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  • York Riots

    The York Daily Record looks back at the race riots of 1969 and the two unsolved murders they created -- one a young black woman who made a wrong turn into a white neighborhood, the other a white police officer patrolling the streets in an armored van. In 2001, after digging into the story for a year, authorities charged 9 white men in the death of the black woman, including the city's mayor. Authorities later charged two black men in the death of the police officer. Ineptitude and wrongdoing emerged on every level -- "then and now" -- among prosecutors, police officers, judges, and others.
  • Gunning For Eddie

    The New Times reports on the saga of former Hollywood nightclub owner Eddie Nash, who evaded prosecution for murder, arson and drug dealing. Nash walked away from a conviction in the high-profile Wonderland Avenue murder trial -- twice -- but in 1997 a former business partner admitted to involvement in bribing a jury member. At the time the article was written Nash was awaiting trial under the RICO act.
  • Tobacco Companies Linked To Criminal Organizations In Lucrative Cigarette Smuggling

    The Center For Public Integrity explores and investigates the complicity of major cigarette companies in black market smuggling across the globe fueled by a desire for profits. Included with the articles are numerous documents, court files and transcripts which show the cigarette companies' role in these illegal operations which have been linked to gangs, organized crime and murders.
  • Troubled Past, Tragic Future

    The Baltimore Sun follows the life story of Frank Zito, a mentally ill resident of Centreville, whose psychiatric problems went unchecked until he killed a police officer and a deputy sheriff. Zito has been nuisance and threat to his neighbors for many years, the story reveals. The Sun reports on a number of cases in which "Crazy Frank' assaulted his mother, stalked women, or exposed himself. Though Zito was arrested many times, he always returned in a few days, instead of being taken to a psychiatric hospital.
  • Murderers' Row

    Westword examines Colorado death-penalty system and finds it works inefficiently. The story features the most eye-catching murder cases in recent years, and follows the judicial process for each them. Residents of death row had their execution dates come and gone a number of times, the newspaper reveals. At the same time victims' relatives, present at endless debates of lawyers and judges, were impatient to receive justice and disappointed to find out that "killings could be rated and ranked." The article provides some on the history of death penalty in Colorado since 1900.
  • Fatal Bondage

    Vanity Fair reports on J.R. Robinson, a charming business man, a long-time con-man, who is believed to have committed half a dozen brutal murders. Robinson was on and off probation for many years for embezzlement and fraud. "But for more than a decade, until his capture last year, no one suspected Robinson might be a sadomasochistic monster who'd used the Internet and other lures to kill at least six women," Vanity Fair reported.
  • L.A. Gangs Are Back

    Time Magazine reports on the recently renewed activities of Los Angeles' street gangs, and finds that the city "is in terrible shape - again." The story cites data that shows gang murders in L.A. increased 143% in 2000, and points to the returning of gang veterans from prison as one of the reasons behind the upsurge in violence. The story focuses on the activity of the Playboys, "one of 1,300 such groups in L.A., all of them stuck in a deadly spiral of violence that the justice system has not broken..."
  • Justice Denied

    After the death of an innocent paperboy in a feud between motorcycle gangs, the deaths of seven others followed to protect the killers. Milwaukee Magazine tracks the developments of this unsolved case from 1974 into the present. This investigation examines a series of unsolved murders, allegedly linked to the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, whose "Milwaukee chapter ... gained notoriety during the late 1960s, growing out of the Chicago chapter and establishing a criminal presence as drug traffickers and car thieves." The story describes how a bomb - decorated like a Christmas present and left in the car of the president of a rival motorcycle club - killed an innocent paperboy in 1974. The report details several more "Outlaws murders" in the 1970s and the 1980s. The investigation alleges that the unsolved murders have been acts of retaliation. It reveals that "police say they know the killer," but no one has been prosecuted. The report sheds light on the police investigators' suspicions that "their years of police work were discarded by Waukesha County District Attorney Paul Bucher..."
  • Black Mass, The Irish Mob, The FBI, and a Devil's Deal

    "Black Mass tells the story of two boys-- John Connolly, and James "Whitey" Bulger-- who grew up together on the streets of South Boston. Decades later, in the late 1970's, they meet again. By then Connolly was a major figure in the FBI's Boston office and Whitey had become godfather of the Irish Mob. What happened between them -- a dirty deal to trade secrets and take down Boston's Italian Mafia in the process-- would spiral out of control, leading to murders, and drug dealing, and racketeering indictments. And ultimately, to Bulger making the FBI's most wanted list."
  • O.J. is Guilty but not of Murder

    This book is private investigator William Dear's search for the real killer in the sensational O.J. murder case. Dear believes that O.J. did not commit the murders, but was likely present at the crime scene shortly after the murders took place. Dear believes that O.J.'s son, Jason Lamar Simpson, should have been investigated further.