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Scene of the Crime
Revisiting the yogurt shop murders: A cold case reconsideration of the 1991 crime points away from the prosecution's assumptions and conclusions
News Story  December 16, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...She had convened a press conference to deliver big news. Ten years after city and county officials gathered to announce that they'd found the four men responsible for the grisly 1991 yogurt shop murders, Lehmberg had decided to dismiss all charges against the only two men ever tried for the crime, Robert Springsteen and Michael Scott..."

Crime After Crime
Emotionally powerful doc about the fight to free a domestic abuse survivor from jail
Film Review  September 16, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...Directed by: Yoav Potash. On technical merits, Crime After Crime isn't a great film..."

True Crime
Like so many of the flawed gems in the Clint Eastwood oeuvre, True Crime manages to underscore both the virtues that have earned him recognition as a major director and...
Film Review  March 19, 1999, by Russell Smith
"...Starring: Lisa Gay Hamilton, Denis Leary, James Wood, Isaiah Washington and Clint Eastwood. Like so many of the flawed gems in the Clint Eastwood oeuvre, True Crime manages to underscore both the virtues that have earned him recognition as a major director and the limitations that consign him, for the most part, to a position just a cut or two below the first rank..."

The Element of Crime
The Element of Crime, von Trier's first feature-length film (originally released in 1984), is proof-positive that the Danish director has been at the same game all along. While most American...
Film Review  March 29, 1996, by Marc Savlov
"...Starring: Michael Elphick, Esmond Knight, Jerold Wells, Me Me Lei, Preben Lerdorff Rye and Ghota Andersen. The Element of Crime, von Trier's first feature-length film (originally released in 1984), is proof-positive that the Danish director has been at the same game all along..."

Crime on the Decline
Austin saw significant drop in crime in 2011
DAILY News  June 12, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...While crime in the U.S. decreased only slightly overall in 2011, crime in Austin declined significantly, in almost every category, when compared to 2010, according to the FBI's latest uniform crime report, released this week...."

Crime – and Punishments – Decline
Crime down in early 2010; prison population drops in 2009
DAILY News  December 21, 2010, by Jordan Smith
"...The FBI has released its preliminary snapshot of crime during the first part of 2010, showing that, again, crime has decreased across the country...."

Crime Declines
FBI reports a decrease in both violent and property crime in 2009
DAILY News  December 22, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...According to preliminary numbers released this week by the FBI, violent crime in the U.S. dropped more than 4% during the first six months of 2009...."

July Is Crime Month: Noir at the Bar
Hard liquor and hardboiled writers mix it up at Opal's South
DAILY Books  July 7, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...For my money, a crime novel just isn't complete without a few slugs: from a .45, from the fist of a hired goon, and from a bottle of hooch. The first two I don't need to experience personally for my reading pleasure to be enhanced, but that third slug always adds a little kick to my slip into crime..."

sxswf: Reel Crime, Real Victims
Phil Anselmo, Hart Fisher talk pain and punishment
DAILY Screens  March 26, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...There are some SXSW panels that stick with you. Reel Murder: From Crime Scene to Big Screen wasn't memorable just because of the guests or the topic..."

American Crime Going Back to Cali
TV show departs Austin over incentives
DAILY Screens  June 22, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...More bad news for Texas television production: Variety reports that ABC's American Crime, which shot its first two seasons in Austin, will be relocating to California for season 3, and it looks like production incentives are the culprit...."

July Is Crime Month: Fade to Black
Screen noir this week at AFS, the Paramount, and BookPeople
DAILY Screens  July 21, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...So far, the Chronicle's July crime spree has focused largely on the written word, but maybe you prefer your mysteries, murders, and manhunts onscreen. Then, friend, this is your lucky week...."

Medi-Pot Not Cause of Crime
UT Dallas researchers find certain crime dropped in medi-pot states
DAILY News  April 18, 2014, by Jordan Smith
"...There is no correlation between legalization of medical marijuana and increases in crime. That's the conclusion reached by researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas who looked at crime trends from 1990-2006 across all 50 states, the period of time during which the first 11 states legalized medi-pot...."

