A.C. Thompson

Investigative Reporter, Producer & Film Correspondent

Elderly, At Risk and Haphazardly Protected
A ProPublica and FRONTLINE examination of the multibillion-dollar assisted living industry reveals a mishmash of minimal state regulation and no involvement by federal officials.
October 29, 2013
NOPD Convictions Overturned in Notorious Post-Katrina Shooting
In a 129-page ruling outlining "grotesque" prosecutorial misconduct, a judge overturned the convictions of 5 officers for shooting civilians on New Orleans' Danziger Bridge.
September 17, 2013
The Deaths and Disappearance that Haunt Assisted Living
These three deaths, an alleged sexual assault, and a senior's disappearance, are among the more than two dozen cases of questionable care uncovered by FRONTLINE and ProPublica at the nation's largest assisted living provider.
August 1, 2013
Life and Death in Assisted Living: "Close the Back Door"
Potentially lethal bed sores were spreading across Joan Boice's body, and Emerald Hills workers were trying to improvise help.
August 1, 2013
Life & Death in Assisted Living: "A Sinking Ship"
Joan Boice had spent just 19 days in a California assisted living facility when she developed a pressure ulcer on her foot.
July 31, 2013
Life & Death in Assisted Living: "They're Not Treating Mom Well"
When the ambulance crew arrived, about 8:20 p.m., Joan Boice was in the TV lounge, face-down on the carpet. But no one at the assisted living facility could say precisely how the accident had occurred.
July 30, 2013
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Life and Death in Assisted Living
FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigate assisted living in America.
July 30, 2013
Life & Death in Assisted Living: The Emerald City
Joan Boice needed help. Lots of it.
July 29, 2013
Facing a Second Trial, Ernie Lopez Takes Plea Deal
An Amarillo man whose conviction for sexually assaulting a child was reversed after experts questioned forensic evidence used against him, pleads guilty to a reduced charge.
January 4, 2013
California Governor Commutes Sentence in Shaken Baby Case
Shirley Ree Smith, who was convicted in 1997 of shaking her infant grandson to death, has always maintained her innocence.
April 6, 2012