The Best American Crime Reporting 2008
Thieves, liars, killers, and conspirators—it's a criminal world out there, and someone has got to write about it. An eclectic collection of the year's best reportage, The Best American Crime Reporting 2008 brings together the murderers and the masterminds, the mysteries and missteps that make for brilliant stories, told by the aces of the true-crime genre. This latest addition to the highly acclaimed series features guest editor Jonathan Kellerman, bestselling author of more than twenty crime novels, most recently Compulsion and the forthcoming Bones.
beaten with rubber hoses and electric cattle prods. Police questioned the children, and Chinese officials later claimed that they had been sent to India to be “trained” by the Dalai Lama, then sent back to China as “splitists,” who want to see Tibet independent. Some of the youngest children were not collected by their parents and so remained in custody for three months. When their parents came they were fined 100 to 500 yuan ($13–$66). Dolma, who witnessed her best friend’s death, made it to
Jackson was sentenced to ninety days in prison and five years probation after pleading guilty to impersonating Tuman and taking $3,200 from Kristin. He gave back all the money he owed her, writing a $1,950 check and paying the rest in cash. He seemed very sorry for what he had done, as though it really had ruined his life. I have wondered if he’ll do it again, though; if we’ll be seeing another blurb in the paper, or on one of the news websites, like the one that originally sparked an interest in
to those of the agents that we depend on to enforce the law,” he said. He promised his audience of nearly 900,000 viewers that “this broadcast will be following their story each and every day, and every step of the way, and we will be reporting to you on what in the world this government of ours is thinking.” Dobbs made good on his pledge, highlighting the case on no fewer than 131 broadcasts in the eleven months that followed, including an hour-long special called “Border Betrayal.” Rather than
sodium thiopental. A single-drug injection had never been attempted, but Crittendon made the improvisation appear fitting and seemly, just as he had done with “citizens that were involved with civil disobedience” who had been arrested outside the East Gate; inmates “restricted to their assigned sleeping areas”—that is, locked down; and the condemned man expecting to partake of “the lethal cocktail.” (In the early nineties, when California used hydrocyanic gas, Crittendon spoke of a “team
privately began to encourage a multiracial group of inmate leaders to quit “the game”: he’d ask about their families, allow them to make off-hours phone calls to their children, introduce them to reporters as “our success stories,” even organize memorial services for their cellmates. Felix Lucero, a lifer, said, “You always want to feel you can be rehabilitated, that you’re not an animal, and Crittendon makes you feel that way. He treated me like we were sort of…friends.” Crittendon helped