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

May 9, 2015

Mistrial Confounds Father of Etan Patz

Mistrial Confounds Father of Etan Patz

For decades, the father of Etan Patz believed he knew who killed his 6-year-old son on the way to school in 1979, and it wasn't the man whose trial he just endured.

May 11, 2015

NY Senate Leader Quits Top Post After Corruption Arrest

NY Senate Leader Quits Top Post After Corruption Arrest

Republican Dean Skelos resigned from his position Monday as leader of the state Senate following his arrest on federal corruption charges and was quickly replaced by another Long Island lawmaker, Sen. John...

May 9, 2015

Mistrial Declared in Etan Patz Murder Case After 3rd Deadlocked Jury

Mistrial Declared in Etan Patz Murder Case After 3rd Deadlocked Jury

A judge declared a mistrial in the Etan Patz murder case after the 12-person jury, deliberating for an 18th day, sent him a note for the third time saying they could not agree on whether 54-year-old Pedro...

May 7, 2015

Mom Sues NYC Over Son's Stabbing Death in Public Housing

Mom Sues NYC Over Son's Stabbing Death in Public Housing

The mother of a 6-year-old who was stabbed to death in a public housing complex elevator sued the city Thursday, saying officials let blatant security risks linger before the attack on her son and a 7-year-old...

May 21, 2015

2 Women in NYC Bomb Plot Case Plead Not Guilty to Terror Charges

2 Women in NYC Bomb Plot Case Plead Not Guilty to Terror Charges

Two women arrested last month for plotting to build a homemade bomb and wage jihad in New York City pleaded not guilty Thursday during a brief court appearance in a Brooklyn federal courthouse.

May 7, 2015

NYPD Officers Attacked by Hatchet-Wielding Stranger Honored

NYPD Officers Attacked by Hatchet-Wielding Stranger Honored

The rookie NYPD officer attacked by a hatchet-wielding stranger police described as a "lone wolf terrorist" was honored as a cop of the year Wednesday, along with his three partners who attended to him as he lay...

May 7, 2015

Officer Attacked With Hatchet in Queens Talks Recovery: Part II

Officer Attacked With Hatchet in Queens Talks Recovery: Part II

NYPD Officer Kenneth Healey talks about his long road to recovery after being attacked by a hatchet-wielding terrorist last fall. Jonathan Dienst has the exclusive interview.

May 6, 2015

Democrats Fail to Oust NY Senate's GOP Leader After Arrest

Democrats Fail to Oust NY Senate's GOP Leader After Arrest

The Republican leader of New York's state Senate has survived a largely symbolic effort by Democratic lawmakers to oust him from his position after his arrest on federal corruption charges.

May 7, 2015

NYPD Psychologist Indicted in Shooting of Sleeping Husband

NYPD Psychologist Indicted in Shooting of Sleeping Husband

A psychologist for the NYPD has been indicted on an attempted murder charge, accused of shooting her husband in the head as he slept in their Westchester County home.

May 6, 2015

Jury in Patz Murder Trial Deadlocked Again, Told to Keep Trying

Jury in Patz Murder Trial Deadlocked Again, Told to Keep Trying

A judge has ordered the 12-person jury in the Etan Patz murder trial back to the deliberation room after the jurors, deliberating for their fifteenth day, sent him a note for the second time saying they could...

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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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