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

Jan 16, 2015

New Informant in Patz Case Is Inmate: Attorney

New Informant in Patz Case Is Inmate: Attorney

A recently revealed informant in the Etan Patz missing-child case is an inmate.

Jan 16, 2015

Missing NJ Boyfriend Found Dead in Trunk of Own Car in NYC

Missing NJ Boyfriend Found Dead in Trunk of Own Car in NYC

A 24-year-old New Jersey man whose girlfriend reported him missing and their apartment burglarized has been found dead in the Bronx after an apparent kidnapping, authorities say.

Jan 15, 2015

Teen Indicted in Racing Crash That Killed 5 Friends

Teen Indicted in Racing Crash That Killed 5 Friends

An 18-year-old Long Islander has been indicted on manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges in connection with a 2014 street racing crash that killed five of his friends, all teenagers, and...

Jan 15, 2015

Woman Finds Apartment Ransacked, Boyfriend Missing

Woman Finds Apartment Ransacked, Boyfriend Missing

Police are investigating after a woman reported her boyfriend was missing and the New Jersey apartment they shared was burglarized.

Jan 14, 2015

Man, Sons Plead Guilty to $2.5M Tax Refund Scam

Man, Sons Plead Guilty to $2.5M Tax Refund Scam

Five Passaic residents, including a man and his two sons, have pleaded guilty to running a tax refund scam that federal prosecutors say ripped off the government for about $2.5 million.

Jan 14, 2015

Conductor Punched in Face While Operating Subway: NYPD

Conductor Punched in Face While Operating Subway: NYPD

Police are looking for a man who punched a subway conductor in the face as the MTA worker was operating the train in Brooklyn.

Jan 14, 2015

Cops ID Woman Found in Burned Suitcase

Cops ID Woman Found in Burned Suitcase

Nearly two years after finding her body inside a burned suitcase in Brooklyn, police say they've identified the woman who was killed.

Jan 13, 2015

Queens Man, 18, Arrested in Roommate's Murder: NYPD

Queens Man, 18, Arrested in Roommate's Murder: NYPD

Police have arrested an 18-year-old Queens man on murder and weapons charges after his roommate was found with head trauma in their Astoria apartment and later died at the hospital, authorities say.

Jan 13, 2015

Flavor Flav Indicted for Alleged Speeding on Way to Mom's Funeral

Flavor Flav Indicted for Alleged Speeding on Way to Mom's Funeral

Rapper Flavor Flav is due in a Long Island courtroom later this month after being indicted on charges stemming from a traffic stop while driving to his mother's funeral.

Jan 13, 2015

Settlement in Christmas Fire That Killed 3 Sisters, Grandparents

Settlement in Christmas Fire That Killed 3 Sisters, Grandparents

A contractor who accidentally caused a fire at a Connecticut home that killed three girls and two of their grandparents on Christmas morning in 2011 has agreed to settle part of a wrongful death lawsuit by...

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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 comment. Jonathan Dienst...

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 month. And now New...

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 star...

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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