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Road rage, a bullet to the head — and the frantic effort to save a 4-year-old

CLEVELAND — The bullet exploded from the gun’s barrel, spiraling through cool night air toward a gray SUV’s back passenger-side window. Carter “Quis” Hill was perched in his car seat on the other side of the glass, and as it shattered all around him, the round burrowed into his head, an inch above the right temple. From the boy’s hand slipped a bright-red plastic Spider-Man mask he’d gotten for his 4th birthday, nine days earlier.

A white Pontiac blew past, disappearing into the distance. Carter’s mother, Cecelia Hill, knew it was the same car that had been chasing them for three miles before someone inside fired eight shots at her 2004 Volkswagen in what police would call an extraordinary act of road rage.

Now she shoved her foot against the brake, squealing to a stop in the middle of Interstate 90. In the back seat, her son and daughter snapped forward against

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Road rage, a bullet to the head — and the frantic effort to save a 4 …

CLEVELAND — The bullet exploded from the gun’s barrel, spiraling through cool night air toward a gray SUV’s back passenger-side window. Carter “Quis” Hill was perched in his car seat on the other side of the glass, and as it shattered all around him, the round burrowed into his head, an inch above the right temple. From the boy’s hand slipped a bright-red plastic Spider-Man mask he’d gotten for his 4th birthday, nine days earlier.

A white Pontiac blew past, disappearing into the distance. Carter’s mother, Cecelia Hill, knew it was the same car that had been chasing them for three miles before someone inside fired eight shots at her 2004 Volkswagen in what police would call an extraordinary act of road rage.

Now she shoved her foot against the brake, squealing to a stop in the middle of Interstate 90. In the back seat, her son and daughter snapped forward against

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Road rage, a bullet to the head — and the frantic effort to save a 4-year-old

CLEVELAND — The bullet exploded from the gun’s barrel, spiraling through cool night air toward a gray SUV’s back passenger-side window. Carter “Quis” Hill was perched in his car seat on the other side of the glass, and as it shattered all around him, the round burrowed into his head, an inch above the right temple. From the boy’s hand slipped a bright-red plastic Spider-Man mask he’d gotten for his 4th birthday, nine days earlier.

A white Pontiac blew past, disappearing into the distance. Carter’s mother, Cecelia Hill, knew it was the same car that had been chasing them for three miles before someone inside fired eight shots at her 2004 Volkswagen in what police would call an extraordinary act of road rage.

Now she shoved her foot against the brake, squealing to a stop in the middle of Interstate 90. In the back seat, her son and daughter snapped forward against

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Children under fire

It had been exactly one week since Carter’s surgery. Two men, both 21 with criminal histories, had been charged in the shooting, but Hill feared retaliation, so a victim advocates group had moved her and the kids to a hotel across town until they could figure out where to go next.

Carter and his sister hadn’t asked many questions, but both vividly remembered what had happened that day, which began with a visit to their grandmother’s home.

He had stood on a neighbor’s shoulders and dunked a basketball in a hoop. Dahalia had climbed on the playground until she saw a spider near the slide. In the apartment, they ate pork and greens and watched an “Avengers” movie, and when it was time to go, they all loaded into Hill’s SUV.

Then, the kids and their mom got stuck in the road because of the white Pontiac.

Dahalia: “She was beeping her horn, and

Read more at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/local/2017/09/15/road-rage-a-bullet-to-the-head-and-the-frantic-effort-to-save-a-4-year-old/

Almost two dozen kids are shot every day in the U.S. This 4-year-old …

It had been exactly one week since Carter’s surgery. Two men, both 21 with criminal histories, had been charged in the shooting, but Hill feared retaliation, so a victim advocates group had moved her and the kids to a hotel across town until they could figure out where to go next.

Carter and his sister hadn’t asked many questions, but both vividly remembered what had happened that day, which began with a visit to their grandmother’s home.

He had stood on a neighbor’s shoulders and dunked a basketball in a hoop. Dahalia had climbed on the playground until she saw a spider near the slide. In the apartment, they ate pork and greens and watched an “Avengers” movie, and when it was time to go, they all loaded into Hill’s SUV.

Then, the kids and their mom got stuck in the road because of the white Pontiac.

Dahalia: “She was beeping her horn, and

Read more at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/local/2017/09/15/road-rage-a-bullet-to-the-head-and-the-frantic-effort-to-save-a-4-year-old/

TV Review | ‘Chandra Levy’: Documentary relives case but reveals …

 

 

Is any high-profile crime ever really solved?

If you watch a lot of television, you might have good reason to ask that question.

From Jack the Ripper to the Petersons (Drew and Scott), television has long fed off true-crime stories. It doesn’t matter whether the case is open, shut or cold; true-crime shows keep the story going.

If the feeding frenzy seems especially intense these days, it is — thanks, in part, to the deserved success of Ryan Murphy’s “The People Vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story.”

Heavily covered crime stories are a natural, though, because you already have the attention of the audience, not to mention the raw materials in the form of archival footage from when the case was originally covered by the media. The economics are friendly.

There are three basic ways to revisit true crime stories: dramatize, as Murphy did; employ a

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TV Review | ‘Chandra Levy’: Documentary relives case but reveals little new

 

 

Is any high-profile crime ever really solved?

If you watch a lot of television, you might have good reason to ask that question.

From Jack the Ripper to the Petersons (Drew and Scott), television has long fed off true-crime stories. It doesn’t matter whether the case is open, shut or cold; true-crime shows keep the story going.

If the feeding frenzy seems especially intense these days, it is — thanks, in part, to the deserved success of Ryan Murphy’s “The People Vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story.”

Heavily covered crime stories are a natural, though, because you already have the attention of the audience, not to mention the raw materials in the form of archival footage from when the case was originally covered by the media. The economics are friendly.

There are three basic ways to revisit true crime stories: dramatize, as Murphy did; employ a

Read more at: http://www.dispatch.com/entertainmentlife/20170904/tv-review--chandra-levy-documentary-relives-case-but-reveals-little-new

Chandra Levy case revisited in TLC special

If the feeding frenzy seems especially intense these days, it is thanks, in part, to the deserved success of Ryan Murphy’s “The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story.” But heavily covered crime stories are a natural because you already have the attention of the audience, not to mention the raw materials in the form of archival footage from when the case was originally covered by the media. It’s great economics, no matter how you look at it. All you have to do is promise “new information” and throw a couple of hyperventilating journalists in front of the camera to call fill-in-the-blank as the crime of the century.

More from David Wiegand

DNA or It Didn’t Happen

On a recent Saturday afternoon, Nancy Grace stood in the Indianapolis JW Marriott, in front of an audience of hundreds of true-crime fans. It is perhaps no surprise that the longtime Court TV and HLN host can work a podium; her speech would have been equally at home above a cable-news chyron or at a tent revival. At times, Grace raised her hands like a healer and borrowed the cadence and charisma of a preacher. The mellifluous Georgia accent, it should be said, was all her own.

Grace’s keynote address at CrimeCon, “Crime Victim to Crime Fighter,” wove strands of tragedy, self-deprecation, smoldering rage, and tear-welling gratitude into the story of her life: the murder of Grace’s fiancé when she was in

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