Chris Tarricone

Chris Tarricone is a writer from New York. Not the stylish, bustling and flashy big city New York, but the backwoods, gun-blazing, Confederate flag-waving New York that has been pummelled by an outbreak of opioids. Ever since laying witness to the effects of this epidemic throughout his adolescence, Chris has written crime stories of all forms, from plays and screenplays to short stories, novels, and articles. He has since gotten his BFA in Cinema Studies, Playwriting and Screenwriting from SUNY Purchase and recently has switched coasts to graduate with his MFA in Writing for Screen & TV from the University of Southern California, where he won the Jack Nicholson Scholarship, the program's top screenplay award. Chris currently resides in Los Angeles.

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The People vs. Robert Durst Has a Jury

Several Crime Story Reporters contributed to this story. It is 11:30 AM on the 27th of February. Twelve people rise together and, in unison, commit themselves to a five-month-long excursion. It will be no vacation. They are being taken away from their jobs, their families, and their lives to spend this spring and part of this summer inside the life and mind of Robert Durst. Together in Department 81 of the Airport Courthouse, they are sworn in by Judge Mark E. Windham. They have been chosen after...

The “Hollywood Ripper” Reports

Editor's note: This past summer, in a Los Angeles courtroom, Michael Gargiulo was tried and convicted on two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. In the media, he was given the tabloid name the “Hollywood Ripper.“  Crime Story reporter Chris Tarricone wrote four stories about the case, assessing the experiences of this media trial from the points of view of witnesses and defense attorneys. In this special podcast presentation, we present all four of Chris’s stories in the sequence that they were published. Cumulatively,...

Police Force Expert – Taser Certified (Moorer 2)

This is the second in a series of articles about the murder trial of Andrea Moorer. The first was Strong Female Lead by Molly Miller. Outside of Department 111 at the Criminal Courts Building, a stocky man in his late 60s sits upright and energetic, sticking out amongst those lounging in the hallway. The man is Larry Smith, an ex-cop here today to testify in defense of Andrea Dommique Moorer, who is charged with killing an abusive pimp, Ruffino Anderson. A clean-cut, gray-suited, and similarly energetic man...

The Challenges of Defending the Alleged “Hollywood Ripper” (Gargiulo 4)

This is the fourth and last in a series of articles about the trial of Michael Gargiulo. You may click on the hyperlinked titles to read “I Buried the Bitch… Just Kidding,” The Witness Following Ashton Kutcher, and Fishing for Clickbait. Defense attorney Dale Rubin often jokes around in the Criminal Courts Building, perhaps to keep his mind off of the challenges of defending Michael Gargiulo on two counts of capital murder. One time, he even played around with a mannequin (which was to serve as...

Fishing for Clickbait (Gargiulo 3)

This is the third in a series of articles about the trial of Michael Gargiulo. You may click on the hyperlinked titles to read "I Buried the Bitch… Just Kidding." and The Witness Following Ashton Kutcher. Someone is crying. It is hard to immediately identify the source of the noise. The weeping echoes from the far end of the ninth floor near Department 106, where a group of people huddle closely together. They dote on whoever is crying, consoling her in hushed Spanish while attorneys file past, talking baseball.

The Witness Following Ashton Kutcher (Gargiulo 2)

This is the second in a series of articles about the trial of Michael Gargiulo. You may click on the hyperlinked titles to read "I Buried the Bitch… Just Kidding." It’s crowded at the Criminal Courts Building on Wednesday morning, May 29. Normally, a small procession of jurors, attorneys, witnesses, and others funnel through one of two entrances on either side of the building, both complete with a security crew and metal-detectors, which creates moderate congestion in the early hours when court is in session. But today, the line to...