Story Topic: Crime

Aqeela Sherrills & Calvin Hodges (USA)

Photography by Brian Moody Aqeela Sherrills and Calvin Hodges grew up on opposite sides of the tracks during the bloody gang conflicts of the Watts neighborhood in south LA. Aqeela wore blue and belonged to the Crip gang, while Calvin wore red and was a member of the Bloods. Aqeela Sherrills is the co-founder of… more

Katy Hutchison & Ryan Aldridge (Canada)

Photography by Brian Moody On New Year’s Eve 1997, Katy Hutchison’s husband, Bob, was beaten to death while checking on a party being thrown by his neighbour’s son. In the small town of Squamish in British Columbia, a wall of silence soon grew up around the murder. It was four years before Ryan Aldridge admitted… more

Mwalimu Johnson (USA)

Photography by Alan Pogue Mwalimu Johnson spent his early youth using and selling illegal drugs on the streets of New Orleans. In 1958 he received a 15-year sentence after pleading guilty to bank robbery. He was released in 1967, only to be shot in 1975 by FBI agents who claimed he was involved in another… more

Azim Khamisa & Ples Felix (USA)

Photography by Brian Moody In 1995 Azim Khamisa’s only son, Tariq – a 20-year-old student – was shot and killed while delivering pizzas in San Diego. His killer, Tony Hicks, became the first 14-year-old to stand trial as an adult in the state of California. He received a 25-year prison sentence. Azim, alongside Tony’s grandfather… more

Tom Mauser (USA)

Photography by Alan Pogue On April 20th 1999, Columbine High School in Colorado came under attack from two of its own when two student gunmen killed 13 and wounded 23, before turning their guns on themselves. Tom Mauser’s 15-year-old son, Daniel, was among the dead. Tom is now an active campaigner in the gun control… more

Penny Beernsten (USA)

Photography by Brian Moody In 1985 Penny Beerntsen was brutally beaten and sexually assaulted in a state park in Wisconsin. Soon afterwards, Steven Avery was convicted of the crime. Eighteen years later, however, advances in DNA testing revealed that he had been innocent all along. A couple of years after the attack I remember saying… more

Celia McWee (USA)

Photography by Brian Moody On New Year’s Day 1980, Celia Mcwee received the devastating news that her daughter, Joyce, had been murdered by Joyce’s husband, Eugene. Two decades later, on April 16th 2004, she suffered the double tragedy of witnessing her son’s execution on death row. Celia lives in Augusta, Georgia, and is a member… more

John Carter (England)

Photography by Katalin Karolyi John Carter got involved in crime at the age of 12. After eight years in prison he finally got to meet one of his victims at a restorative justice conference.  He is currently working as a gardener and lives in Shropshire with his partner. My life of crime started at an… more

Marian Partington (England)

Photography by Brian Moody In 1973 Marian Partington’s younger sister, Lucy, disappeared from a Gloucester bus stop after visiting a friend. Twenty years later, the gruesome discoveries at 25 Cromwell Street revealed that Lucy Partington had been a victim of serial-killers Frederick and Rosemary West. Frederick West committed suicide before the trial in 1995, while Rosemary West was… more

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