Kevin Foster Cox
 

Kevin Foster Cox

As a freelance journalist, I worked for everybody from the networks to the tabloids. I received national recognition for a series of magazine stories about high-profile murder cases in San Diego, where I’m based. My great career disappointment is that I have only been subpoenaed once for contempt of court.

Top Stories

The Case of the Forensic Femme Fatale

Kristin Rossum

I interviewed Kristin Rossum exactly one month after she killed her husband, in the same apartment where the murder occurred. That night, I broke the story of Greg de Villers' suspicious death on News 8 in San Diego. This case also launched my freelance career. Court TV interviewed me for a one-hour special about the case, entitled "Pretty Poison." It's the start of my 15 minutes.

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Anatomy of a Murder / To Catch a Killer

David Westerfield

David Westerfield's attorney really didn't like it when I refused to identify a confidential source. Steven Feldman compelled me to appear before a judge, along with my editor, Tom Blair. At the hearing, we didn't know which door we would use to leave the courtroom--the front or the back. San Diego Magazine spent about $25,000 on legal fees to keep us out of jail. I really miss Tommy.

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A Case of Foul Play

Rick Post

I covered Rick Post's disappearance when I was still working for News 8, but it was an even better article for San Diego Magazine. The case is classic noir: a dirty double-cross with a Mexican hit man, a Russian spy, a few Satanists and a kidnapping plot against kingpins from a drug cartel. Investigation Discovery interviewed me for a one-hour special: "Spies, Lies & Alibis."

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Hoist the Jolly Roger

The posthumous inspiration for the flag goes to an attorney named Melvin Belli, who flew the skull and crossbones outside his San Francisco law office and fired a cannon—twice—when he won a big case. Belli was an infamous swashbuckler. I’ve got a little Captain in me, and so do some of my former journalism students.

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Dec. 30, 2022