Friday, February 23, 2007 Examines Teenager Attacks on Homeless

CNN Pressroom - Exclusive Special Coverage Offers Video, Prison Interview, Map Detailing Attacks, Homicides Nationwide

Following a year in which authorities reported more than 120 instances of teenagers attacking homeless people – as many as 20 resulting in death – delves into this disturbing trend with extensive online coverage that includes an exclusive prison interview with a convicted teenager, video and audio packages and other interactive elements.

The coverage will be featured prominently on the homepage at

For this report, offers a videotaped interview with Nathan Moore, who was convicted in 2005 of killing a homeless man in Milwaukee. Moore, 18, is serving a 15-year sentence at Columbia Correction Institution in Portage, Wis., where this interview took place. In the coverage, also provides a video report on a freezing night-time tour through downtown Milwaukee with several homeless people as they offered insight into their struggles and their newfound fear of brutal beatings at the hands of teenagers.

“We’ve put the considerable resources of behind this compelling special coverage to shed light on this troubling issue,” said Mitch Gelman, senior vice president and executive producer of “And our users will see more of this type of original reporting – backed with extensive video, audio and interactive elements offered only on – in the future.”

The story was reported by writer Ashley Fantz and video was shot by photographer/editor Paul Chase. supports this coverage with numerous digital elements including an interactive map detailing each of the attacks reported in 2006; video packages; an audio gallery featuring interviews with a mother of a convicted teenager and with Rufus Hannah, the former homeless star of; and an All Access: Backstage Pass podcast detailing how journalists compiled and prepared the information for this report.

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