Our top picks in Crime Reporting for 2020.
‘It’s the Most Outrageous Thing I’ve Ever Seen. It Makes No Sense.’
“DNA evidence proved Lydell Grant’s innocence. So why won’t the state’s highest criminal court exonerate him?”
India’s Journalistic Source of Narrative Nonfiction
The dangers of journalists speaking the truth will not slow this Indian magazine down.
‘Victims Become This Object of Fascination… This Silent Symbol.’
Rachel Monroe talks about the pitfalls of the true crime genre. “I had this feeling like I can see the whole thing and nobody else understands… That’s a real trap that we as reporters can fall in.”
Longreads Best of 2018: Crime Reporting
We asked writers and editors to choose some of their favorite stories of the year in various categories. Here is the best in crime reporting.
A New View of Crime in America
What does incarceration do for the member of a family that views prison as a rite of passage? A New York Times reporter takes a close look at intergenerational criminality.
Vacating Convictions from Crooked Chicago Cops
A group of Chicago cops spent years framing innocent men, but thanks to one determined woman, their convictions are finally getting overturned.
The Amateur Sleuth Who Can’t Let One Case Rest
One civilian is obsessed with investigating the eight student deaths in a 1967 fire at Cornell University.
What If Forensic Science Isn’t Really Science?
When bad forensics enter the courtroom, it can become impossible to get rid of them.
He Seemed Like the Real Thing, Until He Wasn’t
Christopher Goffard’s seven-part series on a dangerous Orange County con man is an astonishing tale of love and violence.