crime

Grand Theft Apples
7:57 am
Tue September 24, 2013

It's Apple Picking (and Stealing) Season

It's prime-apple season, and we're not talking about the new iPhone.
erin_can_spell Flickr Creative Commons

Welcome to autumn in New England. The weather is getting crisper, you can get pumpkin flavored lattes, beer and donuts, and it's prime apple-picking season. 

Most apple pickers do it the legal way. You get a bag, pick the ripest, biggest apples you can find, and then you pay for them. Apparently, some people are forgetting that last step.

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Science
5:01 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Could Detectives Use Microbes To Solve Murders?

Knight (left) and Bucheli take soil samples from beneath one of the decomposing bodies.
Katie Hayes Luke for NPR

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 1:30 pm

In the woods outside Huntsville, Texas, scientists are trying to determine whether they can use the microbes that live on the human body as microscopic witnesses that could help catch criminals.

It's a strange scene at the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility. At first, it's easy to miss the human bodies scattered among the tall pines, wild grass and weeds.

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Billy's Law
2:49 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Legislation For Families of Missing Persons

Billy Smolinski went missing in 2004.
NamUs.gov

Cold cases are frustrating to police and to family members whose loved ones disappear. Jan and William Smolinski of Cheshire have been looking for their son, Billy, for nine years. He disappeared in 2004.

Speaking on WNPRs Where We Live, Jan Smolinski says while there are missing person cases that do not involve a homicide, they suspected foul play when he disappeared. She says the night he went missing, her son called another man who was dating Billy's girlfriend. 

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Where We Live
5:29 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Connecticut's Cold Cases

Billy Smolinski has been missing since 2004. His parents join us on the next Where We Live.
via justice4billy.com

We know about some of the famous cold cases – the JonBenét Ramsey case, the Zodiac Killer and Jack the Ripper. But there are hundreds of thousands of cold cases throughout the country and most of them don’t get nearly the same amount of attention.

On Where We Live, we talk to someone who follows cold cases in Connecticut and with the parents of a man who has been missing for a decade. How much time is spent working on these cold cases? And how has technology changed the way they’re solved?

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Fighting Crime
12:02 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

A Hospital Tells Police Where Fights Happen, And Crime Drops

An ambulance makes its way through revelers in Cardiff city center in Wales in 2010. New measures in the city have reduced injuries caused by violence.
Matt Cardy Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 3:25 pm

On Saturday night, the emergency room staff knows all too well what's coming — people showing up with a broken jaw, a knife wound or a bashed-in face, often after too many hours in a pub. Doctors at the emergency department in Cardiff, Wales, realized that many of the people who were injured in fights never reported it to the police. That realization led to a simple program that has radically reduced the toll of violence.

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Connecticut Supreme Court
8:30 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Lapointe's Lawyers Hoping For New Trial

Richard Lapointe
Jim Michaud Journal Inquirer

Lawyers for Richard Lapointe will argue for their client's right to a new trial today before the State Supreme court. State prosecutors appealed last year's ruling by the state appellate court, which granted Lapointe a new trial. 

This case has garnered national attention. Lapointe is an intellectually disabled man with Dandy-Walker syndrome. He was convicted in 1992 for the 1987 rape and murder of his wife's grandmother in Manchester.

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Cons
4:41 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

How a Few Barbershop Clippings Conned America Out of Millions

Con man Philip Musica.

While you probably never give a second thought to the clippings scattered about when you get a haircut, Philip Musica turned this trash into cash. Millions of dollars of cash. 

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:53 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Before Bernie Madoff, Philip Musica Conned (and Captivated) a Nation

http://www.thehallofinfamy.org/

We're fascinated by Bernie Madoff and Frank Abagnale, larger than life con men who somehow got perfectly sane and intelligent people to trust them when there was ample reason not to.

