‘I Don’t Want to Shoot You, Brother’

Officer Stephen Mader chose not to shoot R.J. Williams, choosing instead to de-escalate. He was right — Williams’ gun wasn’t loaded, so he was never a real threat — but another office on the scene shot him anyway. And then Mader got fired.

Author: Joe Sexton
Source: ProPublica
Published: Nov 29, 2018
Length: 53 minutes (13,431 words)


Katie Meyler founded the More Than Me Academy in Liberia to educate girls and get them off the street. She also hired the man who would rape dozens of MTM’s 11 and 12 year old students, impregnating some and leaving others HIV positive.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Oct 11, 2018
Length: 54 minutes (13,700 words)

The Child Abuse Contrarian

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a rare condition that may cause injuries that mimic child abuse. What are the chances that 100% of the allegedly abused children Dr. Michael Horlick sees have it?

Source: ProPublica
Published: Sep 26, 2018
Length: 31 minutes (7,810 words)

The Disappeared

“For Miguel’s family and many others terrorized by MS-13, the police response came too late, and remains too little.”

Source: ProPublica
Published: Sep 20, 2018
Length: 34 minutes (8,606 words)

Blood-Spatter Expert in Joe Bryan Case Says “My Conclusions Were Wrong”

Pamela Colloff’s ProPublica/New York Times investigation into the murder conviction of Joe Bryant exposed huge flaws in the prosecution, and now they’re coming to light in court.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Sep 17, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,785 words)

Blood Will Tell, Part II

The conclusion to Pamela Colloff’s intensive investigation into the murder conviction of Joe Bryan and the flawed forensic “science” — blood spatter analysis — on which it rests.

Source: ProPublica
Published: May 31, 2018
Length: 45 minutes (11,369 words)

Blood Will Tell, Part One

Mickey Bryan’s, husband, a beloved high school principal, was charged with killing her. Did he do it, or had there been a terrible mistake?

Source: ProPublica
Published: May 23, 2018
Length: 43 minutes (10,897 words)

A Killing at Donkey Creek

Jimmy Smith-Kramer, a former high school basketball star and a member of the Quinault Indian Nation in Taholah, Washington, was only 20 years old when James Walker mowed him down with his pickup truck. Was it a hate crime? Investigators aren’t sure.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Apr 26, 2018
Length: 16 minutes (4,131 words)

A Betrayal

Henry, a high school student in Long Island, wanted to get away from MS-13, a Central American gang that trafficked in violence, so he became an informant, helping the police to identify and arrest gang members. Rather than protect Henry, authorities turned him over to ICE — endangering his life by detaining him with MS-13 members who are suspicious that he snitched on them.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Apr 2, 2018
Length: 29 minutes (7,267 words)

Trashed: Inside the Deadly World of Private Garbage Collection

The world of garbage collecting in New York City is split into night and day. By day, the 7,200 workers from the city’s Department of Sanitation collect the trash from residences, following a set number of routes for a set number of hours, “with a median base pay of $69,000 plus health care, a pension, almost four weeks of paid vacation.” By night, the private companies take over to collect the commercial garbage. For these workers the pay is low, the danger is high, and the darkness is neverending.

Source: ProPublica
Published: Jan 4, 2018
Length: 39 minutes (9,800 words)