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.
2 days ago | News
A federal lawsuit against Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and other city officials, filed by one of Hizzoner's former best buds and top advisors, has been dismissed by U.S. District Court Judge John Kane -- just when filings in the case were getting ...
6 days ago | News
Prosecutor Frank Ruybalid isn't going to lose his law license over the mishandling of several criminal cases — and that means the embattled district attorney for Las Animas and Huerfano counties will be able to finish his term at the end of this y...
9 days ago | Crime
In 1994, Colorado enacted the toughest and most far-reaching statutes to combat domestic violence to be found anywhere in the country. While many states have since increased penalties for various forms of spousal abuse, none have modeled their law...
21 days ago | Business
Most people, I suppose, are more than slightly sentimental about the first house they ever owned. Unless you have money to burn, it was probably some kind of fixer-upper, or a very cozy older home in a strange zip code, or otherwise flawed. But th...
24 days ago | Education
Marcos Garibay wasn't really planning on launching a multi-volume cinematic franchise, in the tradition of such dystopic sci-fi series as Hunger Games and Divergent, when he took a job as a paraprofessional at Dupont Elementary in Commerce City th...
29 days ago | News
This week's cover story, "House of Lies," explores the disturbing journey of Lawrence Montoya — who, at the age of fourteen, went through an emotional, high-pressure interview with Denver homicide detectives that transformed him from peripheral wi...