Edward Ericson Jr.

Writer

Edward Ericson Jr. has been a reporter since 1987. He as written for the Providence Journal-Bulletin, The Hartford Courant's Northeast Magazine, The Washington Monthly, SPIN, and Harper's, as well as the Orlando Weekly, Detroit Metro Times, and the late, lamented Columbus (Ohio) Guardian and Advocate newsweeklies of Massachusetts and Connecticut. He likes fraudsters, bureaucrats, drug dealers, business titans, cops, scientists, barflies and politicians in equal measure, and finds all of their stories scintillating.

Recent Articles

  • Ericson: So long, City Paper, and thanks for all the fits

    Ericson: So long, City Paper, and thanks for all the fits

    The woman who called to get the hose turned on sticks in my mind. It was a few years ago, during a heat wave. She lived in public housing, and the outside faucets didn’t work. Maintenance had shut them down for some reason. The kids were hot; it was too far from one of the few remaining open public...

  • Murder Ink: 8 murders this week, 293 murders this year

    Murder Ink: 8 murders this week, 293 murders this year

    The carnage continues. Tuesday, Oct. 24  2:22 p.m. Kendel Lecompte, a 27-year-old African-American man, was on the 1000 block of W. North Avenue in Reservoir Hill, when someone shot him. He died soon after at Shock Trauma. Lecompte had lived on the 5100 block of Chalgrove Avenue.  4:43 p.m. Antwan...

  • Feds shut down another open-air drug shop; Baltimore abides

    Feds shut down another open-air drug shop; Baltimore abides

    Two-hundred police and federal agents from as far away as Georgia raided 13 locations in and around Baltimore yesterday morning searching for drugs, money, and guns from an East Baltimore crew that for years operated from the 1100 block of N. Montford Avenue.  "I can say, without question, that...

  • Murder Ink: 3 murders this week, 285 murders this year

    Murder Ink: 3 murders this week, 285 murders this year

    This week's low murder count is luck. There were 23 non-fatal shootings, including four double-shootings. Police arrested four people with handguns, and charged four people, including two women, with shootings. Keith Davis Jr. was convicted of murdering Kevin Jones. Tuesday, Oct. 17 7:37 p.m. Demetrius...

  • Murder Ink: 8 murders this week, 282 murders this year

    Murder Ink: 8 murders this week, 282 murders this year

    After a light week we're back to over one homicide per day. Baltimore has averaged about eight per week lately; the rate of killings is increasing despite city officials' efforts. Another of the four men shot on the 3200 block of Lyndale Avenue during the Sept. 26 mass shooting (the city's sixth...

  • Spamalot: Uncle's Hawaiian Grindz out in Harco does island cuisine right

    Spamalot: Uncle's Hawaiian Grindz out in Harco does island cuisine right

    The first time my wife and I walked into Uncle's Hawaiian Grindz (2315 Belair Road, Fallston, [443] 966-3999, eatatuncles.com) last spring, we were greeted by an unusual sight: In the big, wood booth that forms the backbone of the generous indoor dining room, Chef Kaimana Chee sat amid a family...

  • Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, defunded, votes to keep meeting

    Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, defunded, votes to keep meeting

    There was no free food at the last Criminal Justice Coordinating Council meeting.  The CJCC, a state-funded consortium of political leaders, prosecutors, state officials, judges, and police that has existed since 1999 in a bid to manage the basic elements of the courts, jails, treatment programs,...

  • Murder Ink: 5 murders this week, 275 murders this year

    Murder Ink: 5 murders this week, 275 murders this year

    A comparatively light week for killings should not mask that 18 other people were shot non-fatally, including three double-shootings. Monday, Oct. 2 On Sept. 28 at about 8 p.m., Leonard Carolina, a 40-year-old African-American man, was near the intersection of Poplar Grove and Riggs Avenue in the...

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