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8:38 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Theft Charges Reverberate in Connecticut Art World

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The art world in northwestern Connecticut was rocked last week when a longtime assistant to artist Jasper Johns was arrested for stealing 22 works from Johns and selling them for $6.5 million. The NY Times reports on the case against James Meyer.
For 16 years, William Morrison has watched the passing parade at his airy, contemporary Morrison Gallery in Kent, in northwestern Connecticut, where luminaries like Meryl Streep, Sam Waterston, Kevin Bacon and Kate Winslet, and far-flung artists great and small live the understated good life of the Litchfield Hills.
The Colin McEnroe Show
10:49 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Jury Duty

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The American jury system is a great leveler. Rich and powerful men such as Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling of Enron, suddenly find their fates in the hands of very average Americans who earn and possess a tiny fraction of what they have. Most of the news we get about juries concerns cases in which an unusual and possibly controversial verdict was reached.

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The Two-Way
4:12 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

U.S. Sues Bank Of America Over Mortgage-Backed Securities

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 4:33 pm

The Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it was suing Bank of America for allegedly lying to investors about the riskiness of about $850 million worth of mortgage-backed securities back in 2008.

According to a press release by the Justice Department, the action is part of efforts of the Obama administration's Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force's RMBS Working Group.

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The Wheelhouse Digest
2:19 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Exchanges and Gifts

Credit Sage Ross, Wikimedia Commons

Got time for a little news diversion while you wait to find out if A-Rod will play in Chicago tonight? You're at the right place. Here are a few stories you should know about today.

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NO INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE FOR YOU
Aetna withdraws from Access Health CT.

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The Two-Way
12:18 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Whitey Bulger Decides Not To Take The Stand

James "Whitey" Bulger, in an image released by the U.S. Marshal's Service in August 2011.
EPA /Landov

One of the most anticipated testimonies in a criminal trial will not happen: James "Whitey" Bulger, the notorious Boston gangster, decided not to testify in his own defense, today.

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The Faith Middleton Show
10:01 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Authors of Self Comes to Mind and Winged Obsession

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One of the world's most beautiful endangered species, butterflies are as lucrative as gorillas, pandas, and rhinos on the black market. In this cutthroat $200 million business, no one was more successful—or posed a greater ecological danger—than Yoshi Kojima. Jessica Speart’s Winged Obsession covers the pursuit of the world’s most notorious butterfly smuggler. Speart is our guest.

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News
1:51 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

FBI: Operation Rescues 105 Sexually Exploited Children

A screenshot from video of an FBI sting.
FBI

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 2:13 pm

During a 72-hour operation that spanned 76 cities in the United States, the FBI says, agents rescued 105 sexually exploited children and apprehended 150 alleged pimps.

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News
4:28 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Hedge Fund Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud Charges

General Council for SAC Capital Advisors LP, Peter Nussbaum exits Manhattan federal court, Friday, July 26, 2013, in New York. (Louis Lanzano/AP)

Prosecutors said a large volume of evidence including electronic messages, court-ordered wiretaps and consensual recordings is stacked against a Connecticut-based hedge fund that pleaded not guilty Friday to criminal charges accusing it of letting insider trading flourish for more than a decade.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Antonia Apps told a federal judge in Manhattan that investigators had “voluminous” evidence against SAC Capital Advisors, a Stamford, Conn.-based firm owned by billionaire Steven A. Cohen.

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Code Switch
4:56 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Key Witness Against Emmett Till's Killers Led A Quiet Life

Willie Reed (right) testified against the men accused of murdering 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955. He changed his last name to Louis after fleeing to Chicago and hardly spoke of the trial.
Charles Knoblock AP

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 5:43 pm

Willie Louis may be one of the most celebrated but least-known figures in a pivotal point in American history: He testified against the men accused of kidnapping and murdering 14-year-old Emmett Till. He died July 18, but his wife, Juliet, announced his death this week.

