From the outside, nothing betrays the image of normalcy. Rows of gleaming squad cars line a gated lot. Flags snap at attention near the front door. Uniformed officers come and go, shift after shift. But behind the facade, the officers of the Edison Police Department pursue two missions: fighting crime and tearing each other apart. And it’s not always clear which comes first. … More Law and Disorder: Edison’s Troubled Police Force
A priest suspended from ministry for allegedly groping boys during ‘submission’ wrestling matches now works as a teacher to ninth-graders. … More Priest-turned-teacher accused of exploiting boys
A seven-month investigation shows how hundreds of cops and firefighters obtained steroids and human growth hormone from a crooked doctor — and how taxpayers paid for it all. … More STRONG AT ANY COST
On Memorial Day, as Americans honored the nation’s war dead, Angelo Otchy bowed his head to accept a medal from officials in Verona for his sacrifice and service. The 35-year-old Army veteran told a reporter that day about his three tours of duty in Iraq. Voice dropping to a near-hush, he spoke, too, about the … More Stolen Valor: Honored Iraq veteran fabricated stories
Alone in the dark, Andrew Clark Jr. walked along the rocky apron of the railroad tracks in Spring Lake. He was in a bad way, he told a friend on the phone. He didn’t say why. He didn’t have to. It always came back to Bart. … More What happened to this all-American boy?
The definitive, behind-the-scenes look at Jim McGreevey’s rise and fall, along with the factors that forced his resignation and famous “gay American” speech. … More The governor’s secret life
This is one of the most fascinating stories I’ve ever worked on and remains among my favorites. Herbert Axelrod, who built a fortune writing how-to books on keeping pets, from fish to hamsters, also amassed a collection of rare violins that, amid great fanfare, he sold to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for $17 million. Both Axelrod … More False Notes: The true story of one of the world’s greatest violin swindles
Thomas Giacomaro, a colorful figure partial to $2,000 suits, ultimately went to prison, but not before living a life of extravagance with other people’s money. … More The man who stole $80 million while working for the FBI