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Crime & Law

2 years
ago

The Cost of Phone Calls In Cook County Jail To Drop

Thanks to reporting by Rob Wildeboer, the county is set to reduce the high fees jail inmates are charged to make phone calls. It sounds very Chicago, but we’re hardly alone: the FCC might tackle the cost of prison phone calls in coming months.

2 years
ago

Chicago Tylenol Murders: An Oral History

TERROR IN A PILL: In 1982, seven Chicago-area residents were killed after taking cyanide-laced Tylenol capsules. Three decades later, in exclusives interview, the principal players in that drama relive what some consider the first act of domestic terrorism.

3 years
ago

American Violence and Southern Culture

Why is America so much more violent—in particular, so much more homicidal—than other developed countries? One vein of history and social science suggests that its roots are in the South, and the British borderland culture that it originated in.

3 years
ago

The Mob’s Last Gasp?

THE GANG THAT WOULDN’T DIE: This month three Chicago senior citizens are set to be sentenced for an audacious plot to rob a mob boss’s home. A story of thrill-seeking, revenge, and the decline of the Outfit

3 years
ago

The Chicago Mob’s Rise and Fall

Here’s who federal sources and other Mob watchers say has been running the Outfit since it first became a force in the city—and the key events of its history

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