MSNBC's Up with Steve Kornacki
has been collaborating with NJ journalist Brian Murphy
on some investigative journalism about the Chris Christie administration's alleged withholding of Sandy Relief funds until the Mayor of Hoboken agrees to fast-track a real-estate development. Hoboken was one of the hardest-hit communities and has so far received $6 per resident. Christie became governor after leading a US Attorney investigation which convicted NJ politicians of crooked real-estate deals.
In July 2007, NPR published a two part series
(direct links: 1
) about a four year old uninvestigated rape case at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation
. Sparked in part by a 2006 report (pdf)
from Amnesty International that included a startling statistic: "One in three Native American women will be raped in her lifetime,"
NPR's investigation led to the reopening of the case and Congressional hearings
. In February 2011, Harper's published an update of sorts: Tiny Little Laws: A Plague of Sexual Violence in Indian Country (Via)
is a community-driven reporting project covering every murder in the District of Columbia. Using original reporting, court documents, social media, and the help of victims’ and suspects’ friends, family, neighbors and others, we cover every homicide from crime to conviction." [more inside]
, the Madison (WI) Police Department hired their first civilian Public Information Officer: former reporter Joel DeSpain. Over the last five years, Mr. DeSpain has reportedly combined "humor, a flair for the dramatic and sense of the absurd
", and turned the mundane Madison Police Blotter
into an "art form and a thing of joy." So Why Has Madison Wisconsin Has Become the Weird News Capitol of the Midwest
? Meet the United States’ most whimsical police reporter. (Last one's a gawker link. If you dislike their site / interface, have no fear: all reports in that article (plus four extras) can be found after the jump.) [more inside]
If you like real-life crime drama, Burgled in Philly
, by John Davidson, will keep you occupied for a few minutes. [more inside]
"Three thousand seven hundred dollars richer after stealing from the job, Marvin Williams
, 25, of Brooklyn, went to urinate in a playground
." - Items from the NYPD blotter
remixed daily in the style
of Félix Fénéon
In 1994, Leon Dash
, while still at the Washington Post, wrote a Pulitzer winning series
of articles about a woman named Rosa Lee Cunningham. [more inside]
Crime: A Tale of Two Cities. When "The Wire" gained popularity in Great Britain, we were contacted by a London-based journalist who proposed a job swap. Mark Hughes, a crime reporter with The Independent, a national newspaper in the United Kingdom, wanted to come to Baltimore to see if the city’s police officers, drug dealers, prosecutors and politicians bore any resemblance to those on show. We agreed to complete the exchange by sending our police reporter, Justin Fenton, to London to compare crime trends. [more inside]
The 2009 anthology of The Best American Crime Reporting
is out. Each year this series collects examples of exceptional and diverse true crime journalism. Many of the entries are available in their online magazines. Starting with "Dan P. Lee, Body Snatchers
- Philadelphia magazine" (part of the story previously discussed here
), a ghoulish tale of stolen corpses and the market behind him. [more inside]
Bill Moyers Journal, April 17, 2009
From crime beat reporter for the BALTIMORE SUN to award-winning screenwriter of HBO's critically-acclaimed The Wire, David Simon talks with Bill Moyers about inner-city crime and politics, storytelling and the future of journalism today.
Sorry for the one link post.
Is the police blotter dying
? Not so.
In other parts of the world, the blotters are a little weird and violent.
- Given Saddam Hussein's central place in the American Consciousness over the last couple decades and particularly in recent years, I found 60 minutes' interview with FBI interrogator
George Piro pretty fascinating.
The Homicide Report, by Jill Leovy:
An L.A. Times
blog built on the list of homicide victims reported to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office each week.
The Hard Road
A very engrossing and well written series by three reporters of the St Petersburg Times who spent a year reporting on a hit-and-run case that shocked Tampa. This long, tragic narrative broken into five installments, explores what happened after Jennifer Porter, a quiet, unassuming 28-year-old schoolteacher, ran down four of Lisa Wilkins' children one evening in March 2004. [via
If you watch television news stations, you've probably already heard that the latest missing white girl has been found
. Naturally, the media is now obsessed with figuring out what led to the murder of the girl's parents. In the unending quest for information, TV news stations have shown
the myspace pages
of the two teens. And like many other teenagers, the two have xanga journals
as well. But several sources, both blogs
and mainstream news sites
, have publicized the location of these pages. Is this responsible journalism?
Previously on MeFi: Blogging from prison; diary of a killer?
Elliott could no longer bear the waste. He had six staff and a budget of £3.5m a year. He had a potential client group of 25,000 users ... but at the end of all his work and all that public money, the total number of detox beds he was able to provide was five.
The Guardian reports from the front-line of the drugs war. (part two
) You may have no interest in Drugs or the UK but read this superb piece for a profile of a bureaucracy in farcical, tragic, total collapse.
The Best Investigative Reporter You've Never Heard Of
died Wednesday from a rare blood disease
he picked up reporting in the slums of Bombay. Robert Friedman was beaten by religious zealots after writing about Rabbi Meir Kahane, had a contract taken out on his life after writing about "The Most Dangerous Mobster in the World"
and got a Valentine's card threatening rape and murder
after writing about Russian organized crime links to the NHL. This December article about the Israel/Palestine situation
, which may be the last piece he wrote, is detailed, balanced and yet pulls no punches -- a good example of his hard-hitting style. His death leaves a gaping hole in journalism.
The Stanley Cup finals
-- a perfect time to reflect on what we know
about the extortion of former Eastern bloc players
in the NHL by Russian organized crime groups
. A 1999 Frontline/Fifth Estate joint investigation
lays it out nicely, including an eye-opening interview
with a U.S. sports marketer who was run out of the Russian hockey world by mob greed. Also check the story of investigative reporter Robert I. Friedman
, author of the alarming (some say alarmist) book Red Mafiya: How the Russian Mob Has Invaded America
, the subject of a detailed eXile review here