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News
11:48 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Hartford Reverend Compares Trayvon To Newtown

Chion Wolf

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Where We Live
2:33 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Sexual Assault Allegations at UConn, Corruption in Connecticut, and a New Cheshire Murder Film

Springfield voters have approved the MGM casino plan ...UConn is conducting an investigation into how the university handled allegations of sexual abuse by one of their professors...and last week, the Eastern League All-Star Game was held at New Britain Stadium and Governor Dannel Malloy received a less-than-warm welcome.

Turns out national political observers have their eyes on Malloy, too...he’s on a Washington Post list of “governors likely to lose their seats.”

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Where We Live
8:04 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Connecticut’s Lesser-Known Mob Connections

James "Whitey" Bulger

Connecticut has a peculiar relationship with organized crime. Stuck between New York and Boston, it’s not home to any major organizations but there was and still is some spillover. And of course, it’s close enough to those other major cities that it was possible to have interactions with “made men” and even bosses.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:13 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Authors of The Criminal Justice Club and Toasts

Michael Grimes

The Criminal Justice Club is the book about Walt Lewis' conversion from a young ACLU liberal, who sympathized with the criminal, into an advocate for crime victims and longer sentences for violent and career criminals.

Lewis defines The Criminal Justice Club as a group of deputy district attorneys, public defenders, private defense attorneys, criminal court judges, and the career criminal who have been through the system many times.

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The Faith Middleton Show
4:13 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Authors of The Criminal Justice Club and Toasts

Michael Grimes

The Criminal Justice Club is the book about Walt Lewis' conversion from a young ACLU liberal, who sympathized with the criminal, into an advocate for crime victims and longer sentences for violent and career criminals.

Lewis defines The Criminal Justice Club as a group of deputy district attorneys, public defenders, private defense attorneys, criminal court judges, and the career criminal who have been through the system many times.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:44 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

The Evolution of Graffiti

Dimitry B on Flickr Creative Common

Let's be clear, graffiti has not gone totally legit. People get arrested all the time for it, and in some cases they should. Part of the problem is that the word itself gets used to mean several different things. The press calls it graffiti if you paint some nasty slogan or a swastika on a wall that doesn't belong to you.

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The Colin McEnroe Show
3:22 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

So You Think You Can Fake a Vermeer?

The Colin McEnroe Show
3:22 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

So You Think You Can Fake A Vermeer?

News
4:08 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Yale Fined For Under-Reporting Sex Offenses

Yale University has asked federal education officials to lower a fine imposed on the school for under-reporting sex offenses.  

The federal Clery Act spells out how colleges and universities nationwide are expected to compile and report crime data – including sex crimes on campus.  The U.S. Department of Education began reviewing Yale’s compliance with Clery back in 2004, after a Yale Alumni Magazine article raised questions about the accuracy and completeness of the school’s reports.  

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News
3:53 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Inmate, William Coleman Faces Deportation or a Longer Prison Sentence

Courtesy of State DOC

An inmate who has been on a hunger strike for more than six years was back in court Thursday. 

William Coleman, a native of Great Britain has completed an eight year sentence for spousal rape. Yet he's still in prison.

To find out more, WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke with Christine Stuart, editor of the CTNewsJunkie.com has covered Coleman's complicated case for years. 

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Hunger Strike
3:53 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Inmate, William Coleman Faces Deportation or a Longer Prison Sentence

Courtesy of State DOC

An inmate who has been on a hunger strike for more than six years was back in court Thursday. 

William Coleman, a native of Great Britain has completed an eight year sentence for spousal rape. Yet he's still in prison.

To find out more, WNPR's Lucy Nalpathanchil spoke with Christine Stuart, editor of the CTNewsJunkie.com has covered Coleman's complicated case for years. 

News
12:44 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Connecticut Supreme Court To Hear Arguments On Death Penalty Repeal

Connecticut’s Supreme Court hears arguments Tuesday on whether the state’s death penalty repeal violates the constitutional rights of inmates currently on death row.   The law ends capital punishment for all future crimes.

When Connecticut repealed the death penalty last year, the change was “prospective”, not retroactive.  

That means capital punishment is abolished for future cases, but not for inmates already facing execution.

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