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The Verdict Is In: Whitey Bulger Found Guilty of Murder and Racketeering

After five days and more than 30 hours of deliberations, a jury has found James “Whitey” Bulger guilty of all but one count in an extensive 32-count indictment

Gone Gang: The Group That Got Away With Back-to-Back Heists—Then Vanished

In June 1986, a group of men riding all-terrain vehicles slipped unseen into the city’s underground storm drain system, heading for the First Interstate Bank at Spaulding and Sunset.

Eight Crimes That Changed L.A.

High-profile murders, like that of Elizabeth Short and Robert Kennedy, top this violent list, which ran as a sidebar to “Darkness Descends on the City of Angels,” a September 1988 feature by Harlan Ellison

Fear Tech: ’80s Gadgets To Preserve and Protect

Bulletproof vests and voice changers round out this compendium of hi-tech devices (for the 80s, we should say), which ran as a sidebar to “Darkness Descends on the City of Angels,” a feature in our September 1988 issue.

Coming Face-to-Face with the Night Stalker in Broad Daylight

It was a muggy day in late August 1985, when a creepy guy wearing a black Jack Daniels T-shirt and dirty jeans sidled up to the History Department desk, asking for books on torture and the occult

Red Flags: Early Signs That You’re In A Dangerous Relationship

This sidebar, which explores the likelihood of violence, accompanied “You Always Kill the One You Love,” a feature from our June 1983 issue by Gary Diedrichs about the tumultuous relationship of John Sweeney and Dominique Dunne

Tainted! The High Price of Being Wrongfully Convicted

In April 1983, Michael Leahy uncovered the plight of those exonerated from crimes they didn’t commit, like Paul Turlow, who was falsely accused of fraud by the FBI. Accompanying the feature is Leahy’s exploration of how the government and attorneys can get victims of false accusations back on their feet.

City Leaders Weigh In: Crime in 1981

“If only these people thought that mooning or something…was a form of conduct as expressive as shooting someone.”

How Not to Get “Buncoed”

In April 1981 Los Angeles magazine profiled Harold Goldstein, a con artist, master of fraudulent securities and offshore-bank loans, and one of the most wanted white-collar criminals. Accompanying the story was reporter Bruce Henderson’s list of tips for local investors.