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For Troubadours Trapped in Servitude, a Murder Breaks the Bond - The New York Times
For generations, folk musicians have camped out on a dusty cattle range in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan. Mostly Muslims, they earn their keep by performing for Hindus who live in sturdy huts built of stone.

So it came as no surprise when Aamad Khan, a poor singer with deep-set eyes, was summoned to a nearby temple one night to play his harmonium, an air-driven organ. He was told to use his music to inspire the Hindu goddess Durga to enter the body of a local faith healer who happened to smell of alcohol that September evening.

The song would be Mr. Khan’s last.
india  nytimes  rajasthan  folkmusicians  aamadkhan  hindu  murder  castesystem 
november 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A Most American Terrorist: The Making Of Dylann Roof | GQ
“What are you?” a member of the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston asked at the trial of the white man who killed eight of her fellow black parishioners and their pastor. “What kind of subhuman miscreant could commit such evil?... What happened to you, Dylann?”
Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah spent months in South Carolina searching for an answer to those questions—speaking with Roof’s mother, father, friends, former teachers, and victims’ family members, all in an effort to unlock what went into creating one of the coldest killers of our time.
america  racism  gq  dylannroof  terrorism  whitesupremacy  murder  crime  rachelkaadzighansah 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
How to Get Away With Murder in Small-Town India - The New York Times
While reporting in Peepli Khera, I often set myself up at the home of a woman named Anjum, who lived next to a hand pump for water and therefore served as a clearinghouse for gossip.

I was lounging there when I heard that a woman had been killed last year, bludgeoned to death by her husband in front of at least a dozen people.

Anjum said the woman’s screams had woken her from a deep sleep, and she stumbled through the dark to the neighbor’s house, some 20 feet away. The woman, Geeta, was cowering in a neighbor’s bathroom, a U-shaped enclosure used for showering, while her husband brought a bamboo stick down on her, again and again, she told my colleague Suhasini, who was translating.
india  murder  crime  criminaljustice  domesticviolence  legalsystem  nytimes 
september 2017 by brendanmcfadden
A Mother’s Death, a Botched Inquiry and a Sheriff at War - The New York Times
The sheriff called it a suicide. When a state investigator raised questions, he became the investigated.
crime  criminaljustice  murder  staugustine  florida  nytimes  police 
june 2017 by brendanmcfadden
Death of a Playmate by Teresa Carpenter
Dorothy Stratten was the focus of the dreams and ambitions of three men. One killed her.
teresacarpenter  deathofaplaymate  villagevoice  dorothystratten  playboy  death  murder 
october 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Shell Lake Murders
The Shell Lake murders is the name of a single mass murder incident committed by Victor Ernest Hoffman in Shell Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada, during the early morning of August 15, 1967.
crime  murder  victorhoffman  canada  massmurder 
july 2015 by brendanmcfadden
Friends of Murderer Charles Schmid, 1965
23 year old Charles Schmid, known as ‘The Pied Piper of Tucson’ murdered three teenage girls, Alleen Rowe, and sisters Gretchen and Wendy Fritz in the deserts surrounding Tucson, Arizona in 1964-65. Schmid gained loyalty and trust with a group of wayward teens, some of whom he dated. Mary French was his girlfriend at the time of murdering Alleen Rowe. It was Mary who convinced Alleen to go out with Schmid’s friend John Saunders the night of her death. Mary French was convicted of complicity in the murder of Alleen Rowe. After the murders Schmid confessed his crimes to his friend Richard Bruns (age 19). Bruns worried that his girlfriend might be next, and informed the police of the horrors committed by Schmid. LIFE magazine published ‘Tucson Murders’ story in 1965 capturing the many young friends of murderer. Photographs by Bill Ray.
lifemagazine  vintageeveryday  charlesschmid  crime  murder  murders  photography  storyideas  ideas  1965  bill  ray 
june 2015 by brendanmcfadden
The Cheerleaders
A small town in Upstate New York, and one family in particular, endures a five-year string of car accidents, suicides, and murders.
death  murder  newyork  truecrime  spin 
july 2014 by brendanmcfadden
Who Killed Lois Duncan's Daughter
Lois Arquette wrote successful teen thrillers like I Know What You Did Last Summer under the name Lois Duncan until 1989, when her daughter was murdered. What followed was a twisted tale, with a potential police cover-up, a seedy criminal network, uncanny coincidences, and psychics — and a mother still trying to find answers.
loisduncan  murder  crime  writer 
june 2014 by brendanmcfadden
The Body in Room 348 - How a Mysterious Beaumont, Texas, Murder Was Solved
The corpse at the Eleganté Hotel stymied the Beaumont, Texas, police. They could find no motive for the killing of popular oil-and-gas man Greg Fleniken—and no explanation for how he had received his strange internal injuries. Bent on tracking down his killer, Fleniken’s widow, Susie, turned to private investigator Ken Brennan, the subject of a previous Vanity Fair story. Once again, as Mark Bowden reports, it was Brennan’s sleuthing that cracked the case.
beaumont  murder  mystery  crime  texas  vanityfair 
april 2013 by brendanmcfadden
Death of a Ranger
BY THE TIME A MINOR DOPE DEALER DISCOVERED THE MAN KICKING IN HIS DOOR WAS A TEXAS RANGER, IT WAS TOO LATE FOR THEM BOTH.
murder  texasrangers  crime  texas 
april 2013 by brendanmcfadden
The Debtor
Darren Lumar whirled into Atlanta, married James Brown’s daughter, made a lot of promises, and died on November 6, 2008. The police have an unusual problem with their investigation: There are too many possible suspects.
murder  crime  atlantamagazine 
august 2012 by brendanmcfadden
The Mystery of Bartlett Lake
T.C. Thorstenson rode into Margaret Lesher’s life on a 2,500-pound buffalo, and six months later the wealthy, widowed California socialite married the handsome cowboy. Ever since Lesher’s body was found at the bottom of a lake in May, her friends and family have been debating whether Thorstenson murdered her.
mystery  murder  vanity  fair 
june 2012 by brendanmcfadden
The Penge Mystery: The Murder of Harriet Staunton
In 1877, Harriet Staunton's husband and three others were accused of starving her to death and lurid newspaper reports of the Penge murder trial held the nation's rapt attention. A bestselling novel about the affair – written in 1934 and now republished – proves as gripping today
books  writing  theguardian  murder  victorians  history  crime 
may 2012 by brendanmcfadden

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