Posts Tagged: Murders

The Body Counter

Michael Lansu has been a crime reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times for the past decade. Since October 2013 his role has been more specific: editor of the Sun-Times’ Homicide Watch blog, where he reports on every homicide in a city which had five hundred murders in 2012.

Each victim receives a landing page on Michael’s blog. Some are bare-bones, just a news brief on their death. Others—where the victim’s family was more talkative, or the prosecution more successful—are elaborate, Facebook-like pages, with in memoriam posts and updates on suspects’ court dates. The overall effect is strangely human: part crime reporting, part obituary.

Summer is [...]


Scott Johnson: Yes, There's Just A Meanness In This World

Have you read Calvin Trillin's Annals of Crime piece in this week's New Yorker? If not, definitely do so, if you have your hands on a hard copy, as it is not online. It's called "At the Train Bridge," and it's excellent in a way that will give you the shivers. It's about 38-year-old Scott Johnson, who is serving three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole, plus an additional 295 years, for shooting and killing three teenagers at a swimming hole on the Menominee River in Upper Peninsula Michigan last summer. Johnson was on the run from police, having raped a woman the day before, when he [...]


Body Unbeaten

Ronald Herron, better known as the rapper Ra Diggs, "beat a body" once. He did not this time: The Gowanus Houses drug kingpin was convicted by a jury of three murders—including the one he had ducked in state court—and a number of drug and racketeering charges.


It's all about the value-add.

You know, I like good murderous gun rampage story as much as the next guy, but where can I go when I want a little XTRA INSIGHT?


Will The Real Zodiac Killer Please Stand Up?

On Wednesday, the identity of the Zodiac Killer was finally revealed: It was Louis Myers, only 17 when he began the killings, who confessed from his deathbed back in 2001. In 2012, the identity of the Zodiac Killer was finally revealed: It was George Russell Tucker, a pseudonym for a then-recently-diseased 91-year-old former real estate salesman from Fairfield, California. In 2009, the identity of the Zodiac Killer was finally revealed: It was Guy Ward Hendrickson, a carpenter who brought his 7-year-old along for the ride during the killings.

It's worth pointing out that last year, Dick Van Dyke also confessed.

Every cycle through the calendar brings [...]