "People and Power" program, "Greekgate" and "Italygate" investigate two big cover-ups and possible murders in the European countries. In "Greekgate," the author looked at "the biggest espionage scandal in Greek history, involving the wiretapping of leading members of the government including the prime minister," leading to the mysterious death of the head of the network's technical operations. "Italygate" reported on the death of Adamo Bove, the head of security at Telecom Italia, who died under mysterious circumstances.
  • BMF: Hip-Hop's Shadowy Empire

    The Atlanta-based Black Mafia Family "were hip-hop royalty without a hit." Investigators asserted that the BMF was actually one of the "more elaborate drug-trafficking enterprises in the country." The entertainment industry and the criminal underworld came together in the BMF, which the police finally cracked when a high-placed member broke the code of silence. In summer 2005, the organization's crimes began to escalate until it was tied to more violent acts, and the investigators "made their move." This story links the BMF to six unsolved murders, as well as to music figures like Sean "P. Diddy" Combs", Bobby Brown and Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin.