J. Patrick O'Connor

J. Patrick O'Connor is the editor of Crime Magazine. He graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1967. He was a reporter and bureau manager for United Press International, editor of Cincinnati Magazine and an associate editor for TV Guide. He was editor and publisher of the Kansas City New Times, an alternative newspaper. Click here to read an interview with him on bookhitch.com. He is the author of The Framing of Mumia Abu-Jamal, which was published by Lawrence Hill Books in May of 2008. His book Scapegoat: The Chino Hills Murders and the Framing of Kevin Cooper was published by Strategic Media Books in 2012. Both books are available for purchase at amazon.com, barnesandnobel.com and bookstores throughout the United States. Scapegoat won the Silver medal in the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards and Bronze in ForeWord Reviews' Book of the Year Award competition for True Crime books. To see an interview Prison Radio conducted with Pat O'Connor about the book, please go to http://www.youtube.com. Click here to contact him by e-mail.

Jun 2, 2014
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Excerpt from the book The Framing of Mumia Abu-Jamal by J. Patrick O'Connor Chapter One A Cause Celebre Mumia Abu-Jamal has been on death row since 1982. Over the years, as a result of his prison writings, the former radio reporter who prided himself on being "the voice...
May 5, 2014
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January 5, 1971 – May 3, 2014  by J. Patrick O’Connor  In the preface to his amazing book on prison reform, Facing the U.S. Prison Problem 2.3 Million Strong: an Ex-Con’s View of the Mistakes and the Solutions, Shawn Ramey Griffith wrote, “By the time many...
May 5, 2014
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Crime Magazine's Choice of True Crime Books  by J. Patrick O’Connor The Yoga Store Murder: The Shocking True Account of the Lululemon Athletica Killing by Dan Morse (Berkeley Books, 2013). Jayna Murray, the 30-year-old manager of the trendy lululemon athletica store in...
Apr 21, 2014
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The Boston Marathon bombings were the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the World Trade Center catastrophe on September 11, 2001. That the suspected bombers are immigrants of Chechen heritage who had been nurtured for over a decade in Cambridge made it all the worse...
Nov 11, 2013
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Crime Magazine's Choice of True Crime Books by J. Patrick O’Connor Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr Teamed up to Take on American’s First Sensational Murder Mystery by Paul Collins (Crown Publishers, 2013, $26).  Listeners...
Feb 27, 2013
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Updated May 8, 2013 Helvetic Airways aircraft at the Brussels international airport (Photo: Associated Press) In a daring, commado-style operation, eight masked, heavily armed gunmen pulled off a lightening quick heist of more than $50 million worth of diamonds.  ...
Jan 21, 2013
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Revised April 8, 2013 A month after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, President Obama called for sweeping legislation to stem “the epidemic of violence” confronting the United States. The next day, the National Rifle Association called the President’s proposal to...
Nov 28, 2012
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Other Voices TV: Executing Justice from PPJC Videos on Vimeo. A conversation with J. Patrick O'Connor author of SCAPEGOAT: The Chino Hills Murders and the Framing of Kevin Cooper. Kevin Cooper was convicted of the brutal murders of a Chino Hills, California family and a...
Nov 28, 2012
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This essay is adapted from a presentation J. Patrick O’Connor gave at the Collier County, Florida, Main Library on October 16, 2012. by J. Patrick O’Connor The United States operates the largest criminal justice system in the world, incarcerating 2.3 million people in over...
Jul 25, 2012
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Updated January 26, 2013 and March 13, 2013 The Century 16 theater in Aurora CO The mass murder in Aurora, Colorado was as senseless and as inevitable as any of the mass murders that preceded it. In the United States it is only a matter of time and place when the next gunman...

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