"Kids in the Mall"

In 2008, I was interviewing a high-level Edmonton police officer and his staff at length about efforts to police the world’s largest mall when he suggested the mall had become a “nursery for … street punks.”

In a three-day series, my colleagues Ben Gelinas, Steve Lillebuen and I followed this idea through. We had initially been drawn to the story by a series of violent and bizarre incidents reported at the mall (and over time I tracked the linked court cases). As part of the series, I also wrote about a young woman who described herself as a “mall rat,” and her father’s fears.

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