‘Fearless’ reporter who dared to cross Mafia found murdered outside his home

A “fearless” reporter who was first to break the story of a high-profile Mafia hit has been fatally stabbed in what police are calling an “isolated” incident.

Investigative journalist Jeff German was found dead outside his home in Las Vegas at around 10.30am on Saturday, September 3.

Metropolitan Police Department Captain Dori Koren told reporters that German, 69, is believed to have been involved in an “altercation” outside his house.

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“We believe the altercation took place outside of the home,” Captain Koren said. “We do have some leads. We are pursuing a suspect but the suspect is outstanding,”

Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman described German's murder as “a senseless act of violence”, adding that she would be “closely following” the investigation.

Clark County spokesman Dan Kulin said that the county coroner’s office had confirmed that German had been murdered, saying that the reporter had died from “from multiple sharp force injuries".

Glenn Cook, executive editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where German worked for many years, said: “I’m relieved that police have identified a suspect, and I hope an arrest can answer the question we are all asking right now: Why would someone kill Jeff?”

He added that German was “the gold standard of the news business”, adding “ It’s hard to imagine what Las Vegas would be like today without his many years of shining a bright light on dark places".

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German joined the Review-Journal in 2010 after more than two decades at the Las Vegas Sun, where he was a columnist and reporter specialising in stories on corruption and organised crime.

He also hosted the Review-Journal’s true crime podcast, Mobbed Up: The Fight for Vegas.

Among German’s many major scoops, was the story of the 1997 mob hit on Herbert 'Fat Herbie' Blitzstein.

Geoff Schumacher is the vice president of exhibits and programs at The Mob Museum in Vegas, said German broke a lot of exclusive stories and had spent years “in the trenches” reporting on organised crime in Sin City.

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German also uncovered shocking details of the 2017 Mandalay Bay mass shooting, when killer Stephen Paddock fired indiscriminately into a concert crowd, killing 60 and wounding over 400 before turning his gun. On himself.

German was first to report on the fact that Paddock had been firing at two large storage tanks containing jet fuel shortly before he opened up on the crowd on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival.

It was only luck that the tanks at McCarran International Airport didn’t explode.

Geoff Schumacher said German “was a reporter probably from birth to death. Ink was running very heavily in his veins”.

Nevada Congresswoman Dina Titus said she was saddened by the loss.

“He was a fearless reporter and never shied away from tough stories no matter who was involved,” she tweeted. “Many exposed need for reform which made our city better.”


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