November 8, 2012 |
The police came for him just after 4 a.m. Wael Ali was still awake, cramming for exams in the small house that served as his sanctuary from the past. It had been four years since Wael's identical twin brother, Wasel, was found dead in a wooded area near the Mall in Columbia. To escape constant reminders of the crime, Ali had moved 700 miles away, to Marietta, Ga., where he had enrolled in college and was finally rebuilding his life. On Sept. 15, 2011, the 23-year-old was staring at his laptop in...
April 24, 2011 |
SAN FERNANDO, Mexico — At the largest mass grave site ever found in Mexico, where 177 bodies have been pulled from deep pits, authorities say they have recovered few bullet casings and little evidence that the dead were killed with a gun. Instead, most died of blunt force trauma to the head, and a sledgehammer found at the crime scene this month is believed to have been used in the executions, according to Mexican investigators and state officials....
August 1, 2012 |
In the middle of a July heat wave, a circle of students knelt around a hole in the ground in a partly shaded grove at George Mason University, digging for dead bodies. While gnats clung to their sweat, Amanda Guszak and her classmates filled five-gallon drums with discarded soil. Their professors, former crime scene investigators in Prince William County, broke the tedium with stories about their days on the police force — the time one exhumed the soupy graveyard remains of a puppy mill or...
August 9, 2012 |
Yellow crime tape hung along the length of the block from the Bank of Hogan at one corner of the street to the pharmacy, Allmed Drugs, at the other. Each had just been robbed, and FBI agents prowled the sidewalks outside. Alongside them, 38 teenagers swarmed the crime scene, pistols holstered at their hips and notebooks in their hands. The robberies, pistols and crime scene were fake, a simulation set up at the FBI's Hogan's Alley training facility — complete with fake movie...
September 11, 2012 |
Sixteen-year-old Markies Ross was riding with a neighbor to Central High School on Tuesday when they came upon police cars and yellow crime-scene tape. Beyond it, he caught a glimpse of a body. It looked familiar. Markies got out of the car and asked officers if he could get closer. They wouldn't let him. But he soon learned that what he had feared was true: His brother, 18-year-old Marckel Norman Ross, had been gunned down that morning on his way to the same Capitol Heights school.
September 21, 2012 |
Last fall, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and the General Assembly redrew congressional districts for the state, which the Constitution requires every 10 years. These leaders produced an egregious gerrymander, one far more contorted than the notorious 1812 Massachusetts map for which the word gerrymandering was coined. District 3, only the worst of several bizarre districts, looks like blood spatter from a crime scene , ridiculously comprising the far-flung communities of Annapolis,...