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Downtown shops ‘under siege’ from thefts

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By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 12, 2013
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BOOK EXCERPT: Just Don't Clip Anyone: First days as an informant

Whitey had probably always intended to kill Tommy King, the brawler who had been his onetime counterpart and rival.
Excerpt from "Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster."
By KEVIN CULLEN AND SHELLEY MURPHY  |  March 15, 2013
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Review: Seven Psychopaths

As in his debut In Bruges , Martin McDonagh here plays self-reflexive games while undermining the gangster genre.

By PETER KEOUGH  |  October 12, 2012
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Smile! Your mug shot might be on Facebook

Police departments might not aspire to be popular.
The criminal network
By NOAH SCHAFFER  |  September 21, 2012
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Review: Easy Money

Filmmaker Daniel Espinosa made quite the arrival earlier this year with the surprise smash Safe House , and now the crime thriller that got him that job has earned a stateside release.
Daniel Espinosa's crime thriller
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  August 03, 2012
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Review: The Invisible War

A few years ago, documentarian Kirby Dick read an article about rape among the troops and was shocked to see that no one had made a movie on the subject.
Kirby Dick's documentary on rape in the military
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 06, 2012


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The Worst of Pax

Pax Centurion lashes out at murder victims, Occupy Boston, welfare, and more.
Notable lowlights culled from the Pax archives
By COMPILED BY CHRIS FARAONE AND NEIL PATCH  |  July 06, 2012
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Shit Boston Cops Say

For at least six years, the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association (BPPA) has published a boldly bigoted official union newsletter, the Pax Centurion .
The Boston Police Patrolmen's Association maligns blacks, Muslims, gays, and women — in plain sight, backed by some of the region's wealthiest brands
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 29, 2012
Short Take: Nobody Else But You

Review: Nobody Else But You

A dried-up French crime novelist (Jean-Paul Rouve) finds sudden inspiration for a new mystery in the true-life story of a TV weathergirl (Sophie Quinton).
Nothing special
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 08, 2012
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SLIDESHOW: Transcripts from Clarence Spivey's trial

Spivey’s account of how the police arrested him was at odds with the official version; the pants he was wearing figured prominently in the trial.
‘The truth has to come out’
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  May 11, 2012

Night strife; bye-bye, Big East; sexual politics; Fruit of the boom

On weekends busloads of thugs from Massachusetts are making their way to the war zone of Richmond Street and the surrounding neighborhood we used to lovingly call "ProHo."
Economic development?
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  May 11, 2012


No obligations

There are two types of people who routinely ignore state laws.
State laws
By AL DIAMON  |  April 20, 2012
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SLIDESHOW: Craigslist Killer: The crime scenes

Listen to Boston Police audio recordings, watch surveillance footage, and see crime scene photos from one of Boston’s most notorious murder cases
Listen to Boston Police audio recordings, watch surveillance footage, and see crime scene photos from one of Boston’s most notorious murder cases
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 06, 2012
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SLIDESHOW: The Craiglist Killer files

See the evidence Boston Police used to crack the case, including case files, interview transcripts, and social-media subpoenas
See the evidence Boston Police used to crack the case, including case files, interview transcripts, and social-media subpoenas
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  April 06, 2012
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Chafee, fighting the death penalty, takes a most conservative course

Governor Lincoln Chafee has won plaudits from liberals for refusing to hand over accused bank robber and killer Jason Pleau to federal authorities, because a conviction could lead to the death penalty.
Irony Dept.  
By STEPHEN BEALE  |  March 30, 2012
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Michael Guglielmo was a career criminal. Now he's saving lives — one DNA sample at a time

Inside a dilapidated boarding house in Manchester, New Hampshire, Michael Guglielmo sat with one hand on a beer, and the other on a MAC-10 machine gun.
Bad to the Bone Marrow
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 16, 2012


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Review: Undefeated

Dan Lindsay and T. J. Martin's Oscar-winning documentary about an underequipped high-school football team competing against big-time programs across Tennessee offers a potent contemplation on race and opportunity.
Reflections on race and opportunity
By TOM MEEK  |  March 16, 2012
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Review: Kill List

Following up his impressive debut, Down Terrace , Ben Wheatley's Yorkshire-based crime thriller swerves with abrupt satisfaction into horror in its final moments.
Ben Wheatley's Yorkshire-based crime thriller
By PEG ALOI  |  March 02, 2012
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Review: The Darkness II

Have you ever felt a rage so powerful and consuming that it seemed to be operating under its own control? That's the Darkness.
The heart of the matter
By MITCH KRPATA  |  February 17, 2012

Gang-buster bill gets dissed

A controversial legislative proposal developed by a secretive police group would send an individual to prison for up to 40 years if he or she is convicted of asking someone to join a criminal street gang.
Tattoos As A Criminal Act
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  January 27, 2012
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Law & Disorder: The Best of Last Semester's Campus Crime Logs

Incident logs available online and/or at campus police stations display laundry lists of amateur-hour escapades and bike/backpack/wallet/gadget thefts. Here are some amusing, singular shenanigans and trends from last semester culled from public records
Best time of your life? Hardly. Behold these stunning antics, ripped straight from the campus crime blotters.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 27, 2012


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Review: The Devil Inside

William Brent Bell's film opens with a disclaimer that "the Vatican does not endorse this movie." No kidding — the Catholic Church isn't exactly known for its sense of humor.
William Brent Bell's limp mockumentary
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  January 13, 2012
Short Take: Into the Abyss

Review: Into the Abyss

From the abyss of time in Cave of Forgotten Dreams , Werner Herzog turns to the abyss of capital punishment in today's America.
Werner Herzog turns to the abyss of capital punishment
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 11, 2011
Podcast: The Art of the Wire with Prop Joe, Marlo, Poot, and George Pelecanos

Podcast: The Art of the Wire with Prop Joe, Marlo, Poot, and George Pelecanos


There he was: DONNIE ANDREWS, whom most Wire-heads know as "the real Omar." (Even bigger Wire-heads will tell you that Omar is a composite, but...
By Carly Carioli  |  October 17, 2011
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Hollow justice

When Whitey Bulger was arrested in Santa Monica, California, this summer, it may have seemed that a new day had dawned for the local FBI and for the Justice Department.
The FBI might have got its man, but anyone seeking real accountability from Whitey Bulger's government enablers will come away empty-handed yet again
By DAVID BOERI  |  October 07, 2011
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Gangs, Inc.: A special report

This story was originally published in the April 27, 1990, issue of the Boston Phoenix.
Mergers & mayhem
By SEAN FLYNN AND RIC KAHN  |  October 07, 2011


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Review: Killer Elite

First Point Blank and now Killer Elite — isn't there a copyright law about stealing the titles of a better movie? Gary McEndry's espionage thriller isn't bad, but it isn't Peckinpah; all the two films have in common are the title and lots of shootin
Narrative confusion
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 23, 2011
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Trinity Rep’s rip-roaring His Girl Friday

There are theatrical adaptations and then there are magnificent transformations, like His Girl Friday . Multiple-Obie Award-winning playwright John Guare has expanded the furious screwball comedy into a historical/social commentary without our losing o
The write stuff
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  September 23, 2011

Young activists explore police department

There are three streets in Portland that police lieutenant Janine Roberts won't walk down alone, learned a group of interested citizens organized by the League of Young Voters on a visit to the Portland Police Department last Wednesday.
Portland 101
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 23, 2011
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Review: Circumstance

Circumstance begins like an early Kiarostami film, but with schoolgirls in hijabs instead of schoolboys in sweaters.
Schoolgirls in hijabs
By ANN LEWINSON  |  September 09, 2011