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As a former crime and legal affairs reporter for The Pantagraph and WGLT, I followed the major cases that readers care about in central Illinois. From murder and financial schemes to the mental health care crisis in Illinois prisons, I researched the details and wrote in-depth stories that kept readers informed.  

My career has taken me to small towns and big cities where the path to justice can be winding and uncertain. I chronicled thousands of those stories during my time in southern California and the heartland of Michigan and Illinois. 

The Unforgiven: the untold story of one woman’s search for love and justice, the book I co-authored in 2019 with veteran journalist Steve Vogel, offers a close examination of one of the most compelling cases. The drowning deaths of three young children in the back seat of their mother’s car resulted in murder charges against the mother, Amanda Hamm, and her boyfriend Maurie LaGrone. The outcome of two separate trials left people questioning whether justice had been served. 

Our extensive investigation, coupled with my experience covering the cases, provides readers with a wealth of information from behind the scenes and beyond court proceedings. Available on my website are recorded police interviews of Hamm and LaGrone, as well as documents that help tell the rest of the story.   

I hope you enjoy the examples of my recent work as well as some of the award-winning journalism that can be found on this web site. To contact me or share a comment, please visit the contact link on this page.

The Unforgiven:

The untold story of one woman’s search for love and justice.

“Save my babies! Oh my God!" Amanda Hamm’s screams echoed in the late summer air surrounding Clinton Lake in rural Illinois.

The Unforgiven is the story of how what appeared to be an accident turned into a crime. But was it murder?

In this anatomy of an exceptional case that attracted national media attention, readers journey through unspeakable tragedy, small-town justice and the consequences of scalding decisions that changed people’s lives forever.

The story stretches well beyond the deaths of Amanda’s three children in 2003 to a Chicago courtroom more than a decade later where she was caught once again in the state’s sticky web of justice. But this time the lives of her three new children were at stake.

The co-authors are veteran journalists with extensive firsthand knowledge of the case and access to nearly every record related to the court proceedings. Brady-Lunny covered the Hamm-LaGrone murder cases and the proceedings in Chicago related to her child custody case.

The Unforgiven is a true-life drama of an extraordinary, unspeakable event that can never to be undone or forgotten, told with telling insight and fascinating detail by journalists Edith Brady-Lunny and Steve Vogel.

Joe Domanick, author and Los Angeles Times Book prize finalist

The Unforgiven is a harrowing journey into a tangled web of love, infidelity, suspicion, and tragedy.

Dave Kindred, award-winning columnist and author.

The line between murder and accidental death can be exceedingly thin. This narrow world is the core of The Unforgiven, a richly-told true story by award-winning journalists Edith Brady-Lunny and Steve Vogel. This is a remarkable tale of the tragic deaths of three children that forever changed a central Illinois community and raised deeply troubling questions about the criminal justice system.

Maurice Possley, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author