I spent some time with a man who was recently released from jail after over 25 years for a murder he might not have committed. His name is Richard Lapointe, a simpleton with mental disabilities whose supporters say was not capable of pulling off the horrific crime years ago. During my time doing this story, […]Read more "Life On The Outside"
In 1989, Richard Lapointe, a simple man with mental disabilities, was living in Manchester, Connecticut and working dead-end jobs like washing dishes and bagging groceries when he was arrested for the rape and murder of his then-wife’s grandma. Bernice Martin was stabbed 11 times, tied up, and her apartment was set on fire. A jury […]Read more "Hey Serial, Here’s Your Next Podcast"
It seems like everyone is into murder-mysteries these days following the explosive popularity of “Serial,” the true crime podcast that’s spun off NPR’s “This American Life.” Even those who might have an aversion to the banal narrative voice employed by NPR reporters are finding themselves anticipating new episodes every Thursday. And why is that? This […]Read more "‘Serial’ and Our New Interest in Crime Stories"