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Crime Archive

April 16, 2007
A Somewhat-Chic Bowery Knife Fight

Old New York at new hotel.

April 16, 2007
The Tainted Kidney

Charles Cullen, who may be the most prolific serial killer America has ever seen, is serving eighteen consecutive life sentences in a New Jersey penitentiary. Behind bars, he can no longer take life, yet he’s found a way to give it—in the form of an organ transplant. But no one wants to give him the chance to play God again.

April 9, 2007
The Disappeared

The cops took his high-tech protest bike and left him with lingering paranoia.

March 26, 2007
Blood on the Chessboard

Violence intrudes on sleepy Village Chess Shop: “It was resentment … building and building under the skin until—pop!—it burst.”

March 12, 2007
The Equation

Malpractice is a carefully orchestrated negotiation played out in front of a jury audience. Is it unfair? Probably. But it works because everybody knows the rules.

January 22, 2007
You Say It’s Your Birthday

Kidnapped at gunpoint off the street in the Village; later offered hookers, marijuana.

January 22, 2007
Get Drill-Sergeanted

What felons learn from boot camp.

January 15, 2007
Big News in Notorious Case

Possible cop cover-up.

December 25, 2006
Because We’ve Got the Lowest Crime Rate in 40 Years (and the Lowest of Any Major U.S. City)

While crime is down across New York, nowhere has it dropped more than in Washington Heights and Inwood, where felonies have declined by 85 percent over the last fifteen years.

December 25, 2006
Because Our Real Mobsters Are More Entertaining Than the Sopranos

To be a mobster in New York is to be a celebrity. Mafiosi are the psychopaths with a fan base. And vile as their actions have sometimes been, it has to be said that as dramatis personae, they’ve rarely disappointed. This past season has been especially fine, with a cast and plot turns that Sopranos creator David Chase must have envied.

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