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2004 Stories by Alan Prendergast

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  • Going Off

    published December 23, 2004

    At most private prisons, staffers earn far less than state correctional officers, receive less training and are far more likely to quit in their... More >>

  • Maxed Out

    published December 23, 2004

    On a muggy July afternoon, Matthew Romero hit the yard of the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility for the first time. He was looking forward... More >>

  • Shades of Guilt

    published November 25, 2004

    She stepped quickly to the witness stand. She raised her right hand. She swore to tell the truth. So began the main event in the murder... More >>

  • Nowhere Man

    published November 11, 2004

    Until two years ago, Marcia Simmons thought of herself as a pretty lucky woman. She wasn't fabulously rich, but she did have what mattered to her:... More >>

  • Anatomy of a Cover-up

    published September 30, 2004

    It took five years, a state grand jury and key evidence from a reluctant witness, but families who lost children in the attack on Columbine High... More >>

  • Anatomy of a Cover-up

    published September 23, 2004

    It took five years, a state grand jury and key evidence from a reluctant witness, but families who lost children in the attack on Columbine High... More >>

  • Loved to Death

    published September 23, 2004

    The girls are twenty feet off the road, climbing stealthily up an embankment to get a better look at grazing elk. Their woodcraft isn't sneaky... More >>

  • Throwing Fitz

    published September 2, 2004

    When Robert "Chip" Schooley arrived in Denver from Harvard fourteen years ago, the rate of survival among Colorado's AIDS patients was grim. The... More >>

  • Outfaxed

    published August 5, 2004

    Mike Zinna is feeling giddy. After years of battling Jefferson County officials, whom he's accused of everything from financial malfeasance and... More >>

  • Outfaxed

    published July 29, 2004

    Mike Zinna is feeling giddy. After years of battling Jefferson County officials, whom he’s accused of everything from financial malfeasance an... More >>

  • The Doctor Is Out

    published July 22, 2004

    Folks in Trinidad were relieved to learn last year that the town's only hospital had obtained the services of Dr. Marci Bowers, an obstetrician... More >>

  • Above It All

    published July 8, 2004

    The team is exhausted, but the goal is in sight. Since heading out from base camp, we have endured unimaginable privations (lunch was a bit... More >>

  • Meanwhile, Back at the Villa...

    published July 1, 2004

    Harry Elder isn't the only local builder of luxury houses who's battled creditors, lienholders and... More >>

  • The Trouble With Harry

    published July 1, 2004

    Friend, are you tired of living in a crackerbox? Do you dream of a mansion on a hill? Does that dream include stately stone turrets,... More >>

  • Follow That Story

    published May 27, 2004

    Last week's auction was supposed to resolve the conundrum of who owns Barnum, a 65-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex with a fascinating and... More >>

  • The Maverick

    published May 20, 2004

    Bill Masters is looking for a meth lab. In the big city, the search would take him down mean streets, to a ratty duplex or a motel bathroom... More >>

  • Bulls Behaving Badly

    published May 6, 2004

    It wasn't Elizabeth Gardesani's idea to confront her tormentor this way. She could think of a lot of places she would rather be than alone... More >>

  • The Next Bad Thing

    published May 6, 2004

    John Dunn stands on the deck of his home, pointing out the virtues of country living. On a 160-acre spread in southern Elbert County, they are... More >>

  • Quagmire Without End, Amen

    published March 4, 2004

    In a belated effort to clear the air, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office offered up its souvenirs of a massacre last Thursday. It was quite a... More >>

  • Quagmire Without End, Amen

    published February 26, 2004

    In a belated effort to clear the air, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office offered up its souvenirs of a massacre last Thursday. It was quite ... More >>

  • Open Spaced

    published February 19, 2004

    Rita Bertolli first noticed the work crews in the ravine last April. From the kitchen of her family's home, at the end of a Green Mountain... More >>

  • Mr. Spam Man

    published January 29, 2004

    FWD: SCOTT, DON'T SUFFER BETWEEN PAYCHECKS! THINK BIG! In Scott Richter's world, size matters. Richter knows that Americans like... More >>

  • Just the 'Fax, man

    published January 22, 2004

    Amid the nourishing chaos of city life, we urban dwellers find ourselves brain-deep in startling juxtapositions. Mid-morning one Tuesday, a... More >>

  • All Wet

    published January 15, 2004

    In any other burg, the decision over which fancy-label bottled water to sell at the local opera house would cause scarcely a ripple of comment.... More >>

  • Follow That Story

    published January 1, 2004

    Only two people truly know who inflicted fatal injuries on Kyran Gaston-Voss a year ago, and they know it beyond any doubt. One of them,... More >>

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