Alan Prendergast has been a staff writer for Westword since 1995 and teaches journalism at Colorado College. His stories about the justice system, historic crimes, high-security prisons and death by misadventure have won numerous awards and appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies, including the 2012 true-crime anthology Seven Sins, The Best American Crime Reporting 2008 and The Best American Sports Writing 2009. He has also written for Rolling Stone, Outside, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Men’s Journal and other national publications and is the author of a book about child abuse and parricide, The Poison Tree.
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After more than a decade behind bars, serving time for a crime she could never take back, Michelle was determined to make a new life for herself. She was going to stay clean, get a job, eventually get her own place. And this time, she told herself...
13 days ago | News
Less than a month after his trial, Aurora theater shooter James Eagan Holmes has begun serving his sentence of life without parole — plus 3,318 years — in Colorado's highest-security prison, the Colorado State Penitentiary. The supermax is known f...
23 days ago | News
It's probably not all that surprising that officials in oh-so-health-conscious Snowmass Village decided a few weeks ago to remove fluoride from the town's water supply, deeming that the additive offered more risks than benefits. What is surprising...
1 month ago | News
This week's feature delves into a subject doctors don't like to talk about much — their mistakes. It focuses on the case of Ruth Farfan, a 68-year-old patient who died in 2012, shortly after what was supposed to be "routine" surgery at Denver's St...
1 month ago | Longform
How did we get here? Robin Valdez asked himself that question as he sat with his mother on her hospital bed, rubbing her back and trying to soothe her agitation and pain. It had been a week since Ruth Farfan had come to St. Anthony Central fo...
1 month ago | Business
It can often be difficult to assess the true costs of mineral extraction and energy production across the West. Take, for example, the massive blowout from the much-neglected Gold King Mine earlier this month, which sent three million gallon...