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 3/29/17: 5 murders this week, 76 murders this year

    Murder Ink 3/29/17: 5 murders this week, 76 murders this year

    Almost as many people were arrested and charged with murder this week as were murdered. That almost never happens. Police also shot a man who was allegedly threatening two children with a butcher knife. Wednesday, March 22 4:15 a.m. Alphonza Watson, a 38-year-old African-American transgender woman,...

  • 'Suspect is down, the kids are safe.'

    "Suspect is down, the kids are safe."

    The sergeant's instructions are unequivocal. "I want you to walk in there and kill this guy," he tells the shooter, Zachary Wein, who is a 14-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department, and an eight-year veteran of the SWAT team. "He's high on drugs. He can kill the girl at any second," the...

  • A.G. Sessions warns Maryland on sanctuary status

    A.G. Sessions warns Maryland on sanctuary status

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today he will withhold federal funds from cities and states that do not certify that they are not "sanctuary" jurisdictions. At stake is more than $4 billion in federal aid to law enforcement.  "Countless Americans would be alive today," Sessions told...

  • The Flight From $15: Pugh vetoes minimum wage hike bill

    The Flight From $15: Pugh vetoes minimum wage hike bill

    In a move that surprised no one, Mayor Catherine Pugh pledged to veto a city council bill that would raise the minimum wage to $15 inside city limits. "I think it's important that we follow the lead of the state," Pugh, a former state senator, told a press conference in the ornate Ceremonial Room...

  • Murder Ink 3/22/17: 11 murders this week, 71 murders this year

    Murder Ink 3/22/17: 11 murders this week, 71 murders this year

    After a comparatively light week, Baltimore's killers returned with vigor. There were two double-homicides, one an arson and one a discovery of two decomposing victims. Police arrested one murder suspect and identified another. Seventy-one murders in the first 77 days puts 2017 19 killings ahead...

  • Origin Stories: How Fritz and Stockholm came to us

    Origin Stories: How Fritz and Stockholm came to us

    Rescue Dog He was just a pup. A ball of black fur, hardly bigger than my hand. But he knew his way around Kabul, and way better than we did. "No time to explain—get in the car," he barked, pulling up in an ancient MG. We hadn't much choice. It was Jan. 22, 2008. I and my compatriots—two Red Crescent...

  • Judge rules again for Freddie Gray cops in suit against Mosby

    Judge rules again for Freddie Gray cops in suit against Mosby

    A lawsuit against Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, brought by the police officers charged in Freddie Gray's death, will go forward, a federal judge ruled Monday.  Judge Marvin Garbis denied Mosby's motion for a stay of all discovery in the case. That means Mosby may have to turn over evidence,...

  • Council resolution asks ICE to be nice

    Council resolution asks ICE to be nice

    Yaslin says she will be her family’s first high school graduate. She plans to go to college. The high school senior has lived in Baltimore for nine years. Now she’s afraid.  Recent raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents (ICE) in Southeast Baltimore has a growing community on edge. ...

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