Audits Ahead for APD Crime Labs
Forensics lab to onboard new director, plus SARRT letter
DAILY News  July 17, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...Finally, a full year after the Austin Police Department shuttered its DNA lab due to out-of-date procedures and unqualified analysts, department officials have tapped a third party to run an audit on the five remaining crime labs currently in operation...."

Crime and Consequences
American Crime creator John Ridley talks about shooting in Austin, faith, race, and Felicity Huffman
Screens Story  February 26, 2015, by Joe O'Connell
"...The morning after he received a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for 12 Years a Slave last March, John Ridley was on a flight to Austin to finish prep for shooting the American Crime pilot for ABC. The series remained to shoot in Austin for its entire limited run..."

The Hightower Report: Why Are Taxpayers Subsidizing Corporate Crime?
Tough on crime, unless it's corporate
News Column  February 19, 2015, by Jim Hightower
"..."Do the crime, do the time," goes the old saying. Unless, of course, the criminals are corporate executives..."

Crime Story
Chan's most recent film takes him out of his familiar element of goofy mugging and broad slapstick, and returns him to his roots (a la the original Police Story) as...
Film Review  October 29, 1993, by Marc Savlov
"...Sounds a bit Dorian Gray-ish to me, and you have to wonder how many of those films will end up being any good, but that's another subject altogether. On the film's plus side, high-powered explosion nuts will get a bang (no pun intended, honest) out of Crime Story's extremely satisfying climax..."

Progress Being Made at APD Crime Lab
Number of untested rape kits continues to fall
DAILY News  August 7, 2017, by Sarah Marloff

The Hightower Report: Who Says Crime Doesn't Pay?
For big banks, maybe crime does pay
News Column  May 12, 2016, by Jim Hightower
"...To you and me, that sounds like a crushing number – but Goldman Sachs raked in $33 billion in revenue last year alone, so it's a reasonable cost of doing business. After all, Goldman sold tens of billions of dollars in the fraudulent investment packages leading to the settlement, so the bottom line is that crime can actually pay – if it's big enough...."

Cali Anti-Crime Initative Backer Popped on Drug Charges
Oh, the sweet irony of the drug war. This time we go to California where Broadcom founder is in trouble for spiking drinks with E.
DAILY News  September 30, 2008, by Jordan Smith
"...Faced with whopping debt and a frightening budget forecast, what kind of law enforcement priorities do California lawmakers have on their minds? As it turns out, nothing new (unless you consider locking people up for a longer period of time a "new" strategy), but plenty that is just scary, scary, scary. And, as it turns out, the biggest financial backer of state lawmakers' biggest "anti-crime" initiative is now facing a possibility of 340 years in prison...."

Crime and the City Solution
How safe do you feel exiting the Sixth Street/Red River Austin music crucible at 2am?
Music Story  June 26, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"..."You've been treading some unsafe ground." – "Six Bells Chime," by Crime & the City Solution, from the soundtrack to Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire, 1987..."

The Never-Ending (Crime) Story
Although their case has hit a dead end, prosecutors of the yogurt shop murders say they're determined to find the 'unknown suspect' – and then to retry Michael Scott and Robert Springsteen
News Story  July 17, 2009, by Jordan Smith
"...On Wednesday, June 24, Michael Scott and Robert Springsteen walked out of jail after spending nearly 10 years behind bars for the 1991 murders of four girls at a North Austin yogurt shop – a crime both insist they took no part in...."

The Future of Austin’s Crime Lab
The backlog of DNA evidence is moving, but is it shrinking?
News Story  December 1, 2016, by Sarah Marloff
"...Six months have passed since the Austin Police Department announced the shutdown of its DNA lab due to poorly trained staff and the use of outdated, faulty procedures. Without a functioning lab, the city and county collectively have struggled to process DNA evidence in criminal cases, creating substantial holdups for district prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, survivors of sexual assault and other crimes, and their alleged attackers...."

Not a Hate Crime, Definitely Not a Hate Crime
Things aren't getting better for queers in Texas
DAILY The Gay Place  September 6, 2009, by Andy Campbell
"...What's disturbing however is the claim from San Antonio's Sgt. Gabe Trevino that the attack was absolutely not a hate crime..."

