Magazines

 

Narratives

Tender is the Night

Their suicide pact shocked their friends and family. Questions still swirl around an aging couple’s decision to “die with dignity.” The story of Daniel and Katherine Gute.

– Milwaukee Magazine, March 2011

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The Casualties of War

Two medical professionals from Wisconsin were nearly killed in Iraq and then suffered horrible
after-effects. So why do they want to return to the war?

– Milwaukee Magazine, July 2008

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The Sinking of the Linda-E

In late 1998, three Milwaukee fishermen set off from Port Washington on a routine chub run. They were never seen again. Unraveling the mystery of what really happened and who’s to blame.

– Milwaukee Magazine, November 2000

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A Loaded Question

Jesus Gonzalez was an outspoken advocate for the open carry of firearms. But after using his gun to kill one man and paralyze another, he stopped talking. So what happened?

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The Damage Done

Young JR Folaron killed himself after getting addicted to painkillers like OxyContin. His parents blame the physician who prescribed so many drugs and a state board that trails the nation in disciplining bad doctors.

– Milwaukee Magazine, November 2005

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The Prodigal Son

Mike McGee Jr.wanted to be different than his controversial father. In the end, that may have been his undoing.

– Milwaukee Magazine, October 2007

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A Mother’s Crusade for a Missing Daughter

When a daughter disappears, what’s a mother to do? If she’s Karren Kraemer, she quits her job, launches her own investigation, and exhumes graves — for starters. But she never could have predicted where the journey would take her.

– Marie Claire magazine, July 2008

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True Crime

The Joker He was one of the town’s most beloved clowns. But behind the smile was a depraved criminal.

– Milwaukee Magazine, December 2008

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Blood Simple

A DNA test proved Steven Avery innocent of a 1985 crime. Now it points to him as a fiend who savagely raped and murdered Teresa Halbach. Why would he do it?

– Millwaukee Magazine, May 2006

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Justice Denied

It began with an Outlaws hit gone bad and the killing of an innocent paperboy. Seven murders followed. Why, when police say they know the killer, has no one been prosecuted? Ask Waukesha County DA Paul Bucher.

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The House of Horrors

No one knew why an odd group of southerners came north to hole up in Portage. Soon the community found out: for murder and mayhem.

– Milwaukee Magazine, February 2008

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Profiles


How to Be a Famous Hollywood Writer

Do what John Ridley Jr. did. Grow up in Mequon. Move to NYC, then L.A. Write novels, movie scripts, TV pilots, commentary. Keep a level head. Write more.

Profile: Academy Award winner John Ridley Jr.

– Milwaukee Magazine, October 2002

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Daughter of the Don

While Frank Balistrieri ran Milwaukee’s mafia, daughter Benny ran for L.A. Now she wants her cut, and her siblings won’t deal. But she’s got an ace in the hole – daddy.

Profile: Benedetta Balistrieri

– Milwaukee Magazine, May 2002

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Four Brothers

They were fraternity buddies 50 years ago and now perhaps the town’s most powerful foursome. At Jake’s, they got together and reminisced… A Q&A with: Bud Selig, Herb Kohl, Franklyn Gimbel, & Steve Marcus

– Milwaukee Magazine, April 2006

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The New Black Power

Critics say Sheriff David Clarke is “the acceptable Negro” for white conservatives, but supporters applaud him for having the nerve to take on the Inner City power structure.

Profile: Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke

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No More Mr. Nice Guy

Behind the perfect composure and regular-guy image, there is another, tougher Tom Barrett lurking. Which one is the real Tom?

Profile: Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett

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The Lion in Winter

Mike Cudahy has taken a giant bite out of life while giving $90 million to charity. And he still has some roar left in him.

Profile: Michael Cudahy

– Milwaukee Magazine, March 2007

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Ties That Bind

Two gay men who privately married raise triplets in a farmhouse in Germantown. Their neighbors help them and babysit the kids, but they may vote in favor of banning gay marriages.

– Milwaukee Magazine, September 2006

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Hot Shot

Association of Commerce leader Tim Sheehy loves the limelight and leans Republican. But where is his leadership taking the business community?

Profile: Tim Sheehy

– Milwaukee Magazine, January 2006

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Essays


Anger Management

Growing up, I was terrified of my father’s hair-trigger temper. So it was with surprise, and shame, that I found myself exploding at my teenage son.

– Salon.com, June 18, 2005

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Running on Empty

The daily beat of life gets interrupted when a separate reality lands in our path, reminding us that comfort and privilege are not necessarily the norm.

– Milwaukee Magazine, September 2013

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The Piano Lesson

How 88 old keys found one new purpose.

– Milwaukee Magazine, March 2014

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The Bridge

A poignant remembrance of a time and place that once was.

- Milwaukee Magazine, May 18, 2007

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