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Murder City







Starting in February 2005, New Times staff writer Paul Rubin got unprecedented access to the Phoenix Police Department's C-32 homicide squad, whose members include veteran Detectives Jack Ballentine and Alex Femenia. Over 11 months, Rubin stood alongside the murder cops at 20 crime scenes. He saw a lot of dead bodies, and he observed the detectives break down a host of suspects back at police headquarters. He was also present for witness interviews and autopsies -- literally every aspect of C32's investigations. The result is a series of stories on homicides in Phoenix.

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  1. Toy Box Killing
    News
    A dad whose child suffocated inside a toy chest is indicted on felony child abuse charges here and arrested in Michigan
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  2. Fear Factor
    Feature
    Two serial murderers loom among us. Inside the case of the Baseline Killer's first Phoenix victim
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  3. The Case of the Two Abigails
    Feature
    One infant dies with her head in a noose, another dies inside a toy chest. Each was in a father's care, and homicide cops want answers
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  4. The Case of the Wily Coyote
    Feature
    Getting smuggled into the U.S. is a dangerous game, even when the smuggler's just like family
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  5. The Case of the Fatal Femme
    Feature
    Samantha Somegustava's boyfriend tells the homicide detective she has a "hard heart." By now, the cop knows what he means
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  6. The Case of the Jealous Lover Boy
    Feature
    Despite all the sex toys, Tim Contreraz and Shawn Drake weren't exactly living together in bliss
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  7. The Case of the Grim Tweaker
    Feature
    Officer Dave Uribe's murder made no sense, until detectives made the killer as a doper bent on shooting a cop
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madelinemindy
madelinemindy

They didn't even look.

Travis always ha d his door open. Just because u live near a moron community , does not mean you are safe!!! (Obviously) Jodi didn't kill Travis.

edgarlongenecker
edgarlongenecker

           Eleven, home invasion, shooting, robberies, in, Mesa, since, Jodi Arias, was fraudulently, charged, while, she was locked up, and, couldn't have done them, either...  How many forensics, clues, made it, likely, that, Travis Alexanders' killer, was, still, out there...???   Edgar...

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