Tales from the Underworld
Aug 18, 2006 — Dai Vernon was among the most influential magicians of the 20th century, but one trick continued to elude him. His quest to learn its secret led him from one sleazy dive to another. The answer finally came in a little white house in Missouri.
Aug 17, 2006 — Joan Cheever, author of Back from the Dead, followed former death row inmates who were released when the Supreme Court ruled the death penalty unconstitutional in 1972.
Aug 16, 2006 — Darrell Mease, a convicted murderer, was scheduled to die in Missouri when his prayers were answered. Pope John Paul II won Mease, a Christian convert, a commutation of his death sentence during a 1999 Missouri visit.
Aug 15, 2006 — Andrea Giovino got some unusual advice from her mother when she was growing up: marry a mobster and your future will be secure. The Brooklyn native took her mom up on the suggestion, marrying a string of mobsters and thugs.
Aug 14, 2006 — Louis Eppolito was a decorated New York cop who came from a longtime mob family. Then he was convicted of working as a mob hit man. But his conviction was recently overturned on a technicality.