Tag: Crime

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Secrets of the Tax-Prep Business

How pop-up tax preparers make billions off the poor.

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Secrets of the Little Blue Box

How phone phreakers, many of them blind, opened up Ma Bell to unlimited free international calling using a technical manual and a toy organ.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "The Burglar"

The real-time intersection of race, crime, reality, and entertainment.

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To Live and Die in Mumbai

A murder involving one of the India’s celebrity couples has mesmerized the country and exposed some of its darkest fears.

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "Simcoe Furriers"

A taxidermist's life gradually spins out of control.

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The Trenchcoat Robbers

Ray Bowman and Billy Kirkpatrick, who began boosting together as teenagers, were arrested only twice during their prolific partnership. The first time was for stealing 38 records from a K-Mart in 1974. The second arrest came in 1997. In between, Bowman and Kirkpatrick robbed 27 banks, including the single biggest haul in United States history: $4,461,681 from the Seafirst Bank in suburban Tacoma.

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O Sister, Where Art Thou?

“It is a story that seems almost impossible to believe: a group of female convicts, few of whom had ever played a musical instrument or taken voice lessons, forming a country and western band and becoming, at least in Texas, the Dixie Chicks of their day.”
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The Boy Who Heard Too Much

Matthew Weigman was blind, overweight, 14, and alone. He could also do anything he wanted with a phone. Sometimes that meant calling Lindsay Lohan. Other times it meant sending a SWAT team to an enemy’s door.

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The Killer Cadets

How two love-struck, type A high schoolers almost got away with murder.

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Unholy Act

Decades after the body of beauty queen Irene Garza was pulled from an irrigation canal, there is still only one suspect: John Feit, the priest who heard her final confession.

Update 2/10/16: More than 55 years after the murder, Feit has been arrested.
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How Chicago's 'Fraternal Order of Propaganda' Shapes the Story of Fatal Police Shootings

When cops kill civilians, their union is on hand to defend them. In many cases this has come at the expense of the truth.

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When He Was 16, This Man Threw One Punch—And Went to Jail for Life

Years after the era of the “superpredator,” Taurus Buchanan is still paying for a crime of his youth.