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The War on Drugs Could Be Making Our Communities More Dangerous

The war on drugs has sucked up public safety dollars that might otherwise go towards putting rapists and killers behind bars.


The Cleveland Strangler Is on Death Row, but His Victims' Families Still Suffer

In the final part of the series, host Wilbert L. Cooper meets the victims' families who are continuing to try to make sense of Sowell's crimes and the institutional failures that contributed to them.


How Poverty Leaves People Vulnerable to Horrific Crimes

From the mutilated corpses of the Cleveland Strangler to the castrated cadavers of the Mad Butcher, victims of Northeastern Ohio's most notorious murders have had little agency and even less money.


Read These Poems Inspired by the Murders of the Cleveland Strangler

These poems by community worker and artist R. A. Washington explore another side of the deaths investigated in VICE's feature-length documentary, Cleveland Strangler.