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

  • Liquor Board failing to do basic parts of its job, says audit

    Liquor Board failing to do basic parts of its job, says audit

    Three years after a scathing audit which led to a shake-up of the state agency, Baltimore City's Board of Liquor License Inspectors still lacks comprehensive written policies and procedures, an audit has found.  Among the 18 findings in the 76-page report: The liquor board failed to collect $76,000...

  • Murder Ink: 8 murders this week; 157 murders this year

    Murder Ink: 8 murders this week; 157 murders this year

    A note on the count: Last week's Murder Ink count was long by one, because of a data error. A correction online incorrectly stated it was off by two, by erroneously removing Szki Wright from the count because her mother had been charged with manslaughter. That post has been corrected again. City...

  • Baltimore City water bills to come monthly beginning in October

    Baltimore City water bills to come monthly beginning in October

    A bill introduced tonight in the City Council, scheduled for hearing tomorrow at 10 a.m. in City Hall, would pave the way for monthly billing of water and sewer customers beginning this fall. Part of the new "BaltiMeter Initiative," which has installed electronic water meters in city and county...

  • Murder Ink: 11 murders this week; 149 murders this year

    Murder Ink: 11 murders this week; 149 murders this year

    Because of deadlines associated with the Fourth of July holiday, this week's Murder Ink covers July 1 through July 11. Along with two pedestrians killed by drivers (neither of which is considered a homicide) and one body found floating in the water, for which the autopsy is pending, 11 people were...

  • Murder Ink: 12 murders this week; 139 murders this year

    Murder Ink: 12 murders this week; 139 murders this year

    Because of the 4th of July holiday, this Murder Ink column covers June 21 through noon, July 1. Rapper Lor Scoota was gunned down in his car on Saturday night, June 25, on the way out of an exhibition basketball game and peace rally. His death prompted an outpouring of grief and support from fans,...

  • Triggerman finally indicted in 2008 murder-for-hire

    Triggerman finally indicted in 2008 murder-for-hire

    A federal grand jury has indicted Troy Lucas for the 2008 murder of Robert Long. According to the June 7 indictment (which was unsealed today), Lucas, a member of Dead Man, Incorporated, was acting on the orders of Jose J. Morales, a drug-dealer, mortgage fraudster, arsonist, and jack-leg construction...

  • South Mountain Creamery gets its money back from the IRS, and more

    South Mountain Creamery gets its money back from the IRS, and more

    Maryland dairy farmer Randy Sowers has won back $29,500 the IRS seized four years ago in a money-laundering investigation, and his case could pay dividends for hundreds of other small businesses, his lawyer says.  "It's a victory not just for Randy, but also for others, so he's really a trail-blazer...

  • Murder Ink: 8 murders this week, 134 murders this year

    Murder Ink: 8 murders this week, 134 murders this year

    The rapper Lor Scoota was gunned down in his car on Saturday night on the way out of an exhibition basketball game and peace rally. His death prompted an outpouring of grief and support from fans, including an impromptu vigil that briefly blocked North Avenue on the West Side. There were also 20...

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