July Is Crime Month
As summer heats up, the 'Chronicle' runs afoul of the law, in fiction and nonfiction
Arts Story  July 3, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...Misdeeds know no season, but when a curiously large number of new mystery and true crime books slated for summer release was dumped off at the Chronicle offices like so many dead bodies, it seemed an optimum time to indulge our love for the unlawful. Thus, we give you July Is Crime Month, four weeks' worth of Chronicle writers and editors going down those "mean streets" and sharing what they've found there: reviews of recent crime fiction and nonfiction, interviews with authors and publishers in the field, plugs for upcoming crime-related readings and screenings, and appreciations of classic crime sagas – and their creators – in print and onscreen..."

Morton Prosecutor Wrote the Book on Crime
Judge Ken Anderson as a prosecutor leapt to judgment on Morton
News Story  November 18, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...According to Williamson County 277th Dis­trict Court Judge Ken Anderson, who prior to 2002 spent 16½ years as district attorney, having the "right people" working in law enforcement – police and prosecutors – is crucial. "We all have a stake in having the right people in these jobs," Anderson wrote in his 1997 book, Crime in Texas: Your Complete Guide to the Criminal Justice System..."

Crime Lab Cover-Up?
APD admits to long-running wrongdoings with its evidence
News Story  September 22, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...The Austin Police Department held a late-afternoon press conference Friday to announce a late-afternoon Friday news dump kind of thing: The department's crime lab, shuttered since June after consultation with the Texas Forensic Science Commission and the American Society of Crime Lab Directors, didn't shut down voluntarily because a supervisor had succumbed to cancer. Rather, it closed after the FSC and ASCLD discovered a string of issues with the way APD was conducting DNA analysis – methods that may have affected a number of sexual assault trials in Austin over the past decade...."

Did Failures at APD’s Crime Lab Lead to Sexual Assaults in Houston?
Rape case goes unprosecuted due to contaminated DNA evidence
News Story  October 6, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...The man accused of committing the rape responsible in part for shutting down Austin Police's crime lab was, until Tuesday, in custody in Harris County, where he's been charged with the sexual assault of two other individuals. Both assaults were committed recently – in 2014 and this year – well after the rape that occurred in Austin, and well after APD first began to struggle with its examination and analysis of the evidence gathered from that rape...."

Small Town Crime Is a Nasty Bit of Noir
The Nelms brothers and John Hawkes team up for trouble
Screens Story  March 9, 2017, by Sean L. Malin
"...At the sight of John Hawkes' wiry frame stumbling drunkenly out of bed in Small Town Crime, one recalls Elliott Gould's conversation with his cat in The Long Goodbye. Like Altman's era-defining anti-thriller, this revisionist noir finds what writer/directors Ian Nelms and Eshom Nelms call "a very reluctant hero being dragged into a case by destiny." But seeing as how these brothers and longtime collaborators are on the brink of their snappishly funny movie's world premiere at SXSW – their highest-profile screening ever in a two-decade career – they could just as easily be referring to themselves...."

July Is Crime Month: Q&A with Meg Gardiner
Local writer on her new thriller and her secret to success
DAILY Books  July 9, 2014, by Jessi Cape
"...Austin Chronicle: How did you get into writing crime novels specifically? I understand you were a lawyer, and this is a chicken or egg kind of question, but was it crime stories that drew you into legal work or the other way around?..."

A Crime, Not Terrorism
Postmarks  November 22, 2009
"...Bush named Iraq, Iran, and North Korea as the “axis of evil” and worthy of preemptive strikes in the “war on terror” – what if mainland China had taken him at his word and dropped a million soldiers on Baghdad in the name of finding weapons of mass destruction and fighting terrorism? What would the response of the chicken hawks have been to that? Or just maybe the major was a whacked-out, mentally ill Army officer caught up in the frustration of seeing so many lives – American and otherwise – ruined by our imperialist aggression. No doubt his actions were premeditated and rose to the crime of murder, but terrorism? No..."

Crime Lab: Evidence of Improvement?
Audits on active forensic labs expected to begin before July's end
News Story  July 20, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...Finally, a full year after the Austin Police Department shuttered its DNA lab due to out-of-date procedures and unqualified analysts, department officials have tapped a third party to run an audit on the five remaining crime labs currently in operation – those for blood alcohol/toxicology, controlled substances, crime scene, latent prints, and firearm and tool mark. The National Forensic Science Technology Center will manage each audit..."

