On Saturday, September 3, Jeff German, a veteran investigative reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, was found murdered and brutally stabbed many times outside his home. The suspect in the murder of the journalist is wanted by the police. Dori Koren, a spokeswoman for the Las Vegas Police Department, told reporters:
“We suspect that the argument took place outside the home.” We have some clues. We are looking for a suspect, but he is still at large.”
After receiving 911 calls, authorities rushed to the scene of the crime. Jeff German, 69, is believed to have been involved in a dispute with another person, which resulted in the stabbing.
In a statement, executive editor Glenn Cook said:
“Jeff’s death has saddened the Review-Journal family. He was the gold standard in the journalism industry. It’s hard to imagine Las Vegas now without having shed a bright light on dark areas for many years.”
Jeff German apparently received no death threats prior to his murder.
In a statement, Glenn Cook said German had not notified newspaper management of any threats against him or raised concerns for his safety. The Las Vegas Police Department said this investigation was their top priority. In a statement, they stated:
“Saturday, the LVMPD implemented its big case procedure in the murder investigation.” This pools a range of resources to optimize investigative efforts and bring a sense of urgency to the arrest of the suspect.”
Jeff German spent nearly 30 years of his life as an investigative journalist. He worked for the Las Vegas Sun as a writer and reporter, covering government, labor, politics and organized crime. In 2010 he switched to the Review-Journal. German was known for her coverage of political scandals, stories of government corruption and the 2017 mass shooting at a music festival that killed 60 people and injured more than 400. German was a journalist who reported on gaming corruption, extremist activity in southern Nevada, and organized crime, according to his former colleagues.
Carolyn G. Goodman, Mayor of Las Vegas, expressed her deep thoughts on her social media account, writing:
“I was shocked to read of the death of Jeff German, a longtime writer in Las Vegas. This was a horrible act of cruelty. Deaths in this way are always terrible and should be avoided. The police investigation is continuously monitored by us.”
The Nevada Attorney General’s office also expressed their condolences on the passing of Jeff German. They said,
For decades, Jeff German spoke the truth to power in the Silver State. This is a terrible, senseless tragedy.
— NV Attorney General (@NevadaAG) September 4, 2022
Jeff German’s reporting covers a wide range of sensitive and vital issues, including the 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay hotel and municipal inspection standards. His last piece dealt with a legal battle between travel companies and hotel room taxes that the Nevada Supreme Court heard about. German, the heir to the Horseshoe Club fortune, published Murder in Sin City: The Death of a Las Vegas Casino Boss in 2001.