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Riot Police Try to Quell Continuing Violence in Brazilian Prison

Riot Police Try to Quell Continuing Violence in Brazilian Prison

Inmates at the Alcaçuz state penitentiary, near Natal in the state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, on Thursday. The police have been unable to take control of the prison since a riot on Saturday that
Nicky Scarfo, Mob Boss Who Plundered Atlantic City in the ’80s, Dies at 87

Nicky Scarfo, Mob Boss Who Plundered Atlantic City in the ’80s, Dies at 87

Nicky Scarfo in 1982. Mr. Scarfo had a volatile temper and a penchant for wanton violence and vengeance as he rose to become head of what was known as the Bruno-Scarfo crime family.
With Nearly 100 Dead in Prison Riots, Brazil’s Government Faces Crisis

With Nearly 100 Dead in Prison Riots, Brazil’s Government Faces Crisis

Relatives of inmates outside of Desembargador Raimundo Vidal Pessoa prison in Manaus, Brazil. Three of the four prisoners killed there this month were beheaded.
Killers on a Shoestring: Inside the Gangs of El Salvador

Killers on a Shoestring: Inside the Gangs of El Salvador

The scene after gang members in Olocuilta, El Salvador, killed six people on a bus in 2014 because the owner refused to pay extortion.

Elephant tranquilizer is contaminating the US heroin supply — especially in Ohio

The ultra-potent synthetic opioid carfentanil is continuing to spread across the United States, with the DEA now confirming the drug — which is about 5,000 times more powerful than heroin — has been
The Big League Prospect Who Became a Mob Hit Man

The Big League Prospect Who Became a Mob Hit Man

Maury Lerner batted .328 for the Boise Braves in 1957. Twenty years later, he was serving time at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Rhode Island.