These New Crime Thrillers Make Killer Presents
Following the deadly stalkers through the stacks of Mulholland
DAILY Arts  November 30, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...The characters, that is: The ones populating any number of modern crime thrillers and violence-riddled mysteries that feature detectives (private or otherwise) and hitmen (or hitwomen, for that matter) and other criminals and their victims and are successfully purveyed by publishers like, oh, Akashic, say. And Melville House..."

True Crime and Punishment
True crime writer Suzy Spencer interviews fellow true crime writer Vanessa Leggett about how she snatched the record for the longest contempt of court imprisonment of a journalist in United States history.
Books Story  February 22, 2002, by Suzy Spencer
"...On Monday, June 16, 2001, Vanessa and I had had lunch in Houston as I begged her to help me with some research on a true crime book I was working on about the case of Andrea Yates, whose trial for murdering her five children began this week. Vanessa gave me a few tips, then spoke of how she hadn't eaten or slept in days, only cried, as she feared she was going to be jailed for refusing to cooperate with the grand jury, despite having previously helped the federal investigators..."

Gary Phillips at Adventures in Crime & Space
Books Story  August 14, 1998
"...I dig crime fiction a lot. I especially dig L.A.-based crime fiction..."

Signs of Optimism at Troubled Crime Lab
Continued efforts aim to right past wrongdoings at the DNA lab
News Story  September 14, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...No mold has been detected inside the 520 rape kits sent out for testing since the Austin Police Department discovered a mold-like substance growing on 849 of their backlogged kits in April. But the crime lab saga is far from over..."

Judge Edith Jones on Race, Crime, and God's Vengeance
Civil rights group files complaint against 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge
News Story  June 7, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...The lecture was apparently not recorded, but various witnesses recalled a number of Jones' controversial statements. The views she expressed included not only that minorities are responsible for more violent crime than are whites, but also that claims by death row inmates that racism or arbitrariness infected their prosecutions, or that they are mentally retarded or actually innocent, are merely "red herrings." She reportedly told the law students and other attendees that she thought the U.S..."

Charges Pressed in Crime Spree
Man allegedly pretended to be a motorist in distress before pulling a gun
News Story  July 6, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...Twenty-seven-year-old Darius Lovings is being held on a $350,000 bond and is facing capital murder charges after a crime spree that he told police was prompted by voices in his head telling him to "find victims." Lovings is allegedly responsible for the June 24 shooting death of 34-year-old Department of Public Safety employee William Ervin. Police say the victim was trying to help Lovings, who pretended to be a motorist in distress before pulling a gun on Ervin on Sprinkle Cutoff Road..."

Another Charge of Negligence at APD's Crime Lab
News Story  January 20, 2012, by Jordan Smith
"...A former employee of the Austin Police Department crime lab has filed a formal complaint with Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, alleging irregularities in drug testing procedures – including that at times reports have been issued before any actual forensic drug analysis has been done. "I believe that scientific evidence should be accurate and reliable when used against defendants charged in criminal cases," wrote former lab employee Debra Stephens in a December letter to Lehmberg...."

Crime Down, Except for Murder
Austin homicides up; everything else down
News Story  September 23, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...Tracking the national average, violent crimes reported to Austin police in 2010 decreased by 6% from the previous year. It was the fourth year in a row that violent crime has decreased nationally..."

New Crime Tracker Debuts
DIY crime-tracking coming to a neighborhood near you
News Story  July 8, 2011, by Jordan Smith
"...The Austin Police Depart­ment last week announced that it would partner with the national Regional Analysis and Information Data Sharing service to provide Austin residents with a new tool for tracking neighborhood – or citywide – crime. (The new tool can be accessed at There's a lot of data here; how useful it will be is unclear – or, for that matter, how much more useful it will be than other tools already out there, including APD's Crime Viewer ( or Krimelabb (, which provides residents a user-friendly way to sort through thousands of APD incident reports...."

