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Crime-fighting magazine `Nab Shot` exposes local law breakers

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The editor of crime-fighting magazine "Nab Shot" told FOX 32 News that his goal is to assemble mug shots from Chicago crimes to keep the public informed of who is breaking the law in the city.

He asked FOX 32 News protected his identity because he's getting death threats from some of the people he shames in his magazine.

"We've been accused of exploiting people," the editor told FOX 32. "[But] then people call us up and thank us for it."

Readers are thanking him for circulating mug shots of people charged with everything from criminal trespassing to prostitution to murder. Entire pages are dedicated to those charged with local shootings, DUI arrests and even people accused of sex offenses living near schools.

"We list a different school in the area in every issue," he said. "I think that's something every parent should know about."

The editor said the more hideous the crime, the more papers he sells. He prints and sells about 10,000 copies every other week. He feels like he's making a difference by putting suspects' business out on the streets.

"People want to know who's living next door to them," the editor said. "They want to know who's in their community."

The editor told FOX 32 that he's been approached by angry offenders, upset their mugs made the magazine. He's sympathetic to their feelings, but tells them there's only one way to get your mug shot in the magazine – to break the law.

While most of "Nab Shot" is serious and newsworthy, there are pages with a lighter side. These pages devoted to people whose relaxers just didn't hold up before getting nabbed. He even has a section called Chicago's ugliest hookers - and the men who pay them.

"We hope that people stop breaking the law, get some of the johns off the streets and get some of the prostitutes off the street," he explained.

The editor has a disclaimer on every page of the publication, saying all suspects are innocent until proven guilty in the court of law.

While he has received death threats, the editor said he's never been sued for defamation of character.

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