Chief Investigative Reporter Jonathan Dienst on crime, corruption and terrorism.

Mar 12, 2014

"Cannibal Cop" Cohort Case Goes to Federal Jury

"Cannibal Cop" Cohort Case Goes to Federal Jury

A federal jury in New York City is deliberating in the trial of two men charged with scheming to abduct, rape and kill women and girls.

Feb 27, 2014

Rape-Murder Plot Trial Begins for Alleged "Cannibal Cop" Cohorts

Rape-Murder Plot Trial Begins for Alleged "Cannibal Cop" Cohorts

Opening statements are set to begin in the trial of a New Jersey mechanic and a former Manhattan school librarian charged with conspiring to rape, torture and murder women and children.

Apr 24, 2013

Feds Name NJ Man in NY Kidnap-Murder Indictment

Feds Name NJ Man in NY Kidnap-Murder Indictment

An indictment returned by a federal grand jury Wednesday named a New Jersey man previously charged in a cannibalism scheme and two men accused in a kidnap-rape plot, though the document in federal court...

Mar 8, 2013

Jury Weighs Fate of Cop Accused in Cannibal Plot

Jury Weighs Fate of Cop Accused in Cannibal Plot

The fate of a suspended NYPD officer accused of plotting to kill and cannibalize women he knew is in the hands of jurors after his defense lawyer told them in closing arguments that his elaborate plans...

Mar 6, 2013

Fact and Fantasy Collide in Cannibalism Trial

Fact and Fantasy Collide in Cannibalism Trial

A teenager posts a Twitter message saying he's going to blow up a school. A husband grumbles that he's looking for a hit man to kill his wife. A wannabe jihadist says in an Internet chat room that he is ready to...

Mar 5, 2013

Defense Rests at Cop's Cannibal Plot Trial

Defense Rests at Cop's Cannibal Plot Trial

A Russian man who operates a fetish website where prosecutors say an NYPD officer met others interested in killing and cooking women said sexual asphyxiation, sex with dead bodies and cannibalism are...

Feb 27, 2013

FBI: Alleged Cannibal Cop Was "Dying to Taste Girl Meat"

FBI: Alleged Cannibal Cop Was "Dying to Taste Girl Meat"

Cheerful written exchanges between a police officer and women from his past appeared in a sinister new light when an FBI agent described at the officer's criminal trial how he talked online about killing...

Feb 26, 2013

Alleged Targets Testify at "Cannibal Cop" Trial

Alleged Targets Testify at "Cannibal Cop" Trial

Jurors at the trial of a New York police officer accused of plotting to kill and eat women have been introduced to another alleged target.

Feb 26, 2013

Wife of Accused "Cannibal Cop" Testifies About Finding Porn

Wife of Accused "Cannibal Cop" Testifies About Finding Porn

The estranged wife of an NYPD officer testified Monday that she was shocked to find he had visited a website featuring a photo of a dead woman and other gruesome images — a discovery that led to a...

Feb 8, 2013

Jurors Surveyed for "Cannibal Cop" Trial

Jurors Surveyed for "Cannibal Cop" Trial

Potential jurors looked surprised as a judge told them about the evidence against an NYPD officer accused of plotting to kill and eat women.

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Documents
Mets Bullpen Catcher Arrested for DUI

Mets Bullpen Catcher Arrested for DUI

Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence in Florida after crashing into a fountain at a traffic circle and flipping his car.

Hacker Ringleader Worked from NYC Projects

Hacker Ringleader Worked from NYC Projects

A group of expert hackers that attacked governments and corporations around the globe has been busted after its ringleader — one of the world's most-wanted and most-feared computer vandals — turned against...

EXCLUSIVE: Accused Cop Killer Speaks

EXCLUSIVE: Accused Cop Killer Speaks

News 4's I-Team has obtained a videotape in which Lamont Pride confesses to firing the bullet that struck NYPD Officer Peter Figoski point-blank in the face. His attorney declined to

Accused Cop Killer: It Went Wrong, I'm Sorry

Accused Cop Killer: It Went Wrong, I'm Sorry

Accused cop killer Lamont Pride told detectives the day after the shooting of Officer Peter Figoski that he was sorry for what happened and that he didn't want to kill a cop, according to police documents.

The Accused Killer in His Own Words

The Accused Killer in His Own Words

NBC New York's Jonathan Dienst has exclusively obtained a partial transcript of the confession that police say Levi Aron gave authorities during questioning for allegedly killing an 8-year-old boy.

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Mob Busts
Mob Associate Arrested After Mobster-Turned-Informant Kills Self

Mob Associate Arrested After Mobster-Turned-Informant Kills Self

A mobster-turned-FBI-informant who is believed to have carried out a killing while helping the FBI track Mafiosos from Boston to Philadelphia was found dead in a New Jersey hotel last

Vinny Gorgeous Avoids Death Penalty

Vinny Gorgeous Avoids Death Penalty

A well-groomed New York City mobster has avoided getting the death penalty for ordering a gangland hit.

Feds: Mob Recruited Immigrant Strippers

Feds: Mob Recruited Immigrant Strippers

Federal prosecutors say they've broken up a mob-run ring that recruited women from Russia and other Eastern European countries to dance at Long Island and Queens strip clubs.

Four Bonanno Mobsters Busted in NYC: Feds

Four Bonanno Mobsters Busted in NYC: Feds

DEA and FBI agents arrested four members of the Bonanno organized crime family early Friday for alleged crimes that include racketeering, gambling and drug sales. The father of a "Mob Wives" reality show...

FBI Rounds Up 100 Mobsters in Biggest NY Mafia Bust Ever

FBI Rounds Up 100 Mobsters in Biggest NY Mafia Bust Ever

Epic bust marks "largest single day operation" against organized crime.

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