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The Durst Trial: A Brother Remembers His Lost Sister

Like so many memories, this one is jogged by a photograph.  Deputy DA John Lewin projects an image of a preadolescent Kathie Durst onto the courtroom’s over-sized video monitors. From his seat in the witness box, James McCormack, Kathie’s 76...

Defending Robert Durst: The Opening Statement

Robert Durst did not murder his long-time friend Susan Berman on December 23, 2000, and he  doesn’t know who did. A generous man with Asperger’s syndrome, psychological damage from a traumatic childhood, and a history of poor decision making, Durst discovered Berman’s body...

Cops and the Art of Lying 2: The Polygraph Tactic

The following is Part 2 of Crime Story’s coverage of the People vs. Jose Peralta. You can find Part 1 here. You’re innocent.  So when a detective accuses you of murdering your neighbor, you agree to take...

Editors Blog

More Crime and Justice in a Time of Pandemic (Week 34)

During this unprecedented moment, crimestory.com has a clear mission: we will continue to explore storytelling, news and narrative analysis in the world of crime and justice, while presenting many of our stories in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kim Kardashian: The Justice Project – Interview with Executive Producer, Vince DiPersio

On today’s podcast I am joined by Vince DiPersio executive producer of Kim Kardashian: The Justice Project which airs Sunday, April 5 on Oxygen. During the course of his 30+ years as a filmmaker, Vince has been nominated for multiple...

Amanda Knox on Injustice and More on the Durst Trial (Week 33)

Welcome to our weekly review of the events at crimestory.com. In this time of pandemic, Crime Story will continue to examine how stories of crime and justice are told in our society and in our culture. That includes exploring narratives about the functions and dysfunctions of our...

Expert Witness

Amanda Knox Interview: An Exoneree’s Quest for Peace in Quarantine

Finding New Appreciation: An Interview with Josh Kezer In 1994, 19-year-old Josh Kezer was convicted for a 1992 murder, though no physical evidence linked him to the crime scene and alibi witnesses placed him hundreds of miles away. He spent...

Amanda Knox Interview: Gavin Newsom’s Outbreak of Mercy

Governor Grants Clemency to Four California Innocence Project Clients Governor Newsom’s Outbreak of Mercy  By Amanda Knox with Christopher Robinson On March 27, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom granted clemency to...

Paul Butler: Pandemic Policing: Hands Off; Don’t Arrest?

For people of color who want to left alone by the cops, the public health emergency represents the best of times and, potentially, the worst of times.   The silver lining in the coronavirus cloud is that it has altered...

Justice

CRIME STORY on the L.A. District Attorney election

Crime Story has intently covered the candidates and issues surrounding Tuesday's election for Los Angeles District Attorney. We have covered two of the candidate debates, including the only forum that all three candidates attended. We dedicated an an entire...

To Imprison or Divert in L.A.

Editor’s note: Out of respect for the privacy of the individuals depicted in this story, we have changed those individuals' names. Reggie was going for breakfast at Denny’s with some of his buds. It was 10am on a Saturday but...

A Conversation with Paul Butler about Progressive Prosecutors

Kary Antholis: This is Jury Duty, a weekly podcast forum for the discussion of crime and justice storytelling, news and narrative analysis presented by Crime Story Media.  This episode features a discussion between yours truly, Crime Story,...