Reclaimed Identity: Keith Jesperson’s Sixth Murder
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by Maria DiLorenzo
5M ago
“In my head there was a possibility that it could happen, but I wasn’t looking forward to—it wasn’t my intention to do so … but I knew I had the potential [to kill],” Keith Jesperson, also dubbed the Happy Face Killer, explained over the phone from Oregon State Penitentiary. Reflecting  on the sixth murder he committed, he described the narrative in such a detached manner, like he was reciting a work of fiction rather than a real event. Starting from the beginning, Jesperson described pulling into a rest area in August of 1994, where he saw a woman outside “trying to hitch a ride.” “She s ..read more
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Why Does Legacy Food Media Ignore Prison Food?
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by Chandra Bozelko
5M ago
The season is upon us, the annual fetishization of prison food, public discussions of what prisoners will eat on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. It’s become so standard that TMZ has a template for it now: “Celebrity Prisoners Thanksgiving Meals Revealed” has been the headline for the past three years. The unfortunate part of this coverage is that it’s the least interesting part of the correctional culinary experience. The culture and offerings of a prison chow hall — as well as what incarcerated people make on their own with commissary items — don’t get nearly enough attention, mostly ..read more
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Death of “Parasite” Actor Highlights South Korea’s Hardline Drug Policies
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by TCR Staff
5M ago
The recent death of “Parasite” actor Lee Sun-kyun highlights South Korea’s crackdown on drugs, one which draws a hard line against anything other than total abstinence, John Yoon reports for the New York Times. The policies have come under criticism from treatment experts who say that the authorities focus too much on punishment rather than rehabilitation.  Lee’s lawyer denied the drug charges and accused the police of violating rules about the public release of information and said Lee had tested negative in multiple drug tests. South Korea stands apart from countries like the United Sta ..read more
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Mississippi Regularly Fails to Investigate Rampant Abuses by Sheriff’s and Their Departments
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by TCR Staff
5M ago
In Mississippi, allegations of jailhouse rape, brutal beatings and corrupt acts by sheriffs and their deputies regularly go ignored by the state, even despite ample evidence, Ilyssa Daly, Jerry Mitchell and Rachel Axon report in an investigation for the New York Times. Out of dozens of publicly available federal lawsuits that described severe brutality and other abuses of power, their investigation found that at least 27 claims do not appear to have led to a state investigation, including accusations of rape, brutal assault and retaliation against sheriffs’ enemies. All but five of the cases w ..read more
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DC Officials Announce Reaccreditation of Scandalized Crime Lab
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by TCR Staff
5M ago
D.C.’s long-troubled crime lab has won back a key accreditation two years after losing it following a 2021 scandal in which an independent panel of forensic experts concluded, among other concerns, that the lab made an error in testing ballistics evidence in two 2015 homicide cases and then refused to acknowledge the mistake, Justin Wm. Moyer reports for the Washington Post. As a result of the suspension, the District lost its ability to use forensic evidence from the lab in court prosecutions — including DNA analyses, firearms and rape kits — and had to contract with private companies to perf ..read more
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Congress Put Independent Prosecutors In Charge of US Military Cases of Sexual Assault, Other Crimes
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by TCR Staff
5M ago
The U.S. military has decided to put independent lawyers in charge of how it investigates and prosecutes cases of sexual assault and other major crimes, sidelining commanders after years of pressure from Congress, Lolita C. Baldor reports for the Associated Press. The change was forced by members of Congress who believed that too often commanders would fail to take victims’ complaints seriously or would try to protect alleged perpetrators in their units. The Air Force, the Marine Corps and the Navy all saw reported sexual assaults go up last year, but a sharp 9 percent drop in reports from the ..read more
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Georgia Department of Corrections Resists Releasing Info on Prison Abuses
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by TCR Staff
5M ago
Georgia Department of Corrections has tightened its efforts to impede the release of information about its prisons as it faces record numbers of deaths from homicides, suicides and drug overdoses since 2020, Lois Norder reports for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. With little notice, state prison officials have restricted public access to critical information about violence, corruption, escapes and other incidents. The department also fought a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice for records related to the government’s investigation of violence in the prison system and blocked state l ..read more
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Gypsy Rose Blanchard Released From Prison
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by TCR Staff
5M ago
The Missouri woman who persuaded an online boyfriend to kill her mother after she had forced her to pretend for years that she was suffering from leukemia, muscular dystrophy and other serious illnesses, was released Thursday from prison on parole, Heather Hollingsworth reports for the Associated Press. Gypsy Rose Blanchard was released from the Chillicothe Correctional Center after 85 percent of her original sentence. Her mother, Clauddine “Dee Dee” Blanchard, had Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a psychological disorder in which parents or caregivers seek sympathy through the exaggerated or mad ..read more
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Colorado Authorities, FBI Investigate Possible Threats Against Judges Who Sided Against Trump
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by TCR Staff
5M ago
Colorado authorities, along with the FBI, are investigating possible threats against state Supreme Court justices, one week after the court barred former President Donald Trump from the state’s presidential primary ballot, Keith Coffman reports for Reuters. The Denver Police Department also said it was providing “extra patrols” around the homes of the justices. NBC News and other media outlets have since reported the emergence of violent rhetoric on right-wing online forums from Trump supporters aimed at the four Colorado justices who sided against him. Neither the police nor the FBI commented ..read more
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Florida Teen Shoots and Kills Sister During a Fight That Exemplifies Need for Stricter Gun Laws
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by TCR Staff
5M ago
A 14-year-old boy shot and killed his sister in Florida on Christmas Eve after she attempted to break up a fight between him and his brother, Jennifer Hassan reports for the Washington Post. The brothers were each in possession of a gun and during the argument the 14-year-old took out his gun and threatened to shoot his brother in the head. When the sister, Abrielle Baldwin, attempted to deescalate the situation, the 14-year-old, after allegedly threatening to shoot her and her baby, is accused of shooting Baldwin in the chest while she was holding her son in a carrier. While her baby was unin ..read more
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