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  • Death on the Roads

    A 12-part Newsday series looks at why "Long Island is one of the most dangerous places in the nation" to drive a car. "Collisions claim roughtly 275 lives each year on Long Island," writes Jo Craven McGinty. "That's the equivalent of a Boeing 757 crashing annually, and it's more than five times the number of murders." The series delves into the causes for those numbers and concludes among other things that "bad driving, bad roads and bad vehicle design" are to blame.
  • Good Cops, Very Bad Man. Murders Put to Rest: The Untold Story of the Starbucks Triple-Homicide Investigation. When an odd couple of detectives stalked one of Washington's most notorious killers, they had to wonder: who was the hunter and who was the hunted? A Dance with Death.

    This article explains how detectives worked on the infamous Starbucks Coffee triple-homicide investigation in Washington, D.C. The article cites dozens of sources and interviews.
  • Getting Away with Murder

    An investigation by KPHO-TV revealed that "Mexican Nationals who live in Arizona are fleeing justice and crossing the border." Suspects in nearly 100 Arizona murders over the past five years have fled to Mexico to avoid arrest. KPHO-TV learned that many of the suspects are just miles across the border.
  • The FBI's Mobsters

    The Associated Press gathered internal FBI documents that prove that FBI headquarters was involved in Boston's informant abuse scandal. Findings include that Boston agents were using mob hit men and bosses as informants and shielding them from prosecution for murders and other crimes. Sometimes, headquarters helped protect them too.
  • Justice Undone

    An investigation by the Baltimore Sun revealed that "Baltimore Police were botching homicide cases -- contributing to the acquittals of accused killers in a city that has become notorious as one of the deadliest in the nation. The Sun's series documented that a string of disastrous policy decisions and leadership failures by police commanders has led to the near collapse of the department's homicide unit. At a time when the department was absorbing large numbers of rookies, supervisors failed to notice that a pattern had quietly unfolded in the city's Circuit Court over the preceding five years. Young and inexperienced detectives, technicians and patrol officers were losing or mishandling evidence, trampling crime scenes, violating basic investigative protocols and improperly presenting proof at trial -- resulting in a startling 68 percent failure rate in homicide investigations... The result was a population of suspected violent felons loose on the street, many of whom went on to commit new crimes. In the course of its investigation, The Sun identified a subset of 83 defendants charged with murder and later released who were subsequently rearrested -- including 24 who were indicted in fresh murders or attempted murders."
  • Getting Away with Murder

    A six-month investigation by CBC News revealed that "65 young men were killed in a gang war that started in 1990 and was escalating." Until then, police had said there were 50 gang-related murders, most of them unsolved. By building a database, CBC News discovered that many of the killings were linked "in a complex web of revenge, retaliation and contract killings."
  • Serial Killer Coverage

    A string of murders in the Baton Rouge area led to a police search to find a killer, which eventually led to the identification of the presence of a serial killer. The Advocate blazed the trail for investigators, looking at key evidence in extensive interviews with both family and police. The investigation eventually turned up a major flaw in the police department's argument when the police claimed DNA evidence would be checked against state databases... and the Advocate learned there was no database.
  • Teens Who Kill

    Statistics show that the number of teen murders in San Bernardino County is more than twice the average for the state. This investigation take s a look at several of the murders over the past year, as well as the motives behind them. Numerous human sources were used to give the story a chilling, personal look at the brutal murders carried out by children.
  • Did the military let this woman die?

    Glamour Magazine asks whether the American military is doing enough to prevent spousal abuse. "Long before the shocking spousal murders at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, made headlines this summer, Glamour was conducting an in-depth investigation of domestic violence in the military."
  • Teens Who Kill

    The Sun investigates increase in juvenile crime in San Bernardino County. The main findings: teen arrest rate is double the state average, and more and more high-profile murders have been committed by youngsters. "The stories document the impact of family dysfunction, drugs and poverty in turning kids into killers," according to The Sun contest questionnaire.