Crime

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Why Mumia Abu-Jamal Should Be Released From Prison Now

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals was correct when, on April 26th, it ruled that Mumia Abu-Jamal should not be executed as a result of […]

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Where Do You Put a Pedophile?

The findings in the grand jury report on sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are bad enough: priests showing pornography to minors entrusted to […]

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What About the Mothers?

As Philadelphians are captivated with the gory details about Kermit Gosnell’s West Philly “abortion clinic,” I find myself with one persistent thought: With an Infant […]

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The Kensington Strangler Is Putting Philly On the Map

What comes to mind when people think about Philadelphia this holiday season? The Macy’s holiday show? Our badass quarterback?

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The Politics of Crime Reporting

The Los Angeles Times is causing hubbub on its website because of a data-gathering project, the Homicide Report, that’s keeping track of every killing in […]

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It Takes a Family to Find a Body

Jenna Lord, she only makes it worse. Because now it seems like a pattern. Not just vulnerable women with drug problems getting preyed upon, maybe […]

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Excuse Me, Did You Pay for That?

As she was putting up a “Going Out of Business” sign, I had a chat with the manager of a national chain store that was […]

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Larry Mendte: The Case of the Missing Minivan

I was the victim of a crime yesterday. I believe there are many lessons to be learned from what my family and I went through […]

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Gun Control Debate Comes out of the closet in PA Politics

When two Western Pennsylvania politicians running for governor squabble over who has a better record on gun control, you don’t have to be a political […]

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A Graterford Power

He does this every day. Wanders through cellblocks, the lunchroom, into the chapel, maybe the gym. So every day they come up to him: “Can […]

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Where Is Toni Lee Sharpless?

Eileen Law has very long white-blond hair and dazzling teeth. Lately, she has spent a lot of time in Camden, especially at Broadway and Atlantic, […]

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Child-Killer’s Sentence Proves to Be Incomplete

When Marie Noe was sentenced nearly two years ago, in the largest maternal infanticide case in recorded medical history, there was national outrage that the […]

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“Ungodly Sick”

THE MONDAY MORNING CALL from the D.A.’s office is rushed. “Be in court at 11,” I’m told. “Mrs. Noe is going to plead. But come […]

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“Don’t Tell My Husband”

HOMICIDE HAL’S MESSAGE is uncharacteristically breathless. “It is absolutely imperative that you call me as soon as you hear this,” he says. “Unless, of course, […]

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Cradle to Grave

Homicide Hal has always been concerned that the Noe case is a ditzel. The renowned forensic pathologist thought the case might be a ditzel back […]