Dugan Arnett

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Nightmare in Maryville

Daisy Coleman, new to town and a cheerleader, was 14. Matthew Barnett, a 17-year-old football player and the grandson of a longtime politician, was 17. The evidence pointed overwhelmingly toward rape. There was even a video. Yet the charges were dropped. Then the people of Maryville, Missouri, set about running the Colemans out of town.

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Megan Phelps-Roper of Westboro Baptist Church: An heir to hate

The next generation of America’s most controversial (and likely most despised) church.

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To prove son’s innocence, dad pushes himself to brink

Bill Ferguson does not believe his son, Ryan, killed a popular newspaper editor. To prove it, he’s drained his savings, performed public re-enactments of the crime, and alienated almost everyone in his Missouri city.