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Remorse: The 14 Stories of Eric Morse
Recorded in Chicago, Illinois.
Premiered March 21, 1996, on All Things Considered.

Remorse explores the death of Eric Morse, a five-year-old thrown from the fourteenth floor window of a Chicago housing project by two other boys, ten and eleven years old, in October, 1994. The documentary was reported by LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman -- both residents of the Ida B. Wells housing development, where the crime took place, and both sixteen years old.

Remorse marks the return of Jones and Newman to NPR's airwaves. In March of 1993, at age fourteen, they collaborated with producer David Isay for the radio documentary Ghetto Life 101, an audio diary of young people growing up on Chicago's South Side.

When Eric Morse fell to his death in 1994, LeAlan and Lloyd felt compelled to pick up their tape recorders once again. They spent a year reporting the case and interviewed everyone from Eric's mother, Toni Morse, in the only interview she's granted to the press, to Vince Lane, chairman of the Chicago Housing Authority, to the father of one of the assailants. They set out to learn about the story from the inside, to see how a tragedy like this can touch a community, and to bring to light the scars it left behind.

Remorse won the Grand Prize Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and a Peabody Award in 1995.

Reporters: LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman / Producers: Dave Isay, LeAlan Jones, and Lloyd Newman / Editor: Gary Covino / Music: Frank Morgan / Legal Counsel: Michael Alcamo / Assistant Producers: Shelle Davis and Jay Jones / Supervising Engineer: Caryl Wheeler / Additional Engineering: Rick Karr / Executive Producer for All Things Considered: Ellen Weiss / Funding provided by the Chicago Community Trust and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


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This piece is available in the following audio formats [39:19 min]:



Remorse and Ghetto Life 101 on CD

Our America, a book based on the documentary

Ghetto Life 101, a documentary reported by LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman

Blak's Story, a documentary inspired by this one

Youth Portraits, a series of radio stories by young adults who served time in prison

Photos of the Ida B. Wells Housing Projects in 1942, from the Library of Congress

Photos of the Ida B. Wells Housing Projects in 2003, by John Brooks

Updates by Lloyd Newman and LeAlan Jones, the reporters of this documentary [posted 7/19/01]

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