The muddled maternal murder series.
The muddled maternal murder series.
Media criticism.
Dec. 20 2004 10:21 PM

The Muddled Maternal Murder Series

A Washington Post investigation loses its way.

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Yes, I know, I've judged a three-part series based on its first two parts. But the promo line for the Dec. 21 installment is "The Legacy" and is about the survivors of maternal murder, so I think I'm on safe ground. When the piece goes up on the Post Web site, I'll post it here for you to judge. Send e-mail to (E-mail may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)

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