May 8, 2015 |
ONE MINUTE Jesus Garcia was telling the angry men not to worry: If his friend had scratched their car while they parked on a South Philly street, they would take care of the damage, no problem. The next, Garcia was on the ground, getting punched and kicked in the head until everything went black. The police came, the ambulance was called. But by then, the guys were long gone, and with only a partial Delaware plate as a clue, they were never found. Back at work the next day as chef at Lucha Cartel, a Mexican restaurant on Chestnut Street near 2nd, Garcia had a swollen face.
May 1, 2015 |
Philadelphia missed out on the first wave of hard-boiled American crime writing 90 years ago. Civic corruption was a main concern in many of those stories, and Philadelphia famously did not care about such things. By the time the city made its mark in crime fiction, such social issues had fallen by the wayside, and the individual took center stage. Throughout the 1950s and into the early 1960s, American crime stories offered up legions of small-timers, desperate men who struggled against long odds and almost always lost.
April 29, 2015 |
Fidel Napier spent more than a decade making peace with a crime in his past, until one day it upended his life. At 20, Napier pleaded guilty to selling cocaine on a street corner in Camden, an offense for which he served no time. Since then, Napier has worked, married his high school sweetheart, had three children, and coached youth basketball. The arrest saved him, says Napier, now 37. Then in the fall of 2010, two agents from the Department of Homeland Security showed up at the manufacturing company where Napier worked and took him into custody.
April 16, 2015 |
IT'S UNCLEAR from court testimony who put the white towel over Lauren Fenningham's head - perhaps it was her killer, or perhaps the person who found her - but it was someone who knew that few could handle seeing what had happened to her young body. Darren Williams, 26, is on trial in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court this week for the murders of Fenningham, 18, and Sean Neal, 23, inside Neal's house on Sebring Road near Shelly in Northeast Philadelphia on Aug. 6, 2013. Williams faces the death penalty if convicted by Judge Steven Geroff, who is presiding over the bench trial.
April 7, 2015
ISSUE | POLICE REFORMS Citizens should know the ground rules I would add a section to the recent federal report recommending changes in procedures and training in the Police Department (" 'Significant strife,' " March 24). It would include provisions that we should educate citizens that the police volunteered to protect and serve; that if you want to commit crimes, you should be prepared to be arrested; that if you decide to resist arrest, force will be used to control you; and that if you choose to shoot at officers, they will shoot back.
April 6, 2015 |
Early on the morning of Sept. 28, police and emergency workers responded to a fire at the central New Jersey home of John and Joyce Sheridan, where, we now know, they found the couple in their smoke-filled bedroom with fatal stab wounds. On searching the scene, detectives found two large kitchen knives, a length of melted metal, a half-empty gas can, and a box of matches. They also allegedly found cocaine, baggies, and a scale in a car at the home, which led to the arrest of one of the Sheridans' sons that day. Even if one of the dead were not a political figure as prominent as John Sheridan - who served four Republican governors before becoming the CEO of Cooper Health System, which is chaired by Democratic power broker George Norcross - New Jersey law dictates that most of the information above should have been released immediately.
March 30, 2015 |
"SLAVERY is not an obsolete relic of the past, it is a global industry that generates $32 billion in profits through forced labor and the bodies of tens of millions of human beings each year. " This is what Ivan Cole, who sits on the board of the Life After Trauma Organization, told an audience yesterday during a conference hosted by the nonprofit at Temple University to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of human trafficking. LATO helps women recover from the trauma of human trafficking.
March 30, 2015 |
Two stories of Camden have emerged. The first comes from Gov. Christie and Camden County officials. They point to 2012 - the city's deadliest year ever - and say crime has dropped dramatically, thanks to a sweeping overhaul of policing that cut costs and added officers to the streets. The second comes from Camden residents and activists, who call comparisons with 2012 misleading. "Just because [the streets] are calmer doesn't mean the danger went away," says Angel Cordero, a community activist.
March 23, 2015 |
The Jinx , Andrew Jarecki's six-part HBO series about perennial murder suspect Robert Durst, is not the first time the filmmaker has told this tale. Subtitled The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst , Jarecki's TV documentary ended last Sunday with Durst's Whoa Nelly bathroom soliloquy: "What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course. " In the preceding episodes, Jarecki, like a good prosecutor, laid out the evidence linking the peripatetic millionaire, now 71, to the 2000 slaying of Susan Berman, a friend believed to have information about the 1982 disappearance of Durst's wife, Kathie.
March 19, 2015 |
TV's latest comic book crime fighter, iZombie heroine Liv Moore (Rose McIver) can't fly. She can't run faster than a speeding train and she most certainly can't stop a bullet. The latest hot young monster to join CW's growing cadre of sexy vampires, ghouls and ghosts, Liv solves the most puzzling, twisted, heinous murders entirely by her wits. And if her smarts can't quite get her there, all she has to do is eat some more brains. Attractive, clever, sarcastic Liv also happens to be a zombie.