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2004 Stories by Paul Rubin

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  • Balls in the Air

    published December 16, 2004

    Rick Romley remembers precisely what he said to his rescuers after a land mine in Vietnam blew his body apart on April 7, 1969. "I asked them... More >>

  • Gone But Not Forgotten

    published December 16, 2004

    Phoenix residents awoke on the morning of March 9, 1991, to terrible news. Someone had bludgeoned an elderly father and his daughter to death... More >>

  • Lord of the Lies

    published November 11, 2004

    Hours after storied Phoenix attorney Tom Thinnes died September 14, two of his adult sons drove to a rental storage facility on West Indian School... More >>

  • Blood on their hands

    published October 14, 2004

    Lenny Aviles and his girlfriend Lulu Saldana slipped away from his mother's west Phoenix home on the early evening of June 23, 1999. The... More >>

  • Hyde Out

    published September 23, 2004

    These days, few students at Gateway Community College at 40th Street and Van Buren are aware of the horrible events that happened at the site more... More >>

  • Security Flap

    published September 16, 2004

    If you've ever stood in line waiting to pass through security at downtown Phoenix's county courthouse, you've surely uttered a word or two that... More >>

  • Dangerous Mind

    published August 26, 2004

    In his cruel and unusual 1994 book Crime and the Sacking of America: The Roots of Chaos, Maricopa County Attorney hopeful Andrew Peyton... More >>

  • Catch Him If You Can

    published August 12, 2004

    On March 24, 1993, Robert Shawn Owens stood before Judge Ronald Reinstein in a downtown Phoenix courtroom. Owens recently had turned 30 at... More >>

  • Capped

    published July 29, 2004

    "It's going to unravel like a cheap sweater." That's how Phoenix attorney Holly Gieszl reacted to word of the arrests in Southern California... More >>

  • Perfect Gamer

    published June 17, 2004

    Robby Hammock remembers his every glorious hop, skip and jump into the arms of Randy Johnson after the Perfect Game last month. "I know I... More >>

  • Indian Givers

    published May 27, 2004

    Carletta Tilousi got a phone call in March 2003 that would not only change her life, but that of every person in her tribe. She's a member of... More >>

  • Civil Outcome

    published May 6, 2004

    On his first solo night in February 2001, P hoenix rookie cop Shawn Dirks found himself accused of anal rape. He knew his accuser was drunk --... More >>

  • Just Desserts

    published April 29, 2004

    Have you heard the one about the onetime felon who threw a fund raiser for the guy who wanted to be the county's top prosecutor? Mike Bailey,... More >>

  • Mental Wards

    published March 18, 2004

    A court commissioner has dismissed criminal charges against two men and is likely to drop many other cases because he says the agency providing... More >>

  • Speed Queens

    published March 11, 2004

    The world's fastest 17-year-old girl summons her teammates to the finish line of Peoria High School's oval track. It's the end of a grueling... More >>

  • Molecular Damage

    published February 5, 2004

    Shawn Dirks says he couldn't wait to report for duty. After months of training, February 17, 2001, would mark the first time that Dirks would be... More >>

  • Luck Out

    published January 22, 2004

    Convicted murderer Jasper McMurtrey III says he feels "like Rip van Winkle winning the PowerBall." McMurtrey was released from Arizona's... More >>

  • No Choice

    published January 8, 2004

    During the first hours of what turned out to be a grueling 44-day trial, Brian Finkel said to no one in particular, "I'll be glad when this clown... More >>

  • Red Flags

    published January 1, 2004

    One question that nags in the Southern California rent-a-patient scam is this: Why have health-care insurance companies paid crooked clinics and... More >>

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