November 13, 2015 |
DURING HER 20 years as a crime-busting Philly FBI agent, Jerri Williams slogged through the city's smarmy swamp of sleaze, wondering whether the undulating underbelly of unsavory ooze was calling out to her: "Who needs job security? Write your book!" Williams, who just resigned from her second career as director of SEPTA Media Relations to embrace her inner ink-stained wretch full time, said her pulp-fiction passion has been years in the making. Her first novel, Pay to Play , currently being shopped to publishers by her agent, is the story of a married female FBI agent - "It's not me in the book!"
November 11, 2015 |
Authorities searching for clues in Friday's double slaying near Lemon Hill Mansion are investigating the case as a "crime of passion," committed when someone found the victims having sex in the backseat of an SUV and shot them to death. Police have identified Shakoor Arline, 25, and Lisa Smith, 32, as the victims found in a Toyota Sequoia on Lemon Hill Drive in Fairmount Park on Friday afternoon. Investigators are exploring whether the couple's romantic entanglements had something to do with their death.
November 5, 2015 |
Their life together reads much like fiction, but of a different genre from their page-turning crime novels that frequent the New York Times best sellers list. "I think we have one of the great romances of all time," said Jonathan Kellerman, speaking candidly about his wife of 43 years, Faye, during a recent phone interview from their Beverly Hills home. The duo, who met and fell in love when Faye was a teenager, have become something of a royal family of mystery writers, with their son, Jesse, also an award-winning novelist and playwright.
October 19, 2015 |
I'm sitting in Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey's office, hours after he has announced his retirement at an emotional City Hall news conference. All morning, the most popular official this city can claim has been shaking hands and posing for pictures, awash in a deluge of reflection and praise. Then, as if on cue, the phone rings. It's the mayor, who had teared up at the lectern when saying goodbye to his commissioner. "Hey, man," Ramsey says with easy familiarity. It's one cultivated over the eight years since Nutter met him at Union Station in Washington to persuade him to come help fix Philadelphia.
October 16, 2015
The text accompanying a crime graphic in Thursday's Inquirer incorrectly reported the trend of homicides in Philadelphia this year. As of Oct. 13, there were 17 more homicides this year as compared with the same time period last year.
October 15, 2015 |
AMBER CRANE began Monday morning by playing the Facebook game "Criminal Case," wherein she virtually investigated crime scenes and murders to pass the time. By the end of the night, Crane, 27, was in the middle of a real crime scene when three armed men broke into the Kingsessing home she shared with Tony Harris and shot him to death in front of two of the couple's three young children. Now police are investigating the possibility that a Facebook photo that Harris posted Oct. 5 - of Crane holding several large stacks of cash with a caption that read "I misplaced $60,000.
October 7, 2015 |
In what officials say is the nation's first such countywide effort, Bucks County police departments announced Tuesday that they have created a database of DNA samples collected from accused or suspected criminals. The mouth swabs for the database are collected on a voluntary basis, with police requesting them from those who have been arrested or from suspects. The aim is to catch criminals who often fly under the radar of national and state DNA databases, which contain the genetic material of more hardened felons and sex offenders forced to submit DNA samples.
October 4, 2015 |
SPECIAL VICTIMS Unit investigators released surveillance footage yesterday of a suspect in the sexual assault and robbery of a Temple University student who was on her way home from the school's library Monday night. In the eerie footage, which police said was taken from a SEPTA subway car after the assault, the suspect is seen smiling to himself and appears to be on the verge of laughter as he gets off the train. Meanwhile, the young woman whose life was forever altered was left cowering at the construction dumpster where she was sexually assaulted, trying to pick up what pieces of herself - and her life - he didn't take.
October 3, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - New Jersey Sen. Cory A. Booker joined a bipartisan coalition Thursday to unveil a highly anticipated criminal justice bill - one that, if passed, would represent a landmark in his young Senate career. The package, with support across the political spectrum, has a chance to be one of the few significant new initiatives to become law in a bitter political atmosphere. It also represents a step toward Booker's prime goal since joining the Senate: easing mandatory minimum sentences and providing second chances for people after they leave prison, particularly juveniles.
October 3, 2015 |
In fewer than five years, Chinese filmmaker Ding Sheng has established himself as one of the region's top action directors with a pair of smash hits produced by and starring Jackie Chan - Little Big Soldier (2010) and Police Story 2013 , which had cleared $100 million well before it was released in America in June as Police Story: Lockdown . Ding's latest offering, the fact-based crime yarn Saving Mr. Wu , which he made without Chan's involvement, may be only his fourth film, but it displays an impressive maturity and fine mastery of the genre.