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

  • Murder Ink 1/18/17: 5 murders this week, 11 murders this year

    Murder Ink 1/18/17: 5 murders this week, 11 murders this year

    Because of an early deadline associated with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, this week's Murder Ink covers only the five days from Monday afternoon, January 9 through Friday afternoon, January 13. City Paper will include the weekend's murders (if any) in the next Murder Ink. Monday, January...

  • Trump, Putin, and Ownership of the Means of Seduction

    Trump, Putin, and Ownership of the Means of Seduction

    Having the goods on someone garners instant and lasting respect, especially when that someone has no idea how you know.  I learned this in 2006, while researching Baltimore’s uncanny tendency toward house collapses. John Elder, a former city-employed engineer who had gone into business as a plan-stamper...

  • Murder Ink 1/11/17: 3 murders this week, 6 murders this year

    Murder Ink 1/11/17: 3 murders this week, 6 murders this year

    There was an element of luck in this week's low number of homicides: there were 11 non-fatal shootings reported as well. The police department says it is solving more murders, but its clearance rate for 2016, just under 40 percent, is still lower than other big cities, and those other cities' rates...

  • Pugh aide indicted for straw campaign contributions

    Pugh aide indicted for straw campaign contributions

    A grand jury has charged a former legislative and campaign aide to Mayor Catherine Pugh with illegally arranging for relatives to donate thousands to Pugh's mayoral campaign.  Gary Brown, Jr. faces prison if convicted. The Sun broke the story earlier today.   Court records indicate the case was...

  • Commissioner Davis promises more beat cops

    Commissioner Davis promises more beat cops

    Police Commissioner Kevin Davis says he is transferring 100 officers to patrol from other divisions in an effort to relieve strain caused by understaffing since the unrest of April 2015.  The word came in a press conference in Mayor Pugh's office. Pugh pledged that her administration would not...

  • Murder Ink: 2016 ends with 318 murders; new year starts with three

    Murder Ink: 2016 ends with 318 murders; new year starts with three

    Murders This Week:12 Murders This Year: 3  This Murder Ink tallies homicides since Dec. 19. Baltimore finished 2016 with 318 murders—down from last year's 344 but still more than any other year since the early 1990s. Police made several homicide arrests during the holiday week, including one young...

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