Michael Edison Hayden

Michael Edison Hayden grew up on Long Island. His work has been featured in the New York Times , Foreign Policy, the Los Angeles Times , and National Geographic, among other publications.

true crime

Police Brutality and Deportation Won't Stop the Deadly MS-13 Gang

We talked to local cops and community activists about Trump's favorite target: a murderous gang comprised partly of immigrants he does not understand.
Michael Edison Hayden
8.8.17
true crime

The Murder of Two Teenage Girls Is Haunting a Small Indiana Town

The girls went for a hike during their winter break and turned up dead about a day later. On Monday, cops released a sketch of the man they believe killed them.
Michael Edison Hayden
7.18.17
crime

Trump Loves to Hate This Machete-Toting Gang

The notoriously brutal MS-13 gang recruits undocumented people from abroad, making them a perfect foil for Donald Trump. The only problem: Their victims are often immigrants, too.
Michael Edison Hayden
5.8.17
true crime

A Serial Killer's Random Murders Are Haunting Phoenix

People of color can't help but wonder if cops would have pinned the spree on someone already if victims were rich or white.
Michael Edison Hayden
4.27.17
The Anatomy of an Ordinary Mass Shooting

The Anatomy of a Mass Shooting at a House Party

How a teenage get-together turned into a scene of bloody chaos that left one neighbor dead.
Michael Edison Hayden
12.31.16
News

The Death of Meat-Meat: What Happened After Cops Killed a Mentally Ill Black Man on Camera

How the police shooting of a mentally ill black man has flown under the radar in 2016 America.
Michael Edison Hayden
9.19.16
Stuff

What It's Like to Get Shot in the Head

"It was a noise that I'll never forget."
Michael Edison Hayden
4.19.16
News

​The Strange Rise and Violent Fall of Long Island's Dirtiest Police Chief

Former Suffolk County Chief James Burke's recent conviction on civil rights charges opened a window into a lurid cop culture of illegal wiretapping, cover-ups, sex addiction, drunk driving, and blackmail.
Michael Edison Hayden
3.15.16
Stuff

Inside the Bizarre, Unsolved Case of the Long Island Serial Killer

How a string of murders became one of America's most infamous crimes, fueling wild conspiracy theories and rumors along the way.
Michael Edison Hayden
2.3.16