05/11/08 178 W, 1 I - + 11 - 13 The Slammer

You've seen them in convenience stores for a few weeks now. Color cover page with mug shots and a bold logo with handcuffs. Reeks of tabloid and thus will probably make a mint. What's inside? The May 9 - May 16 issue of the Wake County edition includes mostly mug shots: Recent Arrests, Domestic Violence, Principal''s Office (arrested students), DWIs (plus Featured Impaired Driver), Mature Menaces, Sex Crimes, Wanted (with color commentary), Slammer Salon (hair don'ts), Smiles & Tears, Call a Doctor! (featuring bruises), and Sex Offenders (with street addresses!). The center spread (in pink!) features Mother Murderers and Murdering Motherings. There's also other crime stories, weird news, adoptable pets, and... restaurant health ratings. Ads include mortgage companies, debt services, and bail bondsmen. Of course. The editors take great pains to remind that all suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The fine print notes that their purpose and intent includes informing the public, assisting in deterring crime, fostering public involvement, and to "satisfy the natural curiosity of readers." They also have a web site.

Oddly, or perhaps wisely, the world’s oldest profession is exempted, or at least in the issue that I sampled. Curious.
Legeros - 05/11/08 - 10:26

I enjoyed my first copy of “The Slammer” last week, great idea! I hate I didn’t come up with it!
Silver - 05/12/08 - 11:51

where can I find this?
jb - 05/12/08 - 14:12

Instructions on obtaining:

1. Go to nearby gas station.
2. Walk inside.
3. Look on counter.
Legeros - 05/12/08 - 19:43

The funny thing about it is that the first copy I saw contained 2 people I know, one used to be a firefighter.
firedriver - 05/12/08 - 19:56

I truly enjoy seeing folks I went to school with in there. Such upstanding citizens they’ve become..
Luke - 05/12/08 - 23:56

And ain’t it great when they were the ‘in’ people?
DJ (Email) - 05/13/08 - 09:05

Though it took another blogger to point it out (thanks Geezer!), they have back issues on their site now! http://www.slammernews.com/previousissue..
Legeros - 05/25/08 - 22:24

The slammer has caught the attention of WRAL. http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/325..
Legeros - 07/22/08 - 19:04

The N&O has discovered the Slammer: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/crime_s..
Legeros - 07/27/08 - 07:09

I would like to get the Oct. 3rd issue. How ca nI do this asap. Thanks!
Dee Heald (Email) - 10/16/08 - 11:50

this is veniqua and im coming up here to let all you people know that yow need to get yourself together cause life is real short and its not nothing to play with so take me at my word and improve and some of you call on the name of jesus get your life right get incouraged and god will step in and t6ake over your problems and he just might turn everuything around and next t6o you know it you will be gettinfg out in no time wondwering how did that happen and i got 10 years its the power of god moving beyond your life but anyways pray at night and 2watch god work…..god bless you.
veniqua (Email) - 08/12/09 - 09:35

I can understand incorrect grammar use on the iNt3rN3t but please take the time to capitalize Jesus and God.
RescueRanger - 08/12/09 - 15:40

how can i get the oct. 3rd issue
lisa mcleod (Email) - 10/17/11 - 08:55

Who’s in the Oct 3rd issue that everyone is wanting to see?
Mike - 10/17/11 - 15:12

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