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Crime in Progress: Why the New York Times Published a Portrait of Imminent Death

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Link: Crime in Progress: Why the New York Times Published a Portrait of Imminent Death – NYTimes.com

On Wednesday, many newspapers that cover New York, including The New York Times, published another photo of another man who was about to die.

In this instance, Brandon Lincoln Woodard, visiting from Los Angeles, was shown strolling down West 58th Street in New York, unaware that just over his shoulder, a man with a nickel-plated gun was about to shoot him dead. The image, lifted from a surveillance video, was cinematic and chilling, a still from a murder mystery movie that was all too real.