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  • ONE LAST GASP FOR MARLBORO COUNTRY

    published December 13, 1995

    As the train pulls into Denver's Union Station, its massive, red locomotives are veiled in billows of smoke. Appropriately, the vaporous clouds... More >>

  • WHO SHOCKED THE SHERIFF?

    published November 29, 1995

    The next TV camera in a Denver courtroom may have to be wheeled in from the trashiest of the talk shows. Last week Denver sheriff's deputy Karen... More >>

  • 96 TEARS

    published November 29, 1995

    Denver prosecutor Craig Silverman was just beginning to launch into a well-rehearsed spiel explaining why convicted teenage murderer Cheryl... More >>

  • NATURAL BORED KILLERS

    published November 22, 1995

    part 2 of 2 January 31, 1995 Met T downtown. Afterwards we went and fucked once, then I saw Rachelle's picture in his wallet & I took... More >>

  • NATURAL BORED KILLERS

    published November 22, 1995

    part 1 of 2 January 2, 1995 Me and T are over. I wanna commit suicide. I love him so much. --excerpt from Cheryl Armstrong's... More >>

  • BAD REVIEWS

    published November 15, 1995

    The civilian watchdogs entrusted with investigating complaints about Denver police have become so discouraged by a lack of support from the city... More >>

  • GETTING IN HIS LICKS

    published November 8, 1995

    Sixty-nine-year-old John Hickey would rather gamble on a prison term than admit to wrongdoing for breaking the nose of his wife's lover moments... More >>

  • DEAD TO RITESWAS JIM KLEBER, ACCUSED OF MURDERING HIS WIFE, ABOUT TO GIVE UP HER GHOST?

    published November 1, 1995

    Eighteen months ago Jim Kleber, long suspected of killing his wife, Lois, in 1992, seemed on the verge of confiding what her family wanted, yet... More >>

  • HARD TIME

    published October 25, 1995

    part 1 of 2 James Mervin, Colorado prison inmate No. 56225, was moving again. Over the years, he'd learned to pack quickly, tossing his meager... More >>

  • HARD TIME

    published October 25, 1995

    part 2 of 2 If Hilton had named Gray as his attacker, says DOC legal counsel Brad Rockwell, Gray would have been slam-dunked into solitary... More >>

  • BRUSH WITH THE LAW

    published September 20, 1995

    During the past year, budding, nonviolent juvenile delinquents have been turned into budding, nonviolent artists, the idea being that the... More >>

  • BEATING THE RAP

    published September 20, 1995

    On Thursday, September 7, following fourteen hours of deliberations, a Fort Morgan jury acquitted Charles "Butch" Allee of second-degree murder,... More >>

  • STILL GETTING AWAY WITH IT

    published September 13, 1995

    Denver's halfway houses are supposed to help state prisoners ease their way back into society. But for an ever-increasing number of inmates,... More >>

  • TAG, YOU'RE IT

    published August 30, 1995

    Last week, graffiti made local headlines as never before--community leaders decried the defacement of a beloved rec-center mural, a "volunteer"... More >>

  • A REAL BACK-SLAPPER

    published August 30, 1995

    The world may be a safer place with Jeffery Thomas behind bars, but it sure is a lot more complicated. In January 1993, Thomas (who is... More >>

  • SHOOT UP FIRST, ANSWER QUESTIONS LATER

    published August 16, 1995

    part 2 of 2 Back at police headquarters, Komesu was singing like a canary. He admitted that he was a morphine addict, Kuretich says, and he... More >>

  • SHOOT UP FIRST, ANSWER QUESTIONS LATER

    published August 16, 1995

    part 1 of 2 Fort Morgan hospital pharmacist Andrew Komesu was already in jail facing charges of forging prescriptions and plundering drugs... More >>

  • AFTERNOON DELIGHT

    published August 16, 1995

    It's a sunny July day at Denver's Washington Park and, over by the picnic pavilion, 150 shorts-clad revelers are eating, drinking, playing games... More >>

  • WHO WANTS TO GUARD A COP?

    published August 2, 1995

    Pickup basketball is a physical sport, as evidenced by the playground rule "No blood, no foul." But when the guy who gets smacked is a Denver cop,... More >>

  • SAY ANYTHING

    published July 26, 1995

    part 2 of 2 Chris started informing on other inmates almost immediately after arriving back in the joint. He once allegedly turned in another... More >>

  • SAY ANYTHING

    published July 26, 1995

    part 1 of 2 Chris Rodriguez pops up from his plastic chair and begins to pace the length of the interview room at the Colorado State... More >>

  • ON THE SPOT

    published July 12, 1995

    The dry-cleaning industry has been hit hard by the popular passion for saving the environment. While some shop owners have undertaken expensive... More >>

  • MANNIX DEPRESSIVE

    published July 5, 1995

    part 1 of 2 Deadline-grabbing private eye R.W. "Pete" Peterson fits all the requirements of a media darling. He's glib, likable, quotable and... More >>

  • MANNIX DEPRESSIVE

    published July 5, 1995

    part 2 of 2 In the years since Peterson had worked for Marvin Davis and John Masek to find out who was pilfering oil from their pipelines, the... More >>

  • TAKEN FOR A RIDE

    published June 21, 1995

    In retrospect, Terry Casper's midnight bike ride through Cheesman Park wasn't the quickest route for him to get to work. It proved instead to be a... More >>

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