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 | Crime
The decade-long legal battle over one of Colorado's most infamous death-penalty cases keeps getting stranger. First came the abrupt removal of Arapahoe County District Judge Gerald Rafferty, who presided over the trials of defendants Robert Ray an...
4 days ago | News
Frank Ruybalid's journey as Trinidad's district attorney has been a rocky road, plagued by claims of mishandled evidence and ethics violations, a bungled drug sting that led to the arrests of innocent people, and dozens of dismissed criminal cases...
9 days ago | News
One of the country's leading hospice-care providers has agreed to pay $18 million to the federal government to resolve claims that it improperly billed Medicare for end-of-life care for patients who weren't terminally ill. The case, which we first...
11 days ago | Homeless
In the midst of a grim summer of terrorist attacks, political strife and racial tension, it can be difficult to stay focused on the positive. But folks at the Denver Public Library, which has been in the vanguard of discussions about homelessness ...
13 days ago | News
When Scott Rollins started hacking away at the weeds and trash in the 4200 block of York Street a few months ago, he wasn't looking for a hand — or a handout. Recently released on parole after 31 years in prison, the 59-year-old former bank robber...
16 days ago | Crime
Seventeen years after the attack on Columbine High School, amateur sleuths have posted a video that calls into question — again — the official version of events, and their sequence, surrounding the most infamous school shooting in American history...