America’s Thirst for Crime

A dispatch from CrimeCon, where families and victims of violence collide with the public’s obsession with murder.

Published: Jul 30, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,000 words)

This 42-year-old boxer has a job at IHOP, two kids, and 11 titles. She isn’t done—yet.

Outside the ring, Nelson is, in the words of her friend and fellow boxer Tyrieshia Douglas, “a nice churchy lady.” She spends half an hour each day reading and discussing Bible verses with her longtime boyfriend. She’s a hugger, a baby nuzzler, a bestower of silly nicknames. Then she enters the ring and something terrifying emerges, something that won’t let her stop punching until she has annihilated the person in the opposite corner.

Source: Washington Post
Published: Jan 24, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,350 words)