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2002 Stories by Alan Prendergast

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  • To Die Inside

    published December 19, 2002

    Last April, Alvin Jones got the message on his answering machine: a prison chaplain, telling him to call a certain nurse. That's how he found out... More >>

  • Death on the Installment Plan

    published December 19, 2002

    Bleeding from his behind, Fidel Ramos had this crazy notion that he should be taken to a hospital. Not a prison infirmary, but a real hospital,... More >>

  • Undo Process

    published November 21, 2002

    After prosecuting cases for the City of Denver for thirteen years, Toya Dawson thought she knew the rules. And the most important rule was also... More >>

  • Follow That Story

    published November 14, 2002

    The office is locked and dark. Notices about unclaimed packages and unpaid rent and fees festoon the front door. The company Web site hasn't been... More >>

  • Going Ballistic

    published October 31, 2002

    Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold weren't the only ones engaged in a shooting spree at More >>

  • Deeper Into Columbine

    published October 31, 2002

    Memo To: Jefferson County Sheriff John P. Stone Re: Columbine I know that you're a busy man. You've got a lot on your mind and... More >>

  • Excessive Force

    published October 17, 2002

    On the evening of June 8, 2001, Delores and Charles Gates received the kind of phone call every parent dreads: Their nineteen-year-old son was... More >>

  • Viva Las Villa!

    published October 3, 2002

    Suppose, for a moment, that you're in the market for a seven-figure custom house. Nothing fancy, mind you. Just a little something for the... More >>

  • The Long Silence

    published September 12, 2002

    As an aspiring 26-year-old writer with a dark past, Mark Jordan figures he has plenty to tell the world. He has stories about bank robberies, for... More >>

  • System Failure

    published August 29, 2002

    She tried to tell them about Michael Garrett. But nobody listened. She tried to tell them how it was, the threats and the cocaine and all... More >>

  • Crossing the Line

    published August 8, 2002

    Jonna Cohen and Michael Sobol knew they were taking a risk when they joined thousands of other protesters at the gates of an Army base in Georgia... More >>

  • A Low Blow

    published July 25, 2002

    Last fall was a particularly trying time for Kelly Grizzell. Emotionally devastated by the murder of her sixteen-year-old daughter, Stephanie, she... More >>

  • Follow That Story

    published July 18, 2002

    An epic court battle over Colorado's most troubled piece of real estate has reached a historic turning point -- and none too soon. Many of the... More >>

  • Hidden Damage

    published June 27, 2002

    Some calamities begin with a letter, others with a phone call. An argument. A drink. A wrong turn. In the case of Sunserea McClelland, catastrophe... More >>

  • Cruel and Unusual

    published May 23, 2002

    Colorado now has five murderers marking time on death row. Several hundred other violent criminals are serving life sentences without the... More >>

  • Follow That Story

    published May 16, 2002

    A 22-year legal battle came to an abrupt end last week when the Church of Scientology paid $8.67 million to one of its harshest critics: a former... More >>

  • Forfeit Me Not

    published May 16, 2002

    The battle to overhaul Colorado's civil forfeiture law provided a few sparks in an otherwise dull legislative session. It was a classic clash of... More >>

  • Vendetta

    published May 16, 2002

    Bastards. Idiots. Liars. Crooks. Bastard idiot lying crooks. Douglas Bruce doesn't mince words. Charm and cajolery... More >>

  • In Search of Lost Time

    published May 2, 2002

    In the digital age, it's a simple matter for a police agency to record incoming calls for help. Every 911 call, from the most trivial to the most... More >>

  • Dave's Dilemma

    published April 18, 2002

    When a public official takes on duties that appear to be at cross purposes, it's said that the job requires him to wear "many hats." If that's the... More >>

  • Crouching Greed, Hidden Losses

    published April 18, 2002

    Enron chief executive Jeff Skilling once described Lou Pai as "my ICBM." But like a lot... More >>

  • The Mystery of Pai

    published April 18, 2002

    The caravan of cars and trucks moves slowly through the streets of San Luis and on to Chama, then heads into the hills. It comes to a stop a few... More >>

  • Follow That Story

    published March 14, 2002

    "Shame on you." Like monkeys and reporters, state lawmakers can be a shameless bunch. But that didn't stop Randy Brown from heaping shame on... More >>

  • Badge Happy

    published March 14, 2002

    Four years ago, the race for Jefferson County sheriff attracted about as much attention as a quilting bee in Punkin Center. The campaign, which... More >>

  • There Ought to Be a Law

    published March 7, 2002

    On a Monday in early January, Arapahoe County Sheriff's Deputy Jim Taylor was finally brought to account for the strange and disturbing story he'd... More >>

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