MURDER IN LAS VEGAS | First Came the Exposé. Then Came the Execution

Why Las Vegas cops say a disgraced politician murdered an investigative journalist

BY JOHN L. SMITH   |   SEP 10, 2022   |   Rolling Stone Magazine



LAS VEGAS – Veteran newspaper reporter Jeff German spent four decades breaking big stories in a city dripping in scandal and blood-red intrigue.

As a columnist and investigative bulldog for two Las Vegas dailies, German’s byline lived on the front page. From covering mob hits and public corruption, to the Balzacian melodrama of the Strip’s casino power elite, German’s reporting was a constant presence. What he lacked in deadline style, he made up for in relentless pursuit that, at times, bordered on obsession.

After German’s lifeless body was found with fatal stab wounds Saturday morning, Sept. 3, in the side yard of his northwest valley home, the police asked the obvious: Was the 69-year-old a victim of a vicious random attack? An old-school mob vendetta? Or was the dogged journalist targeted by a recent subject of his reporting?