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

May 20, 2015

7 Rikers Guards Raped Inmates, Lawsuit Alleges

7 Rikers Guards Raped Inmates, Lawsuit Alleges

Seven correction officers at Rikers Island raped and sexually abused female inmates over a two-year period, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Legal Aid Society.

May 19, 2015

2 Arrested in Biggest DEA Heroin Seizure in NY History: Feds

2 Arrested in Biggest DEA Heroin Seizure in NY History: Feds

An investigation of a pair of Bronx drug traffickers has resulted in a record seizure of more than 150 pounds of heroin from Mexico worth at least $50 million, authorities said Tuesday.

May 18, 2015

Manhattan DA Says He Intends to Re-try Etan Patz Murder Case

Manhattan DA Says He Intends to Re-try Etan Patz Murder Case

Manhattan's top prosecutor said Monday he plans to re-try the Etan Patz murder case, which ended in mistrial earlier this month after the 12-person jury told a judge for the third time they could not reach...

May 15, 2015

U.S. Postal Facility in NJ Evacuated Over "Sweet Odor": Official

U.S. Postal Facility in NJ Evacuated Over "Sweet Odor": Official

A New Jersey U.S. mail handling facility was evacuated as a precaution Friday as hazmat crews evaluated the area following workers' reports of a strong, sweet smell in the building, authorities said.

May 15, 2015

Bin Laden Aide Sentenced to Life in '98 Embassy Bomb Plot

Bin Laden Aide Sentenced to Life in '98 Embassy Bomb Plot

A former top aide to Osama bin Laden was given life in prison for the 1998 bombings of two embassies in Africa, a sentence handed down Friday in a New York courtroom where he was confronted by a woman who...

May 14, 2015

NY Woman Admits Role in Abusing Kidnapped Amish Girls

NY Woman Admits Role in Abusing Kidnapped Amish Girls

A woman accused of helping kidnap and sexually abusing two Amish girls pleaded guilty Thursday to 10 charges of making child pornography with them and other victims.

May 14, 2015

Hammer Suspect Shot in Midtown After Cop Attack Arrested on Felony Charges

Hammer Suspect Shot in Midtown After Cop Attack Arrested on Felony Charges

The hammer-wielding suspect linked to a series of Manhattan ambushes who was shot in midtown after attacking an NYPD officer has been arrested on felony assault and other charges.

May 14, 2015

No Charges Against Sleep-Deprived Engineer in 2013 Deadly Metro-North Crash

No Charges Against Sleep-Deprived Engineer in 2013 Deadly Metro-North Crash

The sleep-deprived engineer who nodded off at the controls of a Metro-North train just before taking a 30 mph curve at 82 mph, causing a derailment in the Bronx in 2013 that killed four people and injured...

May 14, 2015

Woman Accused of Killing Fiance on Kayak Trip Confessed: DA

Woman Accused of Killing Fiance on Kayak Trip Confessed: DA

A Latvian expatriate accused of killing her fiance while out paddling on the Hudson River admitted to tampering with his kayak and later confessed "it felt good knowing he would die," a prosecutor said...

May 14, 2015

NYPD Psychologist Claims Black-Out When Sleeping Husband Was Shot: Docs

NYPD Psychologist Claims Black-Out When Sleeping Husband Was Shot: Docs

An NYPD psychologist who is fighting an attempted murder charge told detectives she was knocked unconscious by an intruder on the night her husband was shot in the head, according to a police transcript...

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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.

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.

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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