Category Archives: Truth in Sentencing

A Lesson for Harvey’s Girls

The last thing the Harvey Weinstein Pile-On needs is a mewling #MeToo hashtag so females everywhere can easily climb on board. If women want to be taken seriously, they should turn to the example of someone like Dee Dee Kouns. She learned through the worst kind of tragedy how to fight injustice. Her 26-year-old daughter, […]

‘A Huge Rash of Homicides’

Every occupation has its own slang, and for many years “NHI” was cop talk for No Humans Involved, meaning that a particular incident involved only dirtbags. If both the offender and the victim were Adam Henrys (old cop slang for Ass Hole), it was NBD and NGL (No Big Deal and No Great Loss.) Twenty-five […]

A Sexual Sadist Makes His Plans

When he was 24 years old and a strapping ex-Marine, George Nulph saw an attractive older woman who worked at Osburn’s Grocery in Cannon Beach, Ore., and told a friend, “I’d like a piece of that.” The next day he raped and murdered Frances Christians. He stalked her, found her eating lunch in her car, […]

Seeking Justice at the City Club

The City Club of Portland is not where you will find the poor and the destitute. This is a members-only civic organization where you will find community leaders and activists, business owners, various professionals and elected officials who meet for lunch and conversation. Each week they gather at the elegant Sentinel Hotel for the Friday […]

Crime and Apathy

Winston Moseley died last week in a New York prison, and in an unusual twist it was his victim’s name that people instantly remembered – not his. And his victim wasn’t even a celebrity. Kitty Genovese was a 28-year-old bar manager in New York City and had just gotten off work early one morning in […]

The Real Face of ‘White Privilege’

To hear these eight white women and two white men tell it, they have journeyed into a heart of darkness. The horror, the horror! The lack of respect. The sight of handcuffs. The restricted visiting hours. The rules on appropriate visitor’s attire. The guards who don’t smile. The dreams of college and career interrupted. What […]

Lounging in the Life of the Mind

An alleged rape victim recently made headines when she won $800,000 in a settlement against the University of Oregon, but other news in the same backyard was barely noticed: Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner, who declined to prosecute the alleged rape, resigned to become a state police captain. As one of the state’s workhorse […]

Colony Collapse in Portland

The guy sitting next to me at the Portland City Council meeting kept dozing off, his mouth dropping open, his head falling towards his chest. Then he would jolt awake. He did this a few times. Finally he gave in, his head sinked, his wire-rim glasses fell to his lap, then to the floor. He […]

Passing the Kleenex

When the 11-year-old girl in Stevensville, Mont., didn’t want to have sex with her grandfather, he would sit on the couch and sulk. “He would … pout if he didn’t get what he wanted. … He’d wait to see if I could come out and look at him and feel sorry for him, but I […]

Ballad of the Green Pear

Too bad Johnny Cash never got to meet Daniel R. Luke. The Man in Black could have taught Danny boy the meaning of hard time. On Dec. 5, 2010, Luke broke into his ex-wife’s Northeast Portland home and tried to strangle her while his two young sons were there. The police arrived and arrested him. […]