Chris Francescani

Chris Francescani

Journalist, New York City

New York City-based reporter covering U.S. law enforcement, surveillance issues and occasionally writing about music. @CDFrancescani

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With Less Fanfare, NYPD Launches It's Own Massive Manhunt for Escaped Prisoner | The Wall Street Journal

As the search for two escaped inmates in upstate New York riveted the nation, another intense manhunt for a prisoner has been unfolding about six hours south in New York City, with far less fanfare.

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New Indictment Against Son of Slain NYC Hedge-Fund Founder | The Wall Street Journal

A man accused of fatally shooting his 70-year-old father, a Manhattan hedge-fund founder, has been indicted on a new charge of criminal possession of forgery devices, prosecutors said.

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The Drive to Spy | Medium

There are thousands of cameras following you, anyone can watch, and it’s all legal.

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NYPD Arrests 3 Teens in Chinatown Sex Assault | The Wall Street Journal

Three Brooklyn teenagers were arrested on rape and robbery Tuesday, one day after a brutal sexual assault and robbery in lower Manhattan’s Chinatown early Monday, some of which was captured on video, New York City police said.

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Film festival showcases the soaring power of drone cinematography | The Washington Post

The dawn of drone cinema is upon us. And the view will blow your mind.

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Conn. Investigators Moving Forward in Bizarre Bomb Plot, Bank Heist Probe | ABC News

Conn. Investigators Moving Forward in Bizarre Bomb ...

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Patz jury to begin deliberations | The Washington Post

For the first time since 6-year-old Etan Patz vanished on his way to a New York City bus stop in 1979, fueling a national missing children’s movement, a criminal jury is set Wednesday to begin weighing evidence against the man accused of killing the child.

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Murder trial begins in the case of NY child who disappeared 35 years ago | The Washington Post

“Etan was dead before his mom even knew he was missing [and] then his family and countless others spent the next three decades looking for him,” a Manhattan prosecutor told jurors. “That journey ends here.”

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Bob Dylan’s ‘Da Vinci Code’ Revealed | Daily Beast

Researchers say they’ve uncovered more than 1,000 items lifted from other authors in Dylan’s ‘Chronicles.’ And that’s just the beginning.

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U.S. Officials: Foreign Fighters Pouring Into Syria Faster Than Ever | NBC News

Unprecedented stream of fighters worries counter terror officials.

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Feds Target Vegas Clichés | Al Jazeera America

With FBI biometric database, what happens in Vegas doesn't stay there anymore.

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New York's Winter of Discontent | The Washington Post

A month after the killings of two NYPD officers set off a dramatic public confrontation between union leaders and a mayor elected on a vow to reform the police department, New Yorkers are not happy with either side in the long-running debate about law enforcement and race in the nation’s biggest metropolis.

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Reuters Investigates - George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting

During the time Zimmerman was in hiding, his detractors defined him as a vigilante who had decided Martin was suspicious merely because he was black. After Zimmerman was finally arrested on a charge of second-degree murder more than six weeks after the shooting, prosecutors portrayed him as a violent and angry man who disregarded authority by pursuing the 17-year-old. But a more nuanced portrait of Zimmerman has emerged from a Reuters investigation into Zimmerman's past and a series of incidents in the community in the months preceding the Martin shooting.

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NYPD to End Low Level Marijuana Arrests | Reuters

With less than an ounce, you're likely to bounce.

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The Trayvon Martin Case Thru the Eyes of Florida Police | Daily Beast

"Local law enforcement agencies are just one incident away from a major catastrophe.”