“I write this with a baseball bat by the bed.”
Tuesday, August 5
Louis Scarcella was a star New York City detective in the ’80s and ’90s, cracking cases no one else could. Now it appears that many of the people he put away were innocent, forced into false confessions and convicted with testimony from flimsy witnesses. Scarcella maintains that he did nothing wrong, despite evidence against him much stronger than in many of his cases.
Monday, August 4
In 2004, Cameron Todd Willingham was executed for starting a fire that killed his three daughters. The case hinged on the testimony of a jailhouse informant named Johnny E. Webb. Today, Webb says he lied.
Previously: "Trial By Fire," David Grann's 2009 article on the Willingham case.
Saturday, August 2
Friday, August 1
On Singapore’s attempt to create a more harmonious society using mass surveillance and data analysis.
Wednesday, July 30
The story of imprisoned boxer James Scott, who contended for the light heavyweight title by staging fights inside Rahway prison.
CeCe McDonald, a homeless trans teen in Minneapolis, was charged with murder for defending herself. Then she became a folk hero.
Accused of being part of a terror cell at age 12, Gitmo’s youngest prisoner recounts his life
Tuesday, July 29
Today, Robert Dowlut is the National Rifle Association’s top lawyer. Fifty years ago, he was convicted of murdering a woman with a handgun.
Alan Young has been running the same scam for years: posing as a member of The Temptations and smooth-talking his way into luxury hotel rooms and prostitutes. Despite his clear charm, he admits he has “no skills other than being a con man.”
Monday, July 28
On the cult founder, business magnate, pseudonymous internationally shown artist and ferry owner Yoo Byung-eun, who was found dead in the brush amidst empty liquor bottles.
The story of Tryone Hood, who has served 21 years for a murder he didn’t commit, and the Chicago criminal justice apparatus that allowed a serial killer to go free.