Council: Crime and Coronation
Lengthy City Council meeting reinforces police staffing, congratulates APD
News Story  March 29, 2018, by Michael King
"...The macho-sentimental atmosphere actually preceded the regular meeting, when Mayor Steve Adler and other council members (Delia Garza, Ann Kitchen, Kathie Tovo) joined the morning press conference held by the Greater Austin Crime Commission, in order to support that day's Item 47 and to thank interim Police Chief Brian Manley and his officers for bringing an end to the manhunt for the Austin serial bomber the previous morning. Horrifying as the entire bombing episode was, the timing couldn't have been better for the "public safety first" advocates of the GACC, with its Gotham City moniker, self-"commissioned" 20 years ago by a group of bold-faced, big-shot names – Bill Cunningham, Elizabeth Christian, Pete Winstead, Bobby Ray Inman, et al..."

Small Town Crime
John Hawkes hits the bottle and the case as a modern day detective on the trail for redemption
Film Review  January 19, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"..."Franchise" has become a bit of a dirty word in cinema, reserved only for mega-properties with unlimited spin-offs and sequels dripping with merchandising opportunities. But Small Town Crime is so engrossing in its optimistic darkness that it screams for the further pulpy adventures of Mike Kendall..."

The Hightower Report: When Is Daylight Robbery Not a Crime?
Grifters, all of them
News Column  July 6, 2017, by Jim Hightower
"...Why is the GOP so shamefully soft on crime? Because it is not just small fry debt collectors involved in this outlandish shakedown of innocent borrowers, but such Wall Street powerhouses as JPMorgan Chase and Citibank – which are also generous political donors to Republican candidates...."

Abbott Wants to Extend Hate Crime Protections to Police
News Story  July 21, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...The prospective bill, sketched out in deliberate response to the recent shooting deaths of officers in both Dallas and Sunday in Baton Rouge, currently bears no official language. A press release issued by Abbott's office clarified that the proposal would center around re-classifying crimes against state law enforcement as hate crimes, thereby jacking up their respective penalties..."

SXSW Interactive: Does Future Crime Pay?
Marc Goodman on the creative ways criminals use new technology
DAILY SXSW  March 15, 2015, by Dan Gentile
"...In his SXSW Interactive panel Future Crimes From the Digital Underworld, security expert Marc Goodman didn't claim to have all the answers, his goal was to get people to start asking more questions...."

Violent Crime Is Down!
Postmarks  June 26, 2009
"...Dear Editor, What part of "violent crime … is down 14%” in the Downtown area does Marc Savlov not understand [“Crime and the City Solution,” Music, June 26]? This reads to me like a poncey twit that doesn't like the color of the people who have started hanging out in his neighborhood and is trying to whip up public hysteria. Why the editors choose to indulge him is beyond me; they should send him back to writing the worst movie reviews in Austin...."

Isn't Rape a War Crime?
Postmarks  May 13, 2005
"...Greetings, I was just wondering why "war crimes" was put in quotes in the Calling the Ghosts movie synopsis in the online version [“Film Listings Online”]. To me, the way the quotes appear around "war crimes" seems rape is not a war crime..."

'Chronicle' Coverage of Hate Crime and Assault Lacking
Postmarks  June 16, 2004
"...Of course it is important to expose and discuss the facts and failings of the Austin Police Department – that subject has been plumbed many times in the Chronicle. In this particular instance, though, the issue at hand is not really the police presence – what is shocking and sickening is the sexual assault and horrific hate crime that went down in our fair city..."

'Chronicle' May Be Committing the 'Worst' Journalistic Crime
Postmarks  February 10, 2004
"...The article's arguments seem pretty convincing actually, but so what? So the Statesman drew correct conclusions incompetently. Is the Chronicle saying the Statesman may be right but the Chronicle is afraid people might discount their findings because they sort of made it all up? Meaning that we need some really decent investigation of this issue? If that's the Chronicle's intention, then hurrah for them! But if the Chronicle's only goal here is to blast the Statesman, then I have to accuse the Chronicle of a worse journalistic crime than the Statesman's..."

UK's Increase in Crime Not Related to Gun Control
Postmarks  August 12, 2003
"...David Honish said in his letter of Aug. 8 ("Guns Prevent Violence") that the UK's ban on the ownership of handguns was followed by a rise in violent crime..."

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