Molly Miller

Molly was raised in Woodinville, WA and grew up building forts in the forest and running through poison ivy to escape imaginary tree monsters. She left the woods to attend The University of Chicago where she double majored in Political Science and Theatre. After graduation Molly became the youngest performing improviser on a house team at the iO Theater and was cast in productions at the Court Theatre, The Annoyance and The Second City. While performing, Molly partnered with The Public House Theatre to write and produce a series of plays, including her long-running dramedy, Double Booked. In 2015 she wrote and executive produced Tribulation: The Musical, which opened for a six month run at the Mission Theatre where it received critical acclaim and went on to mount at the New York Fringe Festival. In 2017 Molly began her MFA in Screenwriting at USC where she was an Annenberg Fellow and the recipient of the 2018 Edward Small Screenwriting Award. Since graduating Molly has become obsessed with the criminal justice system. When she’s not at court Molly can be found watching crime dramas while doing jigsaw puzzles.

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The Six Pack

The following stories are the same: 1. A family of three had moved to a small house in the woods after their apartment was burglarized in the city, an incident that traumatized their young son. One brisk morning they return home from gathering mushrooms for a stew and find that their front door is cracked open. Dirty footprints lead inside. The mother and young son stand back as the father opens the door. He sees that their smallest wooden chair is splintered to pieces on the floor. The food leftover...

How Is a Plea a Bargain?

“Horse trading determines who goes to jail and for how long. That’s what plea bargaining is. It is not some adjunct to the criminal justice system. It is the criminal justice system.” -Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Imagine going to a baseball game. You grab a beer and a $12 hotdog and mosey your way through die-hard fans in face paint, kids stumbling in oversized jerseys down to their knees, and elderly couples marveling at the stadium’s big screen TVs. The buzz...

Felon-omics

You’re driving your car at night, going a cool 35mph in a 25mph zone on a residential street. The streetlights are sparse. The roads are cracked and uneven. You yawn and look down to change the music to something that doesn’t sound plucked from the playlist of your dentist’s waiting room. Then you — dog. There’s a dog in the road in front of you. You swerve. And hit a fire hydrant. A small dent disfigures your bumper. When you take your blemished vehicle in for repair, you tense your...

Paint it Black: Drakeo the Ruler, Mick Jagger and “Gang Conspiracy” (Drakeo 2)

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Tiny Evil, Rap and Gang Conspiracy

Editor's note: Later this week, the third trial of rapper Drakeo the Ruler on charges of profiting off of a gang conspiracy (California Penal Code § 182.5) begins in Compton. CRIME STORY will be covering that trial, as the nature of this law and its use by California Prosecutors raise significant Constitutional and Due Process questions. In conjunction with that coverage, we will also be publishing essays about the treatment of rap lyrics and culture by law enforcement in LA. Molly Miller's story below tells the story of the...

$7000 of Chips Vanished

The house always wins. Jian Qiao Chen had already lost $3,000 playing Baccarat. He was about to lose even more. But not to a card game. Chen was gambling at the Commerce Casino, an establishment that has a church-basement vibe, complete with matted floral carpeting and rickety, red-cushioned chairs. Guests expecting the glitz of the Vegas strip might describe it as “seedy,” but for serious players, it’s a hub of competition. According to their website, the Commerce Casino is California’s # 1 venue for games of skill....