Joseph Shapiro http://tristatesradio.com en Shooting Unfairly Links Violence With Mental Illness — Again http://tristatesradio.com/post/shooting-unfairly-links-violence-mental-illness-again With the Army's disclosure that Army Spc. Ivan Lopez was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder before he went on a shooting rampage Wednesday, there were once again questions about whether the Army could have prevented the violence at Fort Hood.<p>Experts in mental health say (even as <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/03/298708884/what-do-we-know-about-the-fort-hood-gunman">more facts</a> about Lopez emerge) that it's highly unlikely the violence could have been predicted. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 23:14:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 50973 at http://tristatesradio.com Shooting Unfairly Links Violence With Mental Illness — Again Mastermind Of 'Body Stealing' Scheme Dies http://tristatesradio.com/post/mastermind-body-stealing-scheme-dies Dr. Michael Mastromarino died Sunday after battling liver and bone cancer. He was 49.<p>Mastromarino pleaded guilty to "body stealing." In 2008, he was sentenced to up to 58 years in prison.<p>But he continued to insist that he'd been misunderstood. He spoke to NPR, working with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, last year from a prison near Buffalo, N.Y.<p>As soon as we'd clipped on his microphone and before we could even test the recording level, the tall, bald man in a green prison jumpsuit was defending himself. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 19:11:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 37048 at http://tristatesradio.com Mastermind Of 'Body Stealing' Scheme Dies Amid Dropping Test Scores, Teen Writers' Creativity Soars http://tristatesradio.com/post/amid-dropping-test-scores-teen-writers-creativity-soars <em>NPR correspondent Joseph Shapiro and his daughter Eva spent the weekend at the </em><a href="http://www.artandwriting.org/">Scholastic Art & Writing Awards</a><em>. Eva, 15, won the "Best in Grade" award, one of two for ninth-grade writers, for a short story. She takes writing classes with Writopia Lab in Washington, D.C.</em><p>To hear recent news reports, you'd wonder if there's a teen left in America who can write a coherent sentence. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 13:39:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro & Eva Shapiro 35535 at http://tristatesradio.com Turning Up The Heat On Civil Rights-Era Cold Cases http://tristatesradio.com/post/turning-heat-civil-rights-era-cold-cases Six years ago, the FBI took on a challenge: To review what it called cold-case killings from the civil rights era. The investigation into 112 cases from the 1950s and 1960s is winding down, and civil rights activists are weighing the FBI's efforts.<p>The review comes with word this week of the death of a man who'd been named, <a href="http://www.concordiasentinel.com/news.php?id=5893">by a newspaper investigation</a>, as a possible suspect in one notorious case.<p><strong>The Case</strong><p>The investigation was of the death of Frank Morris, in Ferriday, La., in 1964. Sat, 18 May 2013 09:17:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 34013 at http://tristatesradio.com Justice In The Segregated South: A New Look At An Old Killing http://tristatesradio.com/post/justice-segregated-south-new-look-old-killing <em>This story contains language that some may find offensive.</em><p>In the segregated South in 1965, John Queen was about as insignificant as a man could be. He was black, elderly and paralyzed. His legs had been crushed when as a boy he fell off a roof. For the rest of his life, he pulled himself around with his hands.<p>In Fayette, Miss., he would shine shoes on Main Street for a few coins. People called him "Crippled Johnny" or "Shoe-Shine Johnny."<p>"He didn't have legs, so he walked like a rabbit," says Lillie Lee Henderson, Queen's great-niece. Fri, 03 May 2013 20:03:00 +0000 Joseph Shapiro 33195 at http://tristatesradio.com Justice In The Segregated South: A New Look At An Old Killing