the issue on true crime

-boston globe ideas-

The following is a series of scratchboard illustrations for the Boston Globe on their special issue on true crime. The full articles can be read at this link: Boston Globe

Edited by Alex Kingsbury and Jeremy D. Goodwin • Art Director: Heather Hopp-Bruce • Illustrator: Alejo Porras (Two Rivers Creative)

"Slow Justice for a Slain Soldier"  - The story is about Julian Cartie, a 25-year-old National Guardsman and former high school football star who was shot on the street in downtown Springfield, MA.


Brief

Five stories on unsolved New England homicides, each with a square piece of art around 10" X 10".

The idea was depicting the scene of the crime but with no bodies and make something seemingly benign look sinister and dangerous. Alejo researched photos, maps and photos of the places, objects found on the sites and even the actual weather on the day the crimes occurred in order to portray an accurate picture of the scenes.


"Dorchester boys" 

"Dorchester boys" 

Two teenage boys died anonymous in dorchester

Two teens were found murdered in a litter strewn lot in Dorchester in 1988. When they were found they were too badly deteriorated to be able to recognize them. Only a few of their belongings were found near them. It’s one of the city’s oldest open investigations.

"Mary Jo Frug murder"

"Mary Jo Frug murder"

Killed off Campus

New England School of Law law professor Mary Joe Frug was brutally killed on a quiet street in Cambridge, in 1991. The case is remains unsolved to this day.


"Altar Boy" 

"Altar Boy" 

The altar boy and the rock

Danny Croteau was 13. Served as an altar boy in Cambridge, Massachussets. His body was found April 25, 1972 under a bridge in Chicopee. The only suspect was a priest but not enough evidence was ever found to link him with the murder.

"Niko E. Nunez"

"Niko E. Nunez"

who shot niko nunez?

Niko E. Nunez was shot and killed in 2014 in Aguadilla Street in the South End, presumably by a gang related fight. There are no clues on who did it or why.


"Lady of the Dunes" 

"Lady of the Dunes" 

Lady of the Dunes

Lady of the Dunes if the nickname for an unidentified woman discovered on July 26, 1974 in the Race Point Dunes, Massachusetts. The woman had been dead for weeks and was missing one hand and the other forearm, making it imposible to identify her.

"Peggy's kidnap"

"Peggy's kidnap"

Kidnapped in old cape cod

On 1933 K. E. Buck managed to kidnap 10 year old Peggy, the daughter of Neil McMath (a successful engineer) in order to ask for a ransom. He called Peggy's school identifying himself as her father, gave instructions to release her early and then picked her up in a car. Fortunately, the police was able to capture him 48 hours later.


These illustrations were published on the Boston Globe, on the IDEAS section. August 26, 2016


Awards

• This series of illustrations received an "Award of Excellence" by the Society for News Design. 2017

• Winner Runner Up for Creative Quarterly 46, under the category of Professional Work, for the illustration of Julian Cartier's shooting (top of the page).