Jamie Dean

Jamie lives and works in North Carolina, where she covers the political beat and other topics as national editor for WORLD Magazine. Follow Jamie on Twitter @deanworldmag.

Trail of tears

Shooting | Red Lake pastor prepares for yet another funeral at a deeply troubled reservation
by Jamie Dean
Posted 4/02/05, 12:00 am

Alicia White would have turned 15 next month. The ninth-grader at Red Lake High School who liked talking on the phone and going to church with her grandmother was looking forward to a summer youth group trip to Tennessee. Instead, Alicia will be buried next week, along with at least eight other victims of 16-year-old Jeff Weise.

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Purpose-driven hostage

Crime | Atlanta mom stops courtroom killer with a word of grace
by Jamie Dean
Posted 3/26/05, 12:00 am

When Ashley Smith began reading The Purpose Driven Life, she couldn't have imagined that just weeks later she would be reading chapter 33 to a quadruple murder suspect who had forced his way into her apartment at gunpoint. She also couldn't have imagined that her calm faith would lead to the calm surrender of a vicious killer.

Authorities arrested Brian Nichols at Mrs. Smith's Duluth, Ga., home on March 12, some 24 hours after the convicted rapist grabbed a gun from an Atlanta courtroom deputy and began a killing spree that left four dead.

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Saving Abigails

Middle East | Remembering an eighth-grader killed two years ago, and hoping the peace process keeps others like her alive
by Jamie Dean
Posted 3/19/05, 12:00 am

What does it mean that Israel's Ariel Sharon and Mahmoud Abbas, the new Palestinian leader, are embarked on what seems to be a real peace process? If it works, we'll never know the depth of its importance because we won't know who lives because of it and who would otherwise have died, as Abigail Litle died two years ago this month.

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