I am the instrument of vengeance for several women. — "Diana the hunter of bus drivers," from Ricardo Chavez’s "Mexico Probes Possible Juarez Female Vengeance Killer" (AP 2013)
From Ann O’Neill’s Taken, a five-part feature on a 55-year-old cold case that was finally solved. Maybe. (CNN 2013)
The study’s authors posit that women are excluded from these conspiracy rings because men see them as less criminally competent. — Jessica Grose’s “Why Women Can’t Break Corporate Fraud’s Glass Ceiling” (August 2013)
It had seemed enough, at first, for some to say that the victims were all prostitutes, practically interchangeable — lost souls who were gone, in a sense, long before they actually disappeared. That is a story our culture tells about people like them, a conventional way of thinking about how young girls fall into a life of prostitution: unstable family lives, addiction, neglect.
But in the two years I’ve spent learning about the lives of all five women, I have found that they all defied expectations. They were not human-trafficking victims in the classic sense. They stayed close to their families. They all came to New York to take advantage of a growing black market — an underground economy that offered them life-changing money, and with a remarkably low barrier to entry. The real temptation wasn’t drugs or alcohol, but the promise of social mobility. — Robert Kolker’s “The New Prostitutes” (June 2013)
(Source: The New York Times)
For nearly 15 years, Ms. Clemente, 48 and a self-professed “forensic analyst,” has waged an independent and improbable campaign to prove that the government turned a blind eye to as many as 39 murders committed in New York by turncoat gangsters it paid to work as informants. — Alan Feuer’s “The Mob and Angela Clemente” (June 2013)
(Source: The New York Times)
“Wednesday’s execution of Kimberly McCarthy, 52, for the 1997 stabbing death of her neighbor will mark Texas’ 500th execution since 1976 and the 261st during Gov. Rick Perry’s tenure.” View The Texas Tribune’s interactive on those executed since Perry took office (a static image of the visualization is above).
It was a rare public accusation for an immigrant, many of whom fear retaliation and deportation if they speak up. [Esther] Abarca was testifying in only the second case of a farmworker claiming sexual harassment to reach a federal court trial. — "Female Workers Face Rape, Harassment In U.S. Agriculture Industry" (June 2013)
Lori died in 2010. That’s when Blake’s relatives found the box. Its contents told an astonishing story: The woman they knew as Lori was someone else entirely. She had created a new identity two decades earlier. That brings us to our mystery. If Lori wasn’t really Lori, who was she? And why would she go so far to hide her past? — Maureen O’Hagan’s “She stole another’s identity, and took her secret to the grave. Who was she?” (June 2013)
Your weekend just got spectacular thanks to Los Angeles magazine. Behold their shiny new crime section, where they’ve gathered their best long-form reporting on all things grisly, combined with maps, a “vintage crime” blog, and oh so much more. Some good places to start reading: