Monthly Archives: December 2015

An Unbelievable Story of Rape — ProPublica

In Sgt. Mason’s experience, when someone asked if they were in trouble, almost always, they were.

When Mason, accompanied by Detective Rittgarn, went to pick up Marie at about 3:30 p.m., they found her outside her apartment, sitting on the grass. The three went to the Lynnwood police station, where the detectives escorted Marie to a conference room.

From what Mason wrote up later, he wasted little time confronting Marie, telling her there were inconsistencies between her statements and accounts from other witnesses. Marie said she didn’t know of any discrepancies. But she went through the story again — only this time, saying she believed the rape had happened instead of saying it for certain. Tearfully, she described her past — all the foster parents, being raped when she was 7, getting her own place and feeling alone. Rittgarn told Marie that her story and

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Bad girls and gone girls: Why the media tired of ‘missing white women’

Elizabeth Smart, seen in an undated family photo, was abducted at gunpoint from her Salt Lake City home on June 5, 2002. (Handout via AP)

Natalee Holloway went missing in May 2005. (Family photo via AP)

You remember their names, because the media wouldn’t let you forget them: Laci Peterson, Natalee Holloway, Elizabeth Smart, Chandra Levy, Lori Hacking — young women who disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Gone girls.

Then there were the bad girls. Young women accused of murder — Amanda Knox, Casey Anthony,Jodi Arias. The long-running investigations into their alleged crimes were the stuff of equally obsessive coverage.

But as 2015 creeps toward a close, the gone girls and bad girls have all but disappeared from the

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Phoenix true-crime author Shanna Hogan keeps her cases local

Shanna Hogan, a true-crime writer, laughs because she knows she doesn’t fit the image.

“They expect me to be gothic and wear all black,” said Hogan, a 34-year-old Phoenix resident. “But I have a super positive and a kind of bubbly personality. It’s a juxtaposition to what I write about.”

Her first book, “Dancing with Death,” was published in 2011 and documented the 2004 murder of a Phoenix man by his former showgirl wife.

But it was her second book, “Picture Perfect: The Jodi Arias Story,” that really launched her career. The tale of the notorious murder of a Mesa man was a New York Times best seller in 2013.

Hogan now teaches writing classes part-time and devotes her full-time efforts to writing books. “I decided I owed

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