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Criminal Justice News

Posted on: Dec 23, 2020

As the pandemic rages on, we face the harsh reality of winter. Instead of hot cocoa and eggnog with our pals at the ski lodge, we are forced back into our homes with our families/cats. How to cope? How to avoid the frozen fate of Jack Torrance in The Shining? The Criminal Justice Section is here for you with recommendations to get you through the punishing winter.

As 2020 comes to a merciful end, the criminal justice practitioner looks forward with hope in their heart. What could 2021 bring? A return to normalcy? Warm hugs from family and friends? Cool new video games? All that stands between the practitioner and those good things is the gaping maw of a few more months of a raging pandemic. How to pass the time? How about these long articles, books, and podcasts?!

Longform Grab-Bag

  1. “The Chameleon” by David Grann in The New Yorker: The expertly written and absolutely bonkers story of impersonation and stolen identity.
  2. “The Feather Heist” from This American Life: According to the episode’s website, it’s the tale of a “flute player breaks into a British museum and makes off with a million dollars worth of dead birds.” What more do you need?!
  3. “The Incredible True Story of the Collar Bomb Heist” by Rich Schapiro in Wired: One of the weirdest heists of all time, a man walks into a PNC Bank in Western Pennsylvania with a bomb strapped to his neck. It gets weirder from there.
  4. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson: Telling the parallel stories of the 1893 World’s Fair and the serial killer who stalked it, after reading this classic you won’t look at Chicago in the same way again.
  5. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara: Focusing on one of the most infamous criminals of the twentieth century, this book is exhaustively researched, compellingly written, and fascinating in its conclusions.

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