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March 2013

March 2013

Vol. 36 // Issue 8

Editor’s Note

See Amanda Heckert‘s thoughts here on this issue, the recent southside explosion tragedy, and on citywide crime: “Fortunately, there are creative, ambitious people working hard to make Indy a desirable place to live. With a new public safety director, one hopes that 2013 becomes a turning point for the city’s crime problem. We don’t expect change to happen overnight. Our problems didn’t develop that quickly. Unless, of course, you live in Richmond Hill.


COVER STORY: Crime—How Safe Are You?

Crunching the crime stats from around Indy’s neighborhoods and suburbs. Plus: The Undercover Files, in which four local law-enforcement specialists speak to their experiences working in vice, child exploitation, narcotics, and white-collar crime units.

Indy’s 10 Most Notorious Crimes of All Time

Scoundrels and Scandals: These are the shocking, headline-grabbing crimes from the 10 most notable killers, kidnappers, and thieves ever to prowl the underbelly of Indianapolis. – See more at:

These are the shocking, headline-grabbing crimes from the 10 most notable killers, kidnappers, and thieves ever to prowl the underbelly of Indianapolis.

WEB EXTRA: IM‘s Best-Ever Crime Stories

Witness our most gripping accounts over the years on this city and state’s vile—and sometimes sympathetic?—offenders.

Q&A: Troy Riggs Is in for Questioning

IM gives the new public safety director the third degree. (live online March 29)

FIRST PERSON: Mean Streets

I thought my neighborhood was a nice place to live. Until a botched burglary brought unseen dangers close to home. (live online March 15)
by Evan West, executive editor

EXCERPT: King of the Kill

Hoosier author Frank Bill finds inspiration in foul impulses. Here, an excerpt from his new novel. (live online March 20)
Foreward by Michael Rubino

Circle City

FRONT & CENTER: Our Q&A with Bob Hammel

Full Coverage: We go inside the new book, The Power of Negative Thinking, with Bob Knight’s longtime co-author and confidant.

THE TIPOFF: Best Bars Nationwide on IU Game Days

From Portland to New York City and L.A. to Naples, here’s our rundown of the top big-city spots to perch with a great drink, tasty grub, and a riotous band of fellow fans.

LONG LOOK: Next Stop, Stardom

Who’s who among Hoosiers on the fast track in New York, from breakout designers to NBA bigwigs.

WHAT I KNOW: Dexter Powell

The butler has now worked for seven Indiana first families, including the Pences. Plus, three things to do when you tour the Governor’s Residence.


Sup, sip, and shop on South Broad Ripple’s main drag. Plus, all of our Street Savvy stories to date—from Fishers to Fountain Square, Mass Ave to Carmel. We’ve got the goods on what’s new and fun in the city’s ‘hoods.

Eat + Drink

REVIEW: Latitude 39

Yes, there is a menu here amid the distractions. The challenge is sitting still long enough to enjoy it.

SECOND COURSE: Dunaway’s Is Refined & Dandy

A former private chef to the stars, Christopher Bator, restores some of the restaurant’s luster.

FLAVOR OF THE MONTH: Meatball Recipe

Three types of regional meats converge for a light, yet boldly flavorful meatball, best served over fresh pasta.

TASTE TEST: Sushi Roll Call

Deep-fried or topped with fish eggs, these dolled-up versions turn two simple components—fish and rice—into an edible art form.

TOP FIVE: Real Irish Pubs

What’s the craic? See where to head on this St. Patrick’s Day (and, well, every St. Paddy’s Day).

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BACK HOME AGAIN: Tough on Crime

Criminals get a bad rap, but that never stopped me from wanting to be one.
by Philip Gulley


Historic hassles, interstate terror, and Long’s other doughnuts. – See more at:

Historic hassles, interstate terror, and Long’s other doughnuts. Ask The Hoosierist.
by Sam Stall


When you dumb down a contest and make it easier to win, the honor loses its cachet.

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