Articles

Let It Glow – Times Publications, December 2013

More than 250,000 twinkling, multicolored Christmas lights varnish Lee Sepanek’s Phoenix home—one of the Valley’s most ornately decorated residences of the holiday season. Strings of bulbs drip from the towering trees above a lawn of shimmering snowmen, stars and Santa Clauses. Beaming reindeer adorn the roof, while red and green animatronic figurines flit and frolic […]

Dead End – Times Publications, October 2013

The dingy white box trailer baked beneath the afternoon sun in the parking lot of an Avis Lube and Oil near Indian School Road and 36th Street in Phoenix. It had been abandoned there by an unlikely murder suspect—Chad Norris, a Valley businessman and married father of four. For two days police had discreetly trailed […]

Lost in the Desert – Times Publications, September 2013

The searing summer sun bore down on Roger Sargeant as he staggered along the dusty path in the barren southern Arizona desert. He had been wandering alone for hours without water or shade, the intense heat leaving him weak and severely dehydrated. His skin was burnt and emaciated, his lips shriveled and white. Consumed with […]

Dog Gone Crazy, Times Publications, July 2013

Just one more shredded couch cushion or urine soaked rug and Karey Bohmer was going to have to make a difficult decision about her crazy cat. For years, Snookee, a 6-year-old Calico, had been moody and aggressive. She sneered and fought with Bohmer’s three other cats, scratched her owners, destroyed property and constantly sprayed outside the litter box.
After trying everything to […]

Confessions of True-Crime Junkies – Times Publications, May 2013

In addition to being The Valley Times executive editor, Shanna Hogan is a true-crime author who is writing a book on the Jodi Arias case. While reporting the story, she discovered an interesting phenomenon taking place at the courthouse—trial watchers consumed with real life murder mysteries. These are their stories.

The Stranger Beside Her – Times Publications, March 2013

Cindy White reached across the bed to caress her husband, her fingers trailing across the cold, vacant sheets. He wasn’t there. Springing up, she shouted his name. “Richard, Richard.” She darted down the hallway and climbed the stairs of the luxurious mountainside estate she and her husband had leased for the past six weeks. The […]

A Tangled Web – Times Publications, December 2012

By Shanna Hogan Viktoriya Anthony strutted into the reporter’s office cradling a stack of police reports she had just received from her attorney. Her deep-set green eyes darted around the room as she sank into the chair at the edge of the desk. The 37-year-old Ukrainian beauty gently placed her handbag on the carpet and […]

Satan Slayers – Times Publications, October 2012

The elderly white-haired woman writhes in a chair, growling and grunting at the two men restraining her by her arms. Looming over her, three teenage girls clutch ornate silver crosses in their outstretched fists. Eighteen-year-old Brynne Larson steps close to the afflicted figure and presses a Bible against her forehead. “Who told you to come […]

To Catch a Cheat – Times Publications, September 2012

Beth Wilson had a bad feeling about her boyfriend. Call it a hunch or maybe a woman’s intuition. Or perhaps her lying, cheating dirt bag of a boyfriend just wasn’t particularly adept at lying or cheating. Had he been a bit more skilled at two-timing, Beth might not have caught him a few months back […]

In the Gangster’s Shadow – Times Publications, February 2012

Jimmy Moran’s brash swagger and thick Brooklyn accent eclipsed his diminutive stature. In his mid 50s with a wooly tuft of graying hair, Moran lived alone in a one-bedroom cinderblock apartment in Tempe with his miniature Doberman pinscher and a revolver he kept under his bed. He was a successful businessman whose company built swimming […]