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Crime Archive

June 25, 2012
He Would Have Stopped the Frisks

But Louis Stokes lost.

June 11, 2012
“Hello, I Am Sabu ... ”

From a housing project on Avenue D, a hacker mastermind of Anonymous and LulzSec was out to upend many worlds. Including his own.

April 3, 2012
A Daughter’s Revenge

Brigitte Harris cut off her father's penis, accidentally killing him in the process, because, she says, he sexually abused her for years. In 2009, she was convicted of second-degree manslaughter, and sentenced to five to fifteen years. This week she'll have her first parole hearing. Should she be released? Read her story, and take our poll.

October 3, 2011
Welcome to Newburgh, Murder Capital of New York

This tiny city has a crime epidemic reminiscent of the Bronx of the seventies. It is also the scene of some of the most ambitious gang raids ever conducted, led by an FBI agent who knows the young men he’s arresting only too well.

September 19, 2011
The Knock at the Door

The last thing child-welfare supervisor Chereece Bell wanted to see was what happened to 4-year-old Marchella Pierce. The last thing she expected was to go to jail for it.

June 13, 2011
The Baddest Lawyer in the History of Jersey

And that’s saying something.

June 6, 2011
A Serial Killer in Common

Five prostitutes disappear. Bodies turn up on a beach. Now the families of the victims have formed a kind of sisterhood. They ask: Who murdered my daughter? Who was my sister—really?

May 2, 2011
Wise Pies

Thanks to a daylight knife fight in Carroll Gardens on April 15, food snobs know that in addition to his acclaimed $24 pizzas, Lucali owner Mark Iacono doles out slices. (Bada-bing!) Iacono’s opponent in the altercation was Batista Geritano, an ex-con with reputed mob links—and as this rundown shows, it wasn’t the first time gangsters and pizzaioli have crossed paths.

March 7, 2011
The Madoff Tapes

One evening, my home phone rang. “You have a collect call from Bernard Madoff, an inmate at a federal prison,” a recording announced. And there he was.

February 14, 2011
The Curious Case of Joseph and Nicholas Brooks

Joe, father, won an Oscar for composing “You Light Up My Life.” Now he faces 127 counts of sexual misconduct, including rape. Nick, son, allegedly killed his girlfriend in Soho House.