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Community Members, Police Struggle for Answers After 26th Homicide in Salinasnew

Jose Espinoza's neighbor recalls jumping out of bed when shots rang out at 5:30am on his north Salinas street. He heard the 25-year-old scream and was there alongside Espinoza's mother and sister feeling for a pulse.
Monterey County Weekly  |  Zachary Stahl  |  12-10-2009  |  Crime & Justice

How LAPD's 'Closers' Nabbed A Serial Killer Known as The Westside Rapistnew

In a long-shot quest to find one prominent serial killer, police instead found another. Through tantalizing coincidences and teamwork that tapped the memories of long-retired cops, LAPD found the The Westside Rapist, a man who had slipped away from the cops in 1957 and went on to terrorize elderly women in Southern California for a generation.
L.A. Weekly  |  Christine Pelisek  |  07-24-2009  |  Crime & Justice

Alleged Dog Killer Capturednew

Questions Surface About Handling of Evidence
Long Island Press  |  Christopher Twarowski  |  08-13-2007  |  Crime & Justice

Sick Puppiesnew

Who torched a dog to death, and how might this crime help shed light on the recent unsolved murder of Oscar Cruz?
Long Island Press  |  Christopher Twarowski and Timothy Bolger  |  08-13-2007  |  Crime & Justice

Parents Question Police Version of Their Daughter's Murdernew

A young woman's parents have doubts about investigators' conclusion that she was killed by her much older racketeer boyfriend, who then killed himself. First of two parts
Riverfront Times  |  Malcolm Gay  |  12-06-2005  |  Crime & Justice

He Said, She Said, He's Deadnew

Was Orinda, Calif., housewife Susan Polk the cold-blooded killer of her husband (and former psychologist), or a victim of his abuse who killed in self-defense? The reader is invited to be part of the jury in this dramatic case.
East Bay Express  |  Will Harper  |  11-21-2005  |  Crime & Justice

Trial to Determine If Mother Burned Her Son Alivenew

Sandy Kemper is accused of setting the fire that killed her 15-year-old son Zachary and brought her an insurance settlement.
Riverfront Times  |  Kristen Hinman  |  09-13-2005  |  Crime & Justice

Young and Troublebound Get Life in Prisonnew

Two members of a punk-rock band, Troublebound, were convicted of killing one boy's mother. Some advocates of juvenile offenders think their life sentences are too harsh.
Westword  |  Luke Turf  |  07-12-2005  |  Crime & Justice

Murder of Ex-Boxing Trainer's Estranged Wife Goes Unsolvednew

The financial spoils in the divorce case Carbajal v. Carbajal were hundreds of thousands of dollars in property and retirement accounts. Sally Carbajal was the odds-on favorite to win by a knockout -- until she was killed.
Phoenix New Times  |  Paul Rubin  |  06-28-2005  |  Crime & Justice

Acquittal of Murderous Mom Inspires Debate Over Insanity Defensenew

Lisa Diaz drowned her "precious babies" to save them from an evil world. Her acquittal, and the overturning of the conviction of Andrea Yates on similar charges, have prompted reexamination of the Texas insanity defense statute.
Dallas Observer  |  Glenna Whitley  |  01-24-2005  |  Crime & Justice

Execution of Underworld Family Member Goes Unsolvednew

Phil Corbin took pride in his link to Kansas City’s notorious Cammisano mobsters. Maybe that’s why he’s dead.
The Pitch  |  Kendrick Blackwood  |  01-11-2005  |  Crime & Justice

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