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 cartoonish image of Pope Benedict, once lampooned as “God’s Rottweiler,” has given way to a more favorable and complex portrait. … More A complex portrait replaces simplistic image of pope
A deeply reported portrait of the four women slain by a serial killer in Atlantic City. Before drugs put them on a path to prostitution, they were daughters, wives, mothers. … More The Atlantic City victims: Four lives of lost youth
(Published July 9, 2006) By Jeff Whelan, Josh Margolin and Mark Mueller The Delaware River rose and rose, spilling into Trenton, cascading across roads, nipping at the lower level of the Statehouse. The National Weather Service said it could be a big one, a 50-year flood. In his wood-paneled office, Gov. Jon Corzine declared a … More How a budget dispute became a brawl
This story appeared in The Star-Ledger on Aug. 14, 2005. PITTSBURGH — Ten minutes. The time between dinner and dessert in the home of Charles and Mary Ann Kozakiewicz. The time it took the couple’s 13-year-old daughter, Alicia, to vanish on New Year’s Day in 2002. Mary Ann Kozakiewicz had been clearing dishes from the … More To Catch a Monster, Using Anti-Terror Law
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
LANDSTUHL, Germany — The story is told in the sterile white bandage across Spc. Gregory Brown’s throat, in Cpl. Timothy Brosnan’s broken legs, in the ball bearing that lodged in Sgt. Carl Oliver’s right hand, rendering two of his fingers useless. It is the story of a wartime promise that could not be kept, of men dying as they sought to save others and of a shadowy enemy who rises from the brush along the roadside, fires a rocket-propelled grenade and melts into the landscape. For members of New Jersey’s Army National Guard, it is the story of one day in Iraq, as told by three scarred survivors evacuated from Baghdad to a U.S. military hospital, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, in Germany’s rural southwest corner. … More N.J. soldiers bear scars of an ambush