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.
14 hours ago | Crime
It's no secret that President Barack Obama's pledge to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay has been mired in political maneuvering and posturing of all sorts. What's surprising, though, is the strange and vehement alliance that's emerged in opposit...
18 hours ago | Art
The holiday season is a time many folks start thinking seriously about the year to come — and, for the highly organized, a time to seek out a decorative wall calendar. There are swimsuit calendars and pet calendars, and even calendars featuring pe...
3 days ago | Crime
It's long been established that the United States incarcerates its citizens at a higher rate than any other country; roughly 716 people out of every 100,000 residents are behind bars in this country. But a new report from the Prison Policy Initiat...
9 days ago | Crime
If you missed the exclusive Barbara Walters sitdown with John Ramsey to discuss the 1996 murder of his six-year-old daughter JonBenet, don't feel too bad. The program, part of a series entitled Barbara Walters Presents American Scandals, aired a c...
16 days ago | News
Six weeks after the publication of "Halfway to Nowhere," our cover-story investigation of the grim living conditions and high failure rates found in many of Colorado's halfway houses, residents of those houses are reporting some shakeups and modes...
17 days ago | Crime
"The Demon Dog," our current cover story, focuses on the life and work of author James Ellroy, whose bestselling, high-octane novels evoke a long-vanished Los Angeles of the 1940s and 1950s and present artfully fictionalized treatment of some of t...