Shadow Campus

An investigation into Boston’s off-campus housing.

  1. A House Jammed with Students, a Life of Promise Lost

    The fire that killed a Boston University student in a house filled with 13 other people and only one exit.

  2. Overcrowded and at Risk: A Way of Life, and Sometimes, Death for Student Tenants

    Examining the laws around off-campus housing and their lack of enforcement.

  3. A Devastating Mismatch: City vs. Scofflaw Landlords

    How the giants in the student rental trade do business.

His Own Private Idaho

Ten years ago, a man moved to Marsing, Idaho. He had a strange accent and didn't know much about cattle. The folks in Marsing were a little skeptical at first, but when he built a house and started a family, he earned his neighbors' acceptance. Last February, while buying hay, he was cornered by federal agents and arrested for violent crimes tied to the Boston Mob. And the town wondered: Who the hell is Jay Shaw?