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The Gacy Files

Eight of serial killer John Wayne Gacy’s victims remained a mystery, 35 years after his conviction. One man made it his mission to identify them.


Our full archive of serial killer stories.

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The Fire on the 57 Bus in Oakland

A black 16-year-old lights a white, agender 18-year-old’s skirt on fire while riding the bus. Is it a hate crime? And what’s the appropriate punishment?

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Who Lives and Who Dies

"What’s it like to be giving birth at home, and see blood pooling between your legs, and look up at the ashen faces of a birth attendant, a midwife, a spouse? What’s it like to feel the earth tremble and see the roof and walls of your home or school fall towards you? More to the point, in terms of survival: what happens next? It depends. Not just on the severity of the injury, but on who and where you are."
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The Aging of Abercrombie & Fitch

How does a company that sells youth learn to grow up?

Thursday, January 29

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Mad Men

Inside the men’s rights movement—and the army of misogynists it spawned.

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The Surprising History of Hippy Crack

People have been having fun with nitrous oxide—often in the name of science—since its discovery more than 240 years ago.

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My First Time, Twice

"I realized, as I was going through puberty (early), the necessity of shifting my focus from doing things that would impress my parents and teachers to engaging in behavior that would strike my peers as cool. I started saying 'like' constantly. I smoked pot when I was twelve. I dropped acid when I was thirteen. Losing my virginity was the next logical step."

Previously: Ariel Levy on the Longform Podcast.

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Dying To Be Free

Twelve-step programs treat alcohol and drugs according to the same principles. But heroin changes the way the brain works. If there’s a medication that treats heroin addiction, why aren’t we using it?

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Fiction Pick of the Week: Train to Flavortown

The train to flavortown hits some speedbumps as an edgy Food Network host meets his match.

Wednesday, January 28

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Rush After 'A Rape On Campus'

A UVA alum goes back for the first rush week since the Rolling Stone story.

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The Long, Strange Purgatory of Casey Kasem

The tragic final days (and very weird afterlife) of a radio legend.

Previously: Amy Wallace on the Longform Podcast.

Longform Podcast #126: Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Taffy Brodesser-Akner is a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and GQ.

“My writing career was something that was always about to happen, just as soon as the baby falls asleep, just as soon as I finish watching this five-hour bout of As the World Turns, just as soon as... What do you do when you realize that you have not been doing the thing you were going to do? You're in your 30s. You get to work.”

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