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

Feb 5, 2015

Former State Sen. Malcolm Smith Found Guilty in Bribe Scheme

Former State Sen. Malcolm Smith Found Guilty in Bribe Scheme

Former Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith has been found guilty of scheming to bribe Republican party leaders so he could run on the GOP line in a New York City mayoral race, making him the latest ex-Albany...

Feb 5, 2015

Dad of Boy Who Was 4 When He Killed Neighbor, 6, Gets Prison

Dad of Boy Who Was 4 When He Killed Neighbor, 6, Gets Prison

The father of a boy who was 4 when he shot and killed a 6-year-old neighbor was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison after tearfully telling the court he's haunted by the shooting.

Feb 5, 2015

Silk Road Creator Convicted of Running Drug Market

Silk Road Creator Convicted of Running Drug Market

A San Francisco man was swiftly convicted Wednesday of creating and operating an underground website that prosecutors said enabled drug dealers around the world to reach customers they would never find on...

Feb 4, 2015

No Evidence Mom Slowly Killed Son, 5, With Salt: Attorney

No Evidence Mom Slowly Killed Son, 5, With Salt: Attorney

A woman accused of killing her 5-year-old son by feeding him salt through a stomach tube calmly "watched and waited" for the poisoning to take effect, summoning help only after he began writhing and retching, a...

Feb 2, 2015

NYPD: Historian Killed in Park by Croatian Author

NYPD: Historian Killed in Park by Croatian Author

A Croatian author living in Queens fatally shot a 42-year-old friend inside Astoria Park Saturday afternoon over a failed real estate deal in northeast Italy, authorities say.

Feb 2, 2015

Lawyer Sanford Rubenstein Sues Over Rape Claim

Lawyer Sanford Rubenstein Sues Over Rape Claim

The attorney who once represented Eric Garner's family has countersued a woman who accused him of rape, saying in court papers filed Monday that her assault allegations are defamatory.

Feb 3, 2015

Mother of Etan Patz Recounts Last Time She Saw Her Son

Mother of Etan Patz Recounts Last Time She Saw Her Son

The mother of a 6-year-old boy who vanished on his way to school 35 years ago is testifying in the Manhattan murder trial of a store clerk accused of killing him.

Jan 30, 2015

NYC Pharmacist Who Tried to Make Ricin Sentenced

NYC Pharmacist Who Tried to Make Ricin Sentenced

A New York City pharmacist who admitted to trying to make weapons-grade ricin and other legal toxins has been sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison.

Jan 30, 2015

NYC Man Sentenced in Conn. Triple Homicide

NYC Man Sentenced in Conn. Triple Homicide

A New York City man has been sentenced to 90 years in prison for his role in a triple homicide at a Connecticut apartment complex.

Jan 30, 2015

NYPD Officer Charged in Attack on MTA Worker

NYPD Officer Charged in Attack on MTA Worker

An NYPD officer faces assault, harassment and misconduct charges in connection with last month's attack on an MTA employee on a Bronx subway platform, authorities